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Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil

Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
Study intermediate or advanced Portuguese and live with a host family.
Location: 
Salvador, Brazil
Language of Instruction: 
Portuguese
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Portuguese
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • 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
Program Summary: 

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.

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: 

Nine hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. The program is FLAS eligible. 

Intermediate Portuguese

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

Advanced 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

Housing: 

Students will live with host families and have some meals provided.

Life Abroad: 

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. 

 

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. 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. 

Further Reading: 

For more information contact:

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

Program Faculty: 

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.

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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Study Abroad Information Center
To learn more about your study abroad options, we encourage you to visit the Study Abroad Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The Study Abroad Info Center offers walk-in advising for current and prospective students. Drop by to learn more about program options, make an appointment with a study abroad program coordinator, get information on scholarships and financial aid, and talk to returned study abroad students. We also encourage you to explore the resources available on our website to learn more about the application process, KU Core Approved programs, and the cost of study abroad. 

Study Abroad Information Center
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Hours: Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu
 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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