Quick Program Facts

Location: Maputo, Mozambique

Host Institution: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane

Program Dates

Fall: August 15, 2020 – November 27, 2020

Spring: November 30, 2020 – March 19, 2021

Spring Semester Break:  December 19, 2020 - January 2, 2021


Program Structure

The AFLI-Portuguese program is an intensive language and cultural immersion program which includes both a domestic and overseas component. The domestic program takes place at the University of Florida where students are engaged in a summer intensive Portuguese program.  During this eight-week program, students will be prepared for the overseas program in terms of linguistic skills and program expectations. The domestic component of the program also allows students to meet and interact with their AFLI-Portuguese cohort.

The overseas portion of the program is based in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. As such the environment in Maputo serves as an opportune chance for students to develop strong Portuguese language skills and a deep understanding of daily life and culture in Mozambique. All formal instruction will take place at our host institution, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, the largest university in Mozambique.  As a student on this program, you will:

  • Attend classes 5 days per week for a total of 20 hours of Portuguese language instruction
  • Practice your Portuguese with local language partners 4 hours per week
  • Live with a Mozambican host-family in the Maputo area for the duration of the program
  • Participate on regular trips and extracurricular activities organized to expand your understanding of the diverse cultures, history, politics, and daily life in Mozambique
  • Take a language pledge as a formal commitment to speak, listen, read and write in Portuguese for the duration of the program

For those interested in continuing with the AFLI-Portuguese program for the spring semester, you will take part in our unique 15-week internship program. Students will be matched with a local organization based in Maputo and in a field of interest to them. They will intern with their organization full-time, 4 days per week. In addition to the internship experience, this semester includes:

  • Ongoing Portuguese language instruction once per week for 4 hours
  • 2 hours of language partner conversation time
  • An overnight retreat and re-entry workshop

Your Host-Institution: Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM)

The host institution, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane is the largest public university in Mozambique. The main campus is located near the Maputo city center in the neighborhood of Coop. Universidade Eduardo Mondlane has extensive experience in delivering high-level, tailor-made Portuguese programs for international students. The University is linked to various networks at educational, corporate and governmental levels, with numerous successful academic linkages and partnerships in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Mozambique. Full-time international students come from neighboring Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries as well as sub-Saharan African states.

Is this Program Right for You? To thrive in this program, you should:

  • Have a sincere interest in studying and learning Portuguese at an intensive level
  • Have the determination, discipline and self-initiative necessary to develop and engage language skills and cultural competency outside the classroom
  • Be able to work and communicate effectively and respectfully with a diverse group of peers regardless of age, academic discipline, or background
  • Be able to stay focused and motivated for several hours of classroom language instruction
  • Be prepared to come with an open-minded and flexible attitude in order to cope with the ambiguity and lack of clarity typical of life in Mozambique
  • Be prepared to make adjustments to the high degree of independence and autonomy you might be used to back in the US
  • Be able to cope with the significant demands placed on students’ time and energy with limited opportunities for breaks or personal days in the program schedule
  • Be prepared to meet the expectations of this government-funded program by adhering to all American Councils program policies, submitting reports and surveys in a timely manner and maintaining accountability for whereabouts as a matter of safety and security

What to Know

  • The AFLI-Portuguese program is a group program where you will be studying with a cohort of fellow Americans. Building and maintaining a positive group dynamic in which students support each other’s language and cultural learning significantly enhances students’ overall experience in Mozambique.
  • Independent travel throughout the program is permitted and encouraged. However, students should be aware that because of the demanding schedule, time to travel is limited to weekends and the mid-program break (for those participating in the spring internship)