Brasilia Without Borders

In partnership with the Government of the Federal District of Brasilia and the Washington, D.C. community, the George Washington University welcomed the Brasilia Without Borders program to our campus in the summer of 2014.

The program combined academic study with experiential activities and site visits, which offered participants an up-close view of the inner workings of the institutions and organizations of our city.

A variety of social and cultural events were also planned to help connect participants with other students and introduce them to the American university experience.

An Unforgettable Summer for Visiting Brazilian Students

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    Brasilia without Borders students with their program flags

    Brasilia Without Borders

    This historic program allowed students from Brasilia to experience the summer in their sister city, Washington, D.C. Students were able to visit historic and intellectual sites around the city, which complemented their intensive study of leadership, business and the law at the George Washington University.

Coursework

Pre-College/CILS Program

Innovative Leadership in a Transnational World

This innovative leadership training program introduced students to important economic and social issues facing our world. Students gained a better understanding of what it means to be a thoughtful leader in a global society. The course was divided into four themes:

  • Governance

  • Civic Engagement

  • Development

  • Sustainability

In-class activities included lectures, seminars, group projects, case studies, presentations, discussions and debate.

This cross-disciplinary program was team taught by GW faculty from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS), under the direction of Professor Fran Buntman. Additional faculty included David Rain, Joe Follman and Balla M. Keita.

University Program

Students in both university programs were engaged in a combination of theoretical and practical learning exercises, integrating academic concepts with site visits and professional development programs.

International Business & Marketing

This program provided students with an introduction to the field of international business with a special focus on cross-cultural marketing management. Successful formulation and implementation of firm strategy in today’s global environment requires managers to have an understanding of the unique challenges faced by the management of a multinational enterprise. The overarching objective of this course was to provide students with a method for analyzing world markets, and to equip them with the tools to develop marketing management strategies for an ever-changing global market.

International Business & Marketing was taught by Professor Anna Helm from GW’s School of Business.

International Law

This program provided an overview of public international law. Students examined how state sovereignty affects the development of international law. They also explored the United Nations system, with a particular emphasis on the UN Charter and its efficacy in maintaining international peace and security. In addition, students focused on case studies from various international courts, and were given the opportunity to discuss the issue, rule and the court’s conclusion.

International Law was taught by Professor Joseph Rutigliano from the Elliot School of International Affairs.

Speakers & Participants