Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Brazil: Portuguese Language and Culture
São Paulo, Brazil
June 13 – July 25, 2020

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Application deadline: March 6th, 2020

This 6-week summer program, sponsored by the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane, caters to graduate and undergraduate students who wish to achieve a high level of Portuguese fluency through immersion in Brazilian language and culture. With language classes at the intermediate and advanced levels, it allows students to study with experienced faculty while living with local families or college students in the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Perdizes. Each participant enrolls in two Tulane credit-bearing courses organized by our partner institution CET. In their Portuguese language course, students polish their reading, writing, and conversation skills by engaging with Brazilian art, film, and literature. Meanwhile, they delve into the current cultural, social, and political landscape of Sao Paulo in “Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil,” a course co-taught in Portuguese by Tulane and CET professors. Outside of the classroom, participants can explore Sao Paulo and its surroundings through organized excursions to museums, landmarks, and historic sites, and set off on personal adventures with friends and roommates. Summer in Brazil provides the perfect opportunity to uncover the riches of one of the country’s most overlooked treasures.

ACADEMICS

All students enroll in 2 courses for a total of 6-7 Tulane credits transferable to other institutions. In general, classes meet daily Monday-Thursday: language courses in the morning and the content course in the afternoon. There are no classes on Friday. This schedule may vary to make room for excursions and holidays.

Courses offered

+ PORT 2050: Intermediate Immersive Portuguese (4 credits) OR
+ PORT 3050: Advance Immersive Portuguese (3 credits) AND
+ PORT 6130: Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil (3 credits) – see details below

Contemporary Social Issues in Brazil is a 3-credit course introducing students to the cultural, historical, sociological, and political forces that shape the experiences of 21st-Century Brazilian peoples. It will be co-taught by faculty members at Tulane or its partner institutions and local Brazilian professors contracted by CET. The first week, led by the visiting U.S. instructor, will examine Brazilian popular culture with a particular focus on the art, literature, music, performance, etc of Sao Paulo. Subsequent classes will be divided into two equal modules. The first will discuss social concepts like citizenship, religion, race, development in the local context; the second will provide an in-depth exploration of various Brazilian social welfare programs (health, retirement, education, etc). All class meetings will be conducted in Portuguese, though appropriate accommodations will be made for less advanced language learners. Students will engage with course materials through daily readings (in English and Portuguese), lectures, discussions, and cultural excursions. By the end of the class, students should be able to identify the social and cultural currents that shape Brazilian realities, to connect these currents to their political, historical and philosophical roots, and to assess and debate the Brazilian welfare state.

HOUSING

Summer in Brazil offers two housing options: a family homestay or an apartment shared with Brazilian university students. Students will be able to indicate their preferences during the registration process, though assignments will ultimately depend on enrollment and availability.

Those who choose a homestay will be placed with a local family experienced in hosting foreign students. They will likely have their own bedroom, though they could be required to share with another program participant in the case of high enrollment. Their host families will provide breakfast every morning, but the student will be responsible for the rest of their meals.

Those who choose to stay in apartments will be placed in fully equipped and furnished apartments within a 15-minute walk from the campus. Generally, they will share a double-occupancy bedroom with one other program participant and the rest of the apartment’s common spaces with 2-4 Brazilian university students. Upon arrival, each one will receive a stipend with which to buy groceries used to prepare breakfasts in their home kitchen (NOTE: this stipend is intended to cover the cost of ingredients for homemade breakfasts, not to eat out every morning). Students choosing to live in an apartment will be required to pay a security deposit of approximately $100USD to be returned to them at the end of the program.

EXCURSIONS

Summer in Brazil offers a mix of mandatory and optional excursions to help students explore the city and its surroundings. Students will go on one overnight excursion to Paratay, a colonial city in the state of Rio de Janeiro. There, they will go on guided visits of colonial sites and monuments, witness the sustainable economies of local fishermen, learn about traditional medicine, and explore the natural wonders on hikes along the beach and through the mountains.

Other mandatory excursions will take students to learn from important historical and cultural sites around Sao Paulo. In the past, destinations have included the Museu Afro-Brazil, Museu de Arte Sao Paulo, Memorial da Resistencia, Avenida Paulista, and the Soccer Museum. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to explore together through optional organized activities such as a trip to the theatre, a hike up the Pedra Grande Trail, or a night of Karaoke.

