The primary goal of Beginning Portuguese is to offer students an introduction to basic communicative skills in Portuguese while developing an awareness of and sensitivity to Brazilian culture (to develop basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Portuguese).
This Program offers students international economics and cultural studies courses taught in English and Portuguese. Course topics include studies on ethnicity and society and international political economy.
Florianopolis, a city situated on an island in southeastern Brazil, is modern and cosmopolitan yet also blessed with tremendous natural beauty. Floripa, as it is called by locals, showcases over 42 beaches, rolling mountains, Atlantic rain forest, soft white sand dunes, and an array of offshore islands. As a complement to its natural beauty, this popular city has been named one of the best places to live and do business in a country that is rapidly becoming an economic superpower. Florianopolis is a unique destination where past, present and future coexist harmoniously, making it a fantastic place for a student wanting to study abroad in an active and dynamic city environment.
Florianopolis consistently ranks as one of Brazil's top five safest cities and in the past ten years has become one of Brazil's premier destinations. Florianopolis offers something for everyone, including a bustling commercial core, pristine beaches, countless water activities (there's a lake and the ocean of course!), untouched nature reserves, charming fishing villages and great seafood, numerous mountain trails, some of the best museums, cultural attractions and academic institutions in Brazil, trendy lakeside eateries, and of course the opportunity to blow off some steam dancing the samba while watching the sun set over the bay.
While in Florianopolis, the University of South Florida participants and faculty leader will have access to the ISA Florianopolis office and the support of its 2 staff members. The ISA office is conveniently located inside the UNISUL's Ilha Centro campus where the students will take most of their classes. The office, in the center of downtown, provides a study room, computer/internet workstations, and a lounge area available for ISA students. Students are encouraged to visit the ISA facility (general office hours are 9:00am-6:00pm Monday through Friday) to check e-mail, receive tutoring, obtain travel advice, or to practice speaking Portuguese with the ISA staff.
International Studies Abroad: For over twenty-five years, International Studies Abroad (ISA) has been helping participants learn about their world. ISA currently offers study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.
With its diversity of programs at more than 50 academic institutions throughout the world, and the dedication of its experienced Resident Directors, ISA provides support for an extraordinary range of faculty-led programs, including art history, business, literature, marketing, mathematics and modern languages.