Program Details

With more than 20 years of experience in Brazil, no one knows how to teach Portuguese as a foreign language better than Bridge. Our Intensive, month-long Portuguese Language program will help you rapidly build or improve your Portuguese, no matter your la
Location:
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Program Type:
Intensive Language
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Duration:
1-3 months
Language:
Portuguese

Program Overview

Program Description:
Course Hours: 80 hours of class, 20 hours of workshops/cultural excursions Language of Instruction: Portuguese Minimum Portuguese Proficiency Required: Beginner. Before you arrive in Rio de Janeiro, you’ll complete Bridge’s Online Portuguese Placement test to determine your proficiency level and match you with the class that’s right for you. Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of Portuguese is required. BridgeVirtual Language Lessons As part of your program fee, you will receive three free BridgeVirtual language sessions for your use prior to your arrival on-site! Each session lasts 2 hours and includes both pre- and post-class online activities, as well as private, face-to-face time with a certified native speaking teacher. With BridgeVirtual, you’ll learn from practical assignments that incorporate videos, blogs, news articles, and a large variety of material, appropriate for all levels and interests. You will be assigned your own teacher, who is dedicated to guiding and motivating you through a completely personalized, one-to-one program, which makes learning fun, practical and effective. And most importantly, you’ll have the language tools you need to be successful in your program abroad.

With more than 20 years of experience in Brazil, no one knows how to teach Portuguese as a foreign language better than Bridge. Our Intensive, month-long Portuguese Language program will help you rapidly build or improve your Portuguese, no matter your language level. Our unique full-immersion approach doesn’t ask you to memorize vocabulary lists or analyze dry grammatical rules. Instead, we teach the language like it’s spoken—through the rich culture and history of Brazil. And we’ll take care of the logistics like housing and airport pickup, so you can focus on learning and growing as you immerse yourself in the life of a new country. Bridge’s program takes place in Rio de Janeiro, a gorgeous city set amid surreally shaped mountains surrounding gorgeous Guanabara Bay. Coupling rigorous but fun classroom instruction with excursions to some of the most exciting spots in Rio, the Intensive Portuguese Language program is about much more than words on a page—it’s about building the memories you’ll carry with you long after the samba stops!

Just blocks from the Metro, Bridge’s Rio de Janeiro learning center was completely renovated in 2006. The center features 10 modern classrooms, air-conditioning, internet-equipped computers and Wi-Fi. Studying at Bridge will give you unparalleled access to all that Rio has to offer. A one-of-a-kind mix of culture and leisure, Rio’s the sort of place where you can perfect your brain and your tan at the same time. As Brazil’s former capital for nearly two centuries, the city is awash in elegant museums, imperial monuments, and lush gardens, all set against a backdrop of steep mountains practically dripping with tropical plants. Stands selling an impossible variety of exotic fruit juices and strong caipirinhas line the streets, and no matter where you are, the beach is never more than a short trip away.
Setting Description:
What makes Rio de Janeiro unique? Few cities have as rich a musical history as Rio de Janeiro. As Brazil’s biggest city in the 19th century, Rio bustled with immigrants from Portugal, whose traditional fado inspired the European-infused laments of choro. Migrants from the rural Northwest brought diverse folk traditions into the mix, giving rise to samba and bossa nova. As Brazilian politics turned violent in the 1960s, young singer-songwriters channeled the hopes of an idealistic generation with the politicized hits of tropicalia, a distinctively South American genre. The challenges of daily life in the big, diverse city are still inspiring new sounds, like the high energy, hip-hop beats of favela-born funk carioca. These musical styles aren’t confined to the history books; you can hear them all today in the clubs and cafes that continue to make Rio one of the most exciting musical cities on the planet.
Cost:
Cost vary yearly, dependent on program length and excursions added to the program.

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