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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: February 1, 2023 (11:59pm)
Salvador da Bahia
was the first Portuguese settlement in Brazil, founded in 1549; it is the fourth largest city in Brazil today (greater Salvador boasts 6 million inhabitants). The city’s colonial/baroque architecture made it to be declared UNESCO cultural patrimony of the humanity, and it is also part of the UNESCO project “Route of the Enslaved.” Furthermore, the city was the epicenter of both European immigration and African coerced migration. As a result, Salvador is one of the cultural “hearts” of Brazil, alongside Rio de Janeiro. Because Salvador is a port city, there are beautiful beaches with historical and environmental significance. Historically, the city has been tied to whaling, fishing, and other forms of seafaring activities that lend itself to historical and environmental courses and activities. Salvador is the home for the largest Afro-Brazilian religious festivals, “carnaval” celebrations, and the city is the epicenter of afro-Brazilian culture, being considered the birthplace of capoeira and afro-Brazilian candomblé (Brazilian Yorubá religion), in large degree due to its strong ties to the slave trade. Salvador is also a modern metropolis with modern urban services, transportation, and world class institutions (such as the Universidade Federal da Bahia). Nearby towns, beaches, and forests provide excellent opportunities for daytrips.
Things to Do and See:
The colorful old city of Pelourinho, called "Pelo" by locals, is a UNESCO world cultural site. Try moqueca baiana, a Brazilian seafood stew or acarajés, black-eyed pea fritters, both specialties of Bahia. Visit the author Jorge Amado's home, now a museum. Catch a capoeira show or visit one of the many beaches!
The Salvador program will include a W&M faculty-taught course:
Race, Gender, & Popular Culture Brazil (3 credits)
History, Racism, and Health in Brazil (3 credits)
Students are also required to take (MDLL 110) Portuguese Language course
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance: INTR 299 Study Abroad in Salvador
This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Salvador and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty and host faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
All students will arrive and stay in a hotel prior to meeting their host families, where they will stay for the remainder of the program, All meals are provided by host family.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Arrival date: July 6, 2023
Departure date: August 4, 2023
Application Deadline ($75*): December 1
EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1
Deposit ($700): March 10
Final payment: April 3
Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store.
Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M.
2023 program fee: up to $8400
Students are responsible for airfare.
To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here
Reves Summer Scholarships
are available for this program.
Fulfills COLL 300
Round trip airport transfer
Housing-Homestay and most meals
- Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad.
- Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course.
- For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2022