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  • Locations: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Program Sponsor: CET Academic Programs 
  • Restrictions: Pomona applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of instruction: English, Portuguese Housing options: Apartment
Areas of study: Economics, Film, Gender and Women's Studies, History, Humanities, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Liberal Arts, Media Studies, Politics, Portuguese, Social Justice, Social Sciences, Sociology Class standing: 1 - Second Semester Sophomore, 2 - Junior, 3 - First Semester Senior
Program type: Direct enrollment, Hybrid, Stand alone GPA: 3.0
Program Description:

CET Brazil

Sao Paulo skyline with student
This program is for challenge-seeking students who want to understand Brazil’s many sides. You'll study poverty and inequality, go on a Traveling Seminar to Bahia to see Brazil's African roots, and volunteer in the community. The basic curriculum is a combination of Portuguese language courses and electives taught in English, but if you've studied Portuguese already, you may for full immersion by taking direct enroll courses in Portuguese alongside Brazilian peers. The program is open to students of all Portuguese language levels.

Study Social Justice. Learn Portuguese. Immerse in Brazilian Life.

  • Core course in Poverty & Inequality in 21st Century Brazil
  • Portuguese language courses, including Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, cover at least one year of university-level Portuguese language each term
  • Electives in economics, political science, development studies, sociology
  • Meetings with grassroots organizations, representatives of indigenous groups, and NGOs
  • Brazilian roommates
  • No language prerequisite—open to beginner through advanced Portuguese language levels
Visit the CET website to apply and learn more about this program.

Academic Program
As a study abroad student at CET Brazil: Social Justice in São Paulo, you'll build a foundation for understanding the dynamics of global poverty and inequality—both in and out of the classroom. Study social movements within Brazil, take Portuguese classes to better engage with the community, live with Brazilian roommates that give you an access point into local life, and travel to Salvador da Bahia for experiential learning. 

Students enroll in a core course, a Portuguese language class, and three electives to earn a total of 15-18 U.S. semester credits (3.75-4.5 Pomona credits). Intermediate or advanced Portuguese language students can enroll in direct-enroll courses, taught in Portuguese, in place of CET elective courses. Pomona requires at least one direct-enroll course for intermediate or advanced Portuguese language students.

The CR/NC option is limited to direct enroll university courses only.

Living Arrangements 
Students will stay in self-catered, off-campus apartments with CET peers and local Brazilian students. Apartments are located within walking distance of the CET Office. 

Number of Students 
CET enrolls up to 20 students each semester, selected from a national pool.

Host Institutions 
CET Academic Programs
Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) 
Getulio Vargas Foundation (Fundação Getulio Vargas, FGV)

Faculty Liaison 
April Mayes 


GPA 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline (Pacific Time) Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2025 09/08/2024 10/04/2024 TBA TBA