University of Brasilia

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The International and Graduate Affairs Office of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the University of Brasilia Law School have partnered to offer a two-week, intensive summer exchange program exclusively for Moritz students. Moritz students will have the opportunity to experience legal, social, and cultural differences both in the study of law and in student life by spending two weeks in the Brazilian capital. No Portuguese language skills are necessary to participate, as all of the seminars are offered in English. The short format allows Moritz students to work or do internships between semesters; all while taking advantage of studying abroad.

Program Dates: One semester (credit-bearing program)

Program Dates: Two weeks in mid to late May (non-credit bearing program)

About the University

Established on April 21, 1962, the University of Brasilia (UnB) is the utopia of Brazilian anthropologist and educator Darcy Ribeiro. Since its inception, the University has been committed to producing state of the art knowledge and promoting citizenship for the transformation of Brazil; giving it a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and extension. Currently, UnB has approximately 2,308 teachers, 2,692 dedicated staff, 30,727 undergraduates and 8,913 graduate students. The University houses 26 faculties and schools and has 18 centers dedicated to specialized research on four campuses. The University offers 105 undergraduate programs. There are also 147 graduate degree programs (stricto sensu) and 22 specialist programs (lato sensu). The University is home to some outstanding facilities including the University Hospital, the Central Library, the Veterinary Hospital, and the Água Limpa (Clean Water) Farm. Having been recently elected the fourth best university in Brazil and eleventh best in Latin America, UnB is tops in the evaluation criteria set by the Coordinating Body for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Students (CAPES) in areas such as Anthropology, International Relations, Geotechnics, Geology, Biological Sciences, Law, and Mathematics. Please visit their website for more information.

Applicant Eligibility

1L, 2L, and LL.M. students are eligible to apply. Those students with an interest in International and Comparative Law will receive preference, but all students are encouraged to apply.

Program Costs

Program Fee: waived for Moritz students

Office of International Affairs Study Abroad program Fee: $150

Housing: Students will be placed with host families of current University of Brasilia students, at no cost to them

International Travel: approximately $1500

Passport (if needed): approximately $150

Visa (required): approximately $250

Supplemental Health Insurance: approximately $40/month

Financial Aid: Eligible for Vogel International Fellowship (up to $1,000).

While some meals will be provided at the host families’ homes, students should also budget additional amounts for meals and miscellaneous expenses, and must have primary health insurance. Program field trips, excursions, and visits to law firms are included at no additional cost. Students are responsible for any personal trips or excursions.

Housing and Room and Board

Participants will be placed with host families of current University of Brasilia students, at no cost to them. Some meals will be provided by the host families, but participants should budget for some meals outside of the house.

Passport and Visa

Brazil requires U.S. citizens to carry a valid U.S. passport and visa when traveling to Brazil for any purpose. Visas are available through a number of travel and visa agencies. Please contact the International and Graduate Affairs Office with additional questions using the contact info below. Please see http://cgwashington.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/submitting_through_a_travel_or_visa_agency.xml for a list of Visa agencies affiliated with the Brazilian Consulate in Washington, D.C. Former participants have used the Travisa company, and reported a positive experience.

Required Supplemental Health Insurance

While participating in an Ohio State study abroad program, students are required to maintain their primary insurance coverage. Students are also required to apply for and purchase supplemental insurance through GeoBlue for the duration of the program. Once accepted to the program, you will be sent a link to complete the supplemental health insurance application.

Brazil Gateway

The Ohio State University has a Brazil Gateway office in Sao Paulo that can serve as a point of contact and support students engaging in education abroad programs with Brazilian educational institution partners in Brazil. For more information, please contact Brazil Gateway manager and Moritz College of Law Alumnae Jane Aparecido at aparecido.1@osu.edu or use their contact page for address and telephone number.

Application Requirements

Please submit the application on the Moritz Education Abroad Website, along with a 500-word statement of interest, to the International and Graduate Affairs office via email using the contact information below.

Application Deadline

Applications are due by March 1. Once students have been “pre-approved” for the program by the Moritz Assistant Dean of International and Graduate Affairs, students will be asked to fill-out a separate application for the OSU Office of International Affairs.

Decision Timeline

Students will be notified of their acceptance to the program from Moritz College of Law by March 31

Pre-Departure Orientation

All Ohio State students participating in any OSU sponsored study abroad program must attend a pre-departure orientation organized by the Office of International Affairs. Possible dates for this orientation will be shared with students once they are accepted to the program.

Sample Course Offerings

Week 1

Class: Professor:

Brazilian Constitutional History

Inez Lopes

Brazilian Environmental Law

Gabriela Lima

Brazilian Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (Part I)

André Gomma de Azevedo

Brazilian Regulatory Law (Emphasis: Telecommunications Regulation and Federal Institutional Variables for ICT and Development Research in the Americans Region)

(Part I)

Marcio Iorio Aranha

Brazilian Constitutional Theory and Transconstitutionalism (Part I)

Marcelo Neves

Brazilian Technology and Information Regulatory Systems (Part I)

Alexandre Veronese

Brazilian Democracy (Part I)

Terrie Ralph Groth

Brazilian Private Law in a Comparative Perspective (Part I)

Thiago Sombra

Brazilian Constitutional System

Jorge Galvão

Brazilian Competition Law

Paulo Burnier

Brazilian Litigation System and Brazilian Bar Association (Part I)

Alumni

Week 2

Class: Professor:

Transitional Justice in Brazil

Cristiano Paixão

Economic Law, Globalization and Policy Reforms in Brazil

Marcus Faro de Castro

Brazilian Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems (Part Ii)

André Gomma de Azevedo

Brazilian Constitutional Theory and Transconstitutionalism (Part II)

Marcelo Neves

Brazilian Technology and Information Regulatory Systems (Part II)

Alexandre Veronese

Brazilian Democracy (Part II)

Terrie Ralph Groth

Brazilian Private Law in a Comparative Perspective (Part II)

Thiago Sombra

brazilian empirical constitutional studies

Alexandre Araújo Costa

brazilian higher legal education in brazil

Loussia Félix

Brazilian Private Domestic and International Law (Part II)

Inez Lopes

Brazilian Litigation System and Brazilian Bar Association (Part II)

Alumni

Contact Information

Moritz College of Law Contact Information

Laura Fernandez, Assistant Dean
Office of International & Graduate Affairs
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
55 W 12th Avenue, 341 Drinko Hall
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: +1-614-688-5328/ fernandez.214@osu.edu

University of Brasilia School of Law Contact Information

Juliano Zaiden Benvindo, Associate Professor
University of Brasilia School of Law