CET: Social Justice and Inequality in São Paulo

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Brazil
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview

Update: Please see the CET website for updates on Fall 2020.

Dig into social issues and challenge your perspectives with a semester in São Paulo.  Using Brazil as a case study, take on a curriculum focused on understanding the dynamics of global poverty and inequality.

Beyond thematic coursework, a semester with CET Brazil also includes pre-departure materials, on-site orientation, Portuguese language class, housing with local students, a Traveling Seminar, and opportunities to direct-enroll in classes alongside Brazilian undergraduates for more experienced Portuguese learners.

In your core course, Social Justice and Inequality in 21st Century Brazil, you explore the influential elements and resulting challenges related to the country’s emerging economy—pervasive poverty, social injustice, and domestic and international factors that stall socioeconomic and political progress. And with electives like Contemporary Issues in Brazilian Society and Re-Thinking Racial Democracy in Brazil, you can tailor your curriculum to hone in on topics of your choosing.

No matter what you choose, this program immerses and challenges you both in and out of the classroom. Whether it’s a week-long Traveling Seminar to Salvador de Bahia or a thoughtful meeting with indigenous community leaders at Aldeia Pico de Jaraguá, your curriculum connects in-class theory with real world context.

And even though you’re based out of the largest city in South America, CET Brazil makes sure you’re never without community. You share an apartment with local college students, access to campus life at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de São Paulo, and have the support of knowledgeable and dedicated on-site staff and faculty.

To learn more about the curriculum, excursions, and program details, please visit the CET website.


** GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel.  All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

Academic Details

Learn more about his progam in the CET Brazil: Social Justice and Inequality webpage.

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.

Faculty and Staff

Courses are taught by CET Brazil staff and faculty from the CET partner university in Sao Pao – Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo.

Additional requirements

Note, you do not need a background in Portuguese. Due to the close similarity between Spanish and Portuguese, there is a course specifically for Spanish speakers who want to learn Portuguese.

Brazilian visas are required for students on this program. CET will provide you step-by-step guidance on the visa process and recommended visa processor. If you use the CET recommended processing service, CET can cover the cost of the visa fee. You are still responsible for mailing and fees for any personal files needed to complete the visa application. You will learn more about this in the CET application.

Application process

If you’re interested in apply for CET Brazil, we strongly advise you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

CET Academic Programs operates on rolling admissions. Though you can complete your application in advance, CET continues accepting applications until each program’s application deadline. For most programs, you will receive an admissions decision from CET within two weeks of receipt of your completed application. For more information on the application, see the How to Apply section of the CET website.

IMPORTANT: Application for a CET program involves two parts:
   · Completion of the GEO application process.
   · Completion of the CET application process.

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

Dates and Deadlines
TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20214/1/2021Late JulyLate November
Spring Semester202210/1/2021Early FebruaryEarly June

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.