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.
All previously approved study abroad courses appear in an online database maintained by the Office of the Registrar. The database is searchable by world regions, then countries, and then specific program titles. For each course, you will see how it applies to UO degrees in terms of course level (100-, 200-, etc.), general-education requirements (e.g., Group 1 Arts & Letters, multicultural requirements, etc.), and majors and minors offered in the department granting the UO credit (e.g., the English major and minor for ENG credit). Students are responsible for talking with major/minor advisers about the possibility of applying courses toward majors and minors in other fields of study.
Note, too, that all study abroad programs of ten weeks or longer allow students to meet the IC: International Cultures multicultural requirement.
Not all available courses appear in the online database, especially for programs in which UO students choose their courses from an entire host university's offerings. The only courses that appear are those that have already been either taken by UO students before or otherwise evaluated for UO credit. Courses that do not appear will need to be evaluated for UO credit, but that does not mean that such courses are not available as options for UO participants. It does likely mean that students will be involved in getting the courses evaluated while they are enrolled in them.
If you are interested in knowing how a course that is not listed in the online database will apply to your UO degree, and you are able to get a syllabus for the course ahead of time from a host university website, you may send it to the Registrar's office for early evaluation. Email the syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line "UO STUDY ABROAD: Pre-articulation request."
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/