Interdisciplinary Global Seminar in Salvador, Brazil
- The Interdisciplinary Global Seminar study abroad program offers a 10-day overseas academic adventure on the eastern coast of Salvador, Brazil. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while also allowing them to gain an understanding and appreciation for the way of life in eastern South America. Students will study social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The Spring Break program includes guest lectures from local experts, homestays with local families, a service learning project in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are held in the morning, and afternoons/weekends are reserved for outside-the-classroom learning and interpersonal development. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in the Brazilian culture, rich and unique history, breathtaking natural beauty, and tasty cuisine.
The course associated with this study abroad experience is Perspectives 2001 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar, and is designed to broaden students’ understanding of social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The goal is to expose students to topical issues facing the legal and health care systems of Brazil. The course is issue-oriented and interdisciplinary in nature that will be specifically tailored to students in Success Academy. No knowledge or background in criminal justice, law, or health is required.
Sao Joaquim market is the place in the city for shopping. Students will see mounds a mile high of unique spices, tropical fruits of all colors, traditional ceramic pots and vases, and woven straw hats and mats. Students will also be able to see Candomblé artifacts, which consist of brightly colored beads associated with different orixás, traditional ceramic serving dishes for food, and fragrant leaves for sacred baths.
A historic neighborhood in the western part of Salvador is now known for its music, dining and nightlife. Pelourinho was the city's center during the Portuguese colonial period, and is extremely rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and the city is one of the oldest in the New World (founded in 1549 by Portuguese settlers). It was also the first slave market on the continent, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations.
Balé Folclórico is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil. The dancers, musicians, and singers perform a repertory that originates from Bahian folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those that celebrate Carnival.
Candomble is a religion practiced mainly in Brazil and has developed in a creolization of traditional Yoruba, Fon, and Bantu beliefs brought from West Africa by enslaved captives in the Portuguese Empire. As the religion developed it was influenced by the knowledge of enslaved African priests who continued to teach their mythology, their culture, and language.
• Round-trip airfare from Atlanta
• All meals
• Ground transportation to all program activities
• Housing accommodations
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Price Does Not Include:
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Course reading materials
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
September 30, 2016 – $500 deposit to secure your spot
November 30, 2016 – $1,750
January 30, 2017 - $750, final payment
(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt)
Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing (www.gsu.edu/studyabroad), and follow the payment instructions. Please refer to the GSU Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.