Selection and Eligibility

Enrollment will be limited to a maximum of 16 participants. Priority will be given to classroom teachers and graduate students who demonstrate a need for compact summer offerings of this nature. However, qualified applicants from any institution are welcome.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Non-OSU students will enroll through the OSU Graduate School (graduate credit, non-degree unless accepted into a regular program). The program administrators will inform prospective participants of the necessary steps to take after acceptance into the program. The enrollment process is expedited for this program and incurs no additional costs.

The vast majority of the students who participate each year in our Summer Seminars Abroad for Spanish Teachers (a similar program in the Spanish-speaking world) are not regular OSU students. Ages of participants in that program have ranged from about 24 to 75, and they come from all over the U.S.

Students will be registered for 3 graduate semester credits of Portuguese 5797 through regular Summer Term registration, and the credits will ultimately be posted on their transcript as Portuguese 5501 (3 credits of “Portuguese for Spanish Speakers”). Pass/fail and audit options are not available for this course.


Application is handled by the Center for Latin American Studies, and payment for the program is handled by the Fundaçao da Universidade Federal do Paraná (FUNPAR). Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.

The application requires you to upload the following documentation:

  • CV/résumé
  • letter of recommendation from a principal, department chair, supervisor, or advisor

You will also be asked to enter a brief (max. 300 words) statement of interest and will need to enter passport details.

We recommend completing the application all in one sitting, because it does not save incomplete responses. 

Click HERE for the online application form.

For questions about course content, credit, or other academic concerns, contact CLAS Director Scott Schwenter at