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  • Locations: Salvador, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Program Information:

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Location Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 25- September 16, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,650
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites None
Program Directors Tasha Buttler; Eduardo Viana da Silva
Program Manager Katherine Kroeger |
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline March 15, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General This program will expose UW students to the richness of Afro-Brazilian cultures by studying and living in Salvador da Bahia, the heartland of Afro-descended peoples of Brazil.

Program Description

Salvador da Bahia was the first capital of Brazil and has the largest black population in the country. Salvador represents one of the great cultural mélanges of the New World evident in the religion, cuisine, dance, clothing, martial arts, and the rich musical traditions including samba-reggae, a style of percussion performed by blocos. Students will be participating in lectures, discussions, and workshops on history, demographics, cultural politics, religions, graffiti, percussion, Capoeira, affirmative action programs in higher education, and the work of NGOs in the state of Bahia. Students will be living with host families in Salvador for three weeks in order to spend as much time as possible interacting with the local culture.

In addition to exposure to Afro-cultures in Brazil, UW students will be able to compare the histories of oppression, systematic racism, and contributions of blacks in Brazil to the experiences of blacks in the United States to gain more complex and developed perspectives on current discussions of race. Living and working alongside communities that are predominantly black works to dispel preconceived ideas and feelings about racial differences. These experiences teach students how to learn from those with very different backgrounds and values so that they will be more culturally sensitive and competent in future intercultural interactions.





Salvador da Bahia, Brazil


Video about Salvador:


In Salvador, students will stay in single-rooms in family houses. The hosts will select the students based on their profiles and interests. ACBEU (Associação Cultural Brasil Estados Unidos), the “Brasil – United States Cultural Association” will be the institution responsible for coordinating the housing for students. Students will meet their host families in a lunch event organized by ACBEU.



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

This program is open to all UW students interested in learning about Afro-Cultures and race issues in Brazil. There is no language requirement for this program as classes and visits will be conducted in English. Some basic Portuguese will be taught be taught as part of the program, however, the content class is 100% taught in English. We would like to have a diverse background of students in this program.
There are no prerequisites and no language requirements. This program is tailored to students who would like to immerse in Brazilian culture, in particular Afro-Brazilian cultures. Students will stay in family housings during most of the program in Brazil. We expect students who are open to this experience. Note that although Portuguese is not required, most host families have no English skills or very limited proficiency in English. Most students communicate their basic needs with the help of Google translate and with the assistance from ACBEU and the professors on the trip.
This program does not require any excessive amount of walking or fitness activities, unless if the student decides to participate in optional activities, such as a hiking, for example


5 UW Credits


BIS 480 or JSIS 396 (5 credits)

The main goal for this class is to develop a multicultural understanding and cultural sensitivity by exposing students to Afro-Cultures of Brazil and to some of the race issues and challenges.
Auto-ethnography Paper – At the end of the program, students will turn-in a 5-6 page double-spaced paper discussing the study abroad experiences in a broad context, connecting it to the framework, theories and hypothesis from the course readings. This paper should consider the student’s personal experiences with cultural conditioning, issues of power, and advantages and disadvantages. The final paper should adhere to principals of auto-ethnography.
(JSIS 396 - I&S and Diversity)



Tasha Buttler, UW Bothell IAS, Program Director

Tasha is a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW Bothell where she teaches classes on academic writing, research writing, and discovery core courses. Tasha has lived in Brazil for three years working with curriculum development for an international school in Campinas, São Paulo. Tasha holds a Ph.D. in English from UW Seattle and has been working for UW since 2003. She conducted a study abroad program to Brazil in 2012 and 2017.

Eduardo Viana da Silva, Spanish and Portuguese Studies, Program Co-Director

Eduardo is a lecturer and coordinator of the Portuguese Program at UW Seattle. Eduardo is originally from Brazil and has been teaching Portuguese and cultural classes in the United States and Canada for the past 14 years. He holds a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. Eduardo conducted a study abroad program to Brazil in 2016.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,650

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $ 1,200 - $1,600)
  • Food (about $10/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.