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  • Locations: Salvador, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Sponsor: Elgin Community College 
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English, Portuguese Housing Option: Homestay
Area of Study/Major: Brazilian Culture, Portuguese Language Program Type: Faculty-Led, Group Travel, Immersion
Program Description:

Study Abroad in Brazil in Summer 2017! 

Elgin Community College (ECC) is pleased to offer a short-term summer study abroad program for students and community members to Salvador, Brazil. In partnership with ACBEU, the Associação Cultural Brasil – Estados Unidos (Brazil-USA Cultural Association), ECC invites applications for an immersion program into the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture to occur summer 2017. Scholarships are available for this program! 

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Known for its rich history and natural beauty, Brazil is fast becoming a destination of choice for American students seeking a truly unique study abroad experience. Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world. The city of Salvador is home to a deep heritage fused with European, African, and Amerindian features and is noted for its cuisine, music, and architecture. The third largest city in Brazil, Salvador’s is famous for its historic city center, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its miles of pristine beaches and coastline.
Participants in this program will study Portuguese language at the beginning or intermediate level and learn about Brazilian culture and civilization. This program is offered in two flexible options: a two week non-credit option and a three week credit option. This is an academic study abroad program, and upon successful completion, students in the three week program will be awarded 6 semester hours of credit from Elgin Community College. Prior knowledge of Portuguese is not required for students to participate in this program. The cornerstone of the program is the immersion of participants into the local community, including cultural excursions and living with a local Brazilian host family. The program is open to students and community members who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in the Brazilian culture and studying the Portuguese language.
The application deadline is February 24, 2017. Applications must be received in the Center for International Education and Programs (Room B105) by this date. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
General Program Information and Dates of Program:
This program is offered in two options. A two week non-credit program will be offered for individuals interested in immersing themselves in the culture and history of Brazil. The two week program is non-credit bearing study abroad program and is designed for community members or individuals interested in an academic study abroad program but who do not need or want to earn credit toward an ECC credential. The two week program dates are May 19 – June 3, 2017 (inclusive of travel).
A three week credit bearing option is also available. Individuals who apply to the three week program will earn credit towards their degree or certificate program. Individuals applying to the three week program must meet minimum GPA requirements due to the credit-bearing nature of the program. The three week program dates are May 19 – June 11, 2017 (inclusive of travel). Financial aid is only available to those participating in the three week program option.
Attendance at a pre-departure course meeting and a comprehensive orientation is required of all participants.
Admission Requirements:
The program is open to students and community members who have a strong interest in immersing themselves in the Brazilian culture and studying the Portuguese language.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older as of the program start date.  The minimum age requirement is strictly upheld.  All applicants are required to complete an application form. All applicants, regardless of the program length, must meet the following qualifications upon applying to the program:

  •  Age 18 or older;
  • No outstanding financial obligations to ECC;
  • No disciplinary record on file with the Office of the Dean of Student Services and Development; and
  • Strong interest in studying the Portuguese language and learning about Brazilian culture. 

Students applying to the three week program must meet the following additional academic qualifications: 

  • Completion of a minimum of 12 college semester hours;
  • 2.5 cumulative college GPA;
  • Good academic standing;
  • Two recommendations.

A personal interview with the program director and faculty leader will be held of all participants to determine the participant’s maturity and adaptability to a foreign environment.  Successful completion of the application process is required for admission to the program. If a participant has special needs, the program will attempt to make whatever reasonable accommodations are possible. However, it may be difficult for those with severe physical disabilities to travel to and within Brazil.

Dependents and/or children are not permitted on this program. Family are encouraged to visit after the program has finished.

Special note: Non-ECC students and/or students from non-ICISP ( member institutions are welcome to apply for this program if they meet the minimum requirements. However, such students should note they will need to enroll through the program as an ECC student and will be charged ECC tuition in accordance with the institution's residency policy. For more information on this policy if you are not an ECC student or not a student at an ICISP-member institution, contact the ECC Center for International Education and Programs at 847-214-7809. 

The purpose of this program is to immerse participants within the Brazilian culture and Portuguese language.  This is an academic study abroad program, and students are required to demonstrate a professional and positive attitude at all times. All students are required to register and attend the Portuguese language classes and Culture and Civilization of Brazil course. For those in the two week program, registration will be processed through a non-credit section. For those in the three week program, six hours of academic credit are granted by Elgin Community College upon successful completion of the program, including the following:
INS 280 Non Traditional Language I/Beginning Portuguese
Students with no previous Portuguese language study will enroll in this Beginning Portuguese course (3 semester hours).
INS 281 Non-Traditional Language II/Intermediate Portuguese
Students who have completed a minimum of one semester of Portuguese language study will enroll in this Intermediate Portuguese courses (3 semester hours).
HUM 100 Culture and Civilization of Brazil/Topics in Humanities
All students are required to enroll in HUM 100, Culture and Civilization of Brazil/Topics in Humanities.  This multi-disciplinary course is designed to give student the opportunity to better understand the artistic, cultural, religious, and political history of Brazil through a detailed analysis of the arts and ideas associated with Brazilian Culture.  This course will address these topics through typical classroom based inquiry (readings, lectures, classroom discussions, etc.) and through non-traditional educational experiences (visiting sights of historical and cultural significance, participation in cultural activities, and partaking in cultural events).  This course will require substantive preparation before arriving in Brazil.  This course is worth 3 semester credits.
Please note: Students in the two week program are only permitted to enroll in the non-credit courses associated with this program. Enrollment in the non-credit courses is a requirement for participation in the two week program. No exceptions or modifications are allowed. Students should note this requirement when applying to the program.
Students in the three week program must enroll in the credit-bearing courses associated with this program. Enrollment in the non-credit section is not permitted. These options are offered to students to extend the study abroad opportunity to as many District 509 individuals as possible. However, applicants should note this is an immersive and intensive academic study abroad program, regardless of the length of the program.
Except for an introductory session at ECC, all classes will be held at ACBEU, the Associação Cultural Brasil – Estados Unidos (Brazil-USA Cultural Association), a non-profit, cultural and educational binational center whose mission is to strengthen the ties between Brazil and the United States. Founded in 1941, ACBEU achieves this objective by promoting a wide and rich variety of bicultural programs and educational exchanges, as well as teaching English and Portuguese as foreign languages. ACBEU sponsors a wide variety of cultural events both in partnerships with public institutions such as the Federal University (UFBa), the State University of Feira de Santana (UEFS) and the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia, and various private organizations. The PAS (Public Affairs Section, former USIS - The United States Information Service), responsible for international cultural and educational programs outside of Brazil, rated ACBEU as one of the outstanding institutions of its type in Brazil.
ACBEU is composed of five campuses with a theater, a library, and an art gallery. Students on this program will have classes on the Vitoria campus.

