Victor Chateaubriand

Class Year: 

2010
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

School: 

Escola Americana do Rio de Janeiro

Language: 

Portuguese
A lot of people don't realize that Huntsman can be what you want it to be. If you have a passion for something outside of the traditional topics within international studies and business, such as Development Economics in Africa, you can follow those dreams in Huntsman too.

Why Huntsman?

Victor was born in Rio de Janeiro to a Danish mother and Brazilian father. He attended an international school, where he discovered a passion for international relations and became heavily involved in the Model United Nations program. During a summer program at Philip's Exeter Academy, he took a course on Development Economics and realized that he was extremely interested in pursuing the topic further. He also hoped to explore his Danish cultural heritage. As a student in the Huntsman Program, Victor has had the opportunity to do both.

During the summer after his freshman year at Penn, he spent 4 weeks learning Danish in Helsingor, Denmark at the International People's College, where his classmates came from over 40 countries. That same summer, Victor spent 5 weeks working with the microfinance wing of a small NGO in Tanzania, called Iringa Development of Youth, Disabled and Children Care. He was able to pick up some Swahili while he was there and by the end of his stay, was able to help translate for a visiting mission group.

Back on Penn's Campus, he continued to be involved in Model UN and take classes reflecting his diverse interests. In the spring of his sophomore year, he returned to Denmark to spend a Wharton semester abroad at the Copenhagen Business School Program.

Study Abroad in Mozambique

For his Huntsman study abroad requirement, rather than returning to his home country, Brazil, he opted to use his native fluency to learn more about the former Portuguese colony of Mozambique. Though the Huntsman Program did not have an existing exchange program in Mozambique, Victor was able to identify establish a program with a local university in Maputo. In the true spirit of immersion, he took courses on the regional culture and economy at a private university where he was the only foreign student.

While in Mozambique, Victor also had the opportunity to work as a short-term Consultant with the International Finance Corporation. He conducted investment research and performed analyses of different countries' economies. At the same time, he took classes such as "The Economy of Mozambique" and "Semiotic of Africa." The combination of classroom learning with on-the-job experience made Victor's semester abroad truly memorable.

Victor is happy to be back on campus and hopes to maintain his ties to Mozambique by earning an additional major in African Studies. He also has plans to create an individualized concentration that will allow him to pursue his interest in economic development from the perspective of a Wharton business education.