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. São 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 by Tulane University in partnership with CET Academic Programs. Students will have the opportunity to earn 6-7 credits and will take one Portuguese language course (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels) and a Brazilian culture course taught by Tulane or CET 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.

Students will be required to take one language course and either LAST 6950 or PORT 6130.

  • PORT 6130 (3 credits): Brazilian Cultural Imaginaries will focus on history, cultural practices, and social formations of metropolitan São Paulo, and will introduce students to key political and economic developments that have influenced contemporary society. Taught in Portuguese by Tulane faculty. This course is required for FLAS-fellows. Enrollment in PORT 6130 for non-FLAS fellows is subject to instructor approval.
  • LAST 6950 (3 credits): Introduction to Brazilian Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of culture, history, social structure, and institutions of Brazilian society. Emphasis is placed on tracing relationships among government, religion, economy, and politics, as well as cultural forms such as literature, performance, arts, music, and film. Taught in English by CET faculty.
  • PORT 1120 (4 credits): Intensive Portuguese is an intensive introduction to Portuguese language with an emphasis on listening and speaking skills designed to quickly prepare students for more advanced study of language, literature, and culture. Taught by CET 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.

The 2016 cost of the six-week program is TBD. 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.
Please check back regularly for updates on program cost.

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.

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.

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.

Click here to access the online application through Tulane’s Office of Study Abroad, and click “Apply Now.” Non-Tulane students must create an account to apply.
Applications will be due February 26, 2016.

Download a printable flyer for this program here.

View photos from past programs here!




All Events

Upcoming Events

Latin American Studies Pre-Professional Alumni Speaker Series

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Each year in association with LAST 4000, the capstone seminar for graduating seniors in Latin American Studies, we invite recent graduates to speak about their current employment and the path that took them there—and to give advice to students soon to hit the job market. We invite all students to attend these informal discussions.

Speakers will speak at 11:00 a.m. for 45 minutes to an hour. Out of courtesy for the speaker and the class, we ask that guests arrive on time and stay for the entire presentation. Speakers will also speak in the 9:30 session, but will begin later. If you would like to attend this section or would like additional information, contact Edie Wolfe at ewolfe@tulane.eduu

Thursday, September 17
William Faulkner (2009), Director, Flux Research, Monitoring and Evaluation; formerly i2i Institute and Plan Políticas Públicas, São Paulo, Brazil. Flux is a consultancy focused on research, monitoring and evaluation that links those spearheading social change with the social sciences approaches, methods, and services required to evaluta operations and impact. After graduating in 2009, Will completed at masters in Latin American Studies at the Stone Center and went on to work as a researcher and evaluation coordinator with a similar organization in São Paulo, Brazil.

Tuesday, October 6
Katie Gray (2013) formerly Accounts Representative, Latin America and Brazil accounts, Intralox. Intralox is the world leader of modular plastic conveyor belts located in Hammond, Louisiana. Katie worked for several years as their tri-lingual Spanish and Portuguese speaking Account Representative, providing service support to Customers in Latin and South America.

Thursday, October 8
Bianca Falcon (2013) Chief of Staff, Republíca LLC. República, LLC is a privately held national advertising, branding, promotions, digital media and public relations company headquartered in Miami, Florida. República is a minority owned and certified company that ranks among the Top 50 U.S. Hispanic Agencies

Tuesday, October 20
Allison Bakamjian, (2010) Program Services Manager, Shanti Project’s Women’s Cancer Program, San Francisco; formerly Peace Corps Education Specialist, Santa Marta, Colombia. Prior to her Peace Corps volunteership, Allison worked with AmeriCorps*VISTA as the Volunteer Supervisor working with New Orleans Outreach and local public schools.

