Study Abroad


Cultural Psychology in Northeast Brazil

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This course is closed for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4208
SAU Course Equivalency: PSYC 397, Topics in Psychology (four credits)
Instructor: Olivia Lima and Paulo Lima, Augustana College
Dates: January 2-24, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Salvador. Fortaleza
Price: $6,275 (subject to change)

Program description

Traditional psychology often seeks (or even assumes) universals of human nature, but the emerging field of cultural psychology challenges us to consider how much of human thought and behavior is truly universal, and how much is constrained by our cultural contexts. Culture can be a nearly invisible force in our daily lives, if we live in a homogenous society, yet we also run the risk of overemphasizing it if we study others from a distance (too easy to assume "they" must be completely foreign and exotic). This course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a new, balanced perspective through direct immersion in another culture.

As you will discover, Brazil is a nation with both striking similarities and differences to the US. You will read about its culture and history, hear from local experts, and personally experience Brazilian daily life in several cities as well as the countryside. You will also read psychological research on observed differences, and then collect and analyze your own data. Throughout your brief experience as a "foreigner," we will emphasize learning how to understand and interact successfully with people from other cultures.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Hotel accommodation in double and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Field trips and entrance fees (subject to change)
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals not included in the program fee
  • Personal baggage fees


How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.