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Winter 2018: Brazil BUAD/CRJU/HOSP/SOCI
January 03, 2018 - January 31, 2018
This program is closed. Please contact the faculty director for more information.

Orientation Meetings - attend ALL of the following:
09/20/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM222 Gore Hall
10/30/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM222 Gore Hall
12/08/2017 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM222 Gore Hall
Health Meetings - attend one of the following:
10/17/2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMStudent Health Services conference room
10/27/2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PMStudent Health Services conference room
Program Notes
This program's deadline has been changed to 10/12/2017.
Program Description
Consider studying ecotourism and social problems in Brazil, a country that is well known for its multi-cultural society, diversity, and natural wonders. Brazil is part of a dynamic world economy and is rapidly transforming and adapting to new global opportunities/challenges in business as well as social issues. Although still considered a developing country, Brazil has the 5th largest economy in the world. This study abroad program provides a rare opportunity to examine a multi-cultural society with vast natural resources during their transformation. Among the world’s most popular destinations, students will enjoy the Amazon Rain forest, mega-biodiversity, and beautiful flora and fauna. Brazil is home to friendly people and diverse cultural areas and events including popular festivals, local cuisines, dance and music. Brazil has some densest urban complexes in the world, along with lands and people largely untouched by civilization. In the summer of 2016, the world’s eyes turned to Brazil for the Olympics.

The program begins in Rio de Janiero, travels to the Amazon, and concludes in the multi-cultural city of Salvador, which is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. Selected excursions and service-learning activities complement the course materials. Excursions explore Brazil’s culture, social problems, natural resources, and heritage, primarily via ecotourism, including a visit with natives in the Amazon that have lived in much the same way for eons. Brazil provides an excellent model for studying eco-tourism and entrepreneurship, and its cultural diversity and status as a developing nation dealing with a myriad of social issues also make it an excellent place to study social problems. There are a number of educational institutions and other social service agencies where we will conduct service learning that are involved in advancing the economic and cultural status of local communities in a responsible and sustainable manner.
Students will reside in modern tourist and eco-tourism hotels with a bed and breakfast plan.

Accommodations will be two students to a room. Some meals accompany selected excursions, but students will be responsible for the majority of their own lunches and dinners. Part of exploring a new country is trying different cuisines, and they vary across and within our destinations.

Whether you’re interested in culture, diversity, business, ecotourism, conservation, or even just the natural beauty of this country, there is something for every major in this vast land of continental size.

The Program Fee includes accomodations, some meals, all group excursions, in-country transportation and international medical insurance. Students will reside in double rooms in hotels.

The Program Fee does not include airfare to or from Brazil, nor airport transfers within the U.S. The program officially begins when students arrive in Brazil. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket. See the Cost section below for estimated airfare. For this program, plane tickets have been reserved for the group, and students are strongly encouraged to purchase as part of the group reservation.

The program does not include the $160 mandatory Brazilian visa fee. Students are required to obtain their visas on their own, prior to departure. Due to the time required to obtain a Brazilian visa, at the time of application to this program students must have a valid passport which will not expire for at least six months after the program’s end (August 2018). Directions on how to obtain a visa will be provided upon acceptance.

The program does not include the cost of the yellow fever vaccine (est. $150-200). This vaccine is currently required by the Brazilian and U.S. governments. Persons without proof of the vaccine will not be permitted entance into Brazil.
ACCESSIBILITY: Participants with disabilities should know that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. But UD students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to study abroad. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.
Program Courses
Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites
Honors credit may be available. Check with the faculty director and the Honors program for approval (check before departure).
All students must enroll in at least 6 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course.
BUAD 355: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Cross-listed: HOSP 355 Ecotourism entrepreneurship sets up a new direction for the world economy. Students will learn how to develop new ecotourism enterprises, apply sustainable environmental marketing and human resources management, and learn how to lead ecological stewardship of various regions and communities. As a result of 30 hours of service-learning activities, students will gain a positive environmental awareness; design innovative community-based ecotourism products; evaluate sustainable ecotourism marketing ideas in Brazil; and make recommendations for local NGOs from an American visitor perspective.
CRJU 467: Social Problems in Brazil (3 credits)
Cross-listed: SOCI 467

Brazil is the largest and wealthiest country in South America, with a history as rich as its natural wonders.  Despite continual progress, it remains a developing nation, perhaps due to international debt and corruption.  This course examines several social problems and related issues both currently and historically in the Brazilian culture.  The course will examine social problems such as crime, poverty, education, gender equality, and corruption, both currently and historically.  We will also examine race and ethnicity, as Brazil prides itself in being a multi-racial country.  In addition to classroom lectures and excursions, students will complete about 30 hours of placement working at local educational institutions or social service agency in Brazil.
HOSP 355: Ecotourism Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
Cross-listed with BUAD 355.
SOCI 467: Social Problems in Brazil (3 credits)
Cross-listed with CRJU 467
UNIV 370-122: Study Abroad - Brazil BUAD/SOCI/CRJU/HRIM (0 credits) pass/fail
Students are asked to reflect upon changes in their knowledge, skills, and attitudes that occur due to their study abroad experience.
Satisfies the following requirements:
Discovery Learning
Applicants should have a G.P.A. of at least 2.0 (on a 4.00 scale).

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance, which is based on academic quality and demonstrated ability to contribute to the objectives of the program. Early application is encouraged.
For all participants, a formal application is necessary, including at least one recommendation. An interview may be conducted in person or by telephone.

A transcript is required from Non-UD applicants only. Non-UD students, please send a copy of your official transcript to: IGS, Clayton Hall, 100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716 USA.

Study abroad at the University of Delaware is highly competitive. Please review the study abroad acceptance process. If you are not selected for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply to another program.
How much does it cost?.
  • University of Delaware Tuition/Fees for one Winter Session
  • Travel Study Program Fee
    • Usually covers: housing, all program-related excursions and some meals (check with the program's faculty director for details).
    • Does NOT cover: airfare to/from the program site and ground transportation to/from the U.S. departure airport. For planning purposes only, we estimate roundtrip airfare to be approximately $1,375.00.
  • Plan ahead for how to pay for travel study, and make sure you understand the costs associated with your program.
When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.
  • An initial payment of $1000.00 will be due in mid-October.
  • The balance of the Program Fee and Tuition/Fees will be due in early January.
  • Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
  • All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable.
Other important things to note:
  • Program Fees are subject to change until the group's departure date. Final Program Fees may increase due to unforeseen local cost increases, fluctuations in exchange rates, or changes in the group size.
  • IGS reserves the right to cancel a program at any time due to under-enrollment, safety/health/security issues, staffing issues, or any other relevant reason. If your program is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of all Program Fees paid.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$2,228.00$5,976.00
Final Program Fee$4,570.00$4,570.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$30.00$30.00
Total to be charged to UD account (final)$6,828.00$10,576.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$1,375.00$1,375.00
The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.
Financial need-based scholarships are available to UD undergraduates on a competitive basis. To be considered, students must have a current FAFSA on-file with Student Financial Services. For more details, please see our scholarships page.
All charges, once posted to your account, are considered non-refundable. Payments are submitted through My Finances in UDSIS.
Submit Program Application by 5pm onOctober 12, 2017
Acceptance and Scholarship AnnouncedSeptember 27, 2017
$1,000.00 Initial Payment Due *mid-October
Program Fee Balance, Tuition and Fees Dueearly January
*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.
Lana Harrison
Faculty Director
307 Smith Hall
Ali Poorani
Faculty Director
Hospitality Business Management
201 Raub Hall

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.

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