Brazil: Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs

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Immersing themselves in communities in both Rio de Janeiro and Salvador da Bahia, students study the history of social justice and economic disparity in Brazil. Co-curricular excursions offer an insider’s look at grassroots, community projects and their goal of fueling social and economic change.

Rio de Janeiro ("January River”) is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, and the third largest metropolitan area in South America. The city was the capital of Brazil for nearly two centuries during the Portuguese colonial era. Rio is nicknamed the Cidade Maravilhosa or "Marvelous City" thanks to its dynamic urban vibe, expansive beaches, and abutting rain forest.

Rio represents the second largest GDP in the country and is the headquarters of major Brazilian companies. It's home to many universities, and the second largest center of research and development in Brazil.

Program Highlights

This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.

2 weeks

Week 1

  • Orientation and welcome dinner, walking tour of neighborhood
  • Little Africa tour 
  • Samba lesson
  • Walking field visit to the beach
  • Samba de trabalhador (live music samba)
  • Maré Museum
  • Capoeira lesson
  • Day trip to West Rio: Quilombo do Camorim

Week 2

  • Visit to the art gallery Jacarandá and meet with local artist
  • Visit to Casa Nem project
  • Trip to Paraty
  • Golden Path and City tour
  • Educational community visit to Santa Marta
  • Passinho workshop and meeting with passinho dancer

Our Staff

Sean McIntyre is Academic Director for CIEE in Brazil and Center Director in Rio De Janeiro. Since obtaining his doctorate in German Studies from Stanford University in 2003, Dr. McIntyre has taught undergraduate humanities courses, German and Brazilian Portuguese language in several universities in the United States. In 2007 he received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to develop a Brazilian literature course at the University of São Paulo-Campinas (UNICAMP). In 2011, Sean moved to Rio de Janeiro to raise a family.


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