Field School in Applied Anthropology, Brazil

Under the direction of Dr. Cassandra White, the Department of Anthropology and the Office of International Affairs at Georgia State University sponsor a summer Field School in Applied Anthropology in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
2015 Brazil FS students at Tio joaoIn 2012, 2013, and 2015, field school students conducted original ethnographic research on changes associated with the World Cup and Olympic Games on residents of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They interviewed Cariocas (residents of Rio) from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds on this topic; students learned about how new construction projects, related housing removals, police “pacification” programs in favela communities, crackdowns on the informal economy, and many other changes have affected the everyday lives of people in this city. This research has resulted in conference papers, several symposia held at Georgia State, a Master’s thesis (Jessica Glass, 2014), and a publication in an upcoming edition of the journal Teaching Anthropology.

This program provides students with a unique study abroad opportunity that will give them experience in ethnographic methods and anthropological theory in the challenging and interesting metropolitan setting of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Applied, urban, and medical anthropology are the major foci of the program. Through visits to public health clinics, nongovernmental organization (NGO) programs, and schools and community centers in different favelas (shantytowns), students will gain firsthand knowledge of how social stratification translates to disparities in health, education, and standard of living. Students will assist with the projects of the Instituto Dois Irmãos (i2i), an organization that provides educational opportunities to residents of Rocinha, the largest favela community in Brazil. Students will attend guest lectures by Brazilian researchers and NGO directors. In addition, students will have a chance to explore the city independently and through organized trips to major landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain and Corcovado, to samba clubs, to museums, and to the Northeastern Fair (a large fair held every weekend in Rio that highlights the music, food, and literature of the Northeast of Brazil).

Please see the following article produced by the Office of International Initiatives, reflecting on the experience of the field school.
Empowering Students to Research and Expand World View in Brazil – Part 1

Students stay in a hotel-residence apartment in the Zona Sul (South Zone) of Rio. They will be close to the beachfront neighborhoods of Ipanema and Leblon. Within the Zona Sul, there are numerous restaurants, groceries, pharmacies, banks (with ATM access), clothing stores, laundromats (with drop-off service), and internet stations. Breakfast will be included at the hostel, and nearby cafés offer inexpensive lunch options of fresh juices, savory pastries, and sandwiches. Throughout the Zona Sul, there is easy access to transportation by bus or taxi to other parts of the city.

Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

large home carousel 6Students enrolled at Georgia State as well as at other universities and college in the U.S. may apply for the program. Although this is a field school in anthropology that will provide credit and research opportunities for students majoring in or working on graduate degrees in anthropology at Georgia State, undergraduate and graduate students in other programs of the university will be considered. For undergraduates, the prerequisite course for this program is ANTH2020, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, an equivalent course at another university, or an upper-division course taken with the program director. Students are required to have taken at least one semester of Portuguese and/or have advanced skills in Spanish. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

??????????Students who successfully complete the program will receive 4 hours of credit for the course ANTH4550 (undergraduate) or ANTH6550 (graduate). Students who have participated in the program in the past may return under the course numbers ANTH4560 or ANTH6560 (Advanced Field School in Anthropology). These students will be expected to present proposals for research they plan to conduct while students on the program. Students in other departments can consult with their department to determine how this program might count towards their major field of study or academic program. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements.
The program cost is tentatively set at $2300, not including airfare or regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Price Includes
• Accommodations in Rio (apartment-style residences)
• Round-trip transportation to airport and for program events
• A few group meals
• Admission to sites and museums for program events
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does NOT Include
• Airfare (estimated airfare costs between $800-$1400)
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Passport fees
• Visa fees (estimated $160)
• Personal expenses, excess baggage charges and most meals

Example of Previous Payment Schedule (2015 program)
January 23, 2015 – $500 deposit with application, nonrefundable after March 4
March 4, 2015 – $ 1700 remaining balance

Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS. Please contact Dr. White to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance: Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments-along with remaining program balance-will be billed directly to your student account. Please refer to the academic/registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Maeghan Dessecker Rio 2010 Vendor of musical instruments at the Feira Hippie in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, BrazilFUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit or contact the Office of International Initiatives, Study Abroad Programs at 404/413-2529 for more information.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 404/413-2400 for information on how financial aid might apply toward the program.

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Students should also be in touch with Dr. White before beginning the application process.