BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture – CLOSED

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 11 - June 12, 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:
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.




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

Host University

The program is facilitated through the assistance of CIEE, an international education organization with on-site staff in Sao Paulo.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2. 8 GPA or higher recommended
  • There are no pre-requisite classes needed for this dialogue.
  • Prior knowledge of Portuguese is not required, but recommended.
  • Students must attend an information session about the dialogue
  • An interview with the Faculty leader is required

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: $2,750

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.


Students will stay in a well-kept hostel in the city of Sao Paulo. Breakfast will be provided, but lunch and dinner will be at the students' expense.  Free wifi will be included in the accommodations.  We will be staying in the city with close proximity to plenty of food options and cultural activities, as well as a short walk to the school we will be studying at.


Most of the program will be in the multicultural city of São Paulo, which is the largest urban area in Brazil and an important South American economic and cultural center that includes a modern subway system, shopping malls in each Bairro, beautiful parks, nightlife, and several open-air fruit and flower markets. Often compared to New York City because of its cosmopolitan feel, distinct ethnic neighborhoods, and excellent cultural venues, the city offers South America’s best and most diverse cultural entertainment opportunities including theater, cinema, museums, concerts, Carnival samba schools, and soccer teams. The program will end with the last 5 days in Rio de Janeiro, which is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, bossa nova, beaches and its famous landmarks like the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, Sugarloaf mountain with its cable car, and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums that hosted the 2014 World Cup.