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  • Locations: Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Language of Instruction: English
Type of Housing: Hotel Academic Field: Criminal Justice
Undergraduate/Graduate: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Description:

*Program pending approval and subject to change

Academic Program Director (APD):
Dr. Donna Vandiver | (512) 245-3333 |
Rio de Janeiro

What You Will Learn

Brazil is a booming Latin American country with many similarities/differences to the United States in terms of its economic, political and social growth. Criminal justice employees have to deal with many of the same struggles as the U.S., and their criminal justice system appears to also be steeped in a deterrence tradition. During this course, students will be immersed in all three of the major aspects of the criminal justice system - law enforcement, courts, and corrections – so that they may assess the differences between the Brazilian and U.S. systems.

In this program, students will:
• Increase their own sense of global awareness.
• Be exposed to Brazilian culture and criminal justice-related issues.
• Interact with leading researchers and criminal justice practitioners outside in Brazil.

The Location

Brazil is a large South American country, ranking fifth in the world--in both size and population. Its diverse population consists of about 54% of European descendants from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Eastern Europe. Forty-four percent, however, are mixed race or black. Less than 1% are indigenous to the area. Others are from Japan, Asia, or from the Middle East. Contrary to popular belief (that Spanish is the most common language), the language is Portuguese. Belo Horizonte is a major metropolitan city, the sixth largest city in Brazil. It was built on several hills with surrounding mountains. The average temperatures in March are in the mid-70s, as it is their fall season. Rio de Janiero is the second most populous city in Brazil. it is one of the most visited cities in the southern hemisphere of the world. It is also known for its recent hosting of the 2016 Summer Olympics.?

Program Criteria

  • Students must be in good academic standing.
  • Students must be earning a degree related to criminal justice and/or sociology.
  • Students must meet with and receive approval from the professors who are leading this program.

Program Dates

Departure from Texas: March 10, 2017
First day of classes abroad:  March 11, 2017
Last day of classes abroad: March 18, 2017
Return to Texas: March 19, 2017

Course Options

CJ 4363 Independent Studies in Criminal Justice
CJ 5360 Independent Studies in Criminal Justice
CJ 7360 Independent Study*

*May be repeatable for additional credit

Cost: $3,632 (Undergraduate) | $3,782 (Graduate)
Cost includes:

  • $200 non-refundable application fee
  • Tuition and fees for three hours of university credit
  • Lodging
  • Local transportation
  • Scheduled visits and excursions
  • International insurance (health and travel assistance)

Payment Schedule*

With Application $200 Non-refundable application fee
December 1, 2016 $300 Non-refundable program deposit
January 12, 2017 $3,132 Remaining tuition and program fees

*Please add an additional $150 for graduate student tuition
Students must have satisfied one of the payment options offered by Student Business Services by the January 12, 2017 deadline.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.