Academic Components

The AFLI Portuguese 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.

Courses Offered

AFST 203/550: Advanced Intermediate Conversation

This course will enable 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 and pronunciation, based on communication and argumentation strategies. The course takes into consideration different students’ proficient levels, as well as different contexts and registers of language use.

AFST 205/560: Advanced Intermediate Grammar

This course aims 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 follows the Standard Portuguese variety.

AFST 316/516: Topics in Mozambican Culture

The course will introduce students to Mozambican writings, arts and culture, describing and exploring the different artistic and cultural manifestations of the country. The purpose is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about different cultural and artistic voices and or perspectives that have been shaping the political and socio-economic development of Mozambique. The Course includes both sitting and extramural components. In the former, students are exposed to 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.

AFST 318/518: Research Topics on Mozambique

This course challenges students to discover the country in a variety of topics including issues in the history, politics, democracy and demographics of Mozambique. The class will run mostly through discussions, student presentations and will culminate with a piece of research on any of the topics discussed in class. Along the course, the students will be encouraged to read, observe, interview or survey about relevant 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 topics concerning Mozambique.


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:

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.

Program Course Number Couse Titles Course Topic Units Total Semester Units
AFLI Portuguese
AFST 203 AdvancedIntermediate Conversation  Portuguese 1.5 4
AFST 205 Advanced Intermediate Grammar  Portuguese 1.5
AFST 316 Topics in Mozambican Culture n/a 0.5
AFST 318 Research Topics on Mozambique n/a 0.5
AFLI Portuguese
AFST 550 Advanced Intermediate Conversation  Portuguese 1 3
AFST 560 Advanced Intermediate Grammar  Portuguese 1
AFST 516 Topics in Mozambican Culture n/a 0.5
AFST 518 Research Topics on Mozambique n/a 0.5