Rio de Janeiro and Paraty
DATES: Tentative Dates: May 10 - May 31, 2016
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 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. Oh, and they play a little futebol as well.
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. In addition, Rio de Janeiro will host the summer Olympic Games in August of 2016, further cementing 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.
The Brazil program is designed to provide our students with a choice of coursework in Literature, Music, Sociology, Biology, and Nutrition.
The Literature course will focus on various Brazilian and Latino writers and artists that exemplify the characteristics and traits of each of our travel destinations.
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, and our students will greatly benefit from learning about Brazilian music from its primary source.
Brazil was founded over 500 years ago, so the students in the Sociology course will be able to learn firsthand about an older culture. Brazil's culture & society provide our students with a grand opportunity to appreciate a truly unique country. We will be able to explore Rio, one of the most exciting cities in the world, with its special culture, checking out Samba, soccer, and beaches. 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, and how it differs from the United States.
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.
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: In Rio, possible excursions may include Sugar Loaf, Corcovado (Christ Statue), the Sao Cristovao market, Maracana stadium, the Theatro Municipal, the Lapa steps, and the 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 modest meal provided daily.