Study Abroad

Salvador, Brazil

Spring Break 2017 (March 11-19)


Program Description

The Interdisciplinary Global Seminar study abroad program offers a 10-day overseas academic adventure on the eastern coast of Salvador, Brazil. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while also allowing them to gain an understanding and appreciation for the way of life in eastern South America. Students will study social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The Spring Break program includes guest lectures from local experts, homestays with local families, a service learning project in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are held in the morning, and afternoons/weekends are reserved for outside-the-classroom learning and interpersonal development. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in the Brazilian culture, rich and unique history, breathtaking natural beauty, and tasty cuisine.

Course Description

The course associated with this study abroad experience is Perspectives 2001 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar, and is designed to broaden students’ understanding of social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective.  The goal is to expose students to topical issues facing the legal and health care systems of Brazil.  The course is issue-oriented and interdisciplinary in nature that will be specifically tailored to students in Success Academy.  No knowledge or background in criminal justice, law, or health is required.


The program is open Success Academy students currently in their first year at Georgia State. Non-criminal justice and non-public health major students are welcome to apply.  Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.

The deadline to submit an application is July 22, 2016, and you can apply to the program by clicking here


The program fee for Spring Break 2017 is $3,000.  Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations, travel arrangements, and the number of participants.  Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Price Includes:

• Round-trip airfare from Atlanta

• All meals

• Ground transportation to all program activities

• Housing accommodations

• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance

Price Does Not Include:

• Georgia State tuition and fees

• Course reading materials

• Passport

• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges

Payment Schedule:

November 30, 2016 – $500 deposit to secure your spot

December 30, 2016 – $1,750

January 30, 2017 - $750, final payment

(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt)

Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing (, and follow the payment instructions. Please refer to the GSU Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Program Highlights

First-year students outside of Success Academy will not have not completed enough credits by their first Spring semester to participate in study abroad, so this program is a unique experience open only to Success Academy students.

Georgia State's Study Abroad Office will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to the first nine students who are accepted into the program and pay the first deposit of $500 by September 30, 2016. 

Students will have the opportunity to take survival Portuguese classes while in Brazil.

Students will travel to Brazil over spring break 2017, which means they will be able to pack a lot into the 10-day schedule.  Students will earn two credits towards Area B of the Core through participation in the course Perspectives 2001 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar: A Field Study in Brazil.  This course will be taught by two professors from Public Health and Criminal Justice, will be interdisciplinary in focus, and students from all majors may apply.

The Office of First-Year and Transition Programs will be assisting students with a fundraising opportunity so that all students who wish to go have the opportunity to lower the overall cost of the trip.

Feira de Sao Joaquim

Sao Joaquim market is the place in the city for shopping.  Students will see mounds a mile high of unique spices, tropical fruits of all colors, traditional ceramic pots and vases, and woven straw hats and mats.  Students will also be able to see Candomblé artifacts, which consist of Picture4brightly colored beads associated with different orixás, traditional ceramic serving dishes for food, and fragrant leaves for sacred baths.



A historic neighborhood in the western part of Salvador is now known for its music, dining and nightlife.  Pelourinho was the city's center during the Portuguese colonial period, and is extremely rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Salvador was the first colonial capital of Brazil and the city is one of the oldest in the New World (founded in 1549 by Portuguese settlers). It was also the first slaPicture6ve market on the continent, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations.


Bale Folclorico:

Balé Folclórico is the only professional folk dance company in Brazil.  The dancers, musicians, and singers perform a repertory that originates from Bahian folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those that celebrate Carnival.


Candomble Church:

Candomble is a religion practiced mainly in Brazil and has developed in a creolization of traditional Yoruba, Fon, and Bantu beliefs brought from West Africa by enslaved captives in the Portuguese Empire.  As the religion developed it was influenced by the knowledge of enslaved African priests who continued to teach their mythology, their culture, and language.

*Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.*