Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Liberal Arts

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Information for term Liberal Arts

Application deadline, and cost information.

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jan 8 – Jun 16, 2018 (23 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 19 semester hours / 24 - 28.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Dates: Jul 3, 2017 – Jun 16, 2018 (50 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 - 19 semester hours / 24 - 28.5 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Power up your Portuguese with a month of intensive language and culture lessons, then join Brazilian students for university classes. Colorful, high-spirited Salvador has a wealth of Afro-Brazilian culture to discover – and you’ll also explore other parts of Brazil’s beautiful northeast region during your unforgettable stay.  

Unique Experiences

  • Take classes with Brazilian students

    at Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal).

  • Learn Portuguese with a four-week fast track program

    followed by university courses at the level you need.

  • Travel overnight in Bahia

    and beyond for a broader picture of Brazilian life.

  • miles of sandy beach

    31
  • miles from Rio

    1,014
  • residents

    3 M

Location & Culture

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Vibrant and modern, the coastal city of Salvador sits on the stunning Baía de Todos os Santos, near the midpoint of Latin America’s east coast. Brilliantly colored colonial architecture and gleaming churches adorn the city center like colors in a paint box. Afro-Brazilian culture – a reflection of the city’s history as a slave trade center –  is apparent everywhere, from drumming and capoeira performances to mystical religious celebrations.

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The Culture

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Put your coursework in context with visits to museums and cultural sites, like the museum of Afro-Brazilian history and a Candomblé house.
  • Learn Brazilian dance steps and get into the powerful local beat with percussion classes.
  • See Brazilian films – and compare them to American productions.
  • Visit a coastal village like Praia do Forte for a fuller picture of Brazil’s diverse people, culture, and landscape.
  • Join the frenzied fun of Carnival (spring).

Volunteering

Bahia has a rich culture of community service. Opportunities include these and more:

  • Volunteering at a treatment center for children with AIDS or HIV.
  • Helping children learn percussion, boxing, street art, and more at Artes Consiceinte.  
  • Teaching English in the local community.

Daily Life

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  • Homestays

    Students stay in a hotel during orientation, and then live with Brazilian families, where it’s easy to practice language skills and get an objective take on Brazilian life. Students should expect a more traditional home environment that may be different than what they’re used to.

  • Meals

    Your host family will provide three meals a day.

Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Where You'll Study

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    CIEE BAHIA

    Located in the Barra neighborhood, a few blocks from the Barra Lighthouse.

  • B

    UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO SALVADOR

    Founded in 1961, the university hosts more than 13,000 students and has several campuses.

What People are Saying

  • I thought that the CIEE program was very organized. I felt safe and like I was able to explore and learn about a new culture.

    Rosed, Princeton University, Spring 17
  • I think its amazing the way the curriculum is set up. Having cultural activities for the first part of the program was an excellent way to emerge us into the city and overall expose us to a variety of things.

    Jokeyni, Barnard College,Fall 16

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What you need to know

The program details

Designed to provide a year of Portuguese language training in just one semester, students begin with an intensive one-month language and culture program, and then enroll in courses at Universidade Católica do Salvador (UCSal), the highest ranked private university in northeast Brazil. UCSal has several campuses around the city that combine renovated monasteries and modern buildings. (Full-year students do not need to repeat the intensive program).

Along with university courses in content and Portuguese language, students can select elective courses that center on race and equality in Bahia and Brazil. CIEE Bahia opened in 2000, and the long-term relationships we’ve established here enable us to provide unique and meaningful community service opportunities for students.

Students who stay for a calendar or academic year have academic breaks that allow them to travel, and are responsible for housing and meals during these breaks.

CIEE electives are currently taught by professors from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, UNIFACS, and UCSal.

Academics

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Academics

  • CLASS FORMAT

    Portuguese language classes at CIEE are only for CIEE students. Students attend UCSal classes with Brazilian students.

  • GRADING

    Students are evaluated along with Brazilian peers on quizzes, mid-term exams, final exams, final papers and class participation. In some courses, the grade is based on a single term paper or critical analysis. CIEE converts grades into equivalent U.S. letter grades.

  • ACADEMIC CULTURE

    Higher education in Brazil provides less structure than in the U.S., but expectations remain high and students are expected to work independently. Professors provide bibliographies for students, and assume students will read from them extensively. This tends to suit self-motivated students and those with a deep interest in the subject at hand.

Eligibility

  • OVERALL GPA

    Students need to have a GPA of at least 2.5.

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    2 semesters of college-level Spanish and 2 semesters of college-level Portuguese (or equivalent)

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • Total credit per intensive language course: 4 semester/6 quarter hours
  • Contact hours: 60

Students enroll in four or five classes per semester:

  • 1 Portuguese-language course at CIEE.
  • 1-2 CIEE elective courses that focus on Brazilian history and sociology.
  • 2-3 elective courses at UCSal. Choose from a broad range of fields, that include everything from accounting to philosophy.

