Study Abroad Brazil – March 16-23, 2019
International Perspectives on Urban Law & Policy
Part of the International Perspectives on Urban Law & Policy course, this program allows graduate students to experience first-hand how metropolitan areas tackle urban growth issues. This spring break study-abroad program in Rio de Janerio and Curitiba will focus on land use planning, sustainable and equitable development, growth management and environmental law and policy. It will feature a combination of lectures by leading academic, public and private sector professionals and site visits designed to enrich the academic and cultural experience.
Students start in Rio de Janeiro, where they will attend lectures at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) School of Law, one of Brazil’s most prestigious academic institutions. Field trips will allow them to explore the marvelous city. Students will then travel to Curitiba for the second half of the week where they will attend lectures at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUC-PR) and have opportunities to interact with Brazilian law students. Field trips will provide ample opportunities for students to explore the well-planned city.
Rio de Janeiro, once the capital, is a megacity with a population of more than 12 million people. It is the second largest metropolitan area in Brazil and is a popular tourist destination known for Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, carnivals, music and tropical forests. It hosted the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. But like much of Latin America, Rio de Janeiro has extensive favelas, or informal settlements, often lacking basic infrastructure and services causing disease and pollution. It will provide students with an opportunity to understand the many issues facing urban growth with a particular emphasis on income inequality and social exclusion.
Curitiba is considered one of the world’s greatest cities for its livability. It boasts a model transportation system, pioneering many inventions with its’ well-designed, efficient bus system. The city’s flood control plan helped create tremendous green space, increasing property values and creating revenue for the city. An innovative garbage and recycling program in the favelas, or slum area, beautify the city at a low cost, while simultaneously benefiting the poor. Curitiba will offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand that great urban solutions do not have to be complex or expensive.
The program will be led by Julian Juergensmeyer, Ben F. Johnson Jr. Chair in Law, and Karen Johnston (J.D. ’08), assistant director of the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth.
To participate, students must enroll in the three-credit hour spring semester course, International Perspectives on Law & Policy (LAW 7397). This course has no pre-requisites but space is limited.
Participation is limited to 10 students and is contingent upon acceptance by the program directors after an interview.
The program cost includes:
- All program-related ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
- Round-trip airfare between Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba
- Group lunches per the itinerary
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance
The program cost does not include:
- Georgia State tuition and fees. Note that this study abroad program requires students to enroll in the course International Perspectives on Urban Law and Policy (LAW 7397) for a total of 3 credit hours (2 credit hours for the spring course plus an additional 1 credit hour for the study abroad program).
- Round-trip airfare to Brazil. Students are responsible for booking their own airfare. Flights to Rio de Janeiro can be quite expensive and should be booked well in advance to secure the best rate. Flights could easily cost $1800 from Atlanta.
- Public transportation in Brazil except that associated with the program.
- Passport and visa. The visa process to Brazil requires an appointment at the Consulate General of Brazil and careful attention to detail.
- Personal expenses and excess baggage charges.
All payments for participation in this program are non-refundable upon receipt. The deposits will be returned if the program does not meet the minimum enrollment.
- Oct. 31: $250 deposit
- Nov. 15: $500 deposit
- Jan. 2019: Remaining balance is due ($2150 for double occupancy; $2400 for single occupancy) – this is a firm deadline per university guidelines
The program directors will provide instructions on how to make the required payments once you have been accepted into the program.
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The deadline to apply is Oct. 15. All students must apply online.
Space is limited to 10 students and early application is encouraged. Participation is contingent upon acceptance into the program by the Program Directors. All applicants will have to interview with the program directors before being accepted into the program.