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Foreign Study Program: Portuguese FSP

The Foreign Study Program in Brazil in offers advanced study of the Portuguese language, literature and civilization. In addition to a full academic schedule, the term abroad typically includes group excursions to sites of artistic, historic and ecological interest around Bahia. The principal objective is an in-depth experience of the life and culture of the country through the substantive courses as well as through social interactions with the local people. The FSP program offers Portuguese 25: Advanced Portuguese Composition, Portuguese 35: Advanced Studies in Brazilian Culture and Civilization, and Portuguese 36: Studies in Contemporary Brazilian Literature. To qualify for the FSP in Brazil, a student must have completed Portuguese 20 or equivalent; or obtain permission of the program director. Note: This program coincides with Portuguese LSA.

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Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, occupying half of the continent of South America. It is as varied culturally, geographically and demographically as it is vast in size, combining indigenous, African, and European elements in a uniquely rich symbiosis. Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, with a population of around 2,250,000 inhabitants, was the first major port and the capital of colonial Brazil for almost two centuries.The city lies between green tropical hills and broad beaches along the bay of Todos os Santos. Many of the city's baroque churches, private homes, squares, and even the hand-chipped paving bricks have been preserved as part of Brazil's historic patrimony. In Salvador, more than anywhere else in the country, the African influence in the makeup of Brazilian culture is readily visible, from the spicy dishes still called by their African names (caruru, vatapa, acaraje), to the ceremonies of "Candomble" which honor both African deities and Catholic holidays, to the "capoeira" schools where a unique African form of ritualistic fighting is taught. Like the LSA, the Portuguese Foreign Study Program is located at the ACBEU (Associação Cultural Brasil-Estados Unidos), in the coastal city of Salvador, Brazil.

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Last Updated: 8/5/10