Portuguese as a Foreign Language

Portuguese course in Salvador Bahia

Since 2002 the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia, in addition to the German courses, has offered Portuguese courses for visitors.

Intensive course: Brazilian Portuguese as a foreign language

Here in Salvador you can take advantage of the unique combination of intensive language courses, a vivid learning atmosphere and a focus on Brazilian culture:
Apart from the studying of Brazilian Portuguese in small groups under the guidance of a qualified teaching team, as a language and culture centre, the Goethe-Institut offers a perfect location for cultural exchange. You will meet Brazilian German teachers and can participate in many Bahian cultural activities offered at our institute. 

Portuguese learners from various fields acknowledge our language courses for their high quality. Managers and diplomats as well as students of many educational levels visit our courses, and are greatly satisfied and convinced of the abilities of our well-educated Brazilian staff.

Furthermore, all of our language students have the opportunity to use our library and media facilities, take advantage of our cultural programming (including movies, theatre, live music etc) and visit the Berlim Café in the court yard of the institute for cozy meetings and conversation. 

The extraordinary location of the Goethe-Institut close to Campo Grande allows our students to arrive quickly at the popular city beach in the next neighborhood, Barra, or at the old historical centre called Pelourinho. In order to make your visit as relaxing as possible, we will happily help you find and book an accommodation nearby to the institute. 

Course 14 days Group Group
Individual Individual
Dialogue course 
Units/week 20 30 20 30 20 GU 5 IU
Price without Accommodation (14 days) 495€ 680€  1220€  1650€  750€
Information on registration:
  If you wish to enroll in a Portuguese course, please contact:
Ms. Valquíria Santos

Phone: +55 71 33384700
Fax: + 55 71 33384703

We will be glad to help you with information about accomodation near the institute. There is a variety of possibilities of accomodation at hotels, hostels as well as private homes at suitable prices.            
CELPE-Bras (Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros or Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners) is the only certificate of proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese as a Second Language officially recognized and developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Education(Ministério da Educação do Brasil - MEC).

Salvador offers many kinds of events and different activities. If you would like to be informed about upcoming events, we suggest that you take a look at the website of Bahia’s Cultural Foundation: agenda_bahia
We will be happy to help you find appropriate accommodation in a host family, a pension or a hotel:

Host family:

If you would like to be accommodated at a Brazilian family during your stay in Salvador, please write to us:

Bed and breakfast:

Estrela do Mar is located in a quiet street in the heart of Barra, about 100 meters from the Lighthouse Farol da Barra and the famous beach. This magnificent residence in colonial style was transformed into a comfortable Bed and Breakfast, with modern and excellent fittings for guests, which are looking for a cosy atmosphere with simple decoration – the guest house is also very sophisticated with inexpensive prices

Gracilda and Nicolas, a French Brazilian couple, have the honour to welcome you in their guest house. Noa-Noa is built in a colonial style and is located in the heart of the district of Barra, in front of the Lighthouse Farol da Barra with a fascinating view of the sea, which allows their customers and friends to enjoy the sunset in a warm and family atmosphere.

The Guest House O Ninho is located in Barra in Salvador Bