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Politics, Society, and Technology of Northeast Brazil: Do they work together?

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Brazilian students march on Earth Day.

Brazilian students march on Earth Day to raise environmental awareness. Photo by Professor Jodi Prosise.

This course is accepting applications for the Summer 2015 term.

Course: ENGR 320, Research Topics in Engineering (3 credits) or IS 210, Selected Topics in Culture and Civilization (3 credits)
Instructor: Dr. Jodi Prosise, Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics
Dates: May 31 - June 14, 2015
Location: Ilheus, Brazil 
Price: $3,403

Program description

Read about Chris Donnelly's experience (pdf) during the 2011 program.

Students will explore the effects of politics and society on technology, and vice versa, in the State of Bahia in Northeast Brazil. Experiences focus on politics, society, and technology with populations that are underprivileged and disabled.

Through readings, discussions, tours of museums and local areas, and interviews with local officials, students will learn about the politics in Northeast Brazil, both past and present. The effects of politics and technologies on society, in particular the lower class, will be experienced by visiting and interacting with the Favelas and medical facilities for the poor, as well as a natural resources conservation and research facility. Local technologies will be experienced through the engineering research laboratories at the Universidad Estadual de Santa Cruz, and by participating in a workshop where Brazilian citizens learn to utilize the land and natural resources in a sustainable way to provide income to their families.

ENGINEERING STUDENTS ONLY: Students will learn social responsibility by providing useful and important technologies to persons with disabilities that otherwise could not afford assistance. Students will deliver the devices created previously by engineering students, train appropriate personnel on the use and care of the devices, and make any necessary adjustments to the devices.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline to Ilheus
  • Transportation in Brazil 
  • Housing
  • Meals during home stay 
  • Brazilian visa
  • International medical insurance with trip delay coverage

What is not included

  • Passport fee
  • Immunizations (approximately $300)
  • Personal baggage fees
  • Textbooks
  • Meals while traveling

How to apply

Application Deadline - January 16
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Return your completed Liability Form to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Submit a $500 deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • January 16: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education - Lower Cosgrove.
    Deposit checks should be made payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • February 16: $1,500 commitment fee due
    Turn in your second payment to the Center for International Education - Lower Cosgrove. 
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University.
  • April 15: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education - Lower Cosgrove.
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SUMMER 2015 term.

Payment details

  • If you are not accepted, or if the program is canceled, the initial deposit is refundable.
  • The cost for this program will be added to your Spring semester bill.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost and are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.