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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Salvador

Salvador city should certainly be on everyone’s bucket list, although it is often overshadowed by better-known Brazilian travel hotspots. The city has effortlessly maintained a level of colonial charm and beauty that will blow even the most intrepid explorers mind. Fuel for your Instagram account is not the only thing the city has to offer though. You’ll also find lively nightlife, pristine beaches, and an intensity of Afro-Brazilian culture that is unmatched elsewhere (not to mention the incredible study abroad programs available - it’s almost too perfect!). Study abroad in Salvador and get to know a spicier side to life.

Student Life in Salvador

Salvador seeps culture in the same way that a Brazilian kitchen emits mouth-watering odours. The city buzzes from dawn until dusk and beyond, with crowds gathering in the colourfully lined plazas for music, dancing, drinks and importantly, food! With so many cultures melting together within the city’s bounds, you’ll find influences from the Portuguese colonizers, modern day Brazil, and also incredibly well-maintained links to African culture resulting from the slave trade. With amazing beaches close by, and great transport links to explore further afield in Brazil, you won’t ever have a spare minute. 

Accommodation is included with most programs, either in a shared student apartment or homestay. Homestays are a great opportunity to further engage with the local culture, and tend to be particularly advantageous for those studying the language, as you have no choice but to put your skills to use every day! On the flip-side, a shared apartment can be more sociable, and offer support from fellow students if this is your first time studying abroad. Salvador is an inexpensive place to study, especially if you make the most of the delicious street food - don’t miss the famous acarajé - shrimp and bean fritters!

GoAbroad Insider Tips

Salvador is the main city of Bahia state, which is the state most heavily influenced by African heritage in all of Brazil. Don’t miss out on opportunities to engage with this unique facet of local culture and history during your stay as it will provide a valuable insight into how life in the city has, and continues to develop. 

With this in mind, be sure to get out and mingle with the locals, whether it be students from the university at which you are studying or simply those out enjoying the relaxed evening vibes. One thing really to not miss, is the chance to watch an Olodum rehearsal, a traditional Afro-Brazilian group who have been around since the 1970s — a sure-fire way to make your study abroad in Salvador experience one you won’t forget in a hurry!

As the locals say, “Smile, you’re in Bahia!” Well, you might not be yet, but you’re probably already packing your bags. Get set for a chance to immerse yourself into a unique part of Brazilian life and culture, and pick up some valuable knowledge along the way. 

If you’d like to read more about study abroad programs in Brazil, you can check out our guide here.

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