Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
- Study Portuguese at the beginner to advanced level
- Live with a Brazilian host family and learn about Brazilian culture
- 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.
Known for its natural beauty, music, talent for sports, and now for its growing economy, Brazil is one destination not to miss. The largest country in South America and the fifth in the world, Brazil is the American nation that is compared the most to the U.S. due to its colonial past and racial makeup. Study of the Portuguese language has grown worldwide recently, as opportunities for business in and with Brazil have increased significantly.
Salvador was the first capital of Brazil (1549-1763) and is now the third largest city in the country. 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.
Salvador is also the city in Brazil with the largest Afro-Brazilian population. It is the cradle of capoeira, a worldwide known Afro-Brazilian artistic expression, and the home of one of the most famous Carnival parties of Brazil. Whether during Carnival in February, the June festivities, or throughout the regular year, the city takes pride in its food, music, dance, and cultural activities. Salvador also bears the title of “City of Joy,” due to the happiness of its people and their many celebrations.
Six hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.
Undergraduates: PORT 106 and PORT 110
Graduates: PORT 611 and PORT 780
Language pre-requisite: None
Undergraduates: PORT 220
Graduates: PORT 612 and PORT 780
Language pre-requisite: One semester of Portuguese
Undergraduates: PORT 490
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.
In addition to daily classes, students will visit sites of historical and cultural interest in and near the city of Salvador, including museums, non-profit organizations, and churches, and learn about the history and work of local artistic and musical groups. Cultural activities will enhance the students’ understanding of Brazil, and particularly of Salvador’s rich culture. They will also help students to improve their Portuguese language skills.
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, 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.