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Live in Salvador de Bahia, a 500-year-old city and UNESCO World Heritage site, built atop spectacular beachside cliffs that overlook the tropical coastline. While in Salvador, enjoy a unique opportunity to learn about intercultural communication and the local language, taught by either a UT professor or local instructors. Immerse yourself in the culture of the region via a homestay and enjoy the various festivals that take place in the month of June, featuring local music, food, religion, and Afro-Brazilian traditions.


Sponsored by College of Liberal Arts


  • POR 367P / CMS 367 - Portuguese for the Professions and
    POR 329S - Upper Division Topics in Portuguese or
  • POR 367P / CMS 367 and
    POR 319S - Lower Division Topics Portuguese or
  • POR 601D - Introductory Portuguese or
  • POR 611D - Intermediate Portuguese II or
  • POR 610S - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I or
  • POR 611S - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers II

Academic Information

Students earn a total of 6 credits and may choose from various tracks. POR 367P is taught by UT Professor, Orlando Kelm. All other courses are taught by local professors. Students in the Portuguese Flagship Program will take LA 119 during the Spring semester at UT, and also stay in Salvador until July 19.


Dr. Orlando R. Kelm is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics whose professional interests center on the use language and culture for professional purposes, such as Business Spanish and Portuguese. His current research focuses on the creation of instructional materials and innovative technologies in foreign language instruction.

Language(s) of Instruction

Portuguese and English


  • Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance
  • Good academic standing; minimum 2.5 GPA (undergrad) 3.0 GPA (grad)
  • Prerequisite for POR 367P: POR 327C & subject to instructor approval
  • Prerequisite for POR 611D: POR 610D or 610S with "C" or better
  • Prerequisite for POR 611S: POR 610S with "C" or better

Service Learning/Internship

  • Service Learning - No
  • Internship - No


Students live in home stays in areas relatively close to the school but distances vary. Homestay includes 3 meals per day. Students are required to live in program housing.

Open To

Students from all colleges and schools

Program Cost

2019 Program Fee: $4250. There are two tracks with different costs-see "Cost Matrix 2019 link" for more info. Program fee does not include airfare, books, insurance,transport and personal expenses. *Additional fee TBD for Portuguese Flagship Program students.

Program Dates:

- Summer First
  • June 1, 2019 to July 13, 2019
  • Final Deadline: January 6, 2019

Application Code


Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
Visa Information

Next Step

Summer 2019 applications are closed. For more info contact program coordinator, Jean Ooi at

Program information above is subject to change