BRAZIL: Professional Portuguese Language Courses in Rio de Janeiro

Company : Travellers Worldwide
Location : Rio de Janeiro
Duration: 1 week to 3 months
Approx Costs: 750 to 3000+ £ Pound (UK)

Courses take place in the dazzling Rio de Janeiro. You can also combine a course with any other project in either location. We will place you in the right course for your level.

Complete immersion in another culture is, without doubt, the fastest and most effective way to learn a new language. You not only learn to speak a language fluently, you also have the opportunity of learning about the culture of the language and living and studying with likeminded people with the same motivations as you.

Learning a language may appear difficult at first when trying to learn by yourself or in a segregated classroom at home. However, when you are living, working, socializing and breathing a new language – you learn fast – and the whole process is exciting, memorable and a lot of fun…. especially in Brazil…!! There are many benefits to learning a foreign language abroad.

You can interact with the local people and understand and appreciate the greater subtleties of a culture, such as the local literature, music, art, and folklore. You’ll never regret studying a language abroad. It is an experience that will build your character while helping you to achieve an impressive personal goal and acquire skills that will help you to succeed in life. ... And it's an excellent addition to your CV that might give you the edge of your competitors in a tough job market!

You will be enrolled to study Portuguese (Brazilian) within an established Language School in Rio de Janeiro. The language centre has an excellent reputation and have been chosen by Travellers for their track record providing quality language lessons to 'foreigners'.The experienced and dedicated teachers at the school are incredibly friendly and will go out of their way to ensure that you have an enjoyable experience learning Portuguese in Brazil! Portuguese classes are normally held within walking distance of your accommodation.

Most of the time your lessons will be during the day on Monday to Friday, but it is possible that occasionally your lesson times will vary slightly. Teaching revolves around an intensive language program that utilizes innovative techniques on a one-teacher to one-student basis. You will receive individual tuition and lessons prepared especially for you. Portuguese lessons are strongly recommended if you are a complete beginner or if you are undergoing a teaching placement and want to improve your Portuguese at the same time.


Portuguese is similar to Spanish on paper but it sounds completely different to the ear. If you have an understanding of Spanish already you will find it easy to adjust to written Portuguese and you will be able to make yourself understood to local Brazilians, although you will probably not be able to understand them! Once you start to learn Brazilian Portuguese however it will be easy to transfer this knowledge to Portuguese and on to Spanish. These languages are widely spoken around the globe. Mastering this language is time well spent! The Portuguese spoken in Brazil differs from Portuguese in Portugal in terms of pronunciation and certain vocabulary.

When the Portuguese settled in Brazil in the 16th century they encountered a diverse mix of languages of the indigenous Indians as well as various idioms and dialects brought over with the African slaves. The result was quite an extensively transformed spoken Portuguese. Although the new generation will be different, currently not many Brazilians speak English and a basic understanding of Brazilian Portuguese is extremely handy! The more you can interact with the local people and culture the more rewarding your travelling experience will be. Brazilian Portuguese is a beautiful language with a passionate musicality to its rhythm.


Teachers try, where possible, to hold classes predominantly in Portuguese, but most teachers are fluent English speakers and will assist you in English if or when you get stuck. Having the classes in held in Portuguese helps to immerse you in the Brazilian language and encourages the you to converse and gain confidence in speaking Portuguese. If you are doing another placement in Brazil you may want to consider taking some Portuguese Lessons as a supplement - even some basic knowledge will be beneficial to you during your teaching assignment. For combination programmes, we will ensure that your timetable is arranged to give you plenty of time in between your different placements.


At the end of the course, you’ll receive a certificate issued by the School, stating that you have attended the course, to which level, and the duration in hours of the course you have completed. Any student attending a course should ensure to bring with them a good quality, compact dictionary that includes a comprehensive Grammar tables. If you want to buy a phrasebook in preparation for your trip, ensure it is a Brazilian Portuguese phrasebook and not Portuguese. 

Start Dates

Flexible start and finish dates you choose. Our placements are flexible and can be tailored to match your preferences. For availability please contact the office.

Costs / Benefits

From £895 for 1 week of 10 hours of lessons per week. £275 for each additional week.
From £1,145 for 1 week of 20 hours of lessons per week. £340 for each additional week.
Included is full support from the moment of booking and throughout your placement to your return home. There are support staff 24/7 in all our destinations worldwide and a 24 hour emergency international telephone line direct to the Head Office. Breakfast is provided, but Lunch and Dinner are not included on this project. Accommodation is provided (whether a rented house, a hotel/hostel, home stay, apartment or flat).
You’ll be met at the nearest airport on your arrival by our in-country manager who will take you to your accommodation and give you a full induction into the area. He/she will also be on call 24/7 and you’ll see them frequently.
Pre-departure you’ll receive comprehensive information about every aspect of your placement and necessary preparations, ranging from what to pack, to visa information, to what to do on your weekend travel in the country. Your safety, well being and happiness throughout your placement are our primary concerns and we will keep in touch with you throughout. International flights not included.


No qualifications or previous experience are necessary, just a good dose of enthusiasm! Everyone is welcome on a Travellers programme, whether gap year, undergraduate, on a career break - or even retired! From 17 years old upwards, and all nationalities. This placement would suit anyone who wants to make a real difference, wants first-hand experience of a different culture and has initiative.

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