Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
- Study Brazilian Portuguese language
- Live with a Brazilian host family and learn about Brazilian culture
- FLAS-eligible summer program for undergraduate and graduate students
Students will study Brazilian Portuguese at the beginning or intermediate 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.
Six hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. This program is FLAS eligible.
Students will take Portuguse language courses and a culture course. Courses will be taught by local instructors and KU faculty and staff.
Students will be placed in host families and three meals daily will be provided. Students will walk or take public transportation to class.
Students will participate in cultural activities and attend lectures that will enhance their understanding of Brazil, and in particular, Salvador. Lectures may include topics such as religion in Brazil, education and affirmative action in Brazil, women’s reality and domestic violence laws, graffiti in Bahia and Brazil with a tour included, and politics and contemporary issues in Brazil. Planned workshops include capoeira, Afro-Bahian dance and its rhythms, and percussion. There will be a panoramic tour of Salvador and a historic tour in Pelourinho as well as planned visits to local museums, the folkloric ballet, a local university, and historic sites of interest. Planned excursions include a day trip to Cachoeira along with other events such as lunches with host moms and a São João celebration.
Open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.
For more information contact:
Luciano Tosta, Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2630 Wescoe Hall
Luciano Tosta, Associate 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 numerous study abroad programs to Salvador.