- Location: Florianópolis, Brazil
- Language: Portuguese
- School: San Diego State University
- Dates of Program: May 23 - July 29, 2017
- Program Type: Summer Study Abroad
- Program Level: Year 3 and Year 4
All Project GO programs provide funding for:
- Room and Board
- Travel to/from study location
Before you start the application process, please read and understand the eligibility conditions and scholarship/funding information.
CLOSED - 2017 Portuguese Summer Study Abroad
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The following costs will not be included in Project GO Funding: personal spending money, personal travel, costs for obtaining a passport, medication, and expenses for dependents. Project GO participants planning to travel abroad MUST have a valid U.S. passport in their possession no later than 90 days before anticipated travel date. Many destinations require student visas, which take additional processing time.
This program is offered in collaboration with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) and the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
You can find more information about housing options, activities, the host university and more on the USAC Florianopolis Study Abroad Website
- General Information
- About Florianópolis, Brazil
- Housing Options
- Host University - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC)
- On-site Staff
- Passport and Visa Information
- Recommended Reading for Florianópolis, Brazil
If you are awarded a study abroad scholarship you will have to complete the USAC Study Abroad Application to choose your courses, housing option, and more.
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Summer language courses are intensive, with three to four credits of Portuguese taught in each session.
- Portuguese Composition I (PORT, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college Portuguese.
- Portuguese Composition II (PORT, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college Portuguese.
Portuguese Composition I and II focus on helping students advance their writing skills, review some grammar points, and acquire more advanced oral proficiency and cultural competence through action learning. The textbooks and class discussions will foment opportunities for the students to express themselves in written and spoken Portuguese. The topics selected and the readings will help them expand their vocabulary and apply the target language to address everyday situations. The areas covered in this course focus on several aspects of Brazilian modern society (agriculture, technology, arts, culture, health, lifestyle, tourism, sports, environment, and immigration issues). In addition, students will read and complete a reading log of selected Brazilian crônicas (short literary/journalistic pieces, first published in newspapers and later collected in a volume). Each class combines a variety of discussions and review of grammar embedded in the context of the topic discussed. Emphasis is in reading/writing in combination with oral expressions. Class attendance and active participation are required.
- Advanced Portuguese I (PORT, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: six semesters of college Portuguese.
- Advanced Portuguese II (PORT, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Portuguese.
Advanced Portuguese courses are designed to further equip students with the necessary language skills in Portuguese to express themselves well (in writing and verbally) when discussing scholarly topics. The program aims at helping students feel more confident to speak, develop a higher level of understanding of the spoken and written language, and learn more advanced vocabulary and cultural and literary contents. The class discussions, readings, and writing components will focus on Brazilian movies which emphasize different aspects of the country’s culture, history, economy and politics. Each unit of the book discusses a film and each movie is treated as a textbook. All aspects of language learning (from acquisition of vocabulary to review of grammar points) will be included. Therefore, the course encompasses listening comprehension and discussions, but also focuses on an extensive number and variation of written exercises. The class will watch, analyze, and write about five contemporary movies as well.
Class attendance and active participation are required.
Optional: Portuguese Conversation (PORT/WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Portuguese
Portuguese Conversation is an intensive, one-credit language course, designed for students who have taken Elementary Portuguese courses at college-level before. This course complements the development of linguistic competences taught at the two/three-hundred level courses. The main emphasis of this course is on oral communication and, therefore, class attendance and active participation are essential.
How to Apply
Students able to dedicate the entire summer can apply by using the link here or above and filling out the application form. Application forms will be available online from November 1, 2016 to January 17, 2017.
Two letters of recommendation are required:
1. A letter from your commanding officer, using the template provided; (Download the template here)
2. An academic letter of recommendation that addresses: a) the relationship between the recommender and applicant and b) the reason the applicant is a good candidate for this scholarship.
Email a copy of your unofficial transcripts and two letters of recommendation to email@example.com with the subject line: Project GO Summer 2017 Portuguese Study Abroad Applicant - Your First Name, Your Last Name.
Once we receive the copy of your transcripts, letters of recommendation, and your completed application, we will send you a confirmation email. Please allow up to 10 business days for your confirmation email to be sent. Additional correspondence will be sent via email.