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

Spring 2018 Courses

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REQUIRED INTENSIVE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM COURSES AT UCSAL

Upon arrival, students take a language placement exam to determine which language course they will take during the Intensive Language and Culture Portion of the program. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish Speakers may be offered for students who have proficiency in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction. Not all sections are offered each session, with specific offerings dependent upon student enrollments and results of the language placement exam.

  • 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 3501 BBAH Intensive Advanced Portuguese I
  • PORT 3502 BBAH Intensive Advanced Portuguese II

This required pre-session course is designed to prepare students linguistically and culturally for all aspects of the semester abroad. It provides students with an intense introduction to or continued study of Portuguese language, as well as an orientation to the culture and contemporary issues of Brazil. The course includes language classes (divided at appropriate levels with an emphasis on grammar applied through oral production); lectures, readings, and discussions on contemporary Brazilian life; community exploration activities; and an introduction to Brazilian academic culture. By the time they begin regular coursework at UCSal, students will have learned/refined their language skills and constructed a basic cultural literacy as background to their coursework. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours.

REQUIRED SEMESTER LANGUAGE COURSES

Based on placement test results, students are placed in an appropriate Portuguese language course at CIEE Office.

  • PORT 1001 BBAH  Semester Beginner Portuguese I
  • PORT 1002 BBAH  Semester Beginner Portuguese II
  • PORT 2001 BBAH Semester Intermediate Portuguese I
  • PORT 2002 BBAH Semester Intermediate Portuguese II
  • PORT 3001 BBAH Semester Advanced Portuguese I
  • PORT 3002 BBAH Semester Advanced Portuguese II

These courses emphasize grammar, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

CIEE ELECTIVE COURSE

  • BRAZ 3005 BBAH / SOCI 3001 BBAH: Faces of Inequality in Brazil and Bahia: Gender, Racism, and Violence 

UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO SALVADOR COURSES

The following list is a representative sampling of the subjects available. All course selections are made in consultation with the local staff. Not all courses are available every semester.

History
History of Brazilian Culture
Ancient history
History of Africa
Medieval history
Modern History
History of Brazil
History of Bahia
Historiography of Brazil

Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
General Philosophy I
General Philosophy II (Cosmology)
History of Philosophy
Political Science
Logics
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Esthetics
Knowledge Theory
Philosophy of Religion
Social and Political Thought

Geography
Geology
Theory of Geography
Regional Geography
Climatology
Geomorphology
Political Geography
Systematic cartography

English Literature/Language and Portuguese Literature/Language
English language
Portuguese Language
Linguistics
Introduction to literary studies
Literature theory
Fundamentals of Anglo-American Culture
Psychology of learning
Psychology and interpersonal relations
Education – Public policies
North-American Literature
Portuguese Literature
Brazilian literature

Business & Law
Business Accounting
Accounting
Business
Theology
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Research Methods
Statistics
Human and Environmental rights
Technology and Society
Logistics
Business Law
Organizational sociology
Introduction to Law
Statistics
Finance
Social legislation and labor law
Introduction to Law
Organizational Systems and Methods

Accounting
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Economy
Research Methods
General Accounting
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Commercial Accounting
Financial Mathematics
Statistics
Computerized accounting systems
Ethical norms and the evolution of accounting

Economics
Microeconomics
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Economy
Value Theory and in Marxian Economics 
Mathematics
Macroeconomics analysis
Classic and neoclassic economics
Structure and analysis of costs
Statistics

Advertising & Marketing
Communication Theory
Fundamentals of Advertising and Marketing
Semiotics
Graphic Production
Contemporary culture and communication
Fundamentals of Marketing
Media
Market research
Ethics and legislation in communication

Public Relations
Communication Theory
PR Fundamentals
Semiotics
Compared communication
Marketing
Consumer psychology and behavior
Marketing -Analysis and Planning

Engineering & Informatics
Environmental Engineering 
Civil Engineering
Production Engineering 
Sanitary Engineering 
Transportation Engineering 
Information Systems
Mathematics

Music
Choral
Instrumental Practice—Guitar
Instrumental Practice—Piano
Rhythm and Sound
Vocal Techniques

Fall 2017 Courses

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CIEE ELECTIVE COURSES

REQUIRED INTENSIVE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE PROGRAM COURSES AT UCSAL

Upon arrival, students take a language placement exam to determine which language course they will take at UCSal during the Intensive Language and Culture Pportion of the program. A special section of beginner-level Portuguese for Spanish Speakers may be offered for students who have proficiency in Spanish and have had no previous Portuguese instruction. Not all sections are offered each session, with specific offerings dependent upon student enrollments and results of the language placement exam.

