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Brazil

The Federative Republic of Brazil is the fifth-largest country by geographical area, the fifth most populous country, and the fourth most populous democracy in the world. The official language is Portuguese.[2] Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion.

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of over 7,367 kilometres (4577 miles).[1] Brazil borders every nation on the South American continent except Ecuador and Chile: Venezuela, Suriname, Guyana and the department of French Guiana are to the north, Colombia to the northwest, Bolivia and Peru to the west, Argentina and Paraguay to the southwest, and Uruguay to the south.[1] Numerous archipelagos are part of the Brazilian territory, such as Penedos de São Pedro e São Paulo, Fernando de Noronha, Trindade and Martim Vaz and Atol das Rocas.[1][3]

With previous Portuguese language study, Newcomb-Tulane undegraduates have numerous opportunities to explore this magnificient and important country.

Brazil: Salvador da Bahia ___________________________________
CIEE Study Center
2008-09: Download Info Sheet

Salvador da Bahia, located on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Brazil, has 2.1 million inhabitants. Due to the strong slave presence during the Colonial period, Salvador has a strong African influence, including religious and spiritual practices, cuisine, and ethnic dynamics. Today Salvador is a booming city and its historic and ethnic diversity can be noted in the city's architecture and layout: old parts of the city are next to modern complexes. The CIEE Study Center is located on a bustling square, 2 de Julho, located near Pelourinho, the historic center of the city.

Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal), established in 1961, is the highest-ranking private university in northeast Brazil. The UCSal campus is housed in renovated monasteries and some modern day buildings that include libraries, computer rooms, research centers, a bookstore, and cafeterias.  Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA) is ranked as one of Brazil's top ten universities. It has 58 departments for undergraduate majors and 18,000 students. UFBA is situated near the downtown area and Salvador's well-preserved colonial zone, Pelourinho.

Program Dates
Academic Year, fall or spring semester.

Fields of Study
Full range of university offerings including Liberal Arts. including communications, history, geography, biology, mathematics, education, music, law, civil engineering, social service, nursing, and theology.

Eligibility Requirements
3.0 CGPA; Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including PORT 203 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure.

Academic Program
The program begins with a five-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), held in Salvador da Bahia for the fall semester and in São Paulo for the spring semester. The ILCP prepares students for the regular semester by providing them the opportunity to focus intensively on Portuguese language acquisition and learning about Brazilian contemporary society. The semester program offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at a Brazilian university, CIEE Portuguese language courses, and specially-designed CIEE courses about contemporary Brazilian art, culture, race, and economic issues.

Tulane generally awards three credits at the 500-level per course; students earn 15-18 credits per semester for this schedule, plus three credits for the orientation program.

Living Arrangements
During orientation, students are housed together, usually in a hotel. For the remainder of the program, students are placed in Bahian homestays.

Tulane Faculty liaison
Dr. Chris Dunn, Portuguese      

Internet Links
www.ciee.org

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Brazil: Salvador da Bahia 
SIT World Learning: Public Health & Community Welfare
2008-09: Download Info Sheet

Brazil is a continental-size country of tremendous importance to Latin America and the world. The Northeast region, known in Brazil as the Nordeste, is home to 45 million people -- one-third of the Brazilian population. With high infant morality, illiteracy rates of near 50 percent and unemployment around 30 percent, the Brazilian northeast is one of the poorest regions in the hemisphere. It represents the vast human and environmental challenges confronting populations designated as «Third World» in many parts of the world, and is an area well suited in which to consider the health challenges of the poor and possible health care responses, both governmental and alternative.

The program base of Salvador, the largest city in the Brazilian Northeast, offers numerous opportunities for interaction with physicians and nurses, government health officials, urban and rural residents, herbalists, healers in the Candomblé tradition, and others to help students develop a comprehensive understanding of health and community welfare.

Program Dates: Fall (late August to late December) or Spring (January to June) semester only.

Eligibility: 2.5 GPA; Previous college-level coursework in public health, development studies, or other related fields. Completion of two semesters of Portuguese, including PORT 203, during the year before departure. Students are part of a competitive national applicant pool.

Academic Program: The courses offered on this field-based program consist of Intensive Portuguese (4 credit hours); Public Health & Community Welfare Seminar (4 credit hours); Field Study Seminar (4 credit hours); Independent Study Project (ISP), (4 credit hours). Complete course syllabi are available on the SIT World Learning web site.  The program begins with intensive language instruction and ends with the Independent Study Project (ISP).

The ISP is conducted in Salvador, the state of Bahia, or, with program approval, other areas of the Brazilian northeast. Sample topic areas include: the health situation of adolescent mothers and their offspring; African Brazilian health issues; factors affecting well-being in a quilombo community; healing in the Candomblé tradition; psychiatric illness and community outreach; geriatrics; drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs in Salvador; Brazilian AIDS policy; empowerment of women; policy issues in access; pre- and postnatal care. The ISP is supervised and evaluated by SIT faculty.

Students must submit a copy of their ISP to the OSA no later than four weeks following the completion of the semester in Brazil.

To receive Public Service credit for the ISP component of this program, students must demonstrate that the experience meets the same criteria for service learning classes at Tulane – namely that it is attached to an academic component and that the service benefits a community partner.  Students should consult the Center for Public Service for more details before departure.

There is no Pass/Fail (S/U) option for this program. Tulane awards up to 500-level credit for coursework completed on this program.

Living Arrangements: Varied throughout the program, housing arrangements include an extended seven-week homestay in Salvador and a shorter rural homestay. Other accommodations during the program include hostels, private homes, or small hotels.

Web links: www.worldlearning.org/ssa_brh.htm

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Brazil: São Paulo                ___________________________________
CIEE Study Center – Liberal Arts
2008-09: Download Info Sheet

São Paulo is a multi-cultural city of more than 17 million people. It is the second largest urban area in the Americas and an important South American economic and cultural center. São Paulo has a modern subway system, well-designed shopping malls, beautiful parks, nightlife, and open-air fruit and flower markets. São Paulo is often compared to New York City because of its distinct ethnic neighborhoods and excellent cultural venues. The city offers numerous entertainment opportunities (such as samba, tango shows, and Carnival) and is only two hours from Brazil’s beautiful beaches.

CIEE’s Study Center is based at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC), established in 1946, is ranked among the top universities in Brazil and has 29,000 students (19,000 undergraduates) studying in 9 departments. In terms of research and development, PUC is ranked first in the state of São Paulo in obtaining external funding for research. PUC maintains a strong research tradition, a unique characteristic among private institutions of higher learning in Brazil. Among PUC's well-known intellectuals are Paulo Freire, a famous educational theorist, and Florestan Fernandes, a sociologist instrumental in the creation of the Worker's Party. 
 
Program Dates
Academic Year, Fall (June-December) or Spring Semester (January-June).

Fields of Study
Full range of university offerings including Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Eligibility Requirements
3.0 CGPA; Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including PORT 203 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure. Completion of coursework with Latin American content highly recommended.

Academic Program
All students take two required courses during the five-week ILCP; intensive Portuguese language and Contemporary Brazil. During the remainder of the semester, students take the two required CIEE courses: Brazilian Issues and Realities and a Portuguese language course, plus two or three CIEE and PUC electives.  Tulane students are required to take at least one non-language course taught in Portuguese at PUC.

Tulane awards 500-level credit for this program.

Living Arrangements
Students live with Brazilian families in home-stay arrangements made by CIEE.

Tulane Faculty liaison
Dr. Chris Dunn, Portuguese

Internet Links
www.ciee.org/study

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