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UConn ScHOLA2RS House Higher Education in Brazil: Access, Equity and Opportunity (Faculty-led)

The Program

This program will take place during Spring Break from March 10, 2017 through March 19, 2017 in the areas of Salvador, Morro De Sao Paulo, and Gamboa (Bahia region) of Brazil. This education abroad program involves faculty and students from the University of Connecticut and the Ohio State University. Moreover, this course is designed for students in the ScHOLA2RS House Residential Learning Community. This education abroad program will expose ScHOLA2RS House students to higher education access and equity challenges in Brazil commonly experienced by low-income and first-generation students enrolled in American universities and colleges. More specifically, this program will help students gain a better understanding of the role of education in Brazil and the academic needs of its student population.

The Academics

Students who participate in this education abroad program will be enrolled in the UNIV 3820 1-credit course, a co-requisite to being a member of ScHOLA2RS House. In this course, students will spend time learning about the Brazilian culture, some of the language, and history. We will spend half of each class facilitating pre-departure activities prior to going Brazil.

Students will register for UNIV 1995. This education abroad course will introduce students to the South American country of Brazil and its people, particularly in Salvador, the Bahia region, which has one of the largest Afro-Brazilian populations in the area. Through both academic and extra-curricular experiences, students will acquire a better understanding of how access to educational opportunities play an instrumental role in the shaping of Brazilian society. In Salvador, the course will explore some of the contemporary advances and challenges of the people of Bahia Brazil socially, culturally and environmentally in the realm of higher education. Using lectures, discussions and research projects on contemporary Brazil, the course will enable students to survey and understand the Brazilian educational system along with the richness and dynamic nature of Brazil’s history, culture, politics, economy and people.

The program will enable students to appreciate and participate in rich and dynamic aspects of Brazilian culture and educational systems. Scholars will also acquire a basic understanding of how race, socioeconomic status, and gender impact educational opportunities for Afro-Brazilian youth. Additionally, the program will include discussions with university faculty, visits to educational institutions, along with historical and cultural sites. There will also be visits to governmental and non-governmental developmental organizations.

This spring break program has a two-part focus: (a) creating partnerships with educational institutions in Brazil to provide an enriching international experience for students for cross-cultural exchange and (b) developing service-learning, field-based work, and research opportunities for University of Connecticut students, particularly those in the ScHOLA2RS House Living and Learning Community.

Students will articulate how their time abroad has enriched their academic experience by documenting and reflecting upon their experiences in northeast Brazil, through essays, journals, blogs, video diaries and group discussions. Thus, students will develop and deepen their abilities to comprehend and assess individual and social values, and recognize their importance in social problem solving and policy making across cultures. Also, students will present their experiences in a symposium type format at the University of Connecticut.

The Experience

This Study Abroad course will introduce students to the South American country of Brazil and its people, particularly in Salvador, the Bahia region, which has one of the largest Afro-Brazilian populations in the area. Using lectures, discussions and research projects on contemporary Brazil, the course will enable students to survey and understand the Brazilian educational system along with the richness and dynamic nature of Brazil’s history, culture, politics, economy and people.

Salvador, Brazil. Students participating in this program will have the opportunity to experience two of Salvador’s educational institutions: the Associação Cultural Brasil -Estados Unidos (ACBEU) and the Instituto Cultural Steve Biko (Steve Biko Cultural Institute).

Students will stay in a modest hotel near the Associação Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos (ACBEU). Meals, travel (flight to Brazil and in-country accommodations), and lodging are included in program fee.

Budget Sheets: Spring Break
The Details

  • Location: Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Terms: Spring Break
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Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/13/2017 11/20/2017 03/08/2018 03/18/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75