Diversity & Inclusion in Brazil

At the CET Brazil program, students typically attend classes for 3-4 hours/day. Language class sizes are limited to a maximum of 8 students. Brazilian Studies classes are usually limited to 20 students and may include CET Brazil students plus host university students. Direct enroll classes typically have 30-40 students. Portuguese classes are 100-150 minutes. Brazilian Studies classes are 150 minutes with a 20 minute break. Direct enroll classes are 100-200 minutes and may or may not include a break. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams, a computer to use for exams, and modified deadlines and seating are available for students with documented need. Exams are usually taken by hand, without use of computer.

Language classes and some Brazilian Studies classes are held at the CET center, where classrooms are reached by stairs. Direct enroll classes are held at the host university. The host university has two main buildings: one has street-level entrances with no steps up and elevator access to all floors; the other building has stairs and no elevator access. If requested in advance, it may be possible to arrange for classes to be all held in the accessible building and/or on the first floor. CET can provide a mobility orientation to campus and/or a sighted companion for students with documented need, and service dogs are permitted on campus and in classrooms.

Students reside in apartments with other CET students and local university students. All apartments have some stairs as well as a garage entrance with a ramp with elevator access. Based on student requests, housing can be assigned by gender or mixed gender, although bedrooms are all single-gender. Arrangements can be made to accommodate gender non-conforming students if notice is provided in advance. Rooms are typically shared, but a single room, with a private shower or toilet, may be available for students with documented need. Apartments are within a 0.5 km to 1.5 km walk from campus in a very hilly neighborhood. The neighborhood in which the apartments are located generally has sidewalks, but some streets in São Paulo do not have sidewalks. Some businesses and restaurants in São Paulo are wheelchair accessible, but most are not. Public transportation is available and wheelchair accessible.

After class and on weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips to nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve urban walking, rural hiking, use of public transportation, and/or going up and down stairs. Special accommodations and/or excused absences are available for students with documented need.

Discrimination based on race and color is criminalized in Brazil.

The Brazilian government recognizes same-sex marriages, and the climate in São Paulo is generally accepting of LGBTQ individuals. São Paulo has many LGBTQ support groups, and the host university has several study groups focused on gender and sexuality issues available to CET students.

All housing provides kitchens with refrigerators. Food conforming to specific diets—such as Halal, Kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free—is sometimes available in specialty stores and restaurants. These specialty stores and restaurants tend to have higher price points than typical grocery stores and restaurants.

There are many health facilities available to students, some of which provide English-speaking service. Some English-speaking mental health providers are located in São Paulo.

Students may use a neighborhood sports center for free or may join local gyms for a fee. Students may have the possibility to join athletic teams at the host university. Running paths and routes are plentiful in local parks.

There is no official religion in Brazil. Roman Catholicism is the primary religion of many Brazilians, and many other religions are practiced in Brazil. The Brazilian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion for all. There are local places of worship for many different faiths.

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