Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, being roughly the size of the continental United States. It is home to the world’s ninth largest industrial economy, while also being the home to the world’s largest tropical rain forest (the Amazon). It boasts lively music and dance (from samba to forró), has endless miles of sandy tropical beaches, and celebrates the world’s biggest party (carnaval). From Caporeira (a mix of martial arts and acrobatics set to the twang of the berimbau and drums) to Umbanda (a syncretic spirit possession religion); from açaí (milk of the Amazon) to feijoada (the black bean national meal), Brazilian culture is a truly unique blend of Indigenous, African, and European antecedents. Oh, and they play a little futebol
The TnCIS program will allow students to experience this unique way of life in two different locations:
The first location is the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rio is the home of breathtaking landscapes as the ocean meets escarpment, and its harbor (Guanabara Bay) is ranked as one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It boasts the world’s largest urban rain forest (Tijuca) as well as the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema. The marvelous city, as it affectionately known, is home to great culture, art, and literature, as well as to some of the greatest music on the planet. Fresh off hosting the World cup of Soccer (2014) and the Summer Olympic games (2016), Rio has cemented its reputation as one of the world’s major cosmopolitan centers for art, sport, and culture.
The second location is the colonial beach town of Paraty. Located about 125 miles south of Rio de Janeiro on the Costa Verde (a lush, green corridor that runs along the coastline of the state), the city has become well known as a tourist destination in recent years due to its beautiful beaches and historical significance in the region.
- Tentative dates May 7 - 28, 2018
All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level. TnCIS program courses are for credit only.
In Brazil, students will enroll in ONE course. For more information about each of these courses, including pre-requisites and syllabi, use the button provided below.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible that not all TnCIS programs or all TnCIS courses are available at your institution. A complete listing of courses offered at each member institution is available on the Members page
. Please contact your TnCIS campus representative for instructions on registering and paying fees.
The Brazil program is designed to provide our students with a choice of coursework in Music, Biology, Nutrition, and Marketing.
Music is everywhere in Brazilian culture and day-to-day life. Performances of Brazilian music occur in concert halls, taverns and in any place people gather socially, and our students will greatly benefit from learning about the art form from its primary source.
Students in the Biology course will take advantage of the site locations in Brazil, which include coastal zones and tropical rain forests, as part the country’s diverse ecosystems and areas specified for travel. As students begin to understand the organization of life, energy flow and metabolism, and interaction and information transfer of life; Brazil is able to provide the biodiversity for a practical learning experience.
Brazil is a great venue to learn about nutrition and health. Brazil provides students the opportunity to learn about major dietary issues because of its diverse ethnic populations. As the influences of this diversity can be seen in its multicultural mix of foods and influences on diet and health.
Brazil has one of the most vibrant economy in the world. In the marketing course, key principles will be illustrated with Brazilian examples--both in the classroom and in country.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles per day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain even in cities. Good walking shoes are required for all excursions.
Excursions May Include
In Rio, possible excursions may include:
- Sugar Loaf
- Corcovado (Christ Statue)
- Sao Cristovao market
- Maracana stadium
- Theatro Municipal
- Lapa steps
- Tijuca national forest
- Visit to the imperial city of Petropolis
- Visits to the many museums Rio has to offer (fines arts, native Brazilian museum, museum of tomorrow, among others)
In Paraty we will visit:
- Old City Hall and the Jail house (both of which date back to the 18th century or later)
- The Casa da Cultura (Cultural House)
- Multiple markets and shops for which this town is known
- Visit to a Quilombo (a village founded by runaway slaves in the 18th century)
- Tour of the rainforest
- Boat tour of Paraty harbor
Class will meet Monday-Friday onsite at hotels or during excursions with additional class time possible on weekends, if necessary.
Students will stay in hotels, three or more per room with breakfast and one other modest meal provided daily.