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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
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Location Campo Grande, Brazil
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 20-September 14, 2018; Students will be abroad August 27 – September 7, 2018.
Estimated Program Fee $3,250
Credits 10 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Margaret Griesse and Amos Nascimento
Program Manager Courtney Kroll | 
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General Participants will work on collective projects with faculty and students at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and the Dom Bosco Catholic University. The projects will answer questions dealing with human rights, and the intersections of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender. Students will take day trips to visit an urban indigenous village within Campo Grande, a rural African-descendant community (Quilombo) 30 minutes from Campo Grande and a nearby ranch.
Visas U.S. citizens are required to apply for a visa to enter Brazil. Program directors work with students to help them apply for a visa.

Program Description

This program will be a hybrid model with one week of classes at UWT (Aug. 20-24) followed by two weeks in Brazil (Aug. 27 – Sept 7) and one week of class again at UWT (Sept 10-14). During the first week students will learn about Brazilian history, rudiments of the Portuguese language, current events in Brazil and the differing social movements and their rights claims. Students will also learn about the intersectional approach to research and will prepare a short presentation for students in Brazil. Then students will travel to Campo Grande, Brazil to take part in workshops with Brazilian students for a total of 14 days in Brazil. The students will present their work and then work with professors and students at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul and the Dom Bosco Catholic University on collective projects to answer questions dealing with human rights, and the intersections of race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and gender. Students will take day trips to visit an urban indigenous village within Campo Grande, a rural African-descendant community (Quilombo) 30 minutes from Campo Grande and a nearby ranch. They will also engage in discussions with professors from the History, Law, Anthropology and Social Work departments of the universities.

The city of Campo Grande is the capital city of the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. It has a very diverse population and various social movements. Due to previous interactions with professors and institutions, including the Human Rights institute of Mato Grosso do Sul we can develop mutually beneficial projects with students in Brazil and UW students. UW students will be able to engage with Brazilian students in learning the local/global dynamics of specific issues and analyze social categories within the regional context of Campo Grande, Brazil. This program offers a unique experience to actively work together with Brazilian students, accompany them on site visits and develop a joint project. Back in Tacoma, students will have a chance to debrief and analyze and write their final essay on their experiences in Brazil and conclude their final project. .



Campo Grande, Brazil


Campo Grande, Brazil


Students will share rooms in a youth hostel in Campo Grande within walking distance of the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Field Trips

Students will take day trips to visit an urban indigenous village within Campo Grande, a rural African-descendant community (Quilombo) 30 minutes from Campo Grande and a nearby ranch.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements



10 UW Credits


TEGL 498 or TGH 399: Study Abroad: Intersections – 5 Credits

This course explores intersectionality of differing social categories such as race, gender, ethnicity, class, religion, sexuality and so on in Brazil to enhance understanding of global-local dynamics. It includes on-site interactions/collaborations with local organizations, scholars, activists and students; visits to cultural venues; and participation in community experiences.

Learning goals include:
1. Describe the theoretical application of the intersectional approach 2. Recognize and critically analyze historical, social, cultural, economic and political factors that give rise to social identities, categories and divisions within Brazil. 3. Analyze the ways in which ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and class intersect within the current regional context(s). 4. Analyze how relations of power are manifested within the particular region of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. 5. Analyze the representation of different social categories and identities within the region 6. Analyze the ideologies, goals, tactics, strategies, successes and failures of specific movements for change especially in relationship to ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class. 7. Engage with scholars, activists and residents concerning social categories and possibilities for change. 8. Discuss how global divisions and representations cross borders.

TPHIL 200: Intro to Philosophy of Human Rights- 5 Credits

This course provides an Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights, focusing on the specific context of Brazil. The course will consider historical developments from colonialism to postcolonial processes; race relations involving the Afro-Brazilian struggles for freedom, citizenship, and human rights; and philosophical considerations on environmental rights, especially as they relate to the rights of indigenous peoples. The course will provide an overview of basic concepts and discussions in these areas, relating them to selected philosophical thinkers and discusses how they have a concrete impact on contemporary initiatives on human rights in the Brazilian context.

Learning goals include:
By the end of this course you shall be able to: 1. understand key themes in recent debates on the philosophy of human rights; 2. learn about the work of philosophers and activists on human rights in Brazil; 3. establish a direct dialogue with people involved in initiatives to address the problems of coloniality, racism, self-determination, and environmental degradation.; 4. read key texts connecting human rights and environmental rights and connect them to real issues; 5. evaluate philosophical discussion in Brazil and develop your own position on human rights issues.




Margaret Griesse

Margaret Griesse received her PhD in Education and International Development at the University of Frankfurt in Germany. She has carried out research in the area of Women’s Movements in Latin America (particularly Brazil), Social Responsibility, Human Rights and Education. She has worked in community organizations in Chicago and Phoenix as well as human rights organizations in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Prior to coming to UWT she taught at the University of Frankfurt in Germany and the Methodist University of Piracicaba, Brazil. 

Amos Nascimento

Prof. Nascimento studied music, social sciences, and philosophy in Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Germany. He completed his doctorate in Germany, studying with K.-O. Apel, J. Habermas, M. Lutz-Bachmann and A. Honneth at the University of Frankfurt. He has taught at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt (Germany), Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba (Brazil) and the University of Washington Tacoma (USA), and given lectures in various countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe. His work focuses on critical theory/discourse ethics and its applications to morality and politics (especially human rights and cosmopolitanism) as well as to cultural and environmental issues (ethics and aesthetics). He also works on cultural and philosophical issues related to Europe (especially Germany) and Latin America (especially Brazil).



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,250

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1800)
  • Food (about $/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website. For UW Tacoma students, visit the Office of Financial Aid for more details. 
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities. UW Tacoma students should consult Student Fellowships and the Study Abroad Scholarships website for more opportunities. 

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website. Events are also hosted on the UW Tacoma campus
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must attend an in-person pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session. Orientations are also held on the UW Tacoma campus. 

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


The $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.