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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Araçuaí, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Academic Term Early Fall
08/24/2019 - 09/22/2019
Estimated Program Fee $5,250
Credits 5
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites and no language requirements. This program is tailored to students who would like to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture, in particular Afro- and Indigenous Brazilian cultures. Students will stay in family housings during most of the program in Brazil. We expect students who are open to this experience.
Program Directors Eduardo Viana da Silva | evsilva@uw.edu
Jonathan Warren redstick@uw.edu
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger | studyabroad@uw.edu
Priority Application Deadline February 15th, 2019
Information Sessions Wednesday, February 6, 4:40 - 5:30, Cafe on the Ave
HIGHLIGHTS
General This course will expose UW students to the richness of Afro- and Indigenous cultures of Brazil by studying and living in Salvador da Bahia, the heartland of Afro-descended peoples of Brazil, in addition to Araçuaí, in the state Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro.
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Program Description

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Araçuaí, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
 

LOCATION

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Sites

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Araçuaí, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Housing

In Salvador, students will stay in single-rooms in family houses. The hosts will select the students based on their profiles and interests. Students will meet their host families in a lunch event organized by the institute. In Araçuaí, students will also stay in host families in double-rooms. Araçuaí is in the interior of the state of Minas Gerais, in a rural area. The houses are simple, but comfortable. In Rio de Janeiro, students will stay in a boutique hotel in Lapa, a tourist part of the city. It will be 3 or 4 students per room. 

ACADEMICS

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Prerequisites and Language Requirements

There are no prerequisites and no language requirements. This program is tailored to students who would like to immerse themselves in Brazilian culture, in particular Afro- and Indigenous Brazilian cultures. Students will stay in family housings during most of the program in Brazil. We expect students who are open to this experience. There is some walking involved in some of the city tours.

Credits

5 UW Quarter Credits

Courses

JSIS A 365PORT 365/ BIS 480: Afro- and Indigenous Cultures of Brazil: A Contemporary Examination of Racism and Antiracism (5 credits) VLPA, I&S, and Diversity (upon approval by the Jackson School)

This course will expose UW students to the richness of Afro- and Indigenous cultures of Brazil by studying and living in Salvador da Bahia, the heartland of Afro-descended peoples of Brazil, in addition to Araçuaí, in the state Minas Gerais, and Rio de Janeiro. Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is the city with the largest black population in the country. Salvador represents one of the great cultural melanges of the Americas evident in the religion, cuisine, dance, clothing, martial arts, and the rich musical traditions including samba-reggae, a style of percussion performed by blocos. Students will be participating in lectures, discussions, and workshops on history, demographics, cultural politics, religions, graffiti, percussion, Capoeira, affirmative action programs in higher education, and the work of NGOs in the state of Bahia. Students will then travel to Araçuaí, in the state of Minas Gerais, where they will stay with host families. While in Araçuaí, they will visit and collaborate with an indigenous community, the Pankararu of the Cinto Vermelho aldeia. In addition, they will visit a quilombo community of Baú (a historical settlement of formerly enslaved Africans) and study a successful antiracist movement that was led by religious leaders, anthropologists, students, artists, critical pedagogues and black-indigenous organizations. Also, a great deal of attention will be given to local knowledge and environmental issues, in particular to the links between genocide and environmental plunder, the violence of monocultural production and the various movements attempting to create sustainable modes of agricultural and farming techniques. Students will finish this program in Rio de Janeiro, where they will spend 4 days, staying in a large group accommodation. Students will visit tourist attractions and also see how the Olympics and World Cup changed the lives of marginalized communities. In addition to exposure to Afro- and Indigenous cultures in Brazil, UW students will be able to compare the histories of oppression, systematic racism, and the fundamental role of Afro- and indigenous Brazilians in society to the experiences of black and indigenous people in the United States to gain more complex and developed perspectives on current discussions of race. Living and working alongside communities that are predominantly black and indigenous works to dispel preconceived ideas and feelings about racial differences. These experiences teach students how to learn from those with very different backgrounds and values so that they will be more culturally sensitive and competent in future intercultural interactions. In preparation for the study abroad, students will be required to read a sequence of book chapters on Afro- and Indigenous cultures of Brazil, diaspora, and race relations for the orientation sessions. This class is taught in English.

Learning goals include:
By the end of this course, students will be able to articulate the role of Afro- and Indigenous populations in the formation of the Brazilian society. Students will also be able to: a) analyze the racism and it's impact on various facets of Brazilian society (e.g., class formations, poverty, underdevelopment, mass murder), b) identify the most prominent racial discourses among all Brazilians (this includes ideas of blackness and indigenousness but also of whiteness, colorblindness, and race avoidance), and c) articulate strategies for building racial literacy and effective antiracist practices in society writ large.

 

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

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Eduardo Viana da Silva
Lecturer and Portuguese Program Coordinator, Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Eduardo Viana da Silva was born and raised in Brazil. He is the Portuguese Program coordinator at the UW. He was the co-director of a study abroad to Brazil (Business Brazil) in the Early Fall of 2016 and the "Afro-Cultures of Brazil" offered in the Early Fall of 2017 and 2018.
evsilva@uw.edu

Jonathan Warren
Professor, Henry M. Jackson Studies

Jonathan Warren is a professor in the Jackson School of International Studies. He has conducted 10 study abroad programs to Brazil to Araçuaí, Vassouras, and Rio de Janeiro. His area of study is Brazil, indigenous issues, racial formation theory, along with racism and antiracism.
redstick@uw.edu

Paulette Thompson
Pre-doctoral Instructor

Paulette Thompson is a doctoral student in the College of Education. She is interested in ethnic studies, civics, and the work of Paulo Freire, the Brazilian educator - philosopher. This will be her fourth time in Brazil. She has participated as a student in the 2018 UW Program "Afro-Cultures of Brazil" and the 2003 UW Program "Brazil through Race."

FINANCES

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Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $5,250

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 - Prices vary between $1,200 and $1,600)
  • Food (about $10 a day for extras. Most of the meals are included in the program. )
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.64/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money


Payment Due Date: October 11th, 2019

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.
  • 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.

Scholarships

  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW Study Abroad 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.
  • To be considered for a UW Study Abroad Scholarship fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application.  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.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Below 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 goglobal@uw.edu 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.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.

APPLICATION CONSIDERATIONS

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Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions 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.

Orientation

To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure online orientation provided by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You will be able to access the online orientation through your study abroad application once you have been accepted to a program. Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.

Visas

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: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country.html.

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: https://www.state.gov/s/cpr/32122.htm.

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 disability.uw.edu.

Withdrawals

$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once you have submitted a contract. 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 will be 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 application 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 withdrawal application to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.

Additional Info

Students carrying a U.S. passaport need to request an e-visa to visit Brazil. It takes about 10 days to process it.