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Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil

Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
Study 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
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  • Study 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 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.

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: 

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

Students will take Portuguse language courses and a culture course. Courses will be taught by local instructors and KU faculty. 

Housing: 

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

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.

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 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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