Brazil Summer 2019The San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) Study Abroad Program would like to welcome home Skyline College professor John Ulloa and the 11 SMCCCD students he led in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Brazil this summer.

Students spent two weeks in Brazil this July and August studying Anthropology 110: Cultural Anthropology, with a special focus on the Brazilian Roots of Hip-Hop. This program enabled students to experience studying abroad while making normal progress toward their degree objectives, earning three transferable college credits. Woven into their regular coursework were hands-on, high-impact learning experiences, such as class discussions and intercultural exchanges with local musicians, artists, activists and community leaders.

Many students who participated in the Brazilian Roots of Hip-Hop program received scholarships toward their program fees, made possible by the generous support of the Associated Students of Skyline College (ASSC), as well as the SMCCCD Community Travel Program, which raises funds for study abroad scholarships.

We also want to congratulate Cañada College student, Mónica Gallardo Hernandez, who received the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to participate in the Brazilian Roots of Hip-Hop program.

This was Professor Ulloa’s third time leading an SMCCCD Study Abroad program, and he plans to lead another program to Peru in Summer 2021. For questions about his upcoming programs, please contact

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Stephanie Wells | Photo by John Ulloa

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