ABOUT SAO PAULO

With a population of more than 20 million people, Sao Paulo is the largest metropolitan area in the Southern Hemisphere and the most important industrial center in Latin America. Though founded in 1554 by Jesuit missionaries (on the anniversary of the conversion of St. Paul, from whom the city takes its name), the city truly blossomed in the late 1900s when coffee became a major Brazilian export. By the middle of the twentieth century, the city had overtaken Rio de Janeiro in population and GDP, and it remains an economic powerhouse and an international leader in industries from heavy manufacturing to technology to international banking and global trade. The economy has given rise to a dynamic, multicultural population with immigrants from all over the world. For example, though the largest percentages of the population identify as of Portuguese, Italian, or African descent, the city is also home to the largest Japanese population outside of Japan.

The diversity of the population leads to a vibrant, eclectic social and cultural scene. Especially since the early 2000s, the city has invested in energizing its streets and neighborhoods, which now boast an array of trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs. Thanks to the Clean City Law restricting outdoor advertising, one can appreciate both the city’s innovative architecture and the explosion of street murals that have cropped up to replace the signage. For more than a century, Sao Paulo has been a leading city for the fine arts: It boasts globally renowned centers like the Sao Paulo Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Municipal Theatre, as well as a wealth of smaller galleries and venues. The town also has much to offer sports fans: it is home to four major soccer teams alone and has major centers for swimming, tennis, volleyball, basketball, and auto racing. Add to this the special events like the Parada do Orgulha Gay, the largest gay pride parade in the world, and there is always something exciting to do or see.

The city’s temperate climate makes it easy to enjoy all it has to offer. Though transected by Tropic of Capricorn, the city, which is known as the “Cidade de Garoa,” or the city of drizzle, enjoys moderate temperatures because of its situation on a plateau in the Brazilian highlands. Average temperatures range between 58 degrees during the winter and 69 degrees during the hottest summer months.

ABOUT BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world and is an official language in nine nations. Of the more than 220 million native speakers, approximately 95% of them live in Brazil. Brazilian Portuguese differs from the language spoken in Portugal in important details such as the second-person address. The language taught in this program will follow Brazilian norms.

ABOUT CET

CET Academic Programs has been a leader in international education since 1982. Originally founded as “China Educational Tours,” the company has now expanded to manage programs in 16 countries on 3 different continents. The organization has overseen a semester-long program in Sao Paulo since 2015, and the Stone Center draws upon the experience, networks, and resources of CET managers and local staff to make our Summer in Brazil program a success. For more information about CET, visit their website: cetacademicprograms.com.

PROGRAM COST

$7,600 Total ($5,000 Tuition, $2,600 housing and logistics fee)

Tuition and fees include 6-7 Tulane credits, international medical insurance, shared housing in apartments or homestays, one meal/day (breakfast), transportation from the São Paulo airport upon arrival, all costs associated with group activities and excursions. Tuition and fees do NOT include airfare to/from Brazil, passport/visa expenses, transportation to airport for departure, lunches and dinners, vaccinations, laundry, and other incidentals.

FINANCIAL AID

Summer in Brazil has been designed to meet all requirements of the federal FLAS grant, which may cover much of the cost. For more information and to see if you qualify, visit the Grants & Funding page of the Stone Center website or speak with the FLAS coordinator at your university.

Note: FLAS applicants should apply separately to Summer in Brazil by the posted application due date.

REGISTRATION

All registration will be processed by Stone Center staff. Students will initially be enrolled in one 3-credit Latin American Studies placeholder course, used for billing purposes only. After students’ language placement in Brazil, they will be enrolled in their respective culture and language courses.

In order to register for classes, non-Tulane students must first enroll as temporary students at the university. Undergraduate students should complete the Visiting Student Application available at applygrad.tulane.edu/register/Summer19. Graduate students should email their full name, home institution, and date of birth to the Program Manager (sclassum@tulane.edu). After enrollment, students will be issued a Tulane ID number and email address that will be uploaded to the post-decision forms on their application.

