Study Portuguese in Rio
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 can 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!
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.
Intensive Portuguese Language - Rio
Rio de Janeiro, BrazilHost Institution: Bridge
|Short-term||Any Monday||4 weeks||Two months prior to the program start date||$1500|
Accommodations for Duration of Program:
Course Hours: 80 hours of class, 20 hours of workshops/cultural excursions. (Please note that if a class has three or fewer students, the contact hours will be reduced from 20 hours per week to 15 hours per week, as the quality and quantity of interaction within the classroom increases with smaller class sizes.)
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: All BridgeAbroad programs include access to three BridgeVirtual language sessions prior to departure. Each session lasts 2 hours and includes online private face-to-face language instruction with a certified native speaking teacher, as well as pre- and post-class online activities. Students are welcome to continue with more lessons at an additional cost.
**Keep in mind that ALL U.S. citizens are required to secure a visa to enter Brazil, regardless of the program or length of stay, so please contact your local embassy or consulate as soon as possible for further information.
No matter your Portuguese level, Bridge strongly believes in the value of full-immersion learning. Research shows that students learn more quickly in immersion classes because they avoid the pitfalls and false equivalencies of unnecessary translation. Instead of trying to relate everything you’re learning to English—and sounding hopelessly stilted in Portuguese—full immersion allows you to assimilate the logic of a new language on its own terms. From the first day of class, you and your teacher will communicate only in Portuguese. This may sound like a challenge, but don’t worry—our faculty members are experts at teaching everyone from new beginners to nearly fluent Portuguese speakers!
Learning a foreign language is about much more than memorizing grammar and vocabulary. That’s why Bridge’s unique methodology emphasizes activity-based communicative learning. You’ll cover all the most important grammar, writing, and reading topics—but you’ll do it by speaking the language, not by analyzing it! Also, to guarantee exposure to a variety of accents and vocabularies, you’ll work with several teachers over the course of the program, so classes will always be fresh and interesting.
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.
Accommodations & Meals
Many students prefer to live with a host family because it’s a great way to get to know local Brazilians, learn about Rio and its culture, and practice your Portuguese. You’ll have a private bedroom and either a private or a shared bathroom. You’ll also receive your own key to the house and you’ll be free to come and go as you please. Your host family will provide breakfast and dinner every day. Beyond the food, you’ll likely find that these daily meals are a great opportunity to learn from your hosts and build your language skills. (You can also opt to pay a bit less and forgo meals, if you prefer.)
Cultural Activities & Excursions
Rio de Janeiro a diverse, energetic city, and immersing yourself in its abundant culture is one of the best ways to build your Portuguese skills! To this end, Bridge arranges frequent group excursions to some of the most beautiful and culturally significant spots in the city, led by one of our knowledgeable Portuguese teachers. Excursions include:
Established more than 200 years ago by the emperor of Portugal, Rio’s Jardim Botânico is an elegant tropical oasis in the shadow of mountains. On our visit, we’ll tour the stately orchid house, traverse assiduously arranged formal gardens, and meander through wilder areas overflowing with tropical plants.
Christ the Redeemer Statue
Towering atop the city, head slightly bowed and arms outstretched, Rio’s giant concrete Cristo Redentor stands among the most famous statues on earth. Our visit will bring you face to face with one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”—and give you a view of Rio and its surroundings worthy of the Redeemer himself.
Downtown History Tour
Rio was Brazil’s capital for more than a century and a half, and nowhere is its imperial glory as clear as in downtown. We’ll hone in on the area’s rich history as we visit its colonial churches, imperial monuments, and elegant turn-of-the-century buildings.
A giant granite and quartz monolith rising from the sea, Sugarloaf Mountain is where you go to take the picture you’ve seen on every Rio postcard. We’ll ride a cable car to the top of this iconic mountain and savor breathtaking views of the city and Guanabara Bay.
In addition to these excursions, Bridge arranges a variety of additional activities. We organize weekly lectures on topics pertinent to life in Brazil, including the country’s history, culture, politics, literature, and cuisine. Interested students can also participate in weekly conversation sessions with area students—a fantastic opportunity to meet local peers and practice your Portuguese!
**We also partner with STA Travel to offer our students affordable and exciting adventures while abroad– check out our Travel Resources page for more details!
- Three BridgeVirtual Language Lessons before you go
- Course tuition (15-20 hours of group language instruction per week)
- Medical and emergency insurance
- In-Country 24/7 Emergency Support
- On-Site Orientation
- Visa Assistance
- Re-Entry Support Materials
- Housing & Meals
- Airport Pickup
- Cultural Activities & Excursions
- Additional BridgeVirtual Language Lessons
Rio’s tropical charms have stolen many a heart, and after a month getting to know its people and its pulse, you may not want to leave! There’s no better way to prepare for an exceptional period living and working in Brazil—or in dozens of other countries throughout Latin America and beyond—than by learning to teach English as a foreign language through Bridge’s industry-leading TEFL IDELT™ certification program.
Brazil is rising rapidly in the world, and as its economy and middle class grow, so too does the demand for high-quality English language instruction. An IDELT™ certification from Bridge will position you to take full advantage of these teaching opportunities throughout the country and in many others around the world. Check out Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certification program in Rio de Janeiro for more information.
BridgeAbroad is an equal opportunity program provider and prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status or any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.
- Read through all of the information below thoroughly (and the program information, deadlines, and Terms & Conditions prior to beginning your BridgeAbroad application.
- Speak with your parent(s) or guardian(s), as well as your academic, study abroad, financial aid, and any other advisors at your home institution, to discuss the following items:
- Financial aid coverage, scholarship possibilities, and budgeting for your time abroad.
