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1. About the Winter School on the Global South


1.1 What is the Winter School on the Global South?

The WSGS is an intensive course for graduate students and early career scholars who want to critically reflect on the concept of “Global South” and to discuss what it means in theory and in practice.

1.2 When and where the Winter School on Global South is taking place?

The WSGS is taking place from 2-6 September 2019 at the Faculty of Economics (FCE) of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. FCE is located at Av. João Pessoa, 52, Central Campus. For more informations click here.

1.3 Who can apply to the WSGS?

The WSGS was designed for graduate students and early career scholars. As a truly international programme, it expects to attract participants from all over the world – from North to South, East to West! 

If you have completed a PhD or a Master’s degree, but you are not enrolled in any post-graduate programme or you are not teaching yet, you are welcome to apply. The WSGS may be the place where your research proposal can be refined or where you can get the skills to develop a syllabus for a new course!

1.4 Is there a schedule available?

A preliminary schedule is available here.

1.5 I am a UFRGS matriculated student. Can I apply for the WSGS?

Yes. Brazilian students matriculated in any graduate programme in the country as well as early career scholars teaching at Brazilian universities are welcome to apply.

1.6. I am an undergraduate student. Can I apply for the WSGS?

Unfortunately, undergraduates cannot participate in the WSGS.

1.7 I am a professional interested in working for an international organization. Can I apply for the WSGS?

Yes, professionals can apply for the WSGS. Note, however, that you must have at least a Master’s degree (or be enrolled in a graduate program) to join the school.

1.8 I have a disability. How do I let you know about this?

The WSGS is committed to operating a system of equal opportunity. We encourage students to contact us to discuss their needs prior to submitting their application. We will endeavour to make all reasonable adjustments to enable students to undertake the programme.

1.9 How many classes do I have to attend to receive the certificate?

Participants must attend at least 75 percent of all scheduled class meetings to receive the certificate for completing the WSGS.

1.10 Do I have to attend all the sections of the WSGS?

Participants are expected to be fully committed to the WSGS from 2-6 September. However, certificates will be issued to participants who attend at least 75 percent of all scheduled class meetings.

1.11 Do I need to do any reading before the course starts?

No. All required academic materials will be provided during the course.

1.12 During the WSGS will I have full access to the library and its facilities?

UFRGS Library provides access to its facilities to visitors and to members of the general public. Note, however, that home loan is exclusive for UFRGS students, faculty and staff.

1.13 Are computer workstations available for WSGS participants?

Yes, there are computer workstations available to the WSGS participants in the computer lab.

1.14 Am I able to contact academic staff before the start of the course?

Contact with the academic staff before the beginning of the course should be made through winterschoolfce@ufrgs.br.



2. Portuguese Intensive Course


2.1 What can I expect from the Portuguese Intensive Course?

You can expect to improve all your skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). 

For intermediate and advance levels, you can expect to examine academic texts and press articles about the Global South written in Portuguese.

Participants enrolled in the Portuguese Intensive Course are welcome to attend classes as listeners at both the Graduate Programme in Economics (PPGE) and the Graduate Programme in International Strategic Studies (PPGEEI).

2.2 When and where the Portuguese Intensive Course is taking place?

The course will take place from 26-30 August 2019 (the week before the WSGS).

Classes will happen in the Faculty of Economics, in the same building of the WSGS.00

2.3 Who can apply for the Portuguese Intensive Course?

The course if for anyone interested in learning Portuguese. All international students are welcomed and encouraged to apply. Students will be allocated according to their Portuguese level.

2.4 Is there a schedule available?

The schedule will be designed according to the level and number of participants. 

Classes will happen in the morning and afternoon (six hours per day), combining general language skills with texts on the Global South written in Portuguese. 

The Portuguese Intensive Course will be led by the Language Department at UFRGS.

2.5 How do I apply for the Portuguese Intensive Course?

When applying for the WSGS, please indicate that you would like to join the Portuguese Intensive Course. 

The Portuguese Intensive Course will be open to all successful applicants of the Winter School on the Global South.

2.6 Can I apply only to the Portuguese Intensive Course?

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to apply only for Portuguese Intensive Course.

2.7 Is there any fee to participate to the Portuguese Intensive Course?

The course fee for the Portuguese Intensive Course is BRL 1,800 (approximately USD 500 by the current exchange rate).

A minimum of 3 students per level is needed. In case there are less than 3 students, the course fee will be reviewed.

2.8 Can I have one-to-one private Portuguese lessons prior and/or during the school?

Yes, this can be arranged. Please contact us at winterschoolfce@ufrgs.br for more details.

