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Exploring Diversity and Innovation in Brazil

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Course # SA 10524
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2019 05/05/19 to 05/15/19

Program Leader

Name Assistant Director, Latin America/Spain Program – Global Engineering Programs
Phone(765) 494-9639

Program Description

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Purdue is partnering WorldStrides for several of the cultural and professional activities of this program. Students will travel with MEP's Director, Virginia Booth Womack and Dr. H. Parker from Purdue's Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships. 

This program is an innovative short-term study abroad program offered by Purdue’s Minority Engineering Program (MEP) in Collaboration with Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships, Latin America/Spain programs. It is designed to expose students to the Grand Challenges for Engineering and to give them the opportunity to experience how one of the most diverse countries in the world, Brazil, has implemented engineering innovations to face some of these challenges. In addition, students will start to develop their global and intercultural competence, which involves acquiring some of the most sought-after skills employers are looking for in our graduates. Students participating in this program will earn 3 credits of ENGR 195: Intro to Global Engineering Innovation and Trends.

Brazil is South America’s powerhouse and it is the Brazil, 9th largest economy in the world. It is a model example of how urbanization has spurred diversity and engineering innovation. Today, 54% of the world’s population lives in urban areas and this percentage is expected to increase to as much as 66% by the year 2050 (United Nations, 2014). The rapid movement of people into cities poses a threat to the economic and political stability of cities; but this growth also contributes to a broader cultural and ideological diversity. Innovation is critical to the success of solving challenges such as food insecurity, water availability, poor infrastructure, and abject poverty.

You will travel to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to learn how each city is using engineering innovation to deal with the rapid influx of population moving from rural to urban areas. Additionally, students will analyze how cultural diversity contributes to innovation and what it means for the future of Brazil’s various industries. While both cities face similar struggles, you will identify unique challenges each city faces due to its geographical, political, and demographic identity. Then, through research and experiential learning in Brazil, you will learn what city governments, businesses, schools, and nonprofits are doing to help improve the quality of life for their citizens. You will also visit one of the top universities in the country: UNICAMP and you will have the opportunity to meet local and exchange students.

To start developing global, intercultural and cross-cultural skills, you will receive intercultural coaching and complete the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Global Competence Certificate (GCC). One of the program leaders, Dr. Parker, has over seven years of experience in the field of global and intercultural competence and has co-developed various intercultural and global learning assessment tools with Purdue’s Assistant Director for Global Learning Faculty and Student Development Program. She is also a native Spanish-speaker, knows basic Portuguese, and will travel with the group to Brazil and handle all of the logistics. 

This program is partially funded by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grants sponsored by Exxon Mobil. This is the White House’s premiere education initiative for the Western Hemisphere.

Academic Credit

3 credits of ENGR 497: Can be used as a tech-elective.


Open to MEP students from all engineering majors. Priority will be given to students who participated in the 2018 ABC.

Program Cost

The cost of the program is $3,662.41.  The program fee includes: international airfare, room and board, program's academic, professional and cultural activities, most meals, as well as 3 Purdue credits

Please check to see if you qualify for the Purdue Moves Scholarship, which will provide you a $500.00 reduction on program fees. 


Application Deadline

Contact Program Leader at

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

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