AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in São Paulo, Brazil
Summer 2018
Course Descriptions


Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese language is required. A placement test after arrival determines the appropriate level. The language courses offer the opportunity to learn the language in different contexts. Sample course activities include:

  • Reading texts by famous authors from Brazilian and Portuguese literature
  • Viewing commercials and excerpts from T.V. and radio
  • Listening to Brazilian songs by renowned singers
  • Studying magazine and newspaper articles on current affairs
  • Watching videos on famous Brazilian cities including features of the 5 regions - their people, culture, popular myths and legends
  • “Festa Junina” – the annual Brazilian celebration (which takes place at the beginning of the Brazilian winter) with its typical dishes, beverages and dances
  • Brazilian cooking class
Portuguese language courses
Course Code and Credits: Portuguese Language 101 (6)
Course Title: Elementary level
Course Description:
At the end of this course, students will be able to introduce and talk about themselves and others, report simple facts in the past, talk about the weather, go shopping, talk about a future action and communicate in public places. They will also be able to write simple text and understand basic written information.
Course Code and Credits: Portuguese Language 201 (6)
Course Title: Intermediate level
Course Description:
At the end of this course, students will be able to make assumptions, raise hypotheses, understand and give directions, talk about the sport and leisure, health problems and medical specialties. They will also be able to write and understand simple texts, with a predominance of colloquial language.

Elective Courses Taught in English

The elective meets for 45 contact hours (3 credits)

Elective Courses Taught in English
Course Code and Credits: Management/Sport Studies 312 (3)
Course Title: Sports Management – the Brazilian Experience
Course Description:
In recent years Brazil has hosted the soccer World Cup, the Olympics and the Paralympics and is seen by many as the home of soccer. Through a combination of classroom study and field trips this course provides students with an overview of the Brazilian sport industry and also demonstrates how sport can be used as a positive influence within the community. Taught by both academics and industry professionals, students will see behind the scenes at the Paralympic Center, ESPN studios, Corinthians World Cup Soccer Stadium and visit NGOs such as Gol de Letra which uses soccer to support the local community.

All courses are subject to a minimum enrollment of 8 students.