Brazilian Portuguese Summer Programs 2016

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Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro
University of Florida
FLAS Eligible

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dates: June 26 – August 6, 2016

Program Summary:
The University of Florida Language and Culture Program in Rio de Janeiro is a 6-week FLAS-certified program offering 140 contact hours of classroom instruction in Portuguese. Designed with ACTFL standards in mind, the classes and assignments are based on the 5 “C’s” of Language Learning: Communication, Culture, Communities, Comparisons and Connections. Hence, all classroom activities and assignments involve intensive language instruction in Portuguese. The program offers three levels: intermediate, advanced intermediate and advanced, plus a cultural component for all levels.

Application and Deadline:
The application deadline is March 18, 2016. Applications will be accepted after this deadline on a space available basis only in order of submission. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be submitted online at: See program links for more information &

Tuition and Fees:
The 2016 program fee is still being finalized, but as a point of reference the 2015 cost was $6,300.

Contact Information:
Application Questions: Sarah Evans,
Program Questions: Dr. Charles Perrone,


Accelerated Portuguese for Speakers of Romance Languages
University of Chicago
FLAS Eligible

Location: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Dates: June 20 – July 28, 2016

Program Summary:
This course sequence helps students gain intermediate skills in spoken and written Portuguese quickly by building on their prior knowledge of another Romance language (Spanish, French, or Italian). By relying on the many similarities with other Romance languages, students can focus on mastering the different aspects of Portuguese, allowing them to make progress through the intermediate level quickly and to develop their abilities for further study at the advanced level or for professional purposes. This course provides 140 contact hours and accepts the FLAS grant as full tuition. Prerequisite: at least one year of recent college-level study and/or speaking proficiency in Spanish, French, or Italian.

Application and Deadline:
Registration for Summer 2016 will open in early February. See program website for more information:

Tuition and Fees:
$7,000 (FLAS tuition grant accepted as full payment for tuition and fees).
Housing: ~$1,700 for campus residence halls, more affordable options may be available in private rental market.

Contact Information:
James McCormick,


Language and Culture in Salvador, Brazil
University of Kansas
FLAS Eligible

Location: Salvador, Bahia

Dates: July 3 – August 15, 2016

Program Summary:
The Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture program is a FLAS-eligible summer language program for undergraduate and graduate students. Students will study Portuguese at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced level and focus on the culture of Salvador’s African heritage. Students will live with a Brazilian host family and have a unique opportunity to learn about Brazil and improve their Portuguese language skills. Six hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program.

Brazil: Known for its natural beauty, music, talent for sports, and now for its growing economy, Brazil is one destination not to miss. The largest country in South America and the fifth in the world, Brazil is the American nation that is compared the most to the U.S. due to its colonial past and racial makeup. Study of the Portuguese language has grown worldwide recently, as opportunities for business in and with Brazil have increased significantly.

Salvador: Salvador was the first capital of Brazil (1549-1763) and is now the third largest city in the country. Its architecture, food, music, religions, and culture have fused European, African, and indigenous elements. The city’s historic center is famous for its beautiful cobblestone streets and colonial buildings in Renaissance, Baroque, and Art Deco styles. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site in 1985. Salvador is also the city in Brazil with the largest Afro-Brazilian population. It is the cradle of capoeira, a worldwide known Afro-Brazilian artistic expression, and the home of one of the most famous Carnival parties of Brazil. Whether during Carnival in February, the June festivities, or throughout the regular year, the city takes pride in its food, music, dance, and cultural activities. Salvador also bears the title of “City of Joy,” due to the happiness of its people and their many celebrations.

ACBEU: ACBEU, the Associação Cultural Brasil – Estados Unidos (Brazil-USA Cultural Association) is a non-profit, cultural and educational bi-national center whose mission is to strengthen the ties between Brazil and the United States. Students on the KU program will have classes on their Vitória campus. ACBEU is located in a very privileged area in the city, near the Barra beach and Salvador’s historic and commercial areas.

Application and Deadline:
Applications accepted through March 1st, 2016. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited U.S. colleges or universities. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (exceptions considered after submission of a petition) and have taken two or more semesters of Portuguese. For more information, see

Tuition and Fees:

Contact Information:
Luciano Tosta, Assistant Professor
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2630 Wescoe Hall


Middlebury College Portuguese School
Middlebury Language Schools
FLAS Eligible

Location: Middlebury, Vermont

Dates: June 24-August 12, 2016

Program Summary:
This 7-week Portuguese summer immersion program is part of the Language Schools at Middlebury College. Students who attend include undergraduates completing language requirements, graduate students interested in the Lusophone world, professionals who find themselves in need of Portuguese to succeed, and heritage speakers who wish to learn more about their ancestors’ language and culture. During its 100-year history, the Middlebury College Language Schools have developed a worldwide reputation for innovative pedagogy anchored on the Language Pledge®—a commitment by students to speak only the target language in all situations during every hour of the day—and supported by an array of co-curricular activities. Data indicate that one summer in the Portuguese School is equivalent to more than one year of study in a regular college classroom. Most students show an increase in over two ACTFL OPI levels.

Undergraduate Levels: Students will be enrolled in one of five levels according to their proficiency as determined by placement tests and prior experience with Portuguese or other Romance languages. Students will also have the opportunity to take graduate-level credits to be transferred to other programs. All courses in the seven-week program provide proficiency oriented instruction in listening, reading, speaking, writing, and grammar, with an emphasis on Brazilian Portuguese. Students will engage in activities that will emphasize presentational, interpretive, and interpersonal modes of communication both orally and in writing.

Graduate Level: The Portuguese School offers non-degree graduate level instruction in addition to the undergraduate level. These classes are designed for students currently enrolled in graduate programs elsewhere and whose home institutions accept the credit transfer. Students interested in this level of instruction should verify with their home institutions about the feasibility of graduate credit transfer to their program of study.

Activities: Portuguese language learning extends into lectures, films, hiking, and evening gatherings. Every week, we offer a variety of co-curricular activities such as soccer, volleyball, capoeira, yoga, dance, theater, cooking, and more. Each activity is designed to help students build new vocabulary while developing cultural fluency.

The program is open to anybody who has had one year of college-level work (not necessarily in Portuguese language).

Application and Deadline:
Rolling admission until program is full. Students must complete the application form online, submit a transcript, fee, and one letter of recommendation. Apply at

Tuitions and Fees:
Tuition, Room, and Board: $8,970; Students can apply for need-based financial aid (grants) that covers up to 70% of the cost of the program. The School also awards fellowships through the Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace. More information can be found at

For application questions, contact Laura Bachand at 802.443.5510 or
For more information about the program,