Língua Portuguesa in Rio: Intensive Portuguese Language Study

July 15 to 29, 2023
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Application Deadline Extended to May 1, 2023
Late applications may be considered. Send inquiries to clasoutreach [at] stanford.edu.

Join CLAS in Rio de Janeiro!
Immersed yourself in a new culture while developing your skills as a world language teacher. 

Língua Portuguesa in Rio is a unique two-week intensive language and culture learning experience designed to complement the CLAS Língua Portuguesa Professional Development Program. The objective of these two programs is to expand Portuguese language courses offered in secondary and community college education.

Taught by instructors at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (Ibeu), this program has been developed by CLAS and Ibeu to meet the unique professional needs of world language teachers. Participants engage in morning language instruction with afternoon educational cultural experiences including samba and capoeira lessons and visits to local cultural sites. Participants stay with local host families (homestays) selected by Ibeu to best match the participant.

CLAS Associate Director Elizabeth Sáenz-Ackermann will accompany participants throughout the two-week program.

Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos (IBEU)

Accredited by the American Chamber of Commerce in Rio de Janeiro, Ibeu has more than 80 years' experience in teacher education and over 40 years' experience teaching Portuguese to speakers of other languages. Ibeu provides an unforgettable experience, taking care of everything, including participant homestays and airport pick-up/delivery. Learn more about Ibeu here.

Program Details


July 15 - 29 , 2023


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Designed for secondary and community college Spanish-language teachers at beginning and intermediate/advanced Portuguese language proficiency levels. Teachers of other romance languages may be considered.

Continuing Education Units

7 quarter units (70 hours of instruction) through Stanford Continuing Studies

Registration fee: $1600*

  • Applicants with financial aid need and working in less-funded school districts are eligible to apply for supplemental financial aid in the form of small travel grants. Funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Education Title VI Grant. Funding is limited.
  • Registration fees cover instruction (language and culture) at the Instituto Brasil-Estados Unidos, course materials, and educational cultural activities including a samba lesson, a capoeira lesson, and visits to local sites.
  • Registration fees also cover airport pick up/drop off and accommodation with a local family (homestay), breakfast and dinner with the host family, and some lunches.
  • Registration fees do not include participant travel to and from Rio de Janeiro. This must be coordinated and paid by the participant.
  • Registration fees do not include incidental costs such as passport fees, travel medical insurance, immunizations†, etc.

* Subsidized price as a result of U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center grant funding.
† Participants are responsible for ensuring they have the appropriate immunizations for the destination.

Application Process

Application Deadline

Extended deadline: May 1, 2023

Late applications may be considered. Send inquiries to clasoutreach [at] stanford.edu.

Online application

  • Applicant profile information
  • Resume (upload)
  • A 300-500 word statement of interest (type in electronic form or upload)
    Applicant: The statement of interest should address why you are interested in the program, what makes you a good candidate, and how you plan to synthesize the knowledge and experience gained from this institute to maximize the benefits to your classroom, school, and district.

Letter of reference

  • Letter of reference should be written by a person in the position to evaluate the applicant, such as a principal, chair, advisor, or supervisor.
  • Letters should address the applicant’s ability to integrate observations, data collected, and readings into lessons; develop curriculum materials; train other teachers in the school district or at workshops and conferences; contribute to the group experience in regards to interpersonal and group-living skills; and/or engage with students.
  • Letters must include letterhead and a signature and be uploaded at the link provided.

Financial Aid Application (optional)

Online financial aid application form requires the following information:

  • Statement of Financial Need (type or paste into form): Explain why you are requesting financial assistance. Include information such as the professional development funding available through your school or district, what portion of the institute you are paying out of pocket, additional funding sources you have pursued (e.g. school or district funding, grant funding, local organizations near your work such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Garden Clubs, etc.), and any special circumstances, extraordinary expenses, or additional information pertinent to why you are applying for financial assistance. (Maximum 1500 characters)
  • Budget (upload): Estimated total expenses and proposed costs to be covered by this award. Must indicate amount of financial assistance being provided by applicant's school/district/institution or other source, even if the amount is $0.

Applications will be reviewed by a review committee appointed by the Center for Latin American Studies at Stanford University.  Applicants will be contacted in early April with a decision.

All qualified applicants will be considered in accordance with Stanford University's Nondiscrimination Policy.  

Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials are due after being accepted to the institute, processed through the Center for Latin American Studies.

  • Copy of valid passport (with expiration date more than 6 months after the institute dates) or confirmation that passport application has been submitted (submitted electronically)  
  • Signed Stanford Materials Release Form (submitted electronically)
  • Signed Stanford International Travel Waiver (submitted electronically) 
  • Proof of international insurance (insuremytrip, "Comprehensive" coverage is required)
  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 (paid by credit card or check) 

Registration Fee balance of $1100 is due June 10, 2023 (paid by credit card or check).

Deposit payments being made by check should be made out to Stanford University and mailed to

Center for Latin American Studies
c/o Molly Aufdermauer, Public Engagement Coordinator
582 Alvarado Row
Stanford, CA 94305-8545

Applicant is responsible for confirming receipt of all application materials.

Withdrawal/Cancellation Policies

Participant Withdrawal Policy

If, for any reason, an accepted participant chooses to withdraw from the institute, the participant must notify the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) by email to clasoutreach [at] stanford.edu. The program deposit is non-refundable. However, the participant may elect to use the cost of the deposit toward the fees of another CLAS teacher institute or workshop within a year. Program fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if CLAS receives the participant's written notification prior to the withdrawal deadline of June 20, 2023. If the participant withdraws from the institute after the withdrawal deadline, there are no refunds.

Institute Cancellation Policy

If the institute is canceled by CLAS for any reason, CLAS will be in touch with the participants directly regarding full refunds.

Program Contact

Molly Aufdermauer
Public Engagement Coordinator
Center for Latin American Studies
email: clasoutreach [at] stanford.edu
tel: 650-721-5530