This program is ideal for those wanting to improve their Portuguese language, or for advanced Spanish speakers who would like to learn Portuguese. The CIEE Study Center in Salvador da Bahia was established in 2000. The program begins with a four-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), held in Salvador da Bahia for the fall semester and in São Paulo for the spring semester. The semester program offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at a Brazilian university, CIEE Portuguese language courses, and specially designed CIEE courses about contemporary Brazilian art, culture, race, and economic issues.
During the four-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP), students take an intensive Portuguese language class and the interdisciplinary core course entitled Contemporary Brazil. For the remainder of the semester, students enroll in a Portuguese language course, one of the two CIEE courses, and 2-3 elective courses chosen from CIEE electives and UCSal and UFBA courses. Students may enroll in only one course per semester at UFBA.
Students must enroll in Portuguese language study throughout their study abroad experience, including academic year and calendar year students in their second semester. Academic and calendar year students are exempt from CIEE content courses during their second semester. However, students continuing from the CIEE São Paulo program must enroll in one of the two CIEE content courses offered.
CIEE Portuguese language and content courses are with CIEE students only. Participants who enroll directly in host university courses at UCSal and UFBA take classes with Brazilian students.
Students take part in the CIEE Community Language Commitment by speaking Portuguese at all times (except in emergencies). This fosters a learning community that contributes to both Portuguese language proficiency and understanding of Brazilian society.
The five-week Intensive Language and Culture program (ILCP) was established in 1995. Students must have two years of college-level Spanish and/or one year of Portuguese or the equivalent. Students are placed in a Portuguese language course suited to their level or ability, or in a special beginner-level Portuguese for fluent Spanish speakers course. Students also take a required course taught in Portuguese entitled Contemporary Brazil.
As part of the program, cultural activities and field trips are organized in and around Salvador da Bahia.
Dr. Jeferson Bacelar is a Professor of Anthropology at the Universidade Federal da Bahia. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology and a Masters in Social Sciences from the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and is a recognized scholar and author of numerous publications about Afro-Bahian culture. He has written extensively on Afro-Brazilian studies and Bahian affairs, and his most recent publication is the book, Mário Gusmào. Um príncipe negro nas terras do dragào da maldade (Rio de Janeiro: Editora Pallas, 2006).
Registration and Credits
Students participating in these programs will be registered at the University of Oregon and will receive UO credits for courses taken in Salvador da Bahia. The student’s course work will be reviewed and evaluated by appropriate academic departments at the UO. Students must keep detailed records of course outlines, reading lists, exam results, and other work completed to facilitate accurate evaluation by the academic departments at the UO.
Students are responsible for making sure that the courses they plan to take in Salvador da Bahia will meet major and minor requirements. Students are advised to consult with their academic adviser about their plans to study in Brazil.
Only those courses that have been taken by UO students in the last seven years are listed on the equivalency sheet. Courses that do not appear on this sheet will need to be approved for UO credit.
Host Program Website
For general information on the Universidade Católica do Salvador: http://www.ucsal.br/
For general information on the Universidade Federal da Bahia: http://www.portal.ufba.br/