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Summer Travel Study

Portuguese:
Portuguese Language in the Brazilian Context

Overview

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Make this summer your tropical winter in Brazil! Take advantage of a unique opportunity to live and study in Salvador da Bahia, one of Brazil's foremost cultural centers. Walk the cobblestone streets of the restored "old city" and explore the largest group of Baroque buildings in the Americas. Catch a street celebration and feel the pulsating rhythms of Bahia's African-inspired music and dance. Savor moqueca, vatapa and other delicious Afro-Brazilian dishes. Study Brazilian culture while learning or improving your Portuguese language skills in this vibrant seaport.

FLAS Recipients: This program qualifies for FLAS funding. The core program consists of 126 contact hours. Some FLAS awards may require more contact hours. To increase the contact hours, FLAS recipients may register for the optional course. 

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Curriculum

Required Courses

Elementary Portuguese*: 11A, 11B, 191 (14 quarter units)
Intermediate Portuguese: 11B, 26A, 191 (13 quarter units)
Advanced Portuguese: 26A, 27A, 191 (12 quarter units)

*Satisfies UCLA College Foreign Language Requirement

Portuguese 11A, 11B, and 26A are accelerated courses in introductory and intermediate Portuguese offered for students who already have a good command of a romance language and who wish to acquire a basic knowledge of Portuguese in a relatively short period of time.

Portuguese 191 is required for all students and will focus on Brazilian history and culture. Portuguese 46 at UCLA will be waived for Portuguese majors and minors taking this course.

FLAS Recipients: This program qualifies for FLAS funding. The core program consists of 126 contact hours. Some FLAS awards may require more contact hours. To increase the contact hours, FLAS recipients may register for the optional Portuguese 199/290 course (see below) .

Optional Seminar:
4 quarter units
Portuguese 199/290: Travel Narratives, Testimony, Autobiography

Portuguese 199/290 is a student-focused research workshop intended to provide graduate students and advanced undergraduates the opportunity to carry out individual research projects in Salvador over the six-week period of the UCLA Summer Program in Brazil. The seminar is designed to support students who have a clear, independent plan of study in mind. It also fulfills the extra contact hours some universities require of FLAS recipients. 

The seminar encourages participants to think critically about visiting foreign countries and engaging diverse cultures. We will focus on some of the problems involved in doing research on cultures and in countries that are not our own through discussion of a small number of readings. As a framework for discussing the implications of doing research abroad, we will use a section of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques, a polemic on race in Brazil involving French and American scholars, and an essay on transnationalizing comparison (.pdf copies of all texts are available on the course webpage). We will also discuss, in a more informal sense, the construction Bahia’s self-identity and our inevitably limited insertion into Bahian culture.

Grading

Grades in required courses are based on attendance, class participation, journals, quizzes, and a final examination. The instructor reserves the right to vary this format.

Schedule

All schedules, itineraries, and group activities are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Portuguese Instruction (11A, 11B, 26A):
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon

Portuguese Culture (191):
Tuesday and Thursday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Portuguese 191 field trips will include accompanied museum visits, guided walking tours of Salvador Bahia, and visits to such sites as colonial Baroque churches, a terreiro de CandomblÈ and a capoeira academy.  It will also include special excursions outside of Salvador. A precise itinerary will be sent to enrolled students in the spring.

Classes generally do not meet on Saturdays and Sundays.

Textbooks

You are responsible for purchasing your own textbooks and workbooks. We strongly suggest you read as much of the text material as possible before you depart. Textbook information will be available at a later date.

Budget and Financial Aid

Program Cost
Budget UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Program Fee
Tourist Visa (single entry) 160 160 160
Airfare (estimate) 1400 1400 1400
Meals (estimate) 300 300 300
Spending Money (estimate) 400 400 400

Program fee includes registration and course fees, accommodations, program excursions and health insurance.

Program fee also includes breakast, lunch and dinner with homestay family. Transportation to/from the host family's house and school is not included in the program fee.

Airfare, tourist visa, optional courses, other meals and optional excursions are additional.

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

FLAS Recipients

This program qualifies for FLAS funding. The core program consists of 126 contact hours. Some FLAS awards may require more contact hours. To increase the contact hours, FLAS recipients may register for the optional 199/290 course.

Cost Breakdown of Program Fees for FLAS Recipients
FLAS Breakdown

UC Undergraduate Students
12 Units

UC Undergraduate
16 Units

Tuition 4520 4520
Optional 199/290 Course Fee   Waived
Housing 1,480 1,480
Total 6,000 6,000

 

FLAS Breakdown

UC Grad Students/Visiting Students
12 Units

UC Grad Students/Visiting Students
16 Units

Tuition 5,020 5,020
Optional 199/290 Course Fee   Waived
Housing 1,480 1,480
Total 6,500 6,500

If a cost breakdown letter is required for your funding, please email info@ieo.ucla.edu

Document Fee

Non-UCLA students will be charged a $50 Document Fee. This is a one-time document fee which covers fees for first-class mailing of official transcripts, diploma and much more. Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for more information. Matriculated UCLA Students: Please visit the Registrar's Office Website for document fee information.

Budgeting

We recommend that you budget accordingly to cover optional sightseeing, laundry, internet cafes, emergencies, etc.  How much to budget depends on your travel, entertainment and souvenir choices. It is always best to overestimate your spending. Take the time to research the cost of living in your destination and the activities you want to participate in while abroad.

Optional 199/290 Course Fee
Optional 199/290 UC Undergrads UC Grad Students Visiting Students
Course Fee

Fees are subject to change by action of the UC Regents.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for Travel Study programs is available to qualified UCLA students. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institution. For details about the financial aid application process, please visit the Financial Aid section of this web site.

On Location

Accommodations

For the first night, students will stay in a hotel. For the remainder of the program, students will stay with a Brazilian family. Applicants will complete a special survey to help us place you with your family. Transportation to/from the host family's house and school is not included in the program fee.

All courses will be taught at Associação Cultural Brasil Estados Unidos (ACBEU). ACBEU educational facilities include a multimedia center with internet access, a self-access learning center with CDs, tapes, and cable television, and a library. Students are free to attend ACBEU cultural events and exhibits.

Visit ACBEU's Web site.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided as part of the home stay.

We hope you will approach your meals - and all other aspects of the culture in which you will be immersed - with an open mind.

Please let us know when you apply for this program if you have special dietary needs as well as any physical or medical conditions. We will advise you accordingly.

Excursions

This program includes several excursions as part of its curriculum. A schedule of excursions will be available at a later date.

Free time is built into this program for independent sightseeing. If you plan on traveling extensively, we recommend that you budget additional spending money.

On Location

For more information about Salvador Bahia, please visit:

www.emtursa.com.br

For more information about ACBEU, please visit:

www.acbeubahia.org.br

Dates

July 15 - August 28, 2014

Location

Salvador Bahia

Faculty

Professor Carlos Quicoli

Program Fee

UC Undergrads:
UC Grad Students:
Visiting Students: