CIEE Brazil: Liberal Arts in Salvador da Bahia is a supported direct enrollment program offered during the fall, spring, and academic year to students. Before departing, you are required to take taken at least 2 semesters of Portuguese or a minimum of 4 semesters of Spanish without Portuguese. For a true immersion experience, you live with Brazilian families.
If you are interested in contemporary Brazil and Afro-Caribbean studies, as well as learning the Portuguese language, this is a program to consider. The program offers a combination of direct enrollment classes at Universidade Catolica do Salvador (UCSal), Portuguese language courses, and core CIEE courses about contemporary Brazilian art, culture, race, and economic issues. The program begins with a four-week Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILCP) and then you take 4-5 courses throughout the semester.
Salvador da Bahia, located on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Brazil, has 2.1 million inhabitants. Due to the strong slave presence during the Colonial period, Salvador has a strong African influence, including religious and spiritual practices, cuisine, and ethnic dynamics. Today Salvador is a booming city, and its historic and ethnic diversity entwines through the city's population, architecture and vibrant culture.
Participate in cultural and educational activities, including visits to a Candomblé ceremony, a percussion lesson, a soccer match, an excursion to Rio de Janeiro, and many more.
While in Brazil, students live with host families and can get involved with the local community through volunteer projects and through campus groups and activities.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites. Note the program language requirements.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved by the OGP on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.