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)

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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Dates

  • Summer 1 Semester - May 5 - June 5, 2014 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2013

Priority deadline is November 15th with a final deadline of January 26th. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.

Description

Faculty Leader: Simone Elias (s.elias@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Colleen Boyle (c.boyle@neu.edu)

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

Courses:

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

Description:

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.

Courses

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

Portuguese Language Immersion (PORT 1301 or 1302 or 2301 or 2302 or 3301 or  Directed Study)

This intensive immersion in Portuguese will focus on the communicative and humanistic approaches to use the language in situations simulating day-to-day life. The skills of listening, speaking, writing, and reading will be integrated in such a manner as to ensure communication. The aim is to enable the student to improve his/her communication skills in everyday situations, understand both spoken and written language, through systematic acquisition of the necessary grammar, and develop the ability to speak and use the language with confidence at the appropriated level. Students will attend daily intensive language classes each weekday morning, which are supplemented by the linguistic and cultural immersion experience. Students use the same curriculum and syllabi as the Northeastern University Portuguese Program.

CLTR 4944 – Brazilian Culture Immersion

The course introduces students to the dimensions of the Brazilian Culture, and its influences on the Brazil we know today. The Brazilian Culture course complements the intensive Portuguese language course. It offers students an opportunity to obtain an in-depth knowledge of the contemporary culture(s) of Brazil. In addition to in-class lectures with experts, excursions and activities, it offers structured opportunities to study the layers of the Brazilian culture, while engaging in dialogue with scholars, educators, policymakers, government officials, students, leaders, and locals. During this unique hands-on course, students will have opportunities to broaden their perspectives on various topics and issues, while employing cultural lenses.

Host University

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.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • The program is open to students of any major.
  • The program is open to students without previous knowledge of Portuguese.
  • Interview with the faculty leader or teaching assistant via Skype or in person.

Application Procedure

    • Online Dialogue of Civilizations application (available on OISP website and myNEU)
    • $500 non-refundable program deposit paid through NUPay.* Be sure to select the appropriate summer term.**
    • One copy of passport ID page – to be given directly to your faculty leader after acceptance.
    • 2-3 page essay answering the following questions (copy and pasted into online application):
    1. What are your personal and academic reasons for wishing to participate in this Dialogue of Civilizations program?
    2. How will the program further your academic and career goals?
    3. What is your previous travel and language experience, if any?
    4. What courses have you taken which are directly relevant to the program?

    *If you are not accepted into your Dialogue program, the $500 deposit will be credited to your student account.

    **Applications are not considered complete until deposit is received. This deposit will be applied to the full cost of the program.

    **Faculty may require additional information and/or interview (after application deadline)

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Cost

Tuition: $10,195

DOC Fee: $2,000

Tuition and DOC Fee cover 8 Northeastern credits, round-trip airfare from Boston, housing for program duration, International SOS assistance, as well as some local transport, excursions and group meals.

Accommodations

Housing: In Belo Horizonte students will stay in a hotel which  is walking distance to the Liberty Palace, ICBEU and UNA University. Student’s accommodations in Belo Horizonte feature apart hotel rooms with: kitchen/bar integrated and individual bathroom in each room (you will be sharing a bathroom with your roommate) – you can select your roommates. A continental all-you-can eat buffet breakfast with fresh delicious options including local favorites breads, selection of teas, coffee, fresh fruit and juices is included in this program. Amenities: Amenities include a pleasant leisure area, near the hotel restaurant, with pool, sauna, and a fitness area outdoors in front of the pool. In addition, your accommodations feature:  LCD TV, Cable TV, safe, radio, fitted kitchen with appliances in each suite, minibar, bathroom, wireless internet in common areas, balcony, hairdryer, daily housekeeping service, air conditioning rooms, wake-up call, closet, bathroom with shower towels, bath amenities, and 24/7 security key.  In Rio de Janeiro, students will stay at the Military Hotel Club waking distance to the Lagoon. For more information: www.neu.edu/brazildialogue

Destination

Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Sao Joao Del-Rey, other local cities. More about some of the cities we will visit here:

http://www.northeastern.edu/brazildialogue/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y85wWC-m5Os

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