Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

South America Program

  • Time

    Spring course, five-week summer trip (May/June), fall capstone course with optional certificate

  • Location

    Columbia and Brazil

  • Eligibility

    Scholars in all majors

  • Credits

    One honors credit

  • Application Deadline

    Registration same as registering for course

Program Summary

South America has experienced profound economic, social and political change over the last two generations. The SHC South America Program, in cooperation with the College of Education, examines these changes through the lens of K-12 and university education. The spring three-credit course, "Education and Society in Brazil and Colombia" (CI 497 with honors attribute, time and location to be determined before priority registration), taught by Jason Whitney and Richard Stoller, focuses on the two largest countries in South America but will also bring in content from the rest of the continent. Likewise, while education is the focus of the course, we will look at the wider context of economy, society and politics.

The five-week summer program (approximately May 8 - June 11) will begin in Brazil and move on to Colombia. In each location we will visit both tourist and course-related sites, including interactions with local high school and university students.

  • Cartagena, including a day trip to San Basilio de Palenque
  • Ibagué, including an overnight trip to the village of Murillo
  • Bogotá, including day trips to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá and the Hacienda Yerbabuena of the Instituto Caro y Cuervo
  • Belo Horizonte and the colonial town of Ouro Preto
  • Brasilia
  • Rio de Janeiro

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Schreyer Scholars in all majors and semesters are eligible. You must be enrolled (not graduated) through at least the following fall semester to take the summer trip. Paterno Fellows aspirants in the College of the Liberal Arts may be eligible on a space-available basis. Participation in the course does not require taking the trip but we hope that all course participants will strongly consider the trip.

Note: Taking the spring course does not guarantee selection for the trip, nor does it require you to take the trip.

Estimated Costs (Subject to Change)

  • Round-trip ticket from your preferred departure/return point (Philadelphia or your preferred starting point to Colombia, then Colombia to Brazil and back to the United States) - approximately $1800
  • Required one credit of summer tuition and fees - $600-800 at in-state rates
  • Estimated program fee covering lodging, in-country transportation, and most meals is $1600 (final fee to be set in January)
  • Additional expected costs include an Brazilian visa ($300)

Application Deadline & Process

There is no application for the course—simply register as for any other course. Complete information about the trip will be distributed during the first month of class, along with the selection process if needed. Payment will be due around February 15. You must have a US passport, valid for travel through early 2017, in-hand by February 15. If you are not a US citizen, you should determine whether you need a visa to visit Brazil.

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