University of Oregon

SIT: Social Innovation and Community Development in Fortaleza

Program Overview

SIT semester programs include the following components: one-week orientation, intensive language study, homestay (in urban and rural areas), thematic seminar, field methods seminar, independent study project (last month of program), and program evaluation.

In this program you will examine the multifaceted dynamics shaping development patterns in northeastern Brazil, including social, political, and economic forces. Through thematic coursework, educational excursions, field study, and independent research you will gain exceptional insight into the socioeconomic challenges facing the region's diverse populations. Cultural immersion in both urban and rural settings will provide you with additional perspectives on the impact national and international socioeconomic and political policies are having on northeast Brazil.

Based in Fortaleza, the modern seaside capital of the state of Ceará, you will attend classes at the Instituto Brasil/Estados Unidos/Ceará (IBEU-CE), a bi-national center dedicated to the promotion of cultural ties and understanding between the people of Brazil and the United States. Local academics, community leaders, and researchers lead lectures and seminars on Brazilian culture, development, and social justice. You will engage with leading organizations working to promote social justice in the area including the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) and Banco Palmas.

Homestays with families from a range of socioeconomic levels will deepen your understanding of inequities in health care, education, employment, land, and basic resources in this culturally diverse and economically challenged region of Brazil.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Social Justice and Sustainable Developmnet


Application Process

If you are interested in applying to the Social Justice and Sustainable Development program, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a GEO Study Abroad Program Advisor. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the GEO application deadline.

  • Completion of the GEO application process.
  • Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the GEO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Additional Requirements

  • One term of college-level Portuguese or one year of college-level Romance language other than Portuguese.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20174/1/2017Late AugustMid-December
Spring Semester201810/1/2017Mid-FebruaryEarly June

Additional Date Information

To confirm the exact program dates, please consult SIT.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.