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UMD-Summer: Brazil: Brazilian Amazon: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (ANTH/LASC/AMST)
Aukre, Brazil; Pará, Brazil; Tucumã, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summerterm
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Costs Summerterm
Fact Sheet:
Class Eligibility: Freshman, Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore Credit Type: Resident Credit
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Prerequisite(s): None
Minimum GPA:
Non-UMD students eligible to apply: Yes
Interview required?:
Visa process required for US citizens?:
Program Description:

Overlooking Brazil
Through this course, you will be introduced to the Kayapó, one of the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, as well as tropical forest ecology and the urbanization and development of Amazonia.You will convene with your classmates and program director in Pará in Marabá to begin the program and then proceed to the frontier town of Tucumã, Pará.

You must be in good academic and judicial standing to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate in this program.

You will be introduced to the indigenous peoples of Amazonia, tropical forest ecology, and the urbanization and development of Amazonia through participating in this program. By reading course materials, participating in course activities, and interpreting field data during an intense three-week trip to Brazil, you will learn both conservation biology and cultural anthropology.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following six (6) credit UMD courses:

  • ANTH498C Advanced Field Training in Ethnography: Brazil: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (6 credits)
  • ANTH238B or AMST269B Topics in Study Abroad II: Lived Existence: Perspective in Native American Identity (6 credits)
  • ANTH698C Advanced Field Training in Ethnology: Brazil: Ethnographic Fieldwork (6 credits)
  • LASC448F Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Brazilian Ethnography (3 credits) & LASC448G Special Topics in Latin American Studies: Environmental Conservation and Indigenous Peoples (3 credits)

The courses your complete during this program will count as resident credit.

You will live in tents at the research station in the rainforest on the edge of a Kayapó village in Aukre. In Marabá, you will stay in a hotel. Meals will be provided, but otherwise you should expect sleeping, showering and bathroom facilities comparable to those found in any wilderness camping experience.

Budgets are not yet available for Summer 2015 and will be updated in the coming weeks.

The costs below are NOT current and reflect estimates based on costs for summer 2014.

Billable Costs
Application Fee $50
Program Fee $4,290
This fee is collected in two installments: 1) $250 non-refundable deposit: Due by (March 18th) or within 48 hours of acceptance if accepted on or after that date 2) Remainder of program fee: Charged to the student's UMD account upon course registration. Due May 20th.
The program fee includes: $250 deposit, International Health Insurance, tuition, housing, and Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, and pre-departure orientation.
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $300
Passport $140
Visa $160
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $2,000
Optional activities/ incidental expenses (estimate) $300

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancelation due to low enrollment.

Matthew Aruch is currently the Assistant Director of the Science Technology and Society Program and PhD student in International Education Policy at UMD. Matthew did his undergraduate work in Biology at Mary Washington College (MWC) and has graduate degrees in Education from MWC (MS 2004) and Harvard University (MEd. 2011). Matthew spent several years teaching in Costa Rica, Honduras and the United States. He has been collaborating, work and teaching with the University of Cuenca and the communities of Shiña since the summer of 2012.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Director. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Coursework and time spent at Pinkaiti Research Station
  • Living and working in the village of Aukre learning about Kayapó culture and daily life

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.