Intensive Portuguese Language

Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina
Florianópolis, Brazil

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Intensive Portuguese Language

  • Location


  • Host University

    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

    Located at Ilha Centro and Ilha Centro Dib Mussi campuses on the island, students enrolled at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina’s (UNISUL) will take the majority of their courses in the colorful and bustling downtown zone of Florianópolis. ISA students at the UNISUL will take courses through the university’s international program’s office, which offers courses in Portuguese language, culture, and business. Students who possess an advanced Portuguese proficiency level are eligible to enroll in courses with local Brazilians offered at sub-campuses in the greater Florianópolis area, including Pedra Branca. The university is recognized by The Ministry of Education, Brazil (Ministério da Educação, Brazil) and offers one of the largest distance education programs in all of Latin America.

  • Term

    February: February 2022

  • Program Dates

    Late Jan, 2022 - Late Feb, 2022

  • Program Length

    Intensive Month

  • Application Deadline

    Nov 01, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Nov 15, 2021

  • Credit

    54 - 72 Contact Hours

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • Apply Now

Study Abroad Program Description

Are you looking to advance a whole language level in a matter of weeks? The Intensive Portuguese Language program is open to all Portuguese language levels, and provides the unique opportunity to obtain intensive training in Portuguese. Beginning and intermediate students will complete 144 hours of Portuguese-language coursework, while advanced students will complete 126 hours of Portuguese-language coursework. Coursework is completed in grammar, conversation, written expression and culture. All courses are instructed in Portuguese and focus on Portuguese language acquisition. You will be evaluated on your ability to demonstrate level-appropriate command of Portuguese grammar and conversation in written assignments and while participating in class presentations and discussions.

During the first 2 weeks of this 7-week program, all levels of Portuguese Language: Oral & Written Comprehension and Expression consists of an 18 hour conversation intensive. The remaining 5 weeks will focus on the written and expression component of the course.

All courses are taught at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina by local university professors. You will take classes alongside other ISA students.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Meals and Laundry Service

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



Contact Hours

54 - 72

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

3 - 4

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

5 - 7

Academic Information

Course Selection

  • Students must enroll in 54 - 72 contact hours during their intensive month program. This program is open to students at the beginning, intermediate and advanced Portuguese proficiency level. Students enroll in the following courses based on their language level:
  • Beginning - Beginning Portuguese Language: Oral and Written Comprehension and Expression
  • Intermediate - Intermediate Portuguese Language: Oral and Written Comprehension and Expression
  • Advanced - Advanced Portuguese Language: Oral and Written Comprehension and Expression
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-aproval for alternate courses in the event of last-minute class cancelations.
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the Brazil Program Manager.

Course Credit

  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students’ home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Per the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, the "contact hour" is a full 60 minutes. The hours listed have been adjusted to reflect the equivalent of the standard U.S. 50-minute contact hour. Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student’s home university.

Language Placement

  • Enrollment in Portuguese courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina. Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university. We strongly suggest that students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina will reflect contact hours for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.

Online Courses

  • ISA does not recommend that students sign up for online courses through their home university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.


Filter by Language Level

select allclear all

Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Support & Funding


Rodrigo Ferrari Franzoni

Resident Director, Brazil

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

View all Funding Options


Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Brazilian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Brazil. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodationshowever, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


Host families are best if you are seeking full linguistic and cultural immersion during your time abroad. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays will provide breakfast and dinner seven days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student of the same gender. Single rooms may be available for an additional fee.


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Apartments are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and availability is limited. The apartments are located in a trendy and desirable part of town, in the Lagoa da Conceição neighborhood. Apartments typically house two ISA students, with shared room occupancy. The standard double occupancy apartments have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge/living room and kitchen; single occupancy apartments have one bedroom, one bathroom, lounge/living room and kitchen. Both apartment options are available for an extra fee it is also important to note that meals and laundry services are not included. You will be expected to commute 45 minutes to an hour to and from classes. 



Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Cultural Activities in Florianópolis

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Florianópolis. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Florianópolis special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included samba and surfing classes, a soccer match, a visit to a marine turtle project and a visit to Costa da Lagoa by boat.