Harvard Summer Program in Recife, Brazil
Connect with Brazil's distinctive cultures, traditions, and art in this multidisciplinary program.
Enhance your Portuguese-language skills and deepen your understanding of Brazil's diversity. This eight-week intensive program brings you to exotic Recife, a unique coastal city beyond South America's commonly visited destinations.
Classroom instruction and lectures are combined with volunteer work, excursions, and field trips, connecting you with the various aspects of Brazilian society through the lens of art. The program will help you expand your cultural and intellectual repertoire, and will contribute to your personal growth, self-reliance, and ability to interact with other cultures.
The program is designed to maximize the breadth and depth of your experience through a combination of intensive instruction, workshops, volunteer work, excursions, and lectures—for six hours daily. You will hone your Portuguese-language skills, and improve your understanding of racial dynamics and their connections to education, art, literature, religion, music, and culture in general. You will develop a deeper and more nuanced understanding of cultural and intellectual trends in contemporary Brazil.
PORT S-DF Study Abroad in Recife, Brazil: Re-imagining Brazil—the Relations of History, Literature, Art, and Education (33490)
In this intensive eight-week program, students experience life and culture in Recife, in the northeast of Brazil. This course provides students with essential language skills as well as an immersion in Brazilian history, art and literature. Students are given the necessary background to critically examine the representation of Brazilian identity/identities in art and literature. To further supplement their linguistic and cultural studies, students engage with local communities via excursions, visits to non-governmental organizations, and service-learning opportunities.
Prerequisite:Harvard students must have completed one of the following by the start of the program: Portuguese 10 and Portuguese 11, Portuguese 10S, Portuguese 15 (intensive course). Other students must have completed one year or one accelerated semester of Portuguese.
Where You Live and Study
Recife is the ideal city for you to experience Brazilian culture and society. You will visit the city's many monuments, churches, and museums. You will have the opportunity to travel back in time to the restored 17th century village of Olinda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; enjoy clear blue waters and aquatic wildlife in Porto de Galinhas; and experience the Amazon, the largest rainforest on earth.
You are placed in homes with local families—chosen by the trusted staff of ABA Global Education—to have the opportunity to experience life in Brazil and speak Portuguese.
How to Apply
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Application materials include:
- A statement of interest in the program
- Include information on relevant coursework and travel experience (previous travel is not a prerequisite)
- Harvard College applicants: You may submit an unofficial transcript accessed from my.harvard.edu
- Non-Harvard applicants: Submit an official transcript from your university
- A $50 nonrefundable application fee
Note: Interviews may be requested.
All application materials were due January 29, 2017. You will be notified of admission decisions by mid- to late-February.
The program fee includes tuition, accommodation, scheduled excursions and activities, and some meals.
See Payment and Funding for information on how to submit payments and funding options.
In addition to the program fee, you will need to budget for a number of personal expenses:
- International airfare ($1,400 to $1,600)
- Local transportation ($150)
- Some meals ($500)
- Course materials ($100)
- Visa fee (for US citizens) ($160)
- Personal expenditures, laundry, communications, and miscellaneous ($300)
Note: The amounts are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not listed here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including your personal spending habits and currency exchange rates. If you have specific questions about budgeting, please contact the program directly.
- Viviane Gontijo, PhD, Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University