2.9 How many Portuguese classes do I have to attend to receive the certificate for the Portuguese Intensive Course?

Participants must attend at least 75 percent of all scheduled class meetings to receive the certificate for completing the Portuguese Intensive Course.



3. Application & Selection Process


3.1 How can I apply?

Please fill in the application form  and upload a one-page CV until 10thApril.

3.2 Do I need to submit an English Proficiency Exam?

WSGS does not require a proof of English proficiency as a part of the application process. You must, however, declare your level of English proficiency in the application form. 

Note that the official language of the WSGS is English and that a high level of English proficiency will be essential for all activities. 

3.3. I do not have any piece of written work to bring to the WSGS. Can I still participate in the WSGS?

To apply for the WSGS you need to submit an abstract of the project you will work on during the ‘writeshops’

3.4 What are the selection criteria for the WSGS?

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:

·         Compatibility of the core themes of the Winter School with their research interests;

·         Value of the Winter School for their ongoing research and career development;

·         Enthusiasm about the Global South agenda;

·         English language proficiency.

3.5 When is the application deadline?

The deadline for application is 22th April 2019.

3.6 When will I be notified about the selection process?

The results of the selection process will be announced in May.



4. Registration and Payment


4.1. How do I register?

The link for registration will be sent to the selected participants of the WSGS. 

4.2. Is there a registration fee?

The course fee for the WSGS is BRL 900 (approximately USD 250 by the current exchange rate). 

The Portuguese Intensive Course is optional and costs an extra BRL 1,800 (approximately USD 500 by the current exchange rate).

The fee includes lunch and coffee breaks. Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee and need to be arranged by participants. 

UFRGS students

A discounted fee of BRL 800 is offered to UFRGS students. 

UFRGS students who host an international student through the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme will receive a 50% discount (BRL 400). If you are interested, please refer to Practical Info for more information. 

4.3 Is a reduced registration fee available?

A discounted fee of BRL 800 is offered to UFRGS students. 

UFRGS students who host an international student through the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme will receive a 50% discount (BRL 400). If you are interested, please refer to Practical Info for more information. 

4.4 What is included in the fee?

The fee includes lunch and coffee breaks. Travel and accommodation are not included in the fee and need to be arranged by participants. 

We strongly encourage international participants to join the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme whereby a UFRGS student can be your host. If you are interested, please refer to Practical Info for more information.



5. Accommodation & Travel


5.1 Do I need a visa to participate in the Winter School?

Brazil adopts a policy of reciprocity regarding visas. This means that nationals of countries that require visas for Brazilian citizens will need a visa to travel to Brazil.

Please check if you need a visa at the official website of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: http://www.portalconsular.itamaraty.gov.br/vistos-para-viajar-ao-brasil

It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for a visa.

If you need a visa letter, please contact us at winterschoolfce@ufrgs.br.

5.2 Will accommodation be provided?

Accommodation is not included in the fee and need to be arranged by participants. 

We strongly encourage international participants to join the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme and UFRGS students to host them. 

As a host, you will receive a 50% discount on the course fee for hosting an international student at a private room in your house. 

As a guest, you will save on your accommodation costs by staying free of charge in the house of a UFRGS student. 

If you are selected to be a host or a guest in the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme, we will get in touch to give you more information. 

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, please find below some options near the Faculty of Economics:

·         Condomínio Collins – 3 minutes walking distance

·         Intercity Cidade Baixa – 5 minutes walking distance 

·         Eko Residence Hotel – 5 minutes walking distance

·         Plaza São Rafael Hotel – 10 minutes walking distance 

·         Hotel Embaixador – 10 minutes walking distance

·         Hotel Continental Business – 15 minutes walking distance

5.3 How can I get to Porto Alegre?

Porto Alegre’s international airport is Salgado Filho (POA), located 4.3 miles (7km) from the city centre. It is served by all major Brazilian airlines (Azul, LATAM, Gol) and international airlines (TAP, COPA, TACA, American Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas). 

From the airport to your accommodation we recommend you get a taxi (plenty available at the exit door) or a car through a ridesharing app.

5.4 How can I get around Porto Alegre?

Ridesharing apps (Uber, Cabify, 99Pop) are very popular in Brazil and work well in Porto Alegre. Tariffs can sometimes be cheaper than a bus ride! 

Depending on where you are staying, biking can be an easy and cheap way to get around. There is bike sharing system in Porto Alegre sponsored by Itau, with more than 40 stations around the city. Find out more about Bike POA

Bus routes are available at Empresa Pública de Transportes e Circulação (EPTC – Public Transportation and Movement Company) website.

5.5 What can I do while in Porto Alegre?

Please check here.