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Brazilian Studies, Salvador

Study Abroad Program Overview

Salvador da Bahia has been a popular destination for UCEAP students for years, especially to those with an interest in Portuguese language and Afro-Brazilian culture. UCEAP offers this opportunity for in-depth study of additional subjects with one of the most prestigious universities in Salvador. Consider the possibilities:

  • Take classes with Brazilians at the Catholic University of Salvador
  • Improve your Portuguese language (or add it to your Spanish abilities)
  • Live and study near Pelourinho, historic center of Salvador, a World Heritage Site
  • Surround yourself with the richness of Brazilian culture in music, food, and religion
  • Travel to other sites in Bahia for additional insights and experiences
  • Be amazed by the contrasts of a tropical city's modern management of a colonial past

With an intensive language program to start and a fully staffed CIEE study center, your success in the program is practically guaranteed!

IMPORTANT: This program will no longer run beginning Fall 2018. Spring 2018 will be the last term this program will be offered.

Students attend classes with international and/or host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

​The program begins with a four-week Portuguese Intensive Language Program (ILP) and requires additional Portuguese language study during the semester.


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
ILP + Fall :  
​late June to mid-December

ILP + Spring :  
mid-January to mid-June








​CIEE staff are dedicated to placing participants in appropriate homestays with local families and managing all related services. For the duration of the program, students live in carefully-selected middle-class Brazilian homes where no other native English speakers are present. Students benefit from becoming familiar with the local language and culture through the interactions with their Brazilian hosts. Individuals and families selected to host students reflect the diversity of the Brazilian reality, which may or may not include a family with a mother, father, and children. Each host has its own special set of qualities to offer. Students are encouraged to keep an open mind and indicate any special requests on the housing questionnaire they submit to CIEE.  Click here for more information on housing.

Extracurricular Activities

​Organized by CIEE, the program offers access to local culture through Candomble ceremonies, drumming sessions, museums, nature reserves, cooking classes, and even a trip to Rio de Janeiro! Salvador's dynamic cultural offerings present students with many chances to experience music, dance, and theatrical performances. For students interested in more interactive activities, opportunities to study capoeira and dance are plentiful.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with host universities throughout the world. Local CIEE staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Salvador and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
​See the UCEAP Program Guide for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; the intensive language program.

Course Opportunities

​This program offers focused study on Brazilian culture and identity in a setting that provides living illustrations of all topics.

After your arrival in Salvador, you will take a language placement exam to determine your language level during the Intensive Language Program (ILP). The ILP also provides you with an introduction to contemporary Brazilian issues and Brazilian academic culture.
Following the ILP, students continue Portuguese language study, and select at least one CIEE elective before registering in regular courses offered by the Catholic University of Salvador (UCSal).
  • Portuguese language (level based on placement)
   •  Portuguese language (course that follows level completed during the ILP)
   •  Core course taught by Brazilian faculty and organized by CIEE
         ◦  Faces of Inequality in Brazil and Bahia: Gender, Racism and Violence
         ◦  Musical Sensibility of Bahia
   •  Courses from our partner institution, the Catholic University of Salvador


You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad.
ILP: 3-6 quarter/2-4 semester UC units is required; one language course.

Term: 18-22.5 quarter/12-15 semester UC units are required; one Portuguese language course plus one or two CIEE core courses, and two or three elective courses at UCSal.

Internships, Research, and Independent Study

Directed independent research​ for academic credit may be possible on this program. CIEE can also arrange community service opportunities once students arrive in Salvador.​

The Catholic University of Salvador

The Catholic University of Salvador (UCSal) is the highest ranking private university in northeast Brazil. In this setting, students can take a variety of courses to supplement their understanding of Brazilian themes or study in related fields to make more rapid progress in their majors. The UCSal has several programs in social service and in environmental concerns that will be of interest to UC students. Other particular strengths include music, business administration, and communication.

Council on International Education Exchange

This UCEAP program is affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). CIEE was founded in 1947 as a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with the mission "to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world."
CIEE offers UC students the Intensive Language Program that takes place before the semester begins, coordinates access to the Catholic University of Salvador, and manages the core course noted above.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.

Here is what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Tuition to both of the host institutions
  • Four-week Intensive Language Program
  • Room and all meals for the entire semester
  • Weekend trip to another state in Brazil
  • Excursions in Salvador and other sites in Bahia
  • Cultural activities (candomble, soccer, museums, drumming session, nature preserve)
  • On-site Orientation
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Optional airport meet and greet
  • Books and other materials
  • All pre-departure expenses related to visas
  • Automatic transfer of classes and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.​

Study abroad scholarships through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs, based on academic merit and/or need-based scholarships. Find out more.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: