Brazil

21st Century Brazil

 21st Century Brazil- An Interpretive Study of the Cultural Layers of a Globalizing Nation: Examining the Aftermath of the 2014 World Cup for the Brazilian Society as well as the Public and Private Sectors in the Context of Portuguese Language, Brazilian Culture and Experiential Learning.

You are welcome to contact us should you would like to join the 2015  Facebook early bird applicants’ list. Please contact the faculty leader Simone Elias ( s.elias@neu.edu)  

Description

Summer 1 

2015

Several agencies, institutions and organizations including the Cultural Institute Brazil united States (ICBEU), State of Minas Gerais, Consulate of United States in Belo Horizonte, UNA University, Fumec University, FEAD University, and the Military Police, to name a few institutions, support the 2015 21st Brazil program. This unique academic and cultural experiential program offers students immersion into some of the world’s two most dynamic, diverse and growing States in Brazil: The State of Minas Gerais, one of the leading economic regions in the country (it is currently the second wealthiest in terms of GDP with a land mass greater than that of France), as well as the marvelous the state of Rio de Janeiro, which will be hosting the 2016 Olympics.

 The states of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2014 World Cup. The state of Minas Gerais is home to South America’s only helicopter manufacturing company, and has Brazil’s second largest automotive hub, being home of, Iveco, Fiat and Mercedes Benz.  The state excels not only on its vast industry. Minas Gerais state school network is among the best in the nation, and it is well recognized for its educational achievements – being the location of some of the best universities in the country.

Four well-respected academic and cultural institutions host the 2015 21st Brazil Dialogue of Civilizations:

1)    The Cultural Institute Brazil United States (ICBEU).  ICBEU is Bi-national Center of excellence (BNC) recognized by the U.S. embassy, whose goals are to engage in cultural and educational exchanges and the promotion of mutual understanding between Brazil and the United States.

2)    UNA University, a vibrant and innovative institution of higher education and is considered the best private university center in the state of Minas Gerais. Students will relate well to UNA University as it shares a similar profile to that Northeastern University, which aims to prepare students for life-long learning in a global, diverse marketplace

3)    FEAD University: A visionary, entrepreneurial institution, whose mission is to form entrepreneurs to operate in the domestic and international markets, with responsibility and competence, grounded in ethical values ​​and social commitment. The university institutional pillars are: Knowledge, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

4)    3) FUMEC University: A research multidisciplinary institution, ranked as one of the most well respected research institutions in the state of Minas Gerais.

Northeastern University’s students will relate well to UNA, FUMEC and FEAD University student’s as these institutions share a similar profile and mission to that Northeastern University, which aims to prepare students for life-long learning in a global, diverse marketplace.

This program consists of two courses in conjunction with an optional experiential component:

1) A practical Portuguese language course (for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners), that focus on Portuguese as a world language, and It takes a highly interactive approach towards presentation and practice of the language integrating cultural information and exchange at every stage of instruction.  The class will offer a rich variety of insights into cultural, social and realities and use not only the classroom, but also the state as an experiential laboratory for practice.

2) A course on the Culture and globalization of Brazil that focuses on the cultural layers of the Brazilian society employing interpretive lens and cultural approaches. During the culture course, students will study the cultural dimensions of a fast growing state in Brazil – Minas Gerais. The state has attracted some of the leading technology companies in the world, like Google and Fiat as well as hosting the 2014 World Cup. Participants of the 21st Brazil Dialogue will have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with leading government officials, consuls, policymakers, industrial giants, locals, and cultural experts, and;

3) An optional experiential learning component twice per week in the evenings, after structured activities and classes that focus on social and educational projects with the State Police of Minas Gerais ad Firefighters, Institute Cultural Brazil United States, UNA University, University and FEAD University. These projects aim to develop actions to contribute to the promotion of social development of the Brazilian workforce, internationalization of campuses, and general education.  Examples of experiential projects may include being a teaching assistant during evening classes at universities; lead evening and Saturdays English learning projects with the Police academy, leading dialogue and conversation groups at ICBEU, and coaching youngsters to name a few projects. Students will have a chance to select the projects that they would like to be a part during their pre-orientation departure meeting, and will be matched according to their skills and interests by the host institutions, the faculty leader and the TA.

In short, during this program, students will study the Portuguese language at the appropriated level, while interacting with their peers from UNA University, FEAD University and FUMEC University, professors and society while engaging in academic exchanges and visits with officials and locals, as well participating to an optional experiential service-learning project at least twice per week during the evenings.

The cultural immersion of the 21st Brazil Dialogue program is furthered through academic exchange with students at UNA University, FEAD University and FUMEC University whom will act as mentors and buddies during the program, introducing and assisting students to decipher to the deepest layers of the Brazilian culture.

The academic program will be complemented by numerous guided excursions, including an excursion to historical Ouro Preto, Sāo Joāo Del Rey, and Tiradents, along with a visit to marvelous Rio de Janeiro and other important satellite and historical cities in Brazil. During visits, students will have the opportunity to explore the cultural facets of a cosmopolitan city such as Belo Horizonte, a historical city of gold such as Ouro Preto and the fascinating marvelous city Rio de Janeiro, thus developing the ability to view the Brazilian culture with different lenses and from different angles. In addition, students will also engage in lectures, and field visits with scholarly authorities and local leaders.