Intensive Beginner Portuguese I
Intensive Beginner Portuguese II
Intensive Intermediate Portuguese I
Intensive Intermediate Portuguese II
Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (for near-native speakers) 
Intensive Advanced Portuguese I
Intensive Advanced Portuguese II

This required pre-session course is designed to prepare students linguistically and culturally for all aspects of the semester abroad. It provides students with an intense introduction to or continued study of Portuguese language, as well as an orientation to the culture and contemporary issues of Brazil. The course includes language classes (divided at appropriate levels with an emphasis on grammar applied through oral production); lectures, readings, and discussions on contemporary Brazilian life; community exploration activities; and an introduction to Brazilian academic culture. By the time they begin regular coursework at UCSal, students will have learned/refined their language skills and constructed a basic cultural literacy as background to their coursework. Contact hours: 60. Recommended credit: 4 semester / 6 quarter hours..

REQUIRED SEMESTER LANGUAGE COURSES

Based on examination, students are placed in an appropriate Portuguese language course at UCSal.

Semester Beginner Portuguese I
Semester Beginner Portuguese II
Semester Intermediate Portuguese I
Semester Intermediate Portuguese II
Semester Advanced Portuguese I
Semester Advanced Portuguese II

These courses emphasize grammar, writing, listening comprehension, and speaking. Contact hours: 60. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.

UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA DO SALVADOR COURSES

The following list is a representative sampling of the subjects available. All course selections are made in consultation with the local staff. Not all courses are available every semester.

History
History of Brazilian Culture
Ancient history
History of Africa
Medieval history
Modern History
History of Brazil
History of Bahia
Historiography of Brazil

Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy
General Philosophy I
General Philosophy II (Cosmology)
History of Philosophy
Political Science
Logics
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Esthetics
Knowledge Theory
Philosophy of Religion
Social and Political Thought

Geography
Geology
Theory of Geography
Regional Geography
Climatology
Geomorphology
Political Geography
Systematic cartography

English Literature/Language and Portuguese Literature/Language
English language
Portuguese Language
Linguistics
Introduction to literary studies
Literature theory
Fundamentals of Anglo-American Culture
Psychology of learning
Psychology and interpersonal relations
Education – Public policies
North-American Literature
Portuguese Literature
Brazilian literature

Business & Law
Business Accounting
Accounting
Business
Theology
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Research Methods
Statistics
Human and Environmental rights
Technology and Society
Logistics
Business Law
Organizational sociology
Introduction to Law
Statistics
Finance
Social legislation and labor law
Introduction to Law
Organizational Systems and Methods

Accounting
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Economy
Research Methods
General Accounting
Philosophy – Ethics and Citizenship
Commercial Accounting
Financial Mathematics
Statistics
Computerized accounting systems
Ethical norms and the evolution of accounting

Economics
Microeconomics
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Economy
Value Theory and in Marxian Economics 
Mathematics
Macroeconomics analysis
Classic and neoclassic economics
Structure and analysis of costs
Statistics

Advertising & Marketing
Communication Theory
Fundamentals of Advertising and Marketing
Semiotics
Graphic Production
Contemporary culture and communication
Fundamentals of Marketing
Media
Market research
Ethics and legislation in communication

Public Relations
Communication Theory
PR Fundamentals
Semiotics
Compared communication
Marketing
Consumer psychology and behavior
Marketing -Analysis and Planning

Engineering & Informatics
Environmental Engineering 
Civil Engineering
Production Engineering 
Sanitary Engineering 
Transportation Engineering 
Information Systems
Mathematics

Music
Choral
Instrumental Practice—Guitar
Instrumental Practice—Piano
Rhythm and Sound
Vocal Techniques

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

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Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • Stohl International Undergraduate Research Scholarships
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.

YOUR FEE INCLUDES:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Three-day orientation – an introduction to Spanish culture, your academic program, and the city, plus practical information about living in your host city
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • Overnight excursions
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

No Hidden Fees

Program

Spring 2018 23 weeks Academic year 2017-2018 50 weeks

Application Due

Start Date

Jan 8, 2018 Jul 3, 2017

End Date

Jun 16, 2018 Jun 16, 2018

Fees & Housing

$15,850
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $11,683 **

Housing = $3,700 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $15,850

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $50

Visa Fees = $270 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $1,500

Other = $200 †††

Total Estimated Costs = $4,120

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

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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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

††† local government registration

$33,900
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $26,033 **

Housing = $7,400 ***

Insurance = $167

Total Fees = $33,900

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

International Airfare = $1,400

Local Transportation = $400

Books & Supplies = $100

Visa Fees = $270 ††

Potential travel to consulate for visa = $500

Personal expenses = $3,000

Other = $200 †††

Expenses during break = $900 ††††

Total Estimated Costs = $6,770

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $5 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, MSI grants, Gilman matching grants, and Pell matching grants.

See Scholarships

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 $500 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** includes all meals

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

†† average cost

††† local government registration

†††† academic year students who wish to stay onsite are responsible for arranging their housing and meals during the semester break

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