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Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Program Site: CIEE Study Center in Salvador da Bahia and the Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal)  

Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and three semesters of college-level Portuguese or four semesters of college-level Spanish (through USC Spanish 240), or the equivalent. USC offers Portuguese, and students are strongly encouraged to take Portuguese in preparation for studying in Brazil.

Description: Salvador da Bahia, located on the coast in northeastern Brazil, was Brazil's capital during much of the colonial period, and today this city of 2.5 million is considered a major center of Afro-Brazilian culture.  

Academics: All courses are taught in Portuguese. As soon as students arrive in Salvador, they take part in a month-long Intensive Portuguese Language and Culture Program (ILCP) that consists of a 4-unit intensive language class. After the Intensive Language and Culture Program, students take semester-long courses at the CIEE Study Center and the Universidade Católica do Salvador.

Semester-long courses: All students take Semester Portuguese (3 units), and one of two 3-unit CIEE courses (History of Bahia and Brazil or Faces of Inequality in Brazil and Bahia). Students also take 2-3 courses alongside Brazilian students at UCSal. This university offers courses in a variety of academic fields, including art history, economics, gender studies, geography, history, literature, philosophy, and theology.

Students participating in this program are encouraged to consider a minor in Latin American Studies, offered through the Department of Spanish & Portuguese.

Course Load and Credit: Students can earn a maximum of 20 units per semester or 36 units for the academic year.

Accommodations: Students live with a Brazilian host family both during the 4-week Intensive Language and Culture course and during the regular Brazilian university semester. Three meals a day are offered at the homestay.

Dates: Fall, Spring or Year. Fall semester runs from late June to mid December; Spring semester runs from early January to late June.

Estimated Semester Cost:
Additional Expenses*............$10,928

Cost Updated: 5/28/15
Text Updated: 8/26/15

*Additional expenses include estimated costs for airfare, room and board, books and supplies, health insurance, and personal expenses (which can vary greatly from student to student). USC financial aid, scholarships, and tuition remission may be applied to program costs. Please visit the Office of Overseas Studies for more detailed cost information.

Financial Aid note: If you plan to go abroad during the USC fall semester, please be aware that your financial aid will not be disbursed until 10 days before classes begin at your program and not before the end of July. Please plan accordingly.

CIEE, Salvador da Bahia
BBC - Learn Brazilian Portuguese
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CIEE Course Syllabi

Text Updated: 02/03/14