At the end of the program, students will have had the opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with people from many diverse backgrounds, and thus gain exposure to a wide spectrum of Brazilian society and its culture. Ultimately, students will return home with a first-hand knowledge of the deepest layers of the Brazilian Culture

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Courses: 

1) A practical Portuguese language course (for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners), that focus on Portuguese as a world language, and It takes a highly interactive approach towards presentation and practice of the language integrating cultural information and exchange at every stage of instruction.  The class will offer a rich variety of insights into cultural, social and realities and use not only the classroom, but also the state as an experiential laboratory for practice.

2) A course on the Culture and globalization of Brazil that focuses on the cultural layers of the Brazilian society employing interpretive lens and cultural approaches. During the culture course, students will study the cultural dimensions of a fast growing state in Brazil – Minas Gerais. The state has attracted some of the leading technology companies in the world, like Google and Fiat as well as hosting the 2014 World Cup. Participants of the 21st Brazil Dialogue will have opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with leading government officials, consuls, policymakers, industrial giants, locals, and cultural experts, and;

3) An optional experiential learning component twice per week in the evenings, after structured activities and classes that focus on social and educational projects with the State Police of Minas Gerais ad Firefighters, Institute Cultural Brazil United States,  UNA University, FUMEC University and FEAD University. These projects aim to develop actions to contribute to the promotion of social development in Brazilian workforce, internationalization of campuses, and general education.

Examples of experiential projects may include being a teaching assistant during evening classes at universities; lead evening and Saturdays English learning projects with the Police academy, leading dialogue and conversation groups at ICBEU, and coaching youngsters to name a few projects. Students will have a chance to select the projects that they would like to be a part during their pre-orientation departure meeting.

Four well-respected academic and cultural institutions host the 2015 21st Brazil Dialogue of Civilizations:

1)    The Cultural Institute Brazil United States (ICBEU).  ICBEU is Bi-national Center of excellence (BNC) recognized by the U.S. embassy, whose goals are to engage in cultural and educational exchanges and the promotion of mutual understanding between Brazil and the United States.

2)    UNA University is a vibrant and innovative institution of higher education and is considered the best private university center in the state of Minas Gerais. Students will relate well to UNA University as it shares a similar profile to that Northeastern University, which aims to prepare students for life-long learning in a global, diverse marketplace

3)     FEAD University: A visionary, entrepreneurial institution, whose mission is to form entrepreneurs to operate in the domestic and international markets, with responsibility and competence, grounded in ethical values ​​and social commitment. The university institutional pillars are: Knowledge, Creativity and Entrepreneurship.

4)     FUMEC University: A research multidisciplinary institution, ranked as one of the most well respected research institutions in the state.

Housing: In Minas Gerais students will stay in a hotel which is walking distance to the Liberty Palace, ICBEU and the University campuses. Student’s accommodations in Minas Gerais feature apart hotel rooms with: kitchen/bar integrated and individual bathroom in each room. A continental all-you-can eat buffet breakfast with fresh delicious options including local favorites breads, selection of teas, coffee, fresh fruit and juices is included in this program. Amenities: Amenities include a pleasant leisure area, near the hotel restaurant, with pool, sauna, and a fitness area outdoors in front of the pool. In addition, your accommodations feature:  Cable TV, safe, radio, fitted kitchen with appliances in each suite, minibar, bathroom, wireless internet, balcony, daily housekeeping service, air conditioning in each room, wake-up call, closets, bathroom with shower towels, bath amenities, and 24/7 security.  In Rio de Janeiro, students will stay at the Military Hotel, which is waking distance to the Lagoon.

In addition, each student will receive a pre-paid cell phone.

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Destination: 

Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Tiradentes, Sao Joao Del-Rey, other local cities. Housing: In Belo Horizonte students will stay in double Hotel rooms. Student’s accommodations in Belo Horizonte feature apart hotel rooms with: bedroom with double beds, kitchen/bar integrated and individual bathroom in each double room ( you will be sharing a bathroom with your roommate) – you can select your roommates.  A continental all-you-can eat buffet breakfast with fresh delicious options including local favorites breads, eggs, selection of teas, coffee, fresh fruit and juices is included in this program.

Amenities: Amenities include a pleasant leisure area, near the hotel restaurant, with pool and sauna, and a fitness area outdoors in front of the pool. In addition, your accommodations feature:  LCD TV, Cable TV, Safe, Radio, Direct dial telephone, fitted kitchen with appliances in each suite, Minibar, Bathroom, Wireless Internet, Balcony, Hairdryer, daily housekeeping service, , air conditioning rooms, direct dial telephone, wake-up call, closet, bathroom with shower towels, bath amenities, and 24/7 security key. The hotel is walking distance to the Liberty Palace, ICBEU and UNA University.  In Rio de Janeiro, students will stay at the Military Hotel Club waking distance to the Lagoon.

 

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