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 Afro-Brazilian culture in Salvador da Bahia and with the marvelous but deeply unequal structures 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.
Salvador da Bahia & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 5-19, 2022
- Priority Deadline: February 23, 2022
- Regular Deadline: March 23, 2022*
*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 credits and take the following course:
- HPSE-GE 2153, Section 099 (Class #5185) - Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Brazil (3 credits)
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, Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology
- Steinhardt Graduate Tuition Fee (3 credits) - $5,826
- Graduate Registration and Services Fees - $674
- Housing & Activity Fee - $1,700
- GeoBlue International Health Insurance - Included
Estimated Direct Cost Total - $8,200
View NYU Steinhardt Graduate Study Tuition and Fees set for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Tuition, Housing, and Activity fees will be due based on Bursar's Payment Schedule for the Summer 2022 term.
PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for purchasing transportation and airfare to/from the program location. All students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
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, Google Flights, and Student Universe for student rates.
Students are encouraged to budget for study abroad programs based on individual needs. You may use online budgeting tools such as Numbeo, Expatistan, and Budget Your Trip to budget for your ideal study abroad experience.
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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.
Global Affairs will provide information to participants on pandemic-related travel and entry requirements for their destination. Vaccination is required, and testing may also be necessary for departure to and returning from your program destination.
Flight: Students purchase their own international travel to coincide with program dates. Please note that the course may begin and end in different cities and that flights arriving in Brazil typically depart New York a day in advance; participants will be provided with the exact details so that they are able to book their airline tickets accordingly. All participants are strongly encouraged to purchase refundable flights. 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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