- Academic credit transfer: you are responsible for speaking with the appropriate academic advisors at your home institution to determine if and how credits earned abroad will be transferred back to your home institution. Please note that the transfer of credit will be determined entirely by your home institution and not by BridgeAbroad. When speaking with your home institution, you should inquire about how the courses you take abroad will transfer, rules regarding the transfer of actual grades (as opposed to credit only), fulfilling major or minor requirements, etc. BridgeAbroad cannot guarantee course placement and availability.
- Any special requirements, processes, or forms you need to complete for your home institution in order to go abroad.
- Speak with a BridgeAbroad advisor to have any questions about the application and admissions process answered, and to determine your desired program inclusions and final cost for your program.
- Research the visa requirements for the country and program you plan to attend. Many visas now require FBI background checks, which can take up to a few months to process, so you will need to start this process as soon as possible. You can find more information regarding visas on the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Information page and by contacting the local embassy or consulate. Please note that securing a passport and visa (if applicable) will be your sole responsibility as the participant, but your BridgeAbroad Advisor is available to answer any questions you may have.
- After you have read these instructions in their entirety, you can begin the online application process by clicking on the application link at the bottom of this page.
- You will first be asked to submit some basic personal information in order to create your account user name and password. Once you have done so, you will receive an email from your BridgeAbroad program advisor with your account information. Follow the link in this email to update your account password, choose your program year, location, and start and end dates, submit some basic application information, and access and complete your application materials (including a Statement of Purpose, Study Abroad Advisor Reference Form, Student Release, Official Transcript(s), digital photo, resume and cover letter if applicable, and the application fee). NOTE: If you are applying after the application deadline, you must also submit the $95 rush fee, and your application will be considered on a space-available basis only.
- Review the Application Checklist below (or reference your online account) to confirm that you have completed your application in full. Submit your application no later than the stated application deadline. Please note that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so BridgeAbroad recommends that you submit your completed application as early as possible.
- Within three weeks of submitting your application, you will receive an email from your BridgeAbroad program advisor alerting you that your application status has changed from Pending to Accepted or Not Accepted. Follow the link in this email to access your account and view BridgeAbroad’s decision.
- If you are accepted into the program, you must log into your online account within one week and verify your enrollment by choosing “Commit” on your account home page and submitting the $500 (or $1,000 for the Teach in Argentina Internship & Practicum) non-refundable enrollment confirmation deposit (which will be applied toward your total program fees). On your account home page, you will also see your required admissions forms, which will be due 45 days prior to your program start date (such as the Student Agreement, Homestay Agreement, Health Information Questionnaire, and Physician Health Clearance Form, which you can view for your reference under the Learning Content in your online account during the application process).
- Sixty days prior to the program start date, 50% of the program fee is due. The remainder of your balance is due in full to BridgeAbroad no later than thirty days prior to the program start date.
ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS
All applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application, and in good academic and judicial standing at their home institution. For all programs hosted by a foreign university, or for students wishing to earn academic credit for their program, the applicant must be enrolled at a U.S. university. If you do not meet these criteria, please contact a BridgeAbroad advisor for further information about the possibility of enrolling.
Admissions for all BridgeAbroad programs will be based on the applicant’s BridgeAbroad Application, Cumulative GPA, Statement of Purpose, and Study Abroad Advisor Reference. For all programs hosted by a foreign institution, if the admissions requirements are more stringent than those set forth by BridgeAbroad, BridgeAbroad will adhere to the stricter admissions policies. The minimum GPA requirement for all academic programs is 2.5, for those students currently enrolled in a U.S. university. If your GPA is lower than 2.5, your application will be reviewed on case-by-case basis and may require additional paperwork. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact a BridgeAbroad advisor.
BridgeAbroad reserves the right to deny admission into a BridgeAbroad program for any reason, not contrary to law, deemed appropriate by BridgeAbroad.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY
Foreign language proficiency requirements vary by program. Please refer to the BridgeAbroad website or contact a BridgeAbroad advisor for the specific requirements of your program. Programs with a language-acquisition component will require participants to take a language placement exam online prior to arrival in the host country. The host institution may also require an additional placement test, as well as an on-site interview. Your performance on these exams may determine the classes for which you are eligible.
If you intend to enroll in a course or courses from the regular university offerings taught in the host language, you will generally be required to have at least a high-intermediate knowledge of the host language. BridgeAbroad cannot guarantee that you will test at the appropriate language level necessary to fulfill academic credit requirements, nor can BridgeAbroad manipulate the results of your placement exam in any way. Participants who do not place into the appropriate level for academic credit transfer will not be eligible for any special refund; the standard BridgeAbroad Cancellation Policy will apply.
If accepted, you will need to complete a Medical History Questionnaire and Physician Health Clearance Form as part of your required admissions forms. The earlier and more thoroughly you advise BridgeAbroad of any potential health concerns, including any mental or physical disabilities, the better we will be able to advise you and arrange any necessary accommodations on-site. The disclosure of this information will not in any way affect your application or admission into the program, but will allow your BridgeAbroad Program Advisor to prepare and provide information relevant to your program in a timely manner. Disability services and accommodations vary greatly by country and university, thus BridgeAbroad cannot guarantee that all services offered at your home institution can be matched abroad. Efforts will be made to provide special accommodations, within reason. The differences in disabilities services within a particular city or host university will not be grounds for grade contestation or exceptions to our Cancellation Policy.
To apply for a BridgeAbroad program, you must submit the following* by the program’s application deadline:
- Application Questionnaire
- Non-Refundable Application Fee
- Statement of Purpose
- Study Abroad Advisor Reference Form
- Digital Passport-Style Photo
- Official Transcript(s)
- Student Release
- Foreign Language Proficiency Exam
- Resume/CV and Cover Letter, if applicable
*Some programs may also require additional documentation.