Duke in Brazil

A 4-WEEK SUMMER PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE & BRAZILIAN CULTURE PROGRAM

STUDY BRAZIL’S UNIQUE SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

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Offered only on the Duke in Brazil program, the signature four-week immersion course is designed to provide intensive Portuguese language instruction while exposing you to the reality of social issues in Rio de Janeiro and environmental issues in Rio de Janeiro.

You will interact with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that engage on issues of civics, citizen’s rights, culture, and sustainable development. By living with host families, meeting local students, and participating in several excursions of cultural significance, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of cultural and social activism in Brazil.

PROGRAM FAST FACTS

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Term: Summer

Dates: July 1 to July 29, 2018

Application Deadline: February 1

Academic Theme(s): Portuguese Language, Brazilian Culture

Credit Type: Duke Credit

Eligibility: Open to all majors and applicants from accredited colleges and universities. Applicants should have completed one of the following levels of Portuguese by the start of the program: Portuguese 102 (Elementary Portuguese II), Portuguese 112 (Accelerated Portuguese), or Portuguese 204 (Advanced Intermediate Portuguese)

Duke Affiliation: Co-sponsored by Duke’s Department of Romance Studies

Housing: Homestay Families

GEO Advisor: Abigail Grubbs

  • Rio de Janeiro

  • At NGO Solar Meninos de Luz

  • Biblioteca Lusitana in Rio de Janeiro

  • Buying fruit at market

  • Students at Market in Ipanema

  • Favela Morro do Alemao in Rio de Janeiro

  • Learning capoiera

  • Pao de Acucar

  • Supporting the Brazilian soccer team

  • Taking the subway in Rio de Janeiro

ACADEMICS

You will enroll in one Portuguese language course worth one Duke course credit. This four-week immersion course is offered only on the Duke in Brazil program.

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  • COURSE SCHEDULE

COURSE

PORTUGUESE 203A
Intensive Brazilian Portuguese  

FL, CCI, EI 1.0 Credit
Instructor: Magda Silva

Prerequisite: One of the following courses: PORTUGUESE 102, PORTUGUESE 112, or PORTUGUESE 204

This course covers the intermediate language curriculum, developing aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. It provides grammar practice and development of effective strategies for oral communication done in conjunction with intensive cultural program activities and excursions.

The course content offers strong and intensive civics, social, cultural, and environmental components. All afternoon activities and excursions will be centered around visits to NGOs that engage in all of these issues.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Classes meet M-F in the morning at UNIRIO (Universidade do Rio de Janeiro), with afternoon activities and excursions.

Weeks 1 and 2: During the first two weeks, we will focus on social issues and visit NGOs that engage on civics, citizen’s rights, and cultural aspects; and we will investigate how and why these are missing in the overall Brazilian public educational system.

Weeks 3 and 4: During the second two weeks, we will focus on environmental issues by visiting NGOs that contribute to sustainable development and social and civics inclusion. 

 

EXCURSIONS

In addition to visits to local NGOs, you will have an opportunity to explore the surrounding area and learn about local culture through excursions to museums, a samba house in Lapa, historical downtown Rio, an Umbanda temple, Escadaria Selarón, Christ the Redeemer, Sugar Loaf, Ipanema beach, local markets, and the Maracanã soccer stadium.

HOUSING & MEALS

You will stay with carefully selected local homestay families in Rio, which will help enrich your linguistic and cultural experience. The host families will provide two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) and basic home necessities like a bedroom, internet, and kitchen access if needed. You will be responsible for your own lunch.

COSTS

These costs are estimated based on previous years’ programs and the current exchange rate. All costs are subject to change.

Summer 2018

  Duke Students Non-Duke Students
Tuition $3,390 $3,390
Program Fee $4,300 $4,300
Transcript Fee N/A $40
Other Costs Other Costs Other Costs
TOTAL (Estimated) $11,445.00 $11,485.00

Explanation of Costs

Financial Aid

Duke students receiving institutional need-based grant aid are eligible for aid for this program; work-study funds are converted to grants. Students are individually responsible for making the necessary arrangements with the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support and the Duke Bursar’s Office.

Non-Duke students are not eligible to receive financial aid at Duke and should contact their home institutions for financial aid information.

Scholarships

This program offers the following scholarship opportunities:

DATES

Attendance is required at all classes, excursions, and group events. Given the intense nature of this program, late arrival and/or early departure is not permitted

  • Arrival: July 1, 2018
  • Departure: July 29, 2018

Schedule

Classes will be held in the mornings five days a week (M-F). Field trips and cultural events will take place during the afternoons and/or the weekends. A detailed itinerary will be provided prior to departure.

Flights

You will make your own travel arrangements to and from the program site. You are expected to arrive on the arrival date cited above, which usually means departing the U.S. one day prior. Once you have a flight itinerary, log in to MyGlobalEd to update your travel registry.

Housing Before/After

You will need to make your own housing arrangements if you will be arriving before the program start date or leaving later than the program end date.

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VISA & PASSPORT

Visa

U.S. citizens are required to obtain a tourist visa to enter Brazil. More information about applying for a Brazilian visa will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Brazilian Embassy about visa requirements.

Passport

All non-Brazilian citizens must have a valid passport. Make sure your passport has at least six months of validity beyond the program end date to avoid unintended disruptions. For instructions on obtaining or renewing your U.S. passport, visit passports.state.gov.

International Student Identity Card

An International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is required for this program. ISIC is the only internationally recognized form of student ID, endorsed by UNESCO. If purchased in the U.S., the card also carries with it a supplemental insurance policy, which can prove to be very helpful in the event of serious injury.

You may purchase this card through www.myisic.com. Processing of the card takes between 4-15 days. Please order your card well in advance of your departure.

 

PROGRAM FACULTY & STAFF

The Duke in Brazil program director can assist with questions related to program academics, admissions, on-site needs, etc. For all other inquiries, please contact the GEO representative listed.

Magda Silva

Senior Lecturer of Romance Languages

Abigail Grubbs

GEO Program Coordinator / Advisor

ADMISSIONS

Deadline: February 1.

This program has rolling admission. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until the program fills; after that, qualified students are added to a waitlist and notified of openings. Applications must be received by the deadline to be considered. Application opens November 1.

PriorityPriority is given to applicants who apply early and meet the prerequisites.

Eligibility: Applicants should have completed one of the following levels of Portuguese by the start of the program: Portuguese 102 (Elementary Portuguese II), Portuguese 112 (Accelerated Portuguese), or Portuguese 204 (Advanced Intermediate Portuguese).

Minimum GPA: There is no minimum GPA.

Non-Duke students: Non-Duke students are welcome to apply to this program. You must be a degree-seeking student in good standing at an accredited college or university. Consult your university’s registrar and/or study away advisor for assistance with transfer credit. Students who are not matriculated at a college or university are not eligible to participate in Duke’s study away programs.

Late applicants: After the published deadline, qualified applicants will be considered on a space-available basis.

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Start your application early to ensure that it is complete by the deadline! Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the program directors for consideration.

Submit the following items using MyGlobalEd

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended. First-year students should wait for fall semester grades to be posted.
  3. Personal statement, no longer than one page, explaining why you would like to participate
  4. Academic letter of recommendation (one), preferably from a language professor noting your linguistic and academic abilities