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Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil

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

Academic Information: 

Six hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program. 


Beginning Portuguese

Undergraduates: PORT 106 and PORT 110

Graduates: PORT 611 and PORT 780

Language pre-requisite: None

Intermediate Portuguese

Undergraduates: PORT 220

Graduates: PORT 612 and PORT 780 

Language pre-requisite: One semester of Portuguese

Advanced Portuguese

Undergraduates: PORT 490

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: 

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.

 

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, 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

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

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 from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad 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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