Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
- Study Portuguese at the intermediate or advanced level
- Live with a Brazilian host family and learn about Brazilian culture
- FLAS-eligible summer program for undergraduate and graduate students
Students will study Portuguese at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level and focus on the culture of Salvador’s African heritage. Students will live with a Brazilian host family and have a unique opportunity to learn about Brazil and improve their Portuguese language skills.
Brazil is the largest country in South America and is often compared to the U.S. due to its colonial past and racial makeup. It is known for its natural beauty, music, talent for sports, and growing economy, which has made studying Portuguese even more valuable. Salvador, located in the state of Bahia, is the third largest city in the country and is home to the largest Afro-Brazilian population. Its architecture, food, music, religions, and culture have fused European, African, and indigenous elements. The city's historic center is famous for its beautiful cobblestone streets and colonial buildings in Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Deco styles. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1985.
Nine hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. The program is FLAS eligible.
Undergraduates: PORT 220: Intensive Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese (6 hours) and PORT 300: Brazilian Culture (3 hours)
Graduates: PORT 612 and PORT 780
Language pre-requisite: One semester of Portuguese
Undergraduates: PORT 490: Intensive Advanced Portuguese (6 hours) and PORT 300: Brazilian Culture (3 hours)
Graduates: PORT 760 and PORT 785
Language pre-requisite: Two or more semesters of Portuguese
Students will live with host families and have some meals provided.
Students will have language and culture classes daily to improve their Portuguese language skills. In addition to classes, students will participate in cultural activities and attend lectures that will enhance their understanding of Brazil, and in particular, Salvador.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition. Minimum one year of Portuguese language or signifiant Spanish language ability is required. On a case by case basis the program could admit a begininning level student after review of the application.
For more information contact:
Luciano Tosta, Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2630 Wescoe Hall
Luciano Tosta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, will lead the program. Professor Tosta is from Salvador, so he is very familiar with the city, its history, and Brazilian culture. He has led other study abroad programs to Salvador.