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College of A&S - May in the Marvelous City
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring Session
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Restrictions: OU applicants only
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Program Type:
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OU Sponsoring College:
College of Arts & Sciences
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Hotel or Guesthouse
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Study Abroad Adviser: Karen Elmore
Study Level: Undergraduate
Program Description:
Program Description:

May in the Marvelous City

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO February 25, 2018.


  • Earn 6 OU credits during 21 days in Brazil
  • Use spring session flat-rate tuition
  • Study abroad in a unique location
  • Enjoy field trips, excursions, discussions and interactive class lectures
  • Experience the culture of Brazil through fascinating activities

2018 Dates

May 19      Depart the U.S.
May 20      Arrive in Brazil
June 9        Depart from Rio
June 10      Arrive back in U.S.

Faculty Leaders 

Kimberly Marshall, Anthropology
Christopher Bingham, Film and Media Studies

Program Design

This new program offers the opportunity to spend the early part of the summer at the University of Oklahoma’s center in Rio de Janeiro, taking courses on the anthropology of religion and participatory media in the cultural context of Brazil. The time in Brazil combines lectures and local excursions to places of cultural interest, some of them outside of Rio de Janeiro. Participants will explore the religious diversity of Brazil, with a focus on the non-Western religious traditions. In the media course, students will learn about the processes of new media production as viewed through the lens of critical theory and economics.  They will use social science research and new media theory to explore and create online travelogues.  The 2018 Marvelous City Information Sheet contains more details and will be linked here by October 1, 2017.


All participants will enroll in both courses.  Applicants should check with an academic adviser about credit toward degree before paying any deposits for the program.
  • ANTH 3423  Anthropology of Religion
  • FMS 3810    Participatory Media (3 credits)

Application Requirements

In addition to meeting the study abroad eligibility requirements, applicants must also have:
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application
  • one recommendation, submitted electronically as part of the application process
  • a passport valid for six months after the program ends (U.S. passport application).  There is an official passport application office in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.
  • Attendance at a Study Abroad 101 session
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and acceptance is "first come, first served."  This program is open to any OU undergraduate who meets the requirements.

Health Considerations

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  are crucial resources for travelers heading abroad. All participants need to review the CDC page for Brazil and take responsibility for their own health well in advance of the program departure.  Some vaccinations require more than one shot over a period of time, or must be administered a certain number of days before possible exposure.  Participants whose health professionals recommend vaccinations need to plan for them to ensure adequate preparation time.  Goddard Health Center on campus can administer most vaccinations for study abroad.

Money Matters

It is each applicant's responsibility to share information about costs with family members who need to know and understand how the payment system works.  The 2018 Marvelous City Estimated Budget will help students compare programs and plan for study abroad. It should be linked here by October 1, 2017. Costs are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate and the number of participants.  All Arts and Sciences study abroad programs require a $200 non-refundable deposit at the time of application.  That is considered the first program payment and is deducted from the program fee.  It is not an application fee.

All payments for this program are due before the end of the Spring 2018 semester.  The program fee, which covers in-country costs, is paid through the College of Arts and Sciences International Programs Office.  Tuition and fees are paid through the bursar bill in the usual way.

Flat-rate Tuition: This program falls under flat-rate tuition for spring.  Questions about flat-rate tuition should be directed to the bursar's office.

Scholarships:  There are also a number of scholarships available for study abroad students, including but not limited to the following:
  • Presidential International Travel Fellowship - All participants receive an automatic $500 PITF scholarship for this program, and may complete the application to apply for more based on need.
  • CASH - OU academic and study abroad scholarship hub opens October 1, 2017. Arts and Sciences study abroad scholarships are located in CASH.

Brazil Visa Requirement

This program requires entry visas for all participants with U.S. passports.  Students will be guided through the process in a mandatory visa pre-departure meeting immediately after the application deadline.  For this reason, anyone seriously interested in this program needs to have a valid passport in hand before the end of fall semester.  Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should mention that during their study abroad advising session. 
Visa Update:  The process for U.S. citizens to get a Brazilian visa has been simplified and now takes only about 5 days to process, is done totally online, and the price has dropped dramatically to about $45!  Students who still need to apply for passports may now apply for this program!

Get Started

When the application is open, an "Apply Now" button appears at the top and bottom of this page.  All applicants must meet with Karen Elmore, Director of Arts and Sciences International Programs, as part of the application process.  Both study abroad advising and a Study Abroad 101 session are required.

A College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-led Program
Karen L. Elmore, Director
Arts and Sciences International Programs
210 Ellison Hall
Phone: 325-4716

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Session 2018 03/18/2018
Rolling Admission 05/20/2018 06/09/2018
Spring Session 2019 02/24/2019 03/11/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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