Spring 1B 2019: Culture, Portuguese Language & Business


Course list Spring 1B 2019: Culture, Portuguese Language & Business

Spring 1B 2019: Culture, Portuguese Language & Business (February 22, 2019 - June 15, 2019)
Catalog Code: VFPS1119


Spring Semester Programs


1. Enjoy the Island of Magic - Florianópolis is surrounded by 42 breathtaking beaches, spend a semester or summer abroad in paradise!

2. Carnival - Interested in a cultural experience unlike any other? Visit Brazil in the spring and enjoy the vibrant music, flashy costumes, and lively spirit of Brazilians during the Carnival holiday.

3. Stay Active - A coastal city, surrounded by rolling mountains, Atlantic rainforest and soft white sand dunes, Florianópolis is perfect for those who love the outdoors. Popular activities include: surfing, paragliding, sandboarding, and hiking.

4. Friendliest City - Enjoy your program in one of the friendliest cities in Latin America, ranked as such in previous years, Florianópolis is welcoming to all of its visitors.

5. Money Matters - Study abroad for a semester in our most affordably priced program around the world!

Veritas Courses

Students are required to maintain full-time student status during their programs, including:

  • Cross-Cultural Leadership required when minimum enrollment met
    • (45 contact hours/3 semester credits; taught by Veritas professor)
  • International Missions/Service-Learning Practicum required
    • (1-3 semester credits; facilitated by Veritas Mission Mentor)
  • Other courses at the UNISUL to maintain full-time student status

Participation in Veritas courses is required in order to enhance the Veritas experience.


Cross-Cultural Leadership (3 credits)

This course examines the impact of culture on concepts of leadership, values, expectations, and patterns of communication to demonstrate the importance of leading with cultural sensitivity and to assist students in developing their own strategies for effectively communicating and negotiating with individuals from varied cultures; especially when it relates to a cross-cultural ministry perspective. Study is also devoted to the development and current conditions of minority/majority relations through the study of socio-political and economic causes; consequences of prejudice and discrimination; stereotypes and realities. This course is taught online, using WebEx video conferencing software and a dedicated tech-ready distance learning classroom. Students from three different Veritas programs in Argentina, Brazil, and Peru all log into the virtual class, led by a dynamic and enthusiastic professor located in the United States. The online platform enables course materials and discussions to encompass multicultural views and experiences, giving participants enhanced cross-cultural perspectives and increased global awareness. (Download syllabus here)

*This course only runs if the minimum enrollment is met.  Check with your program manager to confirm.


International Missions/Service-learning practicum (1-3 credits)

The practicum will enrich the program and mission experience through reflection assignments, research, and journaling. Participation is required in order to enhance the mission experience. Students will receive one credit upon completing the assignments and service participation. Students may elect to submit a log of hours for up to two additional credits. (Download syllabus here).


Courses at the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina (UNISUL)