Thursday, October 22
Christine Sweeney (2010), Cybersecurity Policy and Program Analyst, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President; formerly Program Officer, Latin America and the Caribbean, International Republican Institute. In her position with the IRI, Christine managed democracy and governance programs in Venezuela and Ecuador, helping to cultivate relationships with field-based and international implementing civil society partners and local political stakeholders to carry out the program objectives of promoting democratic transparency throughout the region

Tuesday, Nov. 17
Michael Murray (2010), Senior Consultant, FSG. FSG is a mission-driven consulting firm for leaders concerned with social change. Mike will discuss his work with the organization, including his research in Chile for a collaborative report on how local companies can increase competitiveness and profitability by helping to solve social problems such as poverty, education, and health.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 (To be confirmed)
Amanda Parker (2007), Project Manager & Trainer for Agriculture & Sustainable Land Use, World Wild Life Fund. Amanda works primarily in South America, specifically Paraguay managing and coordinating conservation projects in the Pantanal and Atlantic Forest Eco-Regions.

Thursday Dec. 3 (To be confirmed)
David Klauber (2008) Emergency Child Production Specialist, Save the Children. Most recently David worked as a volunteer program manager and grant-writer for the Unión de Agricultores Minifundistas, an association of organizations working on grass roots development de Guatemala in Guatemala City.. David will speak primarily about his experience with Save the Children in refugee camps on the Ethiopian-Somali border

Shango: Winter Music Festival

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Shango is a collaborative musical program featuring New Orleans’ own Bill Summers and Afro Cuban Master Dance Artist, Michelito Herrera Perez.

This event is free and open to the public. It is a collaboration between Xavier University’s African American and Diaspora Studies Program, XUTULAC and Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. For more information please contact Dr. Sarah Clunis at or call: 504- 520-5020.

Photographic Exhibition "Precision"

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans is proud to present a photographic exhibition, “Precision,” by Mexican artists Luis Arturo Chacon. There will be an opening reception on November 12th at 6 PM. For more information, visit the Consulate webpage.

Casa Borrega's 5th Annual Latin Jazz Fest

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Casa Borrega will host its Fifth Annual Latin Jazz Fest on Friday, December 11, 2015, from 7pm to 2am at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market, 1426 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, a state of the art performance venue – ideally suited for this event. Deep roots connect the Crescent City with Latin America from Jelly Roll Morton’s “Latin Tinge” to newly formed musical entities that will be performing at this festival. Many longtime local musicians have made Latin Jazz a way of life and Casa Borrega celebrates this choice and artistry at its annual event. A new addition to the Fest is a multi-national ensemble of talented dancers who will perform throughout the evening.

7pm – Muevelo Tribute : Tito Puente & Celia Cruz
8:45pm – Javier Gutierrez & VIVAZ!
10:30pm – Alexis Guevara Afro Cuban Trio
12:15am – Latin Dance Party with DJ

  • Salsa dance demonstrations throughout *

Food by Casa Borrega & cocktails at the Bolden Bar
Tickets: $20 – available at
1/2 off for students with valid ID at the door

Hope to see you there! For further information please don’t hesitate to contact Linda Stone, 504.292.3705 or Hugo Montero, 210-392-9365 or email or visit

La Hora del Cuento: Bilingual Story Time at the Pebbles Center Uptown

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Join the Pebbles Center at the Children’s Resource Center branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Held the second Monday of every month at 5:15 PM, we will read a book and have a craft based on the book. Past books include Dear Primo, ‘Twas Nochebueno, and Call Me Tree/Llamame Arbol.

Story Hour Books
Oct. 12
Funny Bones by Duncan Tonatiuh
Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead with this story time!

November 9 ­
María Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez
Learn about Peru and the Andean highlands through the eyes of Maria and her llama!

December 14
Martín de Porres by Gary Schmidt
Learn about this important Saint and his role in helping the poor!

Ancient Maya Women: A K-16 Educator Workshop

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LARC, in conjunction with the Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and the New Orleans Museum of Art, is hosting a teacher workshop on the ancient Maya. The workshop will introduce information on women in the ancient Maya world as well as providing activities to introduce into the classroom. Check back soon for more information.

To register, visit the Maya Symposium Registration page.