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Yale Summer Session in Paraty & Rio de Janeiro: Elementary Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers I & II + Culture

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New Haven, United States; Paraty, Brazil; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




Sunday, May 31, 2020 to Saturday, July 25, 2020



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills L1 & L2 & Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number

PORT S112-S122 & PORT S352


4 Yale credits


Elizabeth Jackson    |   K. David Jackson 


Minimum completion of L3 (three semesters at the college level), or placement into L4 or higher in another Romance Language.


An intensive elementary program in Portuguese language emphasizing development of all language skills, with an introduction to Brazilian cultural history which covers essential themes and figures from 1500 to the present; conducted in English with sessions in Portuguese in Brazil. This program completes the Portuguese language requirement for Latin American Studies majors.

The language course(s), PORT S112-S122: Elementary Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers I & IIwill meet Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon) for the duration of the program; the cultural course, PORT S352: Introduction to Brazilwill meet Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. while the program is on the Yale campus in New Haven, and and will meet Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00pm in Brazil. Participants should expect about 2-3 hours daily of work outside of the classroom as well as program excursions and activities.

The syllabus below is from a previous summer and contains dates that differ from those of the upcoming summer.


Yale Summer Session Programs Abroad updates program budgets in late January. Please note the year listed on the button below.

Summer 2020 Budget

Trips and Activities

On arrival in Paraty, tour the city with a local historian. Spend a full day on a schooner in the bay visiting island beaches, travel to a Quilombo for an authentic feijoada luncheon, tour the community and visit a capoeira school.

In Rio de Janeiro, set off for the Burle Marx botanical estate, with over 5,000 species, have lunch overlooking the coastline followed by the folk art museum, Casa do Pontal with over 8,000 objects representing regional folk culture. Learn to samba with a winner of Brazil's "dancing with the stars." Spend a night at the open air samba performances at Pedra do Sal, gather at the famous Confeitaria Colombo for tea and desserts, visit the Museu do Negro and some of Rio's oldest churches. Rio has notable museums of modern art, one of Brazil's oldest seminaries with Gregorian chant, and the new Museum of Tomorrow. Attend a performance at the Teatro Municipal. The classrooms are just a short walk away from the beaches of Ipanema. For our farewell dinner spend the evening at a churrascaria, one of Brazil's specialties.


While in Paraty students stay in the Pousada da Condessa, which is also where classes will meet.

In Rio de Janiero, students live with host families, who will provide breakfast and dinner daily. Accommodations and distance to IBEU-Ipanema (Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos), the location where classes will meet, will vary amongst host families, with some students commuting to class by walking and others by taking the bus.

Homestays are an integral part of this program. This living arrangement provides participants with the opportunity to learn more about the host culture, increase language proficiency, and form meaningful connections in the community. Students admitted into the program are expected to spend time getting to know their host family and be mindful of the need to balance time spent at home with time spent traveling or going out with friends. If you have any questions about living with a homestay family, we encourage you to reach out to the program instructor.

Students must leave housing on the last day of the program.


Three weeks in New Haven, on the Yale campus, followed by one week in Paraty, and four weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Note: Effective Summer 2020, students using an International Study Award (ISA) to participate in this program will be eligible for free on-campus housing and meal plan for the New Haven period.

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to Brazil and are expected to arrive in Rio de Janeiro before 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, where a chartered bus will convey all of the participants to Paraty. Additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructors, Elizabeth Jackson or K. David Jackson. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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