Program Site: CIEE Study Center in Salvador da Bahia and the Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal)
Eligibility: Minimum 3.0 GPA and two semesters of college-level Portuguese or four semesters of college-level Spanish (or the equivalent). USC offers Portuguese, and students are encouraged but not required 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. Prior to the start of the semester, all students enroll in the Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) that takes place in Salvador da Bahia. The ILCP is an intensive, six unit language and culture course. After the Intensive Language and Culture Program, students will then take semester-long courses.
Semester-long courses: All students take Semester Portuguese (3 units), and the CIEE course entitled Faces of Inequality in Brazil and Bahia: Gender, Racism, and Violence (3 units). 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, engineering, 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:
Cost Updated: 11/21/12
Text Updated: 1/29/13
*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.