Embedded Fall: Honors Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Embedded Fall 2019
Jan 11, 2020
Jan 18, 2020
Sep 04, 2019
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing

Honors Program or Honors College Students



Program Advisor

The Program

Examine the Brazilian identity during an eight-day field component in Sao Paulo, focusing specifically on art and literature.

Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture; you'll share an apartment with a local student who can answer many questions you may have about Sao Paulo and Brazil. Travel to a number of local museums such as Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP) and Museu de Arte Contemporanea (MAC USP), as well as local parks and restaurants

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Program Location

Sao Paulo, Brazil


Sao Paulo

A global city of over eleven million people, Sao Paulo is the largest city by population in the Americas. The city is home to a number of cultural institutions, many of which students will visit on this program. Sao Paulo is also a major economic center for Brazil and the rest of South America, with it being home to the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange.


The course explores key tropes that have informed the formation of a particularly Brazilian identity through the lenses of nature and culture. Though these might seem to be contradictory categories, they nevertheless constitute ways for thinking about Brazil’s unique character. Beginning with texts and images related to the conquest, the course takes a panoramic tour of Brazil, through its cultural products and their relation to place. We will study indigenous cultures of the Amazon; Brazil in the European imaginary; colonial artists in the Northeast and Minas Gerais; the representation of race and class through text and image; the conceptualization of modernity in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Brasilia; and dichotomy of utopia and dystopia that has recurred in the country’s history. Given the professor’s expertise in art and literature in particular, there will be a strong emphasis on these areas, but architecture, urbanism, film, and music will also be addressed.

To view the seminar's 2019 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample itinerary, all of its content is subject to change.

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Academic Calendar

Embedded Fall


Late January

Housing and Meals


In São Paulo, students live in shared rooms in furnished apartments with one local Brazilian roommate per apartment. Apartments have wireless internet and fully equipped kitchens. Welcome and farewell dinners are provided, along with two other group meals. Breakfast is included every day. All other meals are the responsibility of the student.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All Students
Program Cost $2,330
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Housing
•    Most meals
•    Program excursions
•    Round-trip airfare to the host country
•    Administrative Fees
•    International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Meals $150
Visa (Estimate is for US Citizens) $160
Personal Expenses $200
Total $510.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as the visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.




Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.