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Rio de Janeiro


May 13 - June 3 , 2014 (3 weeks)

Total Program Fee: $4,995

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.

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Program Location:

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, being roughly the size of the continental United States. It is home to the world’s sixth 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.

Of course, no discussion of Brazilian culture would be complete without mentioning futebol (soccer), Brazil’s national pastime. Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014, and the program will culminate 10 days before the beginning of the world’s second-largest sporting event (behind only the Olympics, which Brazil will also host in 2016). It may be possible for students participating in the program to extend their stay and participate in the World Cup festivities. According to the Brazilian Consulate office in Atlanta, the Brazilian tourist visa fee may be waived for anyone who purchases a World Cup ticket in advance.  For more information about this please go to the consulate website and/or contact the TnCIS office. 

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. It also contains the world’s largest urban rain forest (Tijuca) along with 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. 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.

Program Description:

This program is designed to provide students with a choice of coursework in English Composition, Music, and Sociology. The study of the literary works of great Brazilian and Latin American authors will greatly enhance the writing skills of students participating in the English 1020 course. Music is everywhere in Brazilian culture and day-to-day life. You see it being played in concert halls, taverns and in any place people gather socially. Students in the music course will greatly benefit from learning about Brazilian music from its primary source. Brazil’s culture and society provide our students with a grand opportunity to appreciate a truly unique country. The build up to the World Cup will provide an exciting experience for our students. A major international event such as this is something our students rarely will have a chance to experience. The Sociology of Soccer will allow our students to understand how other societies differ from our football as a sport. The cultures of both the large city of Rio de Janeiro and the small colonial town of Paraty will be studied, with special emphasis being placed on comparing race relations in each.

Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk at least one to two miles a 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), the Sao Cristovao market, Maracana stadium, the Theatro Municipal, the Lapa steps, and Tijuca national forest. In Paraty we will visit the old City Hall and the Jail house (both of which date back to the 18th century or later), The Casa da Cultura (Cultural House), as well as the multiple markets and shops for which this town is known.

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 meal provided daily.


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 of the following courses.

ENGLISH: English Composition II (Prerequisite:  English 1010)
Imagine reading some of the best fiction written by some of the best authors Brazil has to offer with the shore of the Guanabara Bay as a backdrop…

Imagine rendezvousing with novel characters of Jorge Amado or enjoying the poetry of Cecelia Meireles with the music of Samba nearby…

Now, imagine this scenery and enjoyable literature as a reality! If you study in Brazil, this reality can be yours!!!  This Composition II brings together the literary, religious, and philosophical traditions of Latin America, specifically Brazil. Overall, this course promotes understanding of the great diversity of the Latin American experience; moreover, it fosters cultural awareness of Brazil, its communities and its heritage though various literary works. The study of Latin American Literature presents the students with several experiences that might not be offered in the traditional Composition II course.  While student’s writing skills will be honed, their topic choices will be unique to Brazil and Brazilian authors.  The reading material that they will enjoy will not only offer a rich cultural and historical opportunity to further their perspectives on Brazil, but also will further reinforce the skills of experience, interpretation and evaluation of Latin American Literature.  See course syllabus

MUSIC: Music Appreciation (No Prerequisites)
This course will focus on developing listening skills and an understanding of Western music from the ancient world through the 20th century. Brazil, a country with a rich musical tradition, has enjoyed (and still has) a strong Western Art Music tradition, a thriving jazz and pop influence, and an enormous variety of indigenous music. Students will benefit greatly from acquiring a true appreciation for music in this diverse setting. See course syllabus

SOCIOLOGY:  Introduction to Sociology(No Prerequisites)
Introduction to Sociology introduces the student to the field of Sociology - its concepts, methods, theories and theorists.  The sociological perspective is used in examining social interaction, social structures and social change.  Brazil's culture and society provide our students with a grand opportunity to appreciate a truly unique country.  From Fortaleza in the north to Rio in the south, we will study the different cultures of both cities.  Emphasis will be placed on race relations and how they differ in the two areas as well as our own society.  Students will learn how the American Civil War impacted Brazilian society. Being in Brazil during The World Cup will provide an exciting experience for our students. The Sociology of Soccer will allow our students to understand how other societies differ from our football as a sport.  See course syllabus