Program Cost

Summer Program

Your $3900 program fee covers:
• 6 semester credits (5 week program)
• Courses accredited at the undergraduate or masters level by the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
• Food, lodging and ground transportation within Brazil (students may be responsible for a couple of meals on travel days)
• Most books and reading materials


Full program fees are due by the following dates:

Summer program – April 30

Summer payment deadlines
Payment deadline (Full program fee)                              April 30
After deadline (Full program fee + $500/mo)                  April 31

**program fees are updated on a semester basis

Payment Instructions 

Checks are made payable to the Autonomous University of Social Movements and sent to Autonomous University of Social Movements, 3460 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625. Visa or Mastercard payments can be made here or by calling our office.

Financial Aid

Financial aid from home institution

Students receiving financial aid from their home institution can generally transfer loans and scholarships to the AUSM Study Abroad program. Consult with your study abroad and/or academic advisor for details. We offer basic suggestions for finding financial aid here.

Scholarship application process

In addition to scholarships offered by your home institution, the Autonomous University of Social Movements offers a limited scholarship program designed to supplement grants or other financial awards. We cannot provide full scholarships, and our scholarship program is not intended to be your only funding source. AUSM is a small non-profit that, instead of relying on grants and foundation money, uses the proceeds from our study abroad program to fund community organizing in Albany Park, Chicago as well as social movements in Mexico, Brazil and Cuba.

To apply for an AUSM scholarship, fill out and submit this scholarship application with your program application before the posted scholarship deadline. Scholarship applications will not be considered unless they are they are complete and accompanied by a program application. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of need, with preference given to applicants with proven grassroots organizing experience and to first or second generation Latin@ immigrants.

Scholarship deadline
Summer – March 1

Withdrawal policy


No refunds are available for the Summer semester after the first day of classes. In case of unforeseen emergencies that force participants to withdraw from the program, AUSM will make every effort to facilitate the participant’s speedy return to the U.S., but we cannot assume responsibility for the costs of airline transportation.

In the unlikely event that the program itself is canceled, all funds, including the $500 deposit, will be refunded or applied to a future program, at the discretion of the applicant.