Academic Components

The African Languages Initiative academic program at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane will include approximately 20 hours per week of small-group Portuguese instruction plus Portuguese-language classes in Mozambican history, arts and culture. Students will devote four hours weekly to individual work with a language partners. Language classes will meet five days a week. Bi-weekly local excursions will be incorporated in the curriculum to complement classroom activities. All language instructors are professional teachers of the target language.


Students receive academic credit from Bryn Mawr College for their participation in the language courses administered by American Councils upon completion of the program. At the end of the program students will receive the following credits for the courses listed below:

Undergraduates: Four (4) units (16 credits)

Graduates: Three (3)  units (15 credits)

NB:Bryn Mawr College uses the unit system where one (1) undergraduate academic unit is equivalent to four (4) undergraduate semester credit hours and one (1) graduate academic unit is equivalent to five (5) graduate semester credit hours.

As each college and university has its own regulations regarding credit transfer, the participant should contact his or her home school to determine how much of this credit may be transferred upon completion of the program. We strongly recommend that this be done before the student leaves the United States. There is often a delay be­tween the end of the program and the issue of official transcripts by Bryn Mawr Col­lege. If you are a graduating senior, this delay can cause problems if arrangements have not been made in advance.

Courses Offered

Portuguese Grammar and Writing: This course is meant to harness the grammatical knowledge of the Portuguese language. It teaches the structure of the language for communicative purposes, both for speech and writing. Examples abound from varieties of Portuguese spoken in the world, particularly Mozambique, Portugal and Brazil, even though the focus is represented by the former two varieties, especially because Mozambique takes Standard Portuguese variety as its standard. The course runs for 3 days a week, with a total workload of 6 hours.

Portuguese Reading and  Conversation: The course is meant for students to acquire fluency in speech relating to grammar use, lexical development and expansion. Students will be engaged in discussions of current social, political and cultural reality in Mozambique, Lusophone countries and the world, in general. Activities along the course are focused on overall development of oral skills – conversation, pronunciation, based on communication and argumentation strategies. The course takes into consideration different students’ proficient levels, as well as different contexts/registers of language use. This course runs for two days a week, totalling 4 hours a week.

Texts and Stories of Mozambique: This course is basically a discussion class. It introduces texts written by Mozambican authors on Mozambique about different aspects of country. The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to know/learn what different voices have been saying about and/or assessing the different cultural, social, political manifestations aimed the country’s development. The course runs twice a week, and it has a total of 4 hours.

Mozambican Arts and Culture: The course is meant to introduce students to Mozambican arts and culture, describing and exploring the different artistic and culturalmanifestations of the country. The Course includes both a sitting and an extramural components. In the former, students are exposed with and discuss artistic and cultural manifestations of Mozambique, and in the latter they visit and/or witness such manifestations around the City of Maputo, and whenever possible elsewhere. This couses runs once a week with a worload of 2 hours

Mozambican Studies: Module I – Discovering Mozambique: This is a transversal course, which challenges students to discover the country by carrying out a piece of research on any aspect of Mozambican reality they may be interested in and/or related to their studies at the home university. The class privileges whole class discussions and peer work. Students will be encouraged to observe, interview or survey about realities in the country (data collection) and analyze the data, reach conclusions and make recommendations. The class will also invite guest speakers on a variety of issues concerning Mozambique. The course meets once a week, with a total of 2 hours.

Mozambican Studies: Module II - Mozambican History, Politics and Democracy: This module  is meant to introduce to students the historical, political and democratic situation of Mozambique, by (re)visiting pre-colonial, colonial and postcolonial developments, the most important of which include relationships with neighboring countries (particularly Zimbabwe and South Africa), the economy and its impact on democracy and politics, among others. The course meets once a week, with a workload of 2 hours.

Mozambican Studies: Module III - Population Settlements and Management of Population Movements in Mozambique: Module 3 is a field in human geography. While presenting cause and effects in population settlements and migrations in Mozambique, it also analysis how such phenomena is being managed by relevant national bodies and the respective interface with national development.

Tutorial: Tutorial is the venue for students to bring issues relating mostly to language courses. It encourages discussion and practice of grammar points. The class meets once a week, but it is only mandatory for students to attend at least two sessions a month. Up to the day before tutorial, students should sign up for it and provide the aspect of language they would like to see discussed.