Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

Group stands infront of UFABC with professor Erich Dietrich

Brazil: Race, Class, and Equity in Higher Education

This course analyzes the emergence and impact of race- and social-class-based affirmative action policies in Brazil, placing the Brazilian situation in the context of contemporary debates about equity and higher education. We meet students, faculty and administrators at universities, activists from the black movement, researchers, and government officials. Cultural experiences complement the academic content: we engage with one of the world's largest and most diverse cities in São Paulo, Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador da Bahia, and the marvelous but deeply unequal city of Rio de Janeiro.

Brazil has the largest – and by most measures, best – higher education system in Latin America, and enrollments have undergone explosive growth over the last 20 years. We examine the distinctively fluid concept of race in Brazil and affirmative action policies based on race and social class to understand Brazilian higher education. Brazil began to implement affirmative action policies in 2003, stoking enormous cultural, legal, and education debates. Since then, the Brazilian economy has expanded and, recently, contracted. Affirmative action policies have been at the center of national debates, and we work to understand those debates in their full complexity.


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Program Dates:

Summer 2020; dates TBA

Application Deadlines
  • Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • General Deadline: February 1, 2020*
    *Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.
Who Can Participate:
  • NYU graduate students
  • Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
Related Areas of Study:
  • African American Studies
  • Higher Education
  • International Education
  • Latin American Studies

This is not a complete list. We value diverse perspectives in our programs and encourage students from other majors and professions.


Students register for a total of 3 points and take the following course:

Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.


Erich Dietrich, Clinical Professor of Higher Education


2020 Graduate Tuition: $1,795 per point plus registration and services fees

NYU students: this course counts toward your Summer course load and tuition.

Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for the summer term.

Bursar’s Payment Deadline Dates

Scholarship opportunities

Other Costs:

2020 Housing and Activity Fees have yet to be finalized.  Participants can expect costs to be similar to 2018;

2018 Housing and Activity Fee: $1,600

Housing and activity fees include hotel accommodations (double occupancy: two persons per room), daily breakfast, domestic flight within Brazil, local transportation to/from site visits, cultural/scholarly event costs, and two group dinners.

Housing and Activity fees are billed through the Bursar and will be due in accordance with the Summer 2020 Bursar billing schedule.

International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students must purchase their own round-trip tickets and are responsible for their own accommodation for travel beyond the program dates.

Students will be notified when to book flights. We recommend comparing tickets on multiple sites to ensure the best fare. Past participants have used KayakHipmunkVayamaGoogle Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.


Students will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations arranged by Global Affairs.

Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Housing and Activity Fees.

Group accommodation dates correspond with the program dates listed above.

Flight, Travel, Visa Information:

Flight: Students purchase their own international travel to coincide with program dates. Please note that the course begins in São Paulo and ends in Rio de Janeiro, so be sure to book your airline ticket accordingly. The domestic airline bookings within Brazil are booked centrally (not by the student) and this cost is included in the course activity fee.

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid at least six months beyond the program end date. 

Visa: U.S. Citizens need a visa to enter Brazil. Other nationalities: please consult NYU's Office of Global Services and check with the Brazilian consulate for details.