BRAZIL: Alternative Energy Technology and Brazilian Culture (closed)

Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • Summer 1 Semester - May 5 - June 6, 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.


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!


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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • There are no pre-requisite classes needed to go on this dialogue.
  • Prior knowledge of Portuguese is not required, but recommended.
  • 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: $10,195

DOC Fee: $3,000

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.


Students will stay in a well-kept hostel in the city of Sao Paulo. Breakfast will be provided, but lunch and dinner will be on the students.  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.


Multicultural São Paulo is the second largest urban area in the Americas 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.