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Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil

Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
Study Brazilian Portuguese at the beginning , intermediate, or advanced level and live with a Brazilian host family.
Location: 
Salvador, Brazil
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Portuguese
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  • Study Brazilian Portuguese language
  • Live with a Brazilian host family and learn about Brazilian culture
  • FLAS-eligible summer program for undergraduate and graduate students
Program Summary: 

Students will study Brazilian 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.

Location: 

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. 

Academic Information: 

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 Portuguese language courses taught by both local instructors and KU faculty and staff. Additionally, there will be site visits and guest lectures given by locals.

Beginning Portuguese

Pre-requisite: None

PORT 106: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese, Accelerated I (3 credits)

PORT 110: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese, Accelerated II (3 credits)

Graduate students can enroll in PORT 611 and PORT 780.

Intermediate Portuguese

Pre-requisite: PORT 110 or consent of the instructor

PORT 212: Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese I (3 credits)

PORT 216: Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II (3 credits)

Graduate students can enroll in PORT 612 and PORT 780.

Advanced Portuguese

Pre-requisite: PORT 216 or consent of the instructor

PORT 490: Intensive Advanced Portuguese (3 credits)

PORT 540: Textual Analysis and Critical Reading (3 credits)

Graduate students can enroll in PORT 540 and PORT 785.

Project GO students will also receive 3 credits of PORT 471, regardless of level.

Housing: 

Students will be placed in host families and three meals daily will be provided. Students will walk or take public transportation to class. 

Life Abroad: 

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.

Eligibility: 

Open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Minimum 2.5 GPA. Exceptions considered after submission of a petition.

Further Reading: 

For more information contact:

Luciano Tosta, Associate Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2630 Wescoe Hall
785-864-1133
lucianotosta@ku.edu

Program Faculty: 

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.

Add Course: 
Beginning track. Undergraduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Beginning track. Undergraduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Course is worth six (6) credit hours. Intermediate track. Undergraduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Beginning track. Graduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intermediate track. Graduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Graduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Graduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3
This course is worth six (6) credit hours. Advanced track. Undergraduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Advanced track. Graduate students only.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Status: 
KU Course
KU Credit Hours: 
3

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