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Brazil: Urban & Community Development in Curitiba
Curitiba, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: None
Program Description:


Students develop understanding of social area analysis, neighborhood change, land use and other topics by exploring the planning initiatives underway in Curitiba, Brazil, one of the most innovative urban areas in South America. The metropolitan region serves as an "urban laboratory" to evaluate a wide range of policies intended to enhance the efficiency and "livability" of a large urbanized area, improve public services, and support the development of critical infrastructure. Students spend five days on the campus of Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR) in Curitiba critically evaluating how various strategies can be used to promote harmonious development and economic improvement in complex metropolitan areas involving many different units of governments. Students also compare the strategies used in Curitiba with those used in Chicago.   


Dr. Joseph Schweiterman  is a Professor in the School for Public Service, Department of Public Policy, and Sustainable Urban Development program. He is an expert in the fields of public policy, transportation and urban planning, and is the author of numerous books and peer-reviewed articles on the development of cities and transportation.


Course: MPS 573: Urban and Community Development
Credits: 4 credit hours
Term registered: Spring 2017
Taught by: Dr. Joseph Schwieterman
Course Description: Dr. Joseph Schwieterman teaches this course, which discusses urban issues, including social area analysis, neighborhood change, land use and other topics. It examines community organizations as problem-solving bodies that interact with government agencies to affect urban development. A three-part course design offers a broad international perspective on mobility and urban-development problems. Students complete readings and participate in five classroom hours of study in Chicago before taking a pre-departure quiz to assure they have the technical knowledge necessary to productively use their time abroad. During the immersion week in Curitiba, participants learn from presentations and discussions with stakeholders, cross-cultural learning opportunities, classroom study, and field visits (including observation of Curitiba's Bus Rapid Transit system). Upon return, students participate in a follow-up class while working on a final project. This project requires data analysis, reflection, and completion of a "strategic assessment" that draws upon insights gained from the student's time abroad.  

Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete. 



During their stay, students are housed in comfortable hotels adjacent to the PUCPR campus.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee.  Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program.  If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available).  If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.  Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.



If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require students to obtain student visas. In that case, contact the countrys local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.


Questions about this program? Contact  your study abroad advisor, Quang Tran.

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.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.

This program is currently not accepting applications.