Cultural Excursions
Cultural excursions to sites of local and historical significance are included in the cost of the program. Cultural excursions include Morro de São Paulo, historic island Tinharé, Pilão de Prata terreiro, Ballet Folklorico, Lencóis (three week program only), and Praia do Forte (three week program only). Costs associated with entry fees, travel to and from sites, and associated administrative fees are included in the total program cost. For a full list of cultural excursions and a tentative schedule, please refer to the master calendar.


Housing and Meals
Students will live in a homestay with a local Brazilian family. Families are pre-screened by ACBEU. Homestays vary in style and size and include a personal sleeping area, storage for personal items and access to the homestay facilities, such as the bathroom, kitchen and common areas. Students will have individual rooms and will be provided with three meals daily and laundry service. Most homestays are within 15 minutes walking distance of ACBEU. Students who eat out will be responsible for the cost of these meals. Students participating in this program are required to reside in the program’s official housing (homestay). Students are not permitted to reside in any other type of housing, such as a hotel or hostel. Failure to reside in the program’s official housing for the duration of the program is grounds for dismissal. Students with concerns or questions about this policy should contact the Center for International Education and Programs at 847-214-7809.
While on cultural excursions, some meals are not provided nor included in the cost of the program. The cost of these meals is the responsibility of the student. Please refer to the calendar of events for specifics of cultural excursions.
Faculty Liaison
An ECC faculty or staff member will accompany the group during the program. The ECC representative serves as a resource for cultural transition, housing issues, and interpretation and enforcement of college regulations. Portuguese language classes will be taught by faculty from ACBEU, while the Culture and Civilization of Brazil course will be taught by the ECC faculty leader.
Pre-Departure Orientation
A mandatory pre-departure orientation is required of all applicants. Further details will be given upon acceptance into the program.

Passport and Visa
Participants are required to travel with a passport and another form of picture identification (driver’s license or state ID card). U.S. citizens need a passport and visa to travel to Brazil. Further information regarding obtaining a visa for Brazil will be provided upon acceptance. Please note that the cost of a passport and visa is not included in the cost of the program. The student should inform ECC if s/he is not a U.S. citizen and if required, s/he must obtain a visa for travel. Failure to obtain the required documents for international travel will result in the participant being unable to attend the trip. 

Fees and Payment
ECC reserves the right to modify program costs due to significant changes in the exchange rate between the US Dollar and Brazilian Real.
The estimated program costs are:
Two Week Non-Credit Program Total Cost:  $2,600.00 USD                     
Three Week Credit Program Total Cost:  $3,400.00 USD
For a detailed listing of what is included in the program cost, please refer to the Brazil Summer 2017 Cost Sheet. Students should also review the Brazil Summer 2017 Cancellation Policy

A $500 deposit, taken off the total program cost, is due with the completed application form and subject to the cancellation and refund policy as outlined in the application. The remaining balance is due as outlined on the Brazil Summer 2017 Cost Sheet. Please submit all payments to the ECC Student Accounts Office. Payments must be made on schedule or the student risks being dropped from the program.

The three week program option is financial-aid eligible for qualified students. ECC students interested in understanding how financial aid can be utilized towards study abroad should make an appointment with Ms. Mary Crowe, Manager of Financial Aid and Scholarships, by calling 847-214-7432. ECC students using financial aid towards the cost of this program will be required to complete the Financial Aid Certification Form and have it approved and signed by Ms. Crowe. 

Scholarships are available for those in the three week program. There are five, $500 scholarships available. Interested applicants should note the requirements of the scholarship and complete and submit the Brazil Study Abroad Scholarship Application. This application is also available online through the "Apply Now" button.

Application Deadline:
February 24, 2017

Interested in Applying?
Submit an application online, including all required supporting documentation. Be sure to indicate on your application if you are applying for the two week or three week program. Once you have finished your online application, please call the Center for International Education and Programs at 847-214-7809 to set up a study abroad advising appointment with the Director of International Education and Programs. A study abroad advising appointment is required of all participants. 

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.