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  • Locations: Curitiba, Brazil; Foz do Iguacu, Brazil; Ponta Grossa, Brazil; Villa Velha, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: TWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Overview


This abroad program is made possible through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas grant. A pre-selected group of students will have the opportunity to participate in a unique abroad component with a focus on water chemistry in Brazil.



Students have the option of enrolling in either CHEM 4913.01 or 5903.01, each for 3 hours of course credit. Each course is offered during the Fall semester, with the abroad component occurring during the semester. The abroad component is optional but may occur outside of the regular semester dates as noted on TWU's Academic Calendar.

Course Description & Objectives:

Environmental chemistry with focus in water chemistry: the chemistry of natural surface waters, ground waters and man-made water; wastewater treatment; acid-base equilibrium; precipitation and dissolution, oxidation-reductions, complexation applied to water chemistry; analytical methods used in environmental analysis.
  • To understand how anthropogenic activities effect chemistry on a local and global scale
  • To understand the chemical processes for water and wastewater treatment systems
  • To understand the composition of natural and man-made water systems and chemical processes occurring in them
  • To understand how the principles of chemistry are applied to the analysis and treatment of water
  • To give students the background needed to apply water chemistry principles to the analysis, treatment, modification, and protection of natural and man-made water systems


Ponta GrossaFoz do Iguacu
The main base for visiting famed Iguaçu Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls. Stretching for 2.7km, and straddling the border with Argentina, the falls comprise hundreds of cascades, including the 80m-tall Devil’s Throat. Drenching rides on rubber boats are a popular way to take in the thundering spectacle.

Ponta Grossa
A municipality in the state of Paraná, Brazil. With a population of over 330,000 inhabitants, it is the 4th most populous city of Paraná 

Vila Velha
Vila Velha
A coastal town in Espírito Santo, Brazil. It lies across from Vitória, the state capital. Its population is 396,323.

The capital of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná. Notable skyline features include the Panoramic Tower, with an observatory on top. Known as a cultural center, Curitiba is home to a number of performance venues, including the Wire Opera House, a structure of tubular steel with a transparent roof, and the huge Teatro Guaíra, with diverse programs.


The following table is a proposed itinerary. Dates and activities are subject to change.
08/28/2017 - 10/25/2017
  • In-class instruction (TWU Denton Campus)
  • Depart DFW for Brazil
  • Arrive in Sao Paulo, Brazil via Mexico City, Mexico
  • Continue on to Foz do Iguacu and check-into hotel
  • Visit Cataratas de Iguazu
  • Dinner at local Rafain Churrascaria Show
  • Visit Nacional Park Iguazu Falls
  • Visit SANEPAR waste water treatment plant
  • Visit Itaipu Bi-national Hydroelectirc Plan
  • Depart Foz for Ponta Grossa
  • Visit SANEPAR drinking water treatment plant
  • Visit University of Ponta Grossa for presentations on water and waste water treatment, and internship opportunities
  • Reception with University President, Luciano Vargas
  • Depart Ponta Grossa for Villa Velha
  • Tour caty of Curitiba
  • Visit Station Rio Verde wast water treatment plant
  • Visit DAF - sister facility of Peterbilt
  • Visit JBS, dairy product manufacturing plant
  • Tour of Carambei
  • Return to Ponta Grossa
  • Assessments, group presentations
  • Dinner with host families
  • Depart Brazil for DFW
  • Arrive in Dallas via Mexico City, Mexico
11/08/2017 - 12/14/2017
  • In-class instruction

Cost Breakdown

A large portion of the associated costs are covered by the grant. However, the cost breakdown below serves as a guide to help you estimate the total additional cost for the abroad program. This estimate applies to TWU students enrolled in the course attached to the abroad program and the faculty/staff leaders of the program. 
Passport: $150
Personal Expenses: $300
Education Abroad International Insurance & Administration Fee $90
Estimated Total: $540

*Price does not include TWU Tuition and Fees. Information regarding these expenses can be found online at the Bursar's Office website


Program Leaders

Abroad Program Leaders

Dr. Abigail Tilton
Dean, Arts/Sciences
CFO 1201

Kurt Krause
Director, Internships
Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, RM 228B

Instructor of Record*

Dr. John Beatty

*The instructor of record will teach the in-country (domestic) portion of the course but will not participate in the abroad component

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.