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Curitiba, Brazil: Urban and Community Development
Curitiba, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: DePaul University applicants only
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Dates / Deadlines:
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate
Eligible 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.   

Please note that the immersion week in Curitiba is expected to be in late January or early February 2015. Exact dates will be announced soon.



MPS 573 -  Urban and Community Development

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.   .

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.



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 and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the students regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program.  Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.


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 Erica Spilde at espilde@depaul.edu or visit during open advising hours.


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.


This program is currently not accepting applications.