Brazilian Studies and Portuguese
The Center, which began as the first Institute of Brazilian Studies in the United States in 1947, maintains its historic ties to Brazil and strength in Portuguese. The College currently has 3 positions in Portuguese (Earl Fitz, Emmanuelle Oliveira, Marcio Bahia), with several professors of Spanish actively engaging in comparative Brazilian work. We have an additional 5 full-time, tenured or tenure-track Brazilianists (Marshall Eakin, Jane Landers and Celso Castilho in History; Beth Conklin in Anthropology). In addition, the Owen School of Management keeps close ties to the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and regularly hosts groups of students from USP and there are several projects focused on Brazil based in the Medical School. The Center also offers a minor in Brazilian Studies.
Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture Summer Program in São Paulo
This intensive academic program is organized by Tulane, Vanderbilt, and Emory universities with the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP). The program is open to both graduates and undergraduates and is eligible for students with Summer FLAS fellowships. Students have the opportunity to earn 6-7 credits and will take one Portuguese language course (two levels are offered) taught by PUC-SP faculty, and a Brazilian culture course taught by Tulane/Vanderbilt and/or Emory faculty.
Most students stay with host families in São Paulo for a total Portuguese immersion experience. São Paulo, the largest metropolis in South America, is an exciting center for fine arts, theater, music and cultural life. This city is a medley of Brazilians from the country’s 26 states and from multiple ethnic groups, which makes for an exciting mix of traditions and fabulous food on every street.