ORIENTATION

Prior to departure, the CCSI will host two mandatory pre-departure information sessions. During these meetings, students will learn more about what to expect during their time abroad and have the opportunity to ask questions of program faculty and former participants. Students will also be provided with a detailed orientation packet, which they are encouraged to share with their families.

MEDICAL INSURANCE AND GLOBAL RESCUE

CET will enroll Summer in Brazil students in a comprehensive study abroad medical insurance policy provided through GeoBlue. This insurance is included in the cost of the program.
Students are also covered by Global Rescue, an emergency travel assistance program offering medical, personal, and security advice and assistance, as well as emergency evacuation services. The Stone Center will enroll students in this service, and students will receive an email with instructions for setting up the GRID app on their phones.

BILLING

Tuition and fees will be charged to student accounts in the late Spring. Students are responsible for making sure that the bill is paid in full by the end of the billing cycle the month following the posting. Students can access their accounts through the Gibson Portal: gibson.tulane.edu.

For FLAS students: The Stone Center works closely with FLAS coordinators at other institutions to apply these grants to student accounts. However, every school has a different policy regarding how it issues the funds: some pay the full bill directly to Tulane, some directly pay tuition to Tulane and issue the living stipend to individual students, and others issue the entire award to students (who must then pay tuition and housing/logistics fees). Additionally, because of rising operations costs, this year’s program price exceeds the maximum FLAS award by $100, a difference students must pay out-of-pocket. Each student is ultimately responsible for making sure that his/her bill is paid in full and on time. If you have questions or foresee problems please contact the Program Manager.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICY

If a student withdraws from the program at any point between acceptance and departure, the student forfeits their deposit plus any additional expenses that the Stone Center cannot recover from program providers. Prior to 15 days before the program start date, a student may submit a written withdrawal request to be considered for a refund of up to 75% of the program fee (deposit excluded). Refund requests received less than 15 days before the program start date will only be eligible for a maximum of 25% refund of the program fees (deposit excluded). Students withdrawing after the program start date will not be eligible for any refund.

ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

The Stone Center is committed to making all its programs accessible to all students. Persons requiring special facilities or accommodations should notify the Program Manager as soon as possible. All effort will be made to accommodate their needs, but students should be aware that reasonable accommodation may be required.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Both Tulane and non-Tulane students at the graduate and undergraduate levels are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and the equivalent of two semesters of Portuguese-language classes (PORT 1120 for Tulane students). They may be interviewed to determine their language proficiency during the application process. Applicants must have a passport valid for at least six months following the program end date.

APPLICATION

Application available through the Tulane Study Abroad portal:
Components

  • General Student Information
  • Current Official Transcript
  • Personal Statement (approx. 500 words; written in Portuguese encouraged)
  • Two faculty recommendations (preferably one from a Portuguese instructor)
  • Proof of Valid Passport
  • $300 non-refundable deposit (WAIVED for FLAS applicants who contact the Program Manager at sclassum@tulane.edu)

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2020

Questions? Contact the Stone Center Program Manager for Special Programs
Hannah Palmer
Phone: (504) 862 – 8629
Email: sclassum@tulane.edu
100 Jones Hall, Tulane Uptown Campus

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This series brings together Latin America’s most representative creative voices and the editorial entrepreneurs that publish them. By way of interviews conducted by renowned Ecuadorian writer Gabriela Alemán and presentations of various editorial missions, the guests will shed light on a literary world shaped by the contemporary issues of the continent. Moving forward, their conversations will comprise the centerpiece of a digital archive that introduces their ideas to a global audience.

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About the Author

Born in Caracas, Alberto Barrera Tyszka has published over a dozen works of poetry, short story, chronicle, novel, and biography. His most recent publications include the novels Patria o Muerte (2015) and Rating (2011), the poetic anthology La inquietud (2013), the collection of chronicles Un país a la semana (2013), and the short story collection Crímenes (2009). In 2005, he collaborated with Cristina Marcano to write the definitive biography of Hugo Chávez, Hugo Chávez sin uniforme: una historia personal (2005). Patria o muerte won the 2015 Premio Tusquets de Novela, and his novel La enfermedad, translated into English as The Sickness (2010), received the 2006 Herralde Award. Barrera also writes for television and has scripted soap operas for Venezuelan, Mexican, Colombian, and Argentinian networks.