Modern Brazil: Its People and Culture

Summer 2015
May 12 - June 1, 2015
Florianópolis, Brazil

Program Highlights

  • Engage in Brazilian culture by reading and living in the culture
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro and explore that favelas (slums), visit the Maracanã stadium, and Christ the Redeemer (statue).
  • Hike and learn about the Magical Island of Florianópolis
  • Dance samba and cook traditional meals
  • Live with a Brazilian family
  • Learn some survival Portuguese

Program Description:

Spend three weeks exploring and learning about Brazil.

Our first  four days in Brazil, we will stop at Rio de Janeiro where we will visit the Christ the Redeemer statue and learn about its history; we will visit one of the most popular favelas (slums) and have first-hand experience with them. We will visit the Maracanã stadium where the Olympic and Paralympic games will take place in 2016.  There will also be time to explore this fabulous city on your own. We will be staying in a hotel in Ipanema.

After visiting Rio, the group will fly into Florianópolis, an Island in Brazil. The group will live with host families near the school. Transportation is nearby and easy to navigate.

Your first week in Florianopolis you will learn survival Portuguese and visit different places in Florianópolis. The second week you will attend the Modern Brazil: Its People and Culture course where you will read academic papers and discuss your experience with the new culture and your reflections on the readings. You will attend a Religious Ceremony "Umbanda", participate in cooking, dancing, and capoeira lessons. There will also be time to explore this fabulous city on your own.

It will be a busy, but very exciting three weeks!

Course Description (COLG 280 - 2 credit requirement)

  • Complete your Intercultural designation (IC) - 2 credits (approval pending)
  • Learn political, economic, religious, and social legacies of Brazilian past centuries
  • Witness how preparing to host the Soccer World Cup 2014 affects the people of Brazil
  • Reflect on how the social movements play a role in the music, dance, food, "futbol" (soccer), and lifestyles of Brazilians
  • Read Academic Papers (course packet)
  • Discuss and reflect on your experiences in Brazil as well as in the papers in your course packet
  •  Write a journal
  • Give a final presentation

No prerequisites

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $4,950 (If the visa is done by December 31, 2014, the price will increase after January 1, 2015 due to the airfare and accommodations in Rio de Janeiro) plus the cost of  2 credits at CSB/SJU at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $550 per credit).

This Price Includes:

    • Housing (Hotel in Rio de Janeiro and host family in Florianópolis)
    • Round trip international airfare and visa (Minneapolis -> Rio de Janeiro -> Florianopolis -> Minneapolis)
    • Program administrative costs and fees
    • Two meals per day (breakfast and dinner)
    • 1 day trip learning excursion
    • Admission cultural events included for the course
    • Insurance

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Passport
  • The cost of university credits ($550 per credit)
  • One meal per day ($15-$20)
  • Public Transporation in Florianópolis ($50)
  • Personal spending money ($500)


Housing and classroom facilities, along with many other support services are provided by the The Language Club. Internet and laundry service is provided by most host families.

*Note: Please see program brochure on right side of this page for more details.


Tania Gómez directed the semester-long program in Guatemala in 2011 and co-directed the Ecuador: Gender, Health & Sustainability Program in summer 2012. She also directed this program in the summer of 2014.

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