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  • Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Credit Type: Resident Credit Program Type: Department-Led Program
SDSU Office: Arts and Letters
Program Description:
Inequality, Activism, and Sustainability in Brazil 
Salvador da Bahia, Itacaré, Taboquinhas, Uruçuca and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Summer 2018
In-Country Dates:
May 15 - May 29, 2018 
Price: $3,437 

** Please note that this program requires you to be in-country for the date range listed above. You may need to depart your origin city the day before as you will likely take an overnight flight.

APPLICATION NOW OPEN! See application instructions below.

*CLICK HERE for upcoming information sessions*
Wednesday, Feb. 28 @ 3-4pm (AL 524) 
Tuesday, March 6 @ 12-1pm (AL 462)

This program offered through the SDSU College of Arts and Letters International Programs Office and the Program on Brazil
Applications are managed by the SDSU Office of International Programs 

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This course examines different forms of inequality in Brazil, explores different theoretical approaches to social and economic disparity, and asks students to consider what might be done to alleviate poverty and other forms of social injustice worldwide. The class has three interrelated goals:  1.) To better understand inequality, students will use the cities of Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro as case studies to outline global trends and draw some comparisons, especially between Brazil and the United States. 2.) The second goal is to think creatively about activism as a solution to inequality. In order to do this, the class will first learn to be critical of some of the themes that underpin international activism. At the same time that students will deconstruct certain forms of activism as problematic, they will also seek inspiration for building a more just society by listening carefully and learning from the work of the Brazil-based groups we encounter. 3.) This is a writing and discussion intensive course. Given the embedded study abroad context and the condensed format, it is a chance for students to engage in lively and provocative discussions and a place for them to hone critical thinking and writing skills in the fashion of professional ethnographers and other kinds of qualitative researchers. 

Three units of SDSU credit selected from the following options: This program fulfills the Sustainability Major International Experience Requirement.
Participants can earn course credit towards Sustainability Major & Minor.
  • ANTH 442  [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area B requirement & cultural diversity course]
  • SOC 352  [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area B requirement]
  • GENS 450 

Green Love approved study abroad program

Students will be housed in hostel or hotels. Some meals will be included.

ACTIVITIES (tentative, subject to final confirmation)
  • Visits to NGOs and community organizations both in urban and rural environments
  • Engage with local activists working on issues related to sustainability, agriculture, food justice, housing and land rights
  • Walking tours in Salvador da Bahia and Rio de Janeiro
  • Eco tour at sea side location
  • Cooking class
  • Ride cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Guanabara Bay Trip 
  • Museum visits
  • Listen to live music and dance samba at Trapiche Gamboa
  • Capoeira lesson
  • Service learning project
  • Visit Vila Autodromo, the only favela community to successfully resist removal for the Rio Olympics
  • Waterfall hike 

Dr. Erika Robb Larkins
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Sociology
Director, J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program on Brazil
Contact for course related questions:

Erika Robb Larkins received her doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She also holds a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching focus on violence and inequality in urban settings. Her first book, The Spectacular Favela: Violence in Modern Brazil (U California Press 2015), explores the political economy of spectacular violence in one of Rio’s most famous favelas. Dr. Larkins is presently working on a second book examining the private security industry in Brazil. She is also the incoming director of the J. Keith Behner and Catherine M. Stiefel Program on Brazil.


Program cost: $3,437
  • Program fee paid to Academic Experiences Abroad (AEA): $2,540
  • Tuition paid to SDSU: $822
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan: $75
Payment Schedule
  • March 23, 2018: $700 deposit due to AEA This deposit is non-refundable
  • April 5, 2018: $1,840 due to AEA. This amount may be reduced if more than 17 students are enrolled.
  • April 15-25: $822 tuition due with course registration through the College of Extended Studies
  • May 7: $75 SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance Plan. Students must login to Student Account Services to pay this bill prior to departure to avoid a late fee. 
Withdrawal and Refund Policies
If you intend to withdraw from the program you must notify the SDSU Office of International in writing. Email notification is acceptable:
Refund policy for program fee paid to AEA. Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy.  
  • $700 application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 23, 2018      
  • SDSU Foreign Travel Insurance is non-refundable after April 25                                                     
  • For withdrawals on April 6, 2018 but before May 15, 2018 students will be refunded 50% of the second payment.
  • For withdrawals on or after May 15, 2018 no refunds will be issued. 
Included in Program Fee
  • SDSU resident credit
  • Housing and some meals
  • Activities as listed above
  • All in-country transportation (including domestic flight within Brazil and excursions)
  • Group airport pickup and drop off
  • SDSU Travel Medical & Repatriation Insurance
  • 24/7 onsite emergency services and support
Not Included in Program Fee
  • International airfare
  • Some meals
  • Visa/ passport fees
  • Personal expenses
Funding & Scholarship Information:
$1000 Brazil Program Scholarship - As part of the "Inequality, Activism & Sustainability in Brazil" program application, students will have the option to complete a second optional essay. All students who complete the second optional essay will be considered for a $1000 Brazil Program Scholarship. Multiple $1000 scholarships are available. See application instructions below. Please note that only matriculated SDSU students are eligible for the $1000 Program on Brazil Scholarship.

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants- San Diego State is a Commitment Partner of IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative and, as such, our students qualify for the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants. This means YOU – yes YOU – could be eligible to receive $2,000 to support your study abroad travel costs! Visit the IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants website to learn more about the opportunity and program, including eligibility and deadlines/timeline. Submit your online application by March 7, 2018 for consideration of a Travel Grant to support your participation in a spring 2018 or summer 2018 study abroad program. Send questions to On the application please list Colleen Conniff <> as the SDSU financial aid contact.

Associated Students Study Abroad Scholarship - Deadline: Feb. 23, 2018 3:00PM

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PREREQUISITES AND ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS  After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory online pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. 
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
An application will be considered complete once BOTH Parts 1 & 2 have been submitted. 
Part 1) Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of this page to complete the Aztecs Abroad application
Part 2) Complete the required 
Essay Component. Click HERE to complete required Essay Component.
Students have the option to submit a second essay to be considered for the $1000 Brazil Program Scholarship. Instructions are on the Essay Component form.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.