CET Brazil

Hands-on Learning About Brazil

Focus on social justice.
Study Portuguese.
Choose electives.
  • Electives in Politics, Economics, Sociology, Film
  • Courses taught in English or Portuguese
  • Complete at least one year of Portuguese
  • Excursions outside of São Paulo 
  • Traveling Seminar



Recommended Credits

Study Poverty & Social Change

You’ll take Poverty & Inequality in 21st Century Brazil. The course includes trips to the outskirts of São Paulo to engage with residents of the communities there—this is access to a reality that few foreigners experience. You may head to Aldeia Pico de Jaraguá, a Guarani indigenous community, to meet with leaders and hear the community’s history. You’ll even learn firsthand from members of the Homeless Workers Social Movement, one of the most influential organizations in the country.

Portuguese Language

You’ll take Portuguese language. (And if you’ve taken Spanish before, we have a Portuguese for Spanish Speakers class just for you.) Language classes get you out the door, to practice your skills where they count. Interview local artisans and buy gifts to take home at a street market. Find out your roommate’s life story. Go to a play—without subtitles. With all this practice, you’ll go home with a year’s worth of Portuguese language studies and the skills to prove it.

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Study Like a Brazilian Undergrad

If you’re at an intermediate or advanced level of Portuguese, you may choose at least one Direct Enroll elective. These are host university courses for host university students. Translation: you’ll do all of your coursework in Portuguese, just like your local counterparts. By the end of the term, you’ll be speaking like the Brazilian undergrads sitting next to you. Maravilha!

Traveling Seminar

On your Traveling Seminar, you’ll journey to Salvador da Bahia, a port town along Brazil’s northeastern coast. You’ll learn about the area’s history as a major port of entry for African slaves, and experience the African cultural influences—food, religion, music, arts—that are integral parts of Brazilian society today. Visit a prominent NGO established by former street children one day. Learn how to cook the Candomblé religion’s ceremonial dishes the next. You’ll also enjoy the lighter side of a visit to a coastal town—lighthouses, colorful buildings, boat rides, and an unforgettable performance by the Folkloric Ballet of Salvador.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Core Course

You take this core course:

SP/LAST 300 Poverty and Inequality in 21st Century Brazil
3 credits

taught in English or Portuguese

Two Electives

Select 2 of these electives (intermediate or advanced students may swap one out for a Direct Enroll course) to meet the recommended 15 to 18 total credits:

SP/POLI 310 Brazilian Politics & Society
3 credits
taught in English

SP/ECON 320 Economics & Development in Brazil
3 credits
taught in English

SP/LAST 330 Current Social Issues in Brazil
3 credits
taught in English

SP/LAST 340 Brazilian Cinema
3 credits
taught in Portuguese

Learn about Course Availability

Direct Enroll Course

If you’re an intermediate or advanced student, you take one or both of these:

Direct Enroll elective. Taught in Portuguese. Taken alongside Brazilian undergraduates.
2 to 4 credits

Independent Study. Completed in Portuguese. For advanced students, approved by CET staff.
3 credits

Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Dr. Christopher J. Dunn

Tulane University

Associate Professor of Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies

Dr. Helena Kaufman

Carleton College

Director of Off-Campus Studies

Flavia Musto

Syracuse University

Instructor of Portuguese

Dr. Richard Vernon

The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Senior Lecturer of Portuguese

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.