CIEE: Salvador da Bahia Liberal Arts
Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (Outgoing Program)
Salvador da Bahia was the first capital of colonial Brazil, and a major port for the sugar and slave trade in the sixteenth century. Today, it is the bustling capital of the northeastern state of Bahia. Eighty percent of its 20 million population is of African descent, which gives the city a unique blend of culture, tradition and religion. In the historic downtown center of Pelourinho, you’ll find cobblestone streets and fine colonial-era buildings. Also renowned for its spicy, seafood-based cuisine and its percussion music, the city is home to annual seven-day Carnival that The Guinness Book of Records reckons to be the largest street festival in the world.
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the CIEE website.
All students will participate in the 4-week, 6-credit ILCP Intensive Language and Culture Program, which prepares students linguistically and culturally prior to the start of the regular semester. For the remainder of the semester, students enroll in a Portuguese language course, one or two CIEE courses, and two or three elective courses at UCSal. Students must enroll in Portuguese language study throughout their study abroad experience, including academic year and calendar year students in their second semester. Academic and calendar year students are exempt from CIEE elective courses during their second semester. However, students continuing from another CIEE program in Brazil (São Paulo or Rio) must enroll in one of the CIEE elective courses offered.
Community engagement is an important cultural and educational component of this study abroad program, and Salvador has a rich culture of volunteerism and community service. As part of the program, CIEE staff arrange community engagement opportunities with a wide range of organizations and communities throughout Salvador. The projects are designed to give you a firsthand look at the challenges facing Salvador and Bahia today. CIEE has a dynamic network of community partnerships with local NGOs, schools, and other organizations in which you can volunteer and engage with the people of Bahia, and the issues.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to CIEE and Rutgers University. That means you will need to take at least 18-21 credits while abroad (including pre-semester language course). The credit translation system between CIEE and Rutgers University is 1:1, meaning a 3-credit course at CIEE will also be a 3-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. You will receive 3-4 credits per class taken with CIEE. In some cases classes will only be worth 1-2 credits; however this is rare and usually related to art and culture electives. It is not possible to take classes not-for-credit, nor is it possible to take classes as Pass/Fail (unless the course is an internship and you receive prior approval).
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Early August – Late December
Spring Semester: Early January – Late June
To view the current academic calendar, please visit the CIEE web page.
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by CIEE and the program dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Housing and three meals a day are included in the study abroad program fee. During orientation, students are housed together in a hotel. For the remainder of the program, students are placed in Bahian homestays.
The homestay is essential to the students’ learning process and integration into life in Salvador. The opportunity to live with a Brazilian family not only allows students to deconstruct stereotypes and observe real life in action, but it also creates opportunities for dialogue about issues discussed in class, and for practicing their Portuguese language skills. Students can expect a more traditional environment that may call for some adjustments on their part. The opportunity to live with a family offers students a unique source of cultural learning and personal growth.
Program Cost: 2016-2017
For more information about the additional Non-Billable Expenses please click on the Budget Sheet links near the top of this page.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
CIEE CIC-Partner Scholarships ($1000) - Available to Rutgers students participating on eligible CIEE study abroad programs. Students submitting applications for the Center for Global Education scholarships will be considered for a CIEE-CIC scholarship.
CIEE Scholarships- Available to students participating in CIEE study abroad programs. For more information please visit the CIEE website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.