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.
São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
May 31- June 13, 2020
- Priority Deadline: December 1, 2019
- Regular Deadline: February 1, 2020
- Final Deadline: March 1, 2020*
*Admission continues thereafter on a space-available basis.
- NYU graduate students
- Non-NYU graduate students and professionals who are not enrolled at an academic institution
- 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:
- HPSE-GE- 2153 Section 099 (Class #4966) - Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Brazil (3 Points)
- Offered through the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology
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 and International Education
- Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $5,385
- Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $651
- Housing Fee & Activity - $1,700
- GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included
Estimated Direct Cost Total - $7,736
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchase of transportation and airfare to/from program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing. Students are responsible for their own accommodations 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 the following flight search engines: Kayak, Hipmunk, Vayama, Google Flights and Student Universe for student rates.
Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs using available online resources. Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Summer 2020.
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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: 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 do not need a visa to enter Brazil. Other nationalities: please consult NYU's Office of Global Services and check with the Brazilian consulate for details.
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