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Brazil: Social Inequalities

This blended three-week course is designed for students who want to broaden their critical thinking and world’s perspective in social inequalities and how they negatively affect populations. One week will be conducted online, and then the class will travel to Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte for a hands-on examination and recognition of the impact of social injustice and social inequality in a developing context for two weeks.


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Application Deadline: February 14
Commitment Fee Deadline: February 21

Course Description

During their week abroad, students will visit the Federal University of Ceará and UNIFENAS, public elementary and high schools, museums, local art and music performances, social and health service facilities, NGOs that support children with disabilities, and Educational and Research Centers. They will have the opportunity exchange culture, interact with native Brazilians, gain a broader perspective of the burden of social inequalities in a developing context and navigate in a multicultural environment.

An underlying theme of this course is the interplay between poverty, social, environment, culture, education, and health aspects in a middle-resource country. Through oral and writing debriefings and reflective essays, students will be able to compare and contrast the Brazilian context to the social inequalities of the United States. Meaningful active learning experiences include case studies, videos, peer and group discussions, engaged discussion sessions with TCNJ and Brazilian students alike. 

Program Information

Course: PBH 255 / PBHG 665: Social Inequalities in a Developing Context – The Case of Brazil

Liberal Learning: Global

Dates: May 24 – May 27 classes online

May 28 – June 10 in Brazil experience

Program Director: Dr. Carolina Borges, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, and Dr. Marina Ribeiro de Souza, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Eligibility: This course is designed for students at sophomore level or higher majoring in Public Health, Nursing, Exercise Science, Psychology, Biology, Sociology, Anthropology, Education, and related areas. Open also to Graduate Students. A minimum GPA 2.75 cumulative is required to apply.

Program Fee: $4903.21*. Explore scholarship opportunities.

$150 Application Fee
$500 Program Deposit Fee
1 Unit Course Tuition & Fees
Accommodations with Breakfast
All ground transportation
Entrances to all sites and events
Health Insurance

Does Not Include:
Airfare (arranged separately)
Transportation to/from US airport
Most lunches and dinners
Personal Items
Other personal expenses (personal travel, etc.)


  • Live on the Federal University of Ceará campus
  • Explore local museums and art galleries, like the Inhotim Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Visit public hospitals, primary care facilities, and outpatient clinics
  • Tour local NGOs and the Minas Gerais State Administrative Center
  • Check out a soccer stadium or sports center
  • Browse the Mangabeiras and City Farmer Market
  • Visit local public elementary and high schools
  • Eat at traditional Brazilian restaurants
  • Relax at the beach and public parks
  • See UNESCO World Heritage centers like the Pampulha Modern Ensemble and Ouro Preto


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Nelson Rodriguez at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.