C.V. Starr Middlebury School in Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Florianópolis, or Niterói, Brazil
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About the Program
The C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America is based in Buenos Aires and has an office in Santiago. Sites located outside these two capital cities seek to capture some of the diversity of this region. Students interested in a high degree of immersion are strongly encouraged to consider these more provincial sites where there are often few other U.S. students. All course work is conducted entirely in the local language. The program emphasizes acquisition of language skills and intellectual development through a curriculum of linguistic, literary, and cultural study exclusively in Spanish.
This program is recommended for advanced students of Spanish or Portuguese who are both independent learners and highly motivated.
The C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America in Florianópolis facilitates enrollment at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC). Although students do not register for courses until they arrive in Latin America, there is limited course information available on the university's website. Students should use these listings as guides to the types of courses that will be available to them and as a basis for discussion with their academic advisors. In addition to two to four university courses and the option of an internship, students are required to take the writing course during their first term of study in Latin America.
With its physical beauty and welcoming social environment, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America. Its diverse and vibrant culture offers an ideal setting for students of Portuguese to improve their language skills by enrolling directly in the university alongside their Brazilian peers and to immerse themselves in one of the world's most captivating societies.
A city of 300,000 and the capital of Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis is located on an island, and features breathtaking scenery as well as a vibrant cultural and university life. Florianópolis, a city situated on an island in southeastern Brazil, is modern and cosmopolitan yet also blessed with tremendous natural beauty. Floripa, as it is called by locals, showcases over 42 beaches, rolling mountains, Atlantic rainforest, soft white sand dunes, and an array of offshore islands.
Belo Horizonte, also known as the Garden City, is the capital of Minas Gerais, a prosperous mining region in the mountains about 250 miles north of Rio de Janeiro. Home to 2.5 million people, the city has a pronounced sense of community and family that students find inviting.
Students enroll at the private Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais, Middlebury's host institution, in courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Niterói is a community of 500,000 people located just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. The ease of travel across to Rio coupled with the calmer pace of Niterói make this city a great choice for students wishing to immerse themselves in local Brazilian culture while simultaneously enjoying proximity to one of the world's most passionate and festive cities.
Students enroll in courses alongside local students at Middlebury's host institution, the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).
- 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Completion of two semesters of Portuguese at Tulane including PORT 2030 with a grade of B or better during the year before departure
- Coursework with Latin American content strongly recommended
Fields of Study
African and African Diaspora Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering and Technology, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Portuguese, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre
Following a brief orientation, students directly enroll in two to four university courses per semester alongside their Latin American counterparts and the Cuaderno Latinoamericano course, a journal course taught by local faculty and designed to help students process and analyze their experience in Latin America through a series of structured writing assignments (3 credit hours). Students have the option of applying for a credit-bearing internship (3 credit hours). Internships are available in many different fields, and students have worked in a variety of institutions including the arts, education, health care and job training agencies, women’s advocacy groups, neighborhood government offices, institutions of economic, social, and political research, and city planning offices. A minimum of 15 credit hours per semester is required.
The Cuaderno transforms the out-of-classroom experience in Latin America into a structured part of the academic program. The required activity combines learning about culture with the writing process. The course is composed of several parts: an analytical notebook with your experiences, some required readings, and two reports. The reports and the Cuaderno/Caderno must be written in Spanish.
To take full advantage of their stay abroad, students are expected to maintain the spirit of the Middlebury College Language Pledge and to speak only Portuguese while in Brazil. No English will be used, except for emergency consultations with the Director.
Middlebury's host institution, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), is an excellent and comprehensive federal university of 32,000 students. Ranked as the 4th best overall university in Latin America, it is one of the leading Latin American research universities, being the third largest university in Brazil and the fifth in Latin America, noted for its engineering school, and the only Federal University in the state of Santa Catarina. The organization of its campus is done in the 11 Centers of Education (Centros de Ensino), divided by field of study.
In addition to three university courses and an internship (or four university courses), students are required to take the writing course during their first term of study in Brazil. Students are able to take courses in most liberal arts disciplines at UFSC, including sociology, history, political science, literature, philosophy, and geography.
Students in Belo Horizonte enroll at the private Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais. Students in Niterói, a community of 500,000 people located just across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, enroll at the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). The ease of travel across to Rio coupled with the calmer pace of Niterói make this city a great choice for students wishing to immerse themselves in local Brazilian culture while simultaneously enjoying proximity to one of the world's most passionate and festive cities. Courses alongside local students are available in architecture, biology, social sciences, law, physics, geography, history, language and literature, math, psychology, environmental science, and chemistry.
Middlebury encourages students to fully immerse themselves in Brazilian life by taking full advantage of cultural exchange opportunities. While studying will be an important part of the semester, equally as important is the investment that students make in engaging with their host communities. The experience of living with a host family can provide invaluable insight into Brazilian society while also helping students develop language skills. At the university, students are considered fully fledged university students, with access to all of the same resources and social experiences as degree-seeking students.
Students will be housed in carefully selected Brazilian homes in their host city, which will give them the opportunity to improve their Portuguese daily and to integrate with Brazil’s culture. The program coordinator makes all housing arrangements.
C.V. Starr-Middlebury School in Latin America
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