Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Brazil: Portuguese Language & Culture
São Paulo | June 11 – July 23, 2016

The Stone Center for Latin American Studies invites undergraduates and graduate students interested in Portuguese language and Brazilian studies to apply to its highly popular Summer in Brazil program. Sao Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, is an exciting center for fine arts, theater, music and cultural life. This city is a medley of Brazilians from the country’s 26 states and from multiple ethnic groups, which makes for an exciting mix of traditions and fabulous food on every street.

This six-week intensive academic program is organized in partnership by Tulane University and CET Academic Programs at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). Students will have the opportunity to earn 6-7 credits and will take one Portuguese language course (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) taught by CET faculty, and a course on social issues in Brazil taught by PUC-SP faculty. Students will stay with Brazilian host families or in apartments with Brazilian roommates in São Paulo for a total Portuguese immersion experience. Excursions and activities in and around São Paulo will introduce students to all sides of Brazilian society.

COURSES OFFERED:

  • PORT 6910 (3 credits): Special Topics: Current Social Issues in Brazil. Taught in Portuguese by PUC-SP faculty.
  • PORT 2030 (4 credits): Intensive Intermediate Portuguese reviews fundamental skills of the Portuguese language and introduces Brazilian literature and culture through plays, short stories, and film. Taught by CET faculty.
  • PORT 3040 (3 credits): Grammar and Writing in Portuguese will involve analysis and practice in the written language. Taught by CET faculty.

PROGRAM COST:
The 2016 cost of the six-week program is $7,000:

  • $5,000 tuition
  • $2,000 housing & logistics.

The program costs include 6-7 Tulane credits (transferable to other universities), Brazilian family home stays or apartment housing with Brazilian roommates, one meal per day, transportation from the airport (GRU), medical insurance, and specialized group tours and activities. Airfare to/from São Paulo (GRU), incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.

Scholarships:
FLAS Summer Fellowships
This program qualifies as a FLAS-approved program with 140 contact hours of language instruction. It is available to students seeking credit in intermediate and advanced Portuguese levels only. For more information on application procedures, eligible students interested in applying should visit the following:
Graduate students, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
Tulane Undergraduates, click here. (scroll down to “FLAS Summer Fellowships”)
The FLAS Fellowship application deadline will be February 19, 2016. Note that the fellowship application and the program application are separate applications.

CET Scholarships
Students applying to this program are eligible to apply for a CET Scholarship. CET offers students on its programs over $100,00 in scholarship awards each year. Contact Laura Wise for information about applying.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Student applicants must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Non-Tulane students are required to have completed one outside-institution Portuguese language course if they are seeking credit for PORT 2030. The pre-requisite for Tulane students to take PORT 2030 is PORT 1120. Students may be interviewed to determine their Portuguese language skill level during the application process. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply, but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer. Course syllabi from previous years are available upon request.

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Complete applications will include:
+ Student’s general and academic information
+ Personal statement
+ Official copy of transcript
+ Copy of front page of passport
+ Two recommendations (one from a Portuguese instructor if seeking intermediate/advanced)
+ $300 non-refundable deposit (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; OR by credit card online)

*Students may waive application deposit if they are applying for FLAS-Fellowship. More details in application. In the event a student is not accepted into the program due to program cap, application fee will be refunded.

TO APPLY:
The application period for this program is now closed. We hope you consider this program in 2017!

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

View photos from past programs here!

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Consulate of Mexico Presents "Los Demonios de mi Tierra" Photo Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents the photographic exhibition:

Los Demonios de mi Tierra
by Mexican Artist Mauricio Silerio

Opening Reception
July 7th, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Ste. 118
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.