UC Davis Summer Abroad


Status: Not Offered in 2018

Brazilian Literature, Culture and the Arts

Salvador, Brazil

Arrive Date: TBD    End Date: TBD

Program Overview

This program introduces students to Brazil’s literature, music, painting, dance, film and architecture. During our stay in Salvador, Bahia, students will learn about the local and national history. This 500-year-old city is Brazil’s first capital and the crib of Afro-Brazilian culture. Built over a spectacular bay, Salvador is known for its pleasant climate, friendly people, and fine beaches. As a repository of colonial art and historical buildings, it offers a unique opportunity for students to appreciate Baroque sculpture, painting, and architecture. As the “music state” of Brazil, Bahia has produced many talented musicians and singers such as João Gilberto, Maria Bethânia, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Gilberto Gil. This program features day and overnight trips to points of natural and historical interest. 

Taught in English. Survival Portuguese classes will be available.

Instructor: Leo Bernucci

Taught in  English

Max Enrollment: 30

Program CoordinatorGreg Gundersen


Portuguese (POR) 161 - Luso-Brazilian Literature and Culture (4 units)  This course is taught in English.
Colonial Brazilian literature survey. Readings include 16th-18th centuries manuscripts and books of cultural importance in a society dominated by censorship and with no printing presses. Study of the role literary Academies played in the so called “culture of manuscripts.” 

GE Credit: AH, WC, WE


Portuguese (POR) 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units) This course is taught in English.
P/NP grading only.

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