Welcome to the Study Abroad in Brazil Website. We will be posting information about the program as well as student events, pictures and articles by students.
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Martha K. Huggins
Roger Thayer Stone Professor of Sociology
Student Site Coordinator
Group in Brazil
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The one-term study program is especially recommended for students interested in women, economic development, social planning and human rights. The program will be housed for eight weeks in São Paulo’s Associação Alumni, an internationally respected school of languages. We will travel for three weeks on a study tour.
Caio Cardoso, Director of International Programs at Associação Alumni, selects and orients the homestay families, meets with students about homestay 'culture' and rules, and helps Martha Huggins place students at research sites. He is an invaluable asset to the Union College term abroad to Brazil.
In Brazil, students study at the São Paulo-Based bicultural center and language School, Associação Alumni Their seven- to eight-week formal language program is supplemented by living with Brazilian families. In addition, most of the student research is conducted in Portuguese. The research improves as their language skills improve.
These pictures are of one host family's house.
Another Host Family's House
Some Students Stay in Apartments Like These
This one-term study program on women, technology, human rights and economic development in Brazil will consist of three courses.
(Students spend 8 weeks in the field in São Paulo and 3 weeks applying their research in a directed three-week study tour of Brazil.)
Women, Technology & Development in Brazil
(Women in Brazilian Development) Prof. Martha Huggins
The Sociology of Travel and Travel Writing: Challenging Identities
Prof. Malcolm Willison
The Portuguese Language
(Portuguese I or II) Associação Alumni
Who May Participate
The term abroad is limited to 10 Union College students. One semester of Portuguese is required. All courses will be taught in English.
Brazil’s Portuguese-based culture sets that country apart from Spanish-speaking Latin America. Brazil is geographically the biggest country in Latin America and the fifth largest in the world. It has the world’s second largest Black population.
Brazil has the Western world’s eighth largest economy, with an industrial, technological and productive capacity equal to or superior to that of many European countries. At the same time, Brazil has one of the developing world’s largest external debts.
One of the most-racially and ethnically mixed countries in Latin America, Brazil is a country of striking cultural contrasts. Brazil’s heritage of African slavery (abolished just over one hundred years ago), large-scale nineteenth– and twentieth-century immigration of Europeans and Japanese and continually decreasing indigenous population provide stark social and cultural contrasts. Brazil’s racial and cultural diversity makes it ideal for the study of the causes and effects of economic development.
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