Fortaleza and Rio de Janeiro
DATES: May 12 - June 2, 2015
Due to limited accommodation space, this program has a maximum capacity. Interested students are strongly encouraged to apply by the early application deadline. TnCIS anticipates that a wait list will be initiated for the regular acceptance applicants. Contact TnCIS if you have questions.
Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, being roughly the size of the continental United States. It is the world’s seventh-largest industrial economy, and it is home to the world’s largest tropical rain forest (the Amazon). It boasts lively music and dance (from samba to forró), and has endless miles of sandy tropical beaches. It celebrates the world’s biggest party (Carnaval), and the city of Rio de Janeiro prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Games (having finished hosting the 2014 FIFA World cup). From capoeira (a mix of martial arts and acrobatics set to the pulsating groove of the berimbau and atabaque) to Umbanda (a syncretic spirit possession religion); from açaí (milk of the Amazon) to feijoada (the black bean national meal), Brazilian culture is a unique blend of Indigenous, African, and European traditions that have come together to create a sum greater than its parts.
The TnCIS program will allow students to experience this unique way of life in three different locations. The first is the Northeastern city of Fortaleza. Located just 5 degrees south of the equator, the city of two and one-half million (fifth largest in Brazil) is surrounded by miles of sandy tropical beaches. Founded over five hundred years ago, today the city is the capital of the state of Ceará, an important seaport, and a recreational retreat for Brazilians and international travelers alike. Located some 300 kilometers west of Fortaleza is the world famous fishing village of Jericoacoara; the program’s second location. This beach paradise has been a national park since 2002 and possesses breathtaking landscapes and amazing cultural attractions. The third and final location is the city of Rio de Janeiro. Rio is the home of breathtaking landscapes as the ocean meets escarpment. It also contains the world’s largest urban rain forest (Tijuca) along with the world famous beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema.
This program is designed to provide students with a choice of coursework in music, nutrition, or sociology. Music is all around in Brazilian culture and everyday life. You see it being played in concert halls, taverns and everywhere people gather socially. Students in the course will greatly benefit from learning about Brazilian music from its primary source. Students taking the nutrition courses will observe and study cultural and ethnic influences on dietary behavior, specific nutrient deficiencies, and nutrition-related programs directly related to the reality of Brazilian day to day life. Brazil's culture & society provide the students taking the sociology course with an opportunity to appreciate a truly unique country. We will explore and study the contrasts between Fortaleza and Rio, two of the most exciting cities in the world, with an emphasis on race relations and how it differs from the United States.
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: While in Fortaleza there will be excursions to nearby towns and beaches. Excursions may include visits to Cumbuco, Guaramiranga, and Morro Branco. While in Rio there may be excursions to Sugar Loaf, Corcovado (Christ Statue), and the centro (downtown).
Classes: Class will meet Monday-Friday onsite at hotels or during excursions with additional class time possible on weekends, if necessary.
Accommodations: Students will stay in hotels, three or more per room with breakfast and one other modest meal provided daily.