Institute of Latin American Studies – ILAS Weekly Digest

Week of March 13th, 2020


1. Americas Research Network: Summer Study Abroad Program in Brazil for U.S. Undergraduate Students

The Americas Research Network (ARENET) has announced a 3-week, 6-credit summer school program for U.S. undergraduate students to explore central Brazil for three weeks. Students will have the opportunity to participate in field ethnography as part of the ARENET Wauja Language Revitalization and Documentation Project. This program is run in collaboration with Purdue University.

Students will fly to the international arrival point of São Paulo, then on to the city of Cuiabá, where they will visit the nearby Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, a spectacular plateau with dramatic red sandstone cliffs very different from the lowland Wauja terrain that they’ll see later. They will then take an air taxi into the Xingu Indigenous Territory, arriving in the Indigenous Wauja village of Piyulaga.

Students live as guests in Wauja longhouses, participating in domestic life, and being taught by U.S. faculty, local Wauja elders, and young Wauja scholars. Based on the interests and goals of both the U.S. students and Wauja scholars, each U.S. student is teamed up with a young Wauja scholar who is their one-on-one “learning partner” for several hours a day.

Program Dates:

April 1, 2020 – Applicant Deadline (applications accepted on rolling basis until all seats filled) April 2020 – Welcome and details on course, visa, itineraries, and flights provided

April 2020 – Welcome and details on course, visa, itineraries, and flights provided

April 5, 2020 – $500 Deposit due

May 2020 – Pre-trip orientation

July 20 –August 13 Brazil Abroad: Cuiabá, Chapada dos Guimaraes National Park, Wauja village of Piyulaga in the Xingu Indigenous Territory, and finally, São Paulo.


  • U.S undergraduate students are eligible for this program, including students at community colleges.
  • Portuguese language skills are not required for this program.
  • All majors are welcome! No prerequisites are required.

Estimated program cost: $4,600

Costs that are covered: The estimated $4,600 covers 6 course credits, international student insurance, ground and air transportation within Brazil, food and housing, international student insurance, and teaching by U.S. faculty, Wauja elders, and young Wauja counterparts. The exceptions are lunch and dinner during the 4-5 days we are in cities, and any souvenirs or other personal items you may purchase. Note: After all the students sign up, we will calculate the exact cost based on the exchange rate at that time and let you know. It will not vary more than $100.
Costs that are not covered: The course does not pay for passport costs, the pre-trip travel clinic visit, or personal excursions. You also pay for your own round-trip ticket from your U.S. location to São Paulo Brazil.
Deadline: April 1, 2020

Apply Now:

For Questions: Contact Prof. Emi Ireland at

2. The New School: United Nations Summer Study

The United Nations Summer Study (UNSS) program, offered by The New School’s Julien J. Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, puts graduate, undergraduate, and PhD students on the ground in the United Nations and in New York City. Unlike other UN study programs, UNSS takes you beyond a narrow focus on security and diplomacy to investigate development, human rights, humanitarian action, peacekeeping and peace-building, and environmental and reform issues. UNSS coursework prepares you to understand and engage with contemporary issues, policies, and debates in international affairs. UNSS practicums, not found in any other UN summer program, enable you to gain hands-on experience in consultancy work with the UN system.

Program Dates: June 1-July 17, 2020

Early Application Deadline: February 1

Option 2 Application Deadline: February 1
Application Deadline: March 31

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