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Berkeley Summer Abroad

Portugal: Azorian Culture / Literature - SUSPENDED

  • Summary


    Gain a broad perspective of Portuguese culture in one summer, beginning in the beautiful and remote Azorean islands and ending in Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon.

    In the first section, participants will explore Azorean culture from the island of Sao Miguel with an overview of local literature and history. (All materials and discussions for this program will be in English.) The second section covers Portuguese literature, beginning with 13th-century medieval troubadour poetry to modern literary works.
    Students in this program will attend musical performances, theatrical performances, and cultural festivals such as Saint Paul and Saint Peter festivals (in the Azores) and the Medieval Fair in the Castle of Obidos (in Lisbon).

    Dates: June 1, 2020, to July 31, 2020
     All dates are subject to change
    Units: 6

    Language of Instruction: English & Portuguese

    • Portuguese 120: Azorean Culture and Portuguese Literature in Translation (6 units)

    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher
    • There are no prerequisites or restrictions for participation.

    More information coming soon.

    • Application opens February 3, 2020
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 15, 2020

  • Courses

    During the program, you will take one course for a total of six UC Berkeley units.

    Course: Portuguese 120
    Title: Azorean Culture/Portuguese Literature
    Units: 6
    Prerequisites: None

    The Course addresses multiple aspects of Azorean Culture and offers a survey of Portuguese Literature.

    The first portion of the course concentrates on the History, Literature and Artistic production of the Azores.

    The second portion of the course is a survey of Portuguese Literature from the 13the century to present.

    As enrichment, many other cultural experiences are provided to the students such as History of Art and Architectural visits and lectures, attendance of several cultural events, such as musical and theatrical performances. Finally, students participate in several popular cultural events and attend festivities such as Saint Paul and Saint Peter festivals in the Azores and the Medieval Fair in the Castle of Obidos during the stay in Lisbon.

  • Costs

    Tuition and Program Fee 

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows: 

    2020 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,514 $3,300
    Program Fee $4,995 $4,995
    Total Cost $7,509 $8,295

    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $60. 

    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    2020 Estimated Expenses Amount

    International Airfare and Transportation $1,552
    Additional Meals $1,583
    Books $218
    Personal Expenses (i.e. phone, passport, visas, etc.) $580
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,933


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per-unit cost:
    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $419 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $550 per unit

    The program fee includes* the following items:
    • Student housing for the duration of the program + breakfast daily.
    • On-site orientation activities, excursions, etc.
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for group transportation, guest speakers, etc.
    • The $400 deposit. If accepted to the program, the $400 deposit is non-refundable and will be applied towards your program fee. If you are waitlisted or denied admission to the program, your deposit will be refunded. If you request to withdraw your application prior to an admission decision being issued, or cancel your participation after being accepted to the program, the deposit remains non-refundable. 

    *Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:
    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes



  • Timeline
    Application opens February 3, 2020
    Application closes March 15, 2020
    Applicants notified of selection March 20, 2020
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2020
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in the Azores, Portugal June 1, 2020 
    Last day of program July 31, 2020

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.
    † Students should plan to fly to Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal and check into program housing on  June 1, 2020. Students are be expected to check out of program housing in Lisbon, Portugal July 31, 2020. Students who depart after the last day may do so, but they are responsible for arranging their accommodations outside of the program end date.
    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Deolinda Adao

    I am the Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and have been offering Summer programs in Portugal for US students for the last 14 years. The course will address the diversity of cultural and historical present in Portugal and will link the History, Literature, and Art of Portugal to its presence as a world power in the 16-18th centuries. As such, students will be able to identify cultural and historical links between Portugal, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. My personal interest is Postcolonial Gender studies which add a gender dimension to the form in which the curriculum is presented and allows the student to address yet other socially constructed parameters.