Summer in Brazil
Summer in Brazil course offerings are being held remotely for summer 2021.
Available courses are on this dedicated list and are also reflected below. For courses that could not be offered remotely, there may be direct Washington Square-based equivalents, and NYU students may review offerings and register directly through Albert.
Students may now register for a single course (4 credits) if they wish, for two courses (total of 8 credits), or for an intensive (8 credit) course from any of our CAS Summer Abroad programs.
Summer in Brazil students benefit from all the advatages of the program host city, Recife, one of Brazil's most innovative artistic and cultural hubs. Located in the northeast of the country, it is well known for its cultural diversity and vibrant art scene, especially independent cinema. Offering a unique perspective outside of the more visited cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, Recife also boasts a world-renowned contemporary music scene, including popular musical forms such as forró, maracatu, and frevo. In co-curricular programming, students will have the opportunity to experience the aquatic natural resources of Porto de Galinhas, to undertake museum visits, to explore the cultural roots of Brazil, and to visit other historic sites in the Northeast, including Recife's sister city, Olinda, a UNESCO world heritage site.
There is no application process for summer 2021. Any student cleared to register for NYU Summer 2021 may do so for remote offerings directly via NYU Albert.
Visiting students wishing to participate in courses will first need to apply to NYU 2021 summer session through University Programs. Following admission, visiting students will be directed to NYU Albert to register.
Michele Nascimento Kettner, PhD.
Language Lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
|Undergraduate Tuition - 4 credits||$6,148|
|Undergraduate Registration Fees - 4 credits||
All students will register for PORT-UA 9700, Topics in Brazil Studies: Critical Perspectives on Brazilian Culture and Society. In this 3-week intensive course, students will gain knowledge of Brazilian arts and culture, history, literature, gender issues, and various topics relating to the economy and lifestyle. To broaden their cultural experience, planned co-curricular activities will help students engage with local communities via field trips and visits to non-governmental organizations. The course counts as a cross-listed elective for Africana Studies (major and minor) and the Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA) major. It also counts as a cross list for LATC-UA 9600.
All classes will take place in the Grand Mercure Recife conference room.
PORT-UA 9700 Topics in Brazil Studies: Critical Perspectives on Brazilian Culture and Society - Kettner - 4 credits
Taught in English and open to undergraduates only.
This course is cross listed with SCA-UA 9744 and LATC-UA 9600. It also counts as an elective for Africana Studies (major and minor) and the SCA major.
This course is designed as an interdisciplinary and critical introduction to the history, society, literature, and culture of Brazil, the largest nation of Latin America. Students will learn about Brazil’s colonial experience as the only Portuguese colony in the Americas, its unique experiment with monarchical institutions in the nineteenth century, and the trajectory of its uneven modernization in the twentieth century. We will also explore the particularities of Pernambuco, its Dutch past, and overall relevance in the culture, economy and, politics of Brazil. The course will examine diverse topics including contemporary race relations, gender, sexuality, religion and spirituality, class conflict, and migration, as well as various aspects of Brazilian cultural production and performance, as reflected in film, music, literature, and other forms of popular culture. Students will engage in critical analysis of a variety of texts, including films, fiction, and ethnographic and historical accounts, as they also pursue their own areas of intellectual and research interests. The course will be taught in English. Portuguese-language texts will be available in English translation or with English subtitles. Students with knowledge of Portuguese will be able to read and view the texts in the original language. Sample syllabus (PDF)
Please note there is no housing or meals associated with Summer in Brazil for summer 2021.
All undergraduate students participating in the program are required to live in NYU-provided housing.
Students will live in double occupancy rooms in NYU-provided housing at a Boa Viagem hotel for the entire three-week program. Located in the city's beach front neighborhood, student housing is in close proximity to central Recife, restaurants, shops, and other amenities. Daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi are included.
An exciting array of visits and excursions in Recife and other areas of the Northeast may include:
- Gilberto Freyre Museum
- Cais do Sertão, Paço do Frevo, Kahal Zur synagogue, and Alto da Sé
- Instituto Brennand
- Museum of Xilogravura and J. Borges (Bezerros)
- O Alto do Moura (Caruaru)
- Casa da Rabeca (Olinda)
- Museu do Homem do Nordeste
- Porto de Galinhas and Maracaipe (including traditional fishing boat tour through mangroves)
Students are encouraged to consult internal and external resources to prepare for their summer program. The following links may be used for general destination information, immigration needs and travel medicine planning:
- U.S. State Department Travel Information for Brazil
- All admitted and confirmed students should consult The NYU Office of Global Services for immigration support
- CDC Health Information for Travelers to Brazil
- NYU students may consult the NYU Student Health Center for Travel Medicine information and appointments
Michele Nascimento Kettner (Faculty Director)
Born and raised in Recife, Dr. Kettner teaches Portuguese and Spanish language courses at NYU. She is looking forward to introducing students to Recife's unique city culture during Summer in Brazil.