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Welcome to Backpacker University, a Summit Global Education program

Education embedded in Travel

Traveling study programs for independent adventurers. Backpacker University is about gaining the freedom to explore the world on your terms, without big groups, while at the same time maintaining deep social connections with like-minded travelers.

Where do you want to study?

Click on the map below to select your destination in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

Paraty, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

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Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

Florianópolis, Brazil

A new type of study abroad experience: Blending online education from the world’s best universities, with in-person lectures from some of the top professors during a unique study abroad traveling program.


Online Courses

Courses from HarvardX, MIT, EdX, Arizona State University, and others taken for certificates or recognized course credit

Local Courses with Local Professors

Engaging in-person lectures from some of the top professors to bring the courses to life


Music & Dance in the Evenings

Fun mix of rhythms taught by local instructors in small groups to engage students with local culture

Language & Culture

Learn some of the local language and cultural tips to make your stay more engaging and fun



Bring the courses to life by traveling and integrating real-world experiences with visit to local organizations


Entrepreneurship & Innovation Courses

Courses and visits focused on startups, innovation, social impact and global entrepreneurship

Internship for Credit

Students going abroad have the option of completing their internship with Summit Global Education while abroad

Professional Visits to Startups and Innovative Companies

Visit local entrepreneurs, accelerators and venture firms to get practical knowledge of startup community

Brazil Program Winter/Spring 2016

Winter and Spring study abroad programs in Brazil

Study Abroad Experience

Getting international experience is an incredible way to bring the materials learned in class to life!  It is also a very important way to boost a students resume, and to show would-be employers that you have gained a global perspective

Blended + Experiential Learning

We are combining the best of online education with the benefits of experiential (real-world) learning.  By taking courses from Arizona State University through the EdX platform, students have access to some of the worlds greatest instructors, and classes delivered on one of the worlds greatest online platforms.  And, by taking the traveling experience with BackpackerU, students have the experience of integrating real-world experience back into the course, all the while interacting with highly qualified course facilitators, and traveling across Europe with a cohort of other students.

I would 100% recommend this program to other Iowa students. I have learned so much, and will carry that with me for the rest of my life Ryan Burton

Student, University of Iowa

Testimonials & Photos

Read the reviews, see the photos.  Testimonials from other students regarding their participation in Summit Global Education programs.

Organize a local Backpacker U program by partnering with Summit Global Education.

Think of Backpacker U like hosting an incredible life-changing event, with students from abroad, visits to amazing companies and a chance to engage the next generation of student leaders

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