Programs by Country: Brazil

BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Faculty Leader:
Courtney Pfluger (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Information Session: January 16, 2015 12PM 368SN

Term: Summer I

Website: Find out more about this dialogue here.


  • GE1201 Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Brazilian Culture, NU Core arts level 1


Learn about the different types of alternative energy technologies in a country that sources over 80% of its electricity by renewable technologies. We will be visiting multiple renewable energy sites and will be meeting industrial leaders who pioneered these technologies in Brazil. You will also be immersed in the Brazilian culture where you will learn about the history of Brazil, learn survival Portuguese, and participate in cultural activities such as learning how to samba, perform capoeira, and visit many cultural museums. The program will end in Rio de Janeiro, where we will take part in a community service project for two days and see the famous sites and beaches of Rio.



BRAZIL: Brazil in the 21st Century: An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Faculty Leader
: Simone Elias (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer I

Website: Read more about the program here.


  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture, NU Core humanities level 1
  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study: Students will take one of these courses


 21st Century Brazil- An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation: Examining the Aftermath of the 2014 World Cup for the Brazilian Society as well as the Public and Private Sectors in the Context of Portuguese Language, Brazilian Culture and Experiential Learning.

Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the Cultural Institute Brazil united States (ICBEU), State of Minas Gerais, Consulate of United States in Belo Horizonte, UNA University, Fumec University, FEAD University, and the Military Police, to name a few institutions, support the 2015 21st Brazil program. This unique academic and cultural experiential program offers students immersion into some of the world’s two most dynamic, diverse and growing States in Brazil: The State of Minas Gerais, one of the leading economic regions in the country (it is currently the second wealthiest in terms of GDP with a land mass greater than that of France), as well as the marvelous the state of Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the 2016 Olympics.

The states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2014 World Cup. The state of Minas Gerais is home to South America’s only helicopter manufacturing company, and has Brazil’s second largest automotive hub, being home of, Iveco, Fiat and Mercedes Benz.  The state excels not only on its vast industry. Minas Gerais state school network is among the best in the nation, and it is well recognized for its educational achievements – being the location of some of the best universities in the country.

The cultural immersion is furthered through academic exchange with students from the host institutions whom will act as "buddies" during the program. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to marvelous Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. In addition, students will also engage in lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

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BRAZIL: The Brazilian Coast Dialogue – Portuguese Language And The Cultural Layers Of An Up-And- Coming Northeast State In Brazil – CLOSED

Dialogue of Civilizations | Maceio, Brazil

Faculty: Simone Elias (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Katherine Pruess (

Term: Summer 2


  • CLTR4944 Brazilian Culture Immersion, NU Core humanities level 1
  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/3302/Directed Study Portuguese Language


Several institutions and agencies support the Maceio Brazil Dialogue, including the State Secretary of Industry and Commerce, the State House, and several environmental and educational institutions. In this Dialogue students will have the opportunity to learn about different facets of the Brazilian culture, while learning how locals and leaders preserve their environment.  In this unique dialogue, students will be immersed in the Brazilian culture in the context of environmental preservation, sustainability and economic development while learning the Portuguese language and engaging in conversations with regional leaders and locals. Environment sustainability is of global concern with the increasing awareness of global warming and preservation. This dialogue will provide a window into the best practices of organizations and locals in preserving its environmental while nurturing sustainable grown of a region. Visits include Maceio Industrial Complex, Petrobras, Brasken Villages, and Project Boi Marinho in Maragogi beach, which has been recognized worldwide for preservation of at the most endangered aquatic mammal species in Brazil to name a few visits.

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RIO DE JANEIRO: Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Traditional | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (


Prestigious UNIVERSITY
Research CENTER
Outstanding CAMPUS
Strategic LOCATION

SALVADOR DA BAHIA: CIEE – multiple universities

Traditional | Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

This program is targeted to students who have at least four semesters of college-level Spanish and/or two semesters of Portuguese and want to improve their Portuguese language skills and knowledge of contemporary Brazil, especially the Northeast region with its distinctive cultural patterns.

SAO PAULO: CIEE – Fundação Getúlio Vargas – Emerging Markets in Brazil

Experiential Research, Traditional | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (

The minor in Emerging Markets provides a specific academic path for students from any college within the university to gain an understanding of emerging markets, the role they play in fostering growth in the global economy, and their potential to supplant developed markets to apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical field research projects in an emerging market  The Emerging Markets Program in Brazil will introduce students to the business world in Brazil as well as an introduction to Brazilian culture.

SAO PAULO: CIEE – multiple universities

Traditional | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Study Abroad Coordinator: Lane Marder (