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Deadlines:
10/15/2013
Credit:
6 semester / 9 quarter hours
Eligibility:
2.75 Overall GPA
Courses:
See descriptions below

*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Looking to develop a higher level of Portuguese language fluency, and a critical appreciation of Brazilian life and society in an important center of Afro-Brazilian culture? Come to Salvador da Bahia!

Coupling a four-week, rigorous language program with exciting cultural immersion activities, studying abroad in Salvador da Bahia offers an amazing opportunity for students looking for a short-term study abroad option.

Study abroad in Brazil and you will:

  • Learn Portuguese while gaining a deeper understanding of the cultural distinctions of Brazil’s northeastern coastal region
  • Immerse yourself in Brazilian life through a homestay
  • Explore your new home through cultural and educational activities. You'll visit the museum of Afro-Brazilian history and a Candomblé house, attend theater, music, and dance performances and a soccer game, participate in a percussion class, and more.
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

In Bahia, the student-centered methodology is tailored to fit your skills and needs. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced speaker, a range of courses emphasize grammar applied through oral production, reading, writing, and listening comprehension activities. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish speakers is also offered for students who are fluent, or near-fluent, in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction.

Homestay

study abroad in Brazil

There are few ways better to immerse yourself in Brazilian culture than by living with a local family. In Bahia you’ll spend orientation with your fellow students before being housed with a homestay for the remainder of the program.

Excursions

The study abroad program includes several visits to sites of historic and cultural importance, including one full-day excursion to a site in northeastern Brazil. Students also visit museums and a Candomble house, participate in dance, percussion, and cooking classes, attend concerts, see Brazilian films, and more.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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Application Due
Start Date
End Date
Costs
Winter 2014
10/15/2013
TBA
TBA
$6,350

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$4,998
Housing ***
$950
Insurance
$102

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

Estimated Additional Costs

International Airfare *
$1,650
Local Transportation
$210
Books & Supplies
$50
Visa Fees **
$180
Potential travel to consulate for visa
$500
Personal expenses
$350
Other ***
$200

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** average cost

*** local government registration

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Eligibility
2.75 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 2.75
  • 2 semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and/or 1 semester of college-level Portuguese or equivalent
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit is 6 semester/9 quarter hours.

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take one intensive Portuguese language and culture course at their level.

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About the City

About The City

Salvador da Bahia, located on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Brazil, has three million inhabitants. Due to the strong slave presence during the Colonial period, Salvador has a strong African influence, including religious and spiritual practices, cuisine, and ethnic dynamics.Today, Salvador is a booming city, and its historic and ethnic diversity can be noted in the city’s architecture and layout—old parts of the city are located next to modern complexes. The CIEE Study Center is located in the neighborhood of Barra, a few blocks from Brazil's first lighthouse (Farol da Barra).

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Jacob Dyer-Spiegel

Dr. Jacob Dyer-Spiegel completed his doctorate at UMass-Amherst in English with a concentration in Caribbean Literature and Translation Studies. He holds an M.A. in Caribbean Cultural Studies from the Universidad de la Habana in Cuba and SUNY Buffalo, and two bachelor’s degrees from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Comparative Literature and another in Spanish and Portuguese. Jacob was both a Fulbright and Gilman Scholar in Salvador, Brazil and is a triple-alumnus of CIEE’s programs in Seville, Salvador & Sao Paulo.

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Flavia Santana

Flavia Santana, Resident Coordinator, helps with student housing, administrative matters, visa registration, cultural activities, and student issues. Luize da Silva and Lara Schmertmann, Program Coordinators, focus on volunteer and community service, financial administration, cultural activities, and student issues.

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Luize Silva

Program Coordinator

Luize was born in a small town in Bahia called Cruz das Almas but moved to Salvador with her family at age 11. She earned her BA in Business Administration. After school she went to the USA on an au pair exchange program and lived in Virginia and California for 2 years. She loves Bahia and she loves to travel. She also works wonders assisting CIEE students get to know the area and helping them with cultural adaptation. She´s getting her MBA in Human Resource Management / Personnel Management.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Established in 1961, Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal) is the highest ranked private university in northeast Brazil. The University offers courses in many departments including Communications, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Literature, and Music. The UCSal campus is housed in renovated monasteries and modern buildings with several campuses around the city.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

Housing and three meals a day are included in the study abroad program fee. During orientation, students are housed together. For the remainder of the program, students are placed in Brazilian homestays.

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Orientations

Orientations

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A two-day mandatory intensive orientation is conducted at the beginning of the program and will introduce you to the country, culture, and academic program, as well as provide practical information about living in Brazil. You will also be given a language placement exam to determine which language course you should take during the study abroad program. Special orientation activities continue during the four-week program. Brazilian students participate and assist with orientation and program activities. Ongoing support is provided on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

Please note that access to the Internet and computer labs in Brazilian universities is more limited than at U.S. universities. However, you will have access to computer labs at UCSal and Internet cafés throughout the city, and are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You are advised to open a web-based email account to ensure access upon arrival. Most homestays will have an internet connection (though connection speeds vary).

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1995, the four-week Intensive Language and Culture winter study abroad program is designed to help students develop their Portuguese language fluency and learn about Brazilian culture. Students are placed in a Portuguese course suited to their level or ability, or in a special beginner-level Portuguese for fluent Spanish speakers course.

Academic Culture

Class size is small and includes both lectures and excursions. Classes are held at the host university campus, providing students the opportunity to be part of a Brazilian university system. All language instruction is by native Brazilians, and efforts are made to integrate program participants with Brazilian cultures.

Nature of Classes

Participants take classes with CIEE study abroad students and international students enrolled in the UCSal Portuguese language program.

CIEE Community Language Commitment

As students gain proficiency in Portuguese, resident staff encourage them to use their language skills in everyday settings. This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.

Grading System

In the Portuguese language courses student work is assessed through reading, writing, and oral comprehension quizzes and exams, much as in the U.S. Letter grades of A through F are given with pluses and minuses.

Language of Instruction

Portuguese

Faculty

All language courses are taught by faculty from the Department of Portuguese for foreigners at UFBA.

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Course Description

Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

PORT 1501 BBAH Intensive Beginner Portuguese I
PORT 1502 BBAH Intensive Beginner Portuguese II
PORT 2501 BBAH Intensive Intermediate Portuguese I
PORT 2502 BBAH Intensive Intermediate Portuguese II
PORT 2503 BBAH Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
PORT 3501 BBAH Intensive Advanced Portuguese I
PORT 3502 BBAH Intensive Advanced Portuguese II

Depending on student enrollment and the results of the language placement exam given during orientation, all sections may not be offered. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish speakers is offered for students who are fluent, or near-fluent, in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction—a minimum of five students must be enrolled. These courses emphasize grammar applied through oral production. Reading, writing, and listening comprehension activities are included to reinforce the oral exercises.

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