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

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 12 - June 11, 2015 (dates subject to change)

Application Deadline

  • Summer 1 Semester - Priority Deadline: November 15, 2014

Final deadline for Dialogue of Civilization programs is February 1st. Program accepting applications until filled and is subject to close at any time.


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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  • PORT1301/1302/2301/2302/3301/Directed Study: A practical Portuguese language course (for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners), that focus on Portuguese as a world language, and It takes a highly interactive approach towards presentation and practice of the language integrating cultural information and exchange at every stage of instruction. The class will offer a rich variety of insights into cultural, social and realities and use not only the classroom, but also the state as an experiential laboratory for practice.
  • CLTR4944, NU Core humanities level 1 Cultural Engagement Abroad: Brazilian Culture: A course on the Culture and globalization of Brazil that focuses on the cultural layers of the Brazilian society employing interpretive lens and cultural approaches. During the culture course, students will study the cultural dimensions of a fast growing state in Brazil – Minas Gerais. The state has attracted some of the leading technology companies in the world, like Google and Fiat as well as hosting the 2014 World Cup. Participants of the 21st Brazil Dialogue will have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with leading government officials, consuls, policymakers, industrial giants, locals, and cultural experts.
  • An optional experiential learning component twice per week in the evenings, after structured activities and classes that focus on social and educational projects with the State Police of Minas Gerais ad Firefighters, Institute Cultural Brazil United States, UNA University, FUMEC University and FEAD University. These projects aim to develop actions to contribute to the promotion of social development in Brazilian workforce, internationalization of campuses, and general education. Examples of experiential projects may include being a teaching assistant during evening classes at universities; lead evening and Saturdays English learning projects with the Police academy, leading dialogue and conversation groups at ICBEU, and coaching youngsters to name a few projects. Students will have a chance to select the projects that they would like to be a part during their pre-orientation departure meeting.

Host University

Four well-respected academic and cultural institutions host the 2015 21st Brazil Dialogue of Civilizations:

1)     The Cultural Institute Brazil United States (ICBEU).  ICBEU is Bi-national Center of excellence (BNC) recognized by the U.S. embassy, whose goals are to engage in cultural and educational exchanges and the promotion of mutual understanding between Brazil and the United States.

2)     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

3)     FEAD University: A visionary, entrepreneurial institution, whose mission is to form entrepreneurs to operate in the domestic and international markets, with responsibility and competence, grounded in ethical values ​​and social commitment. The university institutional pillars are: Knowledge, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

4)    FUMEC University: A research multidisciplinary institution, ranked as one of the most well respected research institutions in the state.

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Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA recommended
  • 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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Tuition: $10,634

DOC Fee: $2,000

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


In Minas Gerais students will stay in a hotel which is walking distance to the Liberty Palace, ICBEU and the University campuses. Student’s accommodations in Minas Gerais feature apart hotel rooms with: kitchen/bar integrated and individual bathroom in each room. 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:  Cable TV, safe, radio, fitted kitchen with appliances in each suite, minibar, bathroom, wireless internet, balcony, daily housekeeping service, air conditioning in each room, wake-up call, closets, bathroom with shower towels, bath amenities, and 24/7 security.  In Rio de Janeiro, students will stay at the Military Hotel, which is waking distance to the Lagoon.

In addition, each student will receive a pre-paid cell phone.


  • 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:

Brazil Dialogue Website

Video: Minas Gerais

Video: Ouro Preto