The objective of the course is to expose students to the reality of information technology (IT) and IT Cluster in an emerging/developing country. IT cluster is central to technological innovation and development in many countries. This course will examines IT clusters in Rio, Florianopolis and Curitiba. Brazil is a country with tremendous resources, richness and IT capabilities, it is also a country with a very high level of poverty. This course will expose students to IT use, management, development, policy and strategic impact within the Brazilian economy and its impact internationally. Undergraduate students will be enrolled in IS 396: IT In An Emerging Country:Case of Brazil and graduate students will be enrolled in IS 596: IT In An Emerging Country:Case of Brazil.
Olayele Adelakun is an Associate professor of MIS at DePaul University Chicago, Illinois, College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM). His research focuses on IT Outsourcing, ERP systems implementation, and Information Systems Quality, IT Evaluation and Emotional Intelligence among IT Leaders. He has conducted studies in both medium size companies and large multinational companies in Europe, Africa and the United States. He has chaired several academic and industry focus conferences. He started the study abroad program in the school CDM in 1994. He has also lead several executives’ presentations. He has published over eighty articles in conferences, books and journals. He holds an M.S. in Information Processing Science from University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland and Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Turku School of Economics and Business Administration, Turku, Finland.
Students should expect to be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms.
Extracurricular Activities and Cultural Events
Extracurricular activities and cultural events will be updated as the itinerary is finalized.
Costs, Financial Aid, and Scholarships
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the historical program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
DePaul offers several types of study abroad scholarships. These scholarships are limited in number and highly-competitive, with firm application deadlines (which may be before program application deadlines). Students should be sure they fit the eligibility requirements and must apply to their study abroad program before applying for the scholarship. Students are also strongly encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information on financing their study abroad experience.
Passport and Visa
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Brazil: IT Cluster program who are US citizens may need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.
DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.