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Virtual Portuguese Language & Brazilian Culture

Virtual Portuguese Language & Brazilian Culture
Study Brazilian Portuguese virtually with professors at KU and in Salvador, Brazil and earn six credits.
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Program Type: 
  • Classes taught by KU faculty and professors in Salvador, Brazil
  • Participate in virtual cultural activities and lectures
  • Connect virtually with a host family during the second half of the program
  • All students on the program will receive in-state tuition
Program Summary: 

Since students are not able to travel to Salvador, Brazil this summer, we are bringing Salvador to them. Join this eight-week virtual program where professors in Salvador teach the morning classes and KU faculty teach the afternoon classes. Language learning will be complemented with virtual tours, lectures, and workshops as well as connecting with a local host family.

Academic Information: 

All students will earn 6 credits.

Beginning students:

  • PORT 106: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese, Accelerated I (3 credits)
  • PORT 108: Elementary Brazilian Portuguese II (3 credits)

Intermediate students:

  • PORT 212: Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese (3 credits)
  • PORT 216: Intermediate Brazilian Portuguese II (3 credits)

Students will participate in classes or cultural activities Monday-Friday from May 31 to July 23 for approximately two hours in the morning and two hours in the afternoon. The morning session will be taught by a professor in Salvador, Brazil. The afternoon session will either be class or a cultural activity. The class session will be taught by Professor Luciano Tosta, who is originally from Salvador. Cultural activities include a panoramic/historic tour of Salvador, workshops on Afro-Bahian dance, capoeira, and percussion, and lectures on religion in Brazil, Carnival, public health, education and affirmative action, and more.

Students will be matched with a host family and will connect with them virtually during the second half of the program. Optional afternoon tutoring sessions are also planned.


Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Further Reading: 

Students are able to apply for a Study Abroad & Global Engagement Virtual Scholarship. Awards are up to $500.

All students on the program will receive in-state tuition.


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