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                 Freshman Seminar Abroad                    Language, History and Economy of Brazil     

 August 3-18, 2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Queens College Freshman Seminars allow first-year students to explore intriguing topics in multiple disciplines in small, study abroad classes. Students will meet Queens College faculty and staff, meet other incoming students, learn about life at college, and begin their social, academic, and even professional journeys.

Freshman Seminars…

- are engaging two-week courses in a cultural capital of the world like Rio de Janeiro that are   designed to give students international experience                                                                      

- offer stimulating discussion and debate about current world topics.                                            

- will help students develop critical thinking, writing, and study skills needed to meet the demands

of college work.                                                                                                                       

- are opportunities to make new friends.                                                                                    

- offer the chance to earn three college credits.

Application deadline is June 22.

Our Freshman Seminar will begin with two days of orientation designed to prepare for the trip and introduce students to life at Queens College.  Students will stay overnight in the Summit Residence Hall on campus.  After orientation, we'll jump in taxis and head off to the airport for our flight to Brazil. 

This freshman seminar takes place in Rio de Janeiro, a gorgeous city set amid surreally shaped mountains surrounding gorgeous Guanabara Bay. Coupling rigorous but fun classroom instruction with excursions to some of the most exciting spots in Rio, this seminar is for incoming Queens College freshman to make friends, learn about college life, and travel to one of the most amazing cities in the world!  Students will stay with host families: breakfasts and dinners included.

Students in this seminar will travel to Rio de Janeiro for two weeks to study Portuguese language and the history and economy of Brazil.

Cost: $2935.00, does not include the group flight.


As Brazil’s star rises, Portuguese language skills are in ever-increasing demand. Students will also have the opportunity to learn the basics of Brazilian Portuguese and use their skills to interact with the local community.


As Brazil stakes its claim as the sixth largest economy in the world, Rio has become the headquarters of some of Brazil's largest national and multinational companies. As a rapidly developing country, Brazil is the place to study the impacts of development and survey the progress of the nation in the global economy. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to visit different companies in Brazil in order to better understand Brazilian business and economic frameworks and strategies.


You may know that Brazil was founded as a Portuguese colony, but did you know that in the 19th century, Brazil actually ruled over its former colonial master? When Napoleon invaded Portugal in 1808, the Portuguese royal family fled to Rio de Janeiro and proclaimed the city capital of the Portuguese Empire. By the time the royals returned to Portugal in the 1820s, Brazil had had enough; the country declared its independence from Portugal, keeping newly elegant Rio as its capital. Though the era of empire is long past, visitors can still see evidence of this period in the beautiful 19th century buildings like the Real Gabinete Português De Leitura and the Candelária Church that survive to this day.

Some highlights of this seminar include visiting the Corcovado (or Chirst the Redeemer) monument, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, Pao de Acucar (Sugar Loaf mountain), and the National Historical Museum, all centrally located in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro.

For more information and how to apply, visit abroad

Or contact, Helen Gaudette,



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