Contemporary Brazil: Its People and Culture

May 20 - June 8, 2018
Salvador, Bahia

Program Highlights

  • Engage in Brazilian culture by exploring Salvador da Bahia, once the magnificent capital of Portugal's great New World colony
  • Dance samba, practice capoeira and cook traditional meals
  • Live with a Brazilian family
  • Learn some survival Portuguese
  • Visit Rio de Janeiro, a city with plentiful beaches, dramatic mountains, and backdrop of samba and bossa nova rhythms

Program Description:

This course takes students for two weeks to coastal Salvador, Bahia- Brazil's third largest city and its first colonial capital. Salvador played a key role in Brazil's historical, multi-racial and multi-cultural formation and is also one of the most important points of reference within the African Diaspora. Through coursework, workshops, tours, site visits to local NGOs, and excursions, the course will explore the historical and contemporary constructions of race, class, and gender inequality in Brazil. The course will also explore the ways that Afro-Brazilians have used culture and social movements to push back and rework inequality and structures of domination. Students will stay with host families and take basic Portuguese. The last week, we will travel to Rio de Janeiro- a city also known for its sprawling favelas (shanty towns) and beaches. We will explore the city and make some connections to the course work. 

Course Information

Course Name: Contemporary Brazil

Course Code: LLAS 280B 

Credit Number: 2

Designation: Intercultural

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $3,700 plus the cost of 2 credits at CSB/SJU at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $615 per credit).

This Price Includes:

  • Accommodation (homestay in Salvador with breakfast included and hotel in Rio de Janeiro)
  • Required Brazilian visa
  • One meal per day
  • Local excursions included in the itinerary and admissions into cultural events and museums

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Two meals per day (estimated at $850)
  • Public transportation in Salvador (estimated at $280)
  • Personal money (estimated at $500)
  • Roundtrip airfare (estimated at $2,000)


Housing and classroom facilities, along with many other support services, are provided by the Diálogo Brazil. Students will stay with host families (double occupancy) and breakfast and internet are included. 


Tania Gómez is a professor within the Hispanic Studies and Latino/Latin American Studies Departments and has directed the Brazil program in 2015 and the semester abroad program in Guatemala in 2011.