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2014 Fall Term in Brazil

Spend Fall Term in Brazil, South America's Emerging Power

The next Brazil Term is tentatively scheduled for Fall of 2017.

Program Description: This program offers students an opportunity to examine a country that is seldom talked about in mainstream US media. What little Americans think they know about Brazil comes from our media's simplistic coverage of the country. The images most Americans associate with Brazil include: beaches, the Amazon rain forest, Carnaval, soccer, and coffee. But Brazil is much more than the little bits of information our media provides us.

The goal of this program is to examine the development and diversity of Brazilian society, with a special emphasis on its artistic and musical expression, history, and politics. The program offers a first-hand experience, partly in homestays, that fosters student understanding of Brazilian daily life, social norms, and cultural traditions. 

Some of the planned activities include:

  • Attending a soccer game
  • Demonstrations of capoeira (Brazilian martial arts)
  • Visit Samba school and Samba nightclub - learn to samba
  • Visit Afro-Brazilian religious ceremony
  • Cooking lessons
  • Visit Maracanã soccer stadium

Rio De JaneiroThe program will spend the first five weeks of Fall term 2014 on campus. Students will begin their introduction to their courses at this time.  There will also be a one-credit seminar required of all students, during part of which students will begin to learn some Portuguese. At the mid-point of the Fall term students will have a week off to go home and finish getting ready to travel to Brazil. After this short break, students and faculty will travel to Brazil for five weeks. We will spend two weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city, followed by three weeks in Salvador, home to the largest number of Afro-Brazilians in the entire country, where students will be housed in homestays.

Courses:  Students will enroll in all 4 courses included in this program.  Coursework begins with 5 weeks on campus, followed by travel to Brazil. This program is designated a Learning Community (LC).  Courses offered are:

  • ART 343 (PA) - Art of the Americas (Professor Schussheim-Anderson)
  • LTAM 320 (PP) - Listening 'Brazil': Popular Music in Context (Professor Araceli A. Masterson)
  • POLS 346 (PS and G) - Politics in Latin America: How Democratic is Brazil? (Professor Magalhães)
  • ISS 311:  Brazil Seminar (1 Credit):  An orientation and cultural studies course which will prepare you for travel and serve as an ongoing discussion and exploration forum throughout the program. (Professor Magalhães)

Program Cost: $14,600  (Estimated cost of 2014-2015 tuition and fees, plus $2,300)   With $2,000 in Augie Choice funds and on-campus housing for Fall Term (see below) this program would cost $300-$400 less than staying on campus for the full Fall Term.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Program costs include: air travel to/from Chicago, ground transportation, group meals, accommodations (hotels and home-stays), excursions, site visits, museum entry fees, and health insurance.

Extra expenses not covered by program fee: Visa ($155), Money for food in Rio ($400), Housing for Fall Term on campus ($2,370 estimated. Students who live on campus will be charged for Fall Term housing and a half-term meal plan. Cost for room & meal plan will vary depending on housing option chosen.)

Students learn Capoeira in Salvador

For more information, contact the program director, Dr. Mariano Magalhães


This program is open only to full-time Augustana students.   

Because this program is on a 3 year rotation, funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with Sophomore status at the time of the program departure.