What’s Cooking in Brazil?

October 24, 2014


The ISA Brazil fall group recently got together and put their culinary skills to the test in making Brigadeiros and Beijinjos, which are traditional Brazilian treats typically served during birthday celebrations.

Follow the recipe below to make your own and bring a taste of Brazil to your kitchen. Remember, a good cook always samples his/her creations!


·   1 can/package of Condensed Milk (395g)
·   3 tablespoons of chocolate powder
·   1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
·   200g of chocolate sprinkles
·   1 can/package of Condensed Milk (395g)
·   100g of shredded coconut
·   1 tablespoon of unsalted butter


How to cook:

1) In a microwavable bowl, mix the following ingredients:

- Brigadeiro:

condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder

or for

- Beijinho:

condensed milk, butter and 50g of shredded coconut.

2) Cook the mixture in a microwave on high for 2 minutes.

3) Remove mixture from the microwave (be careful, it will be hot!), mix with a spoon until the melted butter is fully incorporated into the mixture.

4) Return the mixture into the microwave, cooking for about 4 minutes. With time, the mixture will begin to bubble and its height tends to triple.

5) Once the height starts to decrease, stop the microwave.

Note: The longer the cooking time, the more firm the paste will be.

6) Spread the paste onto a large plate or baking pan and place in the refrigerator to cool.

7) To make the balls, place a pinch of butter into hands. Take a teaspoon of the cooled paste and roll it until it forms a ball.

8 ) To decorate, cover the Brigadeiro with chocolate sprinkles, and the Beijinho with shredded coconut.


For more information about this program, contact Brazil Site Specialist, Maddi Reising at 512-480-8522 with any questions.

To experience this and other Brazilian culinary delights first hand, spend the Spring 2015 semester studying abroad! Application deadline is November 1st!




Cori Cummings is the Site Specialist for MoroccoJordanIndia and Greece

Sitting squarely in the middle of the Middle East, Jordan, or the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is more than just a desert landscape, filled with a wealth of historic significance and modern conveniences. While you may know a little bit about Jordan, here are 10 things that you probably don’t know about the country.

1.   Home to World Wonders:

Of course you’ve heard of Petra, but I bet you didn’t know it’s one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. Teeming with exciting history, the still standing, awe-inspiring Palace Tombs was the capital of the Nabataean empire over 2000 years ago!

2.   Red Sea Bliss:

Jordan is home to some of the best snorkeling in the world. Head over to Aqaba on the Red Sea, just a 3 hour drive from Amman, and you can snorkel with exotic fish and some of the most beautiful coral reefs on earth.

3.   Lights, Camera, Action!:

Action movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Mummy Returns, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen were filmed in Wadi Rum and Petra; the vast, beautiful red sand desert and city located in the south of Jordan.

4.   Explorer’s Paradise:

Jordan hosts the lowest Nature Reserve on the planet. You can hike through Wadi Mujib’s towering canyon walls to a waterfall perfect for cooling off.

5.    History Hot Spot:

Some of the most remarkable world history happened in Jordan. Still standing today are a variety of castles built during the 7th and 8th century. A famous castle, Qasr Azraq, or “the blue fortress,” was base for T.E. Lawrence in 1917-1918.

6.    Athletic Adventures:

Jordan hosts exciting athletic events such as the Dead Sea Marathon, which starts in Amman and finished in the Dead Sea. Other races, like the Jordan Valley Triathlon and Duathalon, are hosted annually as well.

7.    Turkish Bath houses aren’t just in Turkey:

Amman has plenty of relaxing, luxurious bath houses to visit, one of the most popular being Al-Pasha.

8. Indoor Climbing:

Looking for world class indoor climbing walls? ClimbAt Jordan has over 200 set climbing routes and two different bouldering walls in a state of the art facility.

9.    Hot Springs:

The Ma’In Hot Springs are a series of hot mineral springs and waterfalls to which people have traveled for thermal treatments and leisurely baths. Notable historical figures have been said to bathed in and sought healing from the springs, one of the most famous being King Herod.

10. Resorts Galore:

Jordan is home to some of the most incredible resorts in the Middle East such as The Four Seasons in Amman, Moevenpick Resort Petra, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs and Jordan Valley Marriot Resort & Spa to name a few 5 stars!


Start your study abroad journey to Jordan!





Olivia O’Connell is ISA’s Site Specialist for Italy.

Located in the northern region of Lombardy, Milan is Italy’s hub for fashion, international commerce, and business. It is known for being one of the country’s more modern cities, due partly to the fact that much of the area was bombed during World War II and had to be reconstructed and partly to the cosmopolitan vibe that is a result of its bustling industry. There is no shortage of modern and contemporary art in Milan, which provides a refreshing alternative to Italy’s wealth of Classic Roman, Renaissance, and Baroque art. Milan is also home to many buildings that exemplify Gothic architecture, most notably, the Duomo, which is a main attraction in the city center.

A less well known fact about Milan is that it used to be a vivacious port city, despite being landlocked. In the 12th century, work began on a series of canals that allowed Milan to become one of the country’s largest inland ports. As time passed, many of the canals were filled in because of sanitation issues and the growing presence of roads and improved infrastructure. Today, only a few of these canals still exist, and they comprise an area in Milan called the Navigli, which is an Italian word for canals.

The two main canals, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, are lined with restaurants, pubs, live music, and cafés. The area attracts a younger crowd and is a great place to go for drinks or aperitivo – a genius Italian phenomenon that consists of ordering a pre-dinner drink that comes with nibbles (sometimes even a buffet). One bar in the Navigli that has a great aperitivo is the Manhattan where you can sit on the terrace facing the canal. There is also a boat on Naviglio Pavese that doubles as restaurant where you can wine and dine the night away. To make the area even more appealing, on the last Sunday of every month at the ripa di Porta Ticinese, there is an open air flea market.

With its canals giving visitors, and locals alike, a taste of Venice and its vast selection of eateries providing the perfect environment for people watching, the Navigli is a part of Milan you won’t want to miss.

Find out more about studying abroad with ISA in Milan



ISA will be hosting a free Webinar presentation titled, “ISA Scholarships and Fundraising,” for advisors, students and parents at 1:00 P.M., CST this Thursday, October 23. During the 30 minute presentation, we will explain the ISA scholarship application process, eligibility requirements, deadlines, fundraising opportunities, and answer any questions that participants may have regarding non-financial aid external funding. ISA offers more than $80,000 in scholarships every year to our program participants, and this Webinar is designed to inform participants about our scholarship opportunities.

This Webinar is free and open to the public. To join, follow this Webinar presentation link about 10 minutes prior to the presentation (12:50 P.M. CST, Thursday, October 23).



Scholarships Available to Study in New Zealand

October 21, 2014

There are now even more reasons to study abroad in New Zealand, like some fantastic scholarships! Education New Zealand has announced new scholarships for study abroad students, including $500 study scholarships, $2,000 travel scholarships, and a $15,000 scholarship with a free round trip flight! To learn more about these awards and how to apply, check [...]

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ISA Twitter Chat: The Impact of Technology on Study Abroad

October 20, 2014

ISA will be hosting its third Twitter chat for advisors, students and parents at 11 a.m. CST Wednesday, November 5. The #ISAchat series is held the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. CST on Twitter. To join the conversation, simply search and tag the Twitter hashtag – #ISAchat. You can also use TweetChat to join [...]

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