Programs by Country: Brazil + Dialogue of Civilizations

BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Sao Paulo, Brazil

Faculty Leader: Courtney Pfluger (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Sessions:

  • October 28th at 6pm, 368 SN
  • November 8th at 12pm, 368 SN

Term: Summer I


  • GE1201 Alternative Energy Technologies Abroad
  • INTL4944 Dialogue of Civilizations - Regional Engagement: Brazilian Culture


Learn about different types of alternative energy technologies in the 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 and participate in cultural activities such as learning how to samba and perform capoeira and visit many cultural museums.  We will be ending the program with a four day three night excursion to Rio de Janeiro!

BRAZIL: Brazil in the 21st Century: A Cultural Study of a Globalizing Nation Hosting High Profile Events: 2014 World Cup, International Cooperation, Society, and the Global Context of the Portuguese Language (closed)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Faculty Leader: Simone Elias (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (

Information Session:

  • Nov, 5, Tuesday -  11:30 a.m.  RY 266 -  R.S.V.P 
  • Nov, 14, Thursday 3:00 p.m. RY 266 - RSVP 
  • By appointment in person or via Skype, for students on Co-op, NUin Students, and  students with scheduling conflicts - R.S.V.P. 

Term: Summer I


  • CLTR4944 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture
  • Students will take one of the following: PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study


Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the office of International Relations of the government of Belo Horizonte support the Brazil/ BH in the 21st program. This unique academic and cultural program offers students immersion into some of the world’s most dynamic, diverse and growing cities in Brazil: Belo Horizonte, also known as the Garden City and Brazil’s third largest city.

Two well-respected institutions host the program: 1) the top-ranked UNA University and 2) the Cultural Institute Brazil United States (ICBEU). The host university, UNA University, is a vibrant and innovative institution of higher education and is considered the best private university center in the state of Minas Gerais. Students will relate well to UNA University as it shares a similar profile to that Northeastern University, which aims to prepare students for life-long learning in a global, diverse marketplace.

Students will participate in two hands-on student-centered classes at ICBEU’s and UNA’s centrally located campuses around the Savassi and Lourdes districts of Belo Horizonte, which provide quick access to many historical and cultural points of the city. During this program, students will study the Portuguese language at the appropriated level, while interacting with their peers from UNA, professors and society. In addition, students will study the cultural dimensions of a fast growing city in Brazil - Belo Horizonte. The city has attracted some of the leading technology companies in the world, like Google and Fiat as well as hosting the 2014 World Cup. Belo Horizonte has also been awarded internationally for its policies on food security.  In order to provide a holistic view of the Brazilian culture, and to decipher its cultural layers, excursions will complement the study of the Portuguese language, in addition, participants in the Belo Horizonte Dialogue will have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with leading government officials, diplomats, policymakers, industrial giants, locals, and cultural experts.

The cultural immersion of the Belo Horizonte program is furthered through academic exchange with students at UNA University, whom will act as mentors and buddies during the program, introducing and assisting the students to decipher and get immersed in the deepest layers of the Brazilian culture. The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to historical Ouro Preto, Sāo Joāo Del Rey, and Tiradents, along with a visit to the Marvelous City of Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. During visits, students will have the opportunity to explore the cultural facets of a cosmopolitan city such as Belo Horizonte, a historical city of gold such as Ouro Preto and the fascinating Marvelous city Rio de Janeiro, thus, developing the ability to view the Brazilian culture with different lenses and from different angles. In addition, students will also engage in guest lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

By the end of the program, students will have had the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with people from many diverse backgrounds, and thus gain exposure to a wide spectrum of Brazilian language, society and its culture. Ultimately, students will return home with a first-hand knowledge of the deepest layers of the Brazilian Culture and knowledge of the Portuguese language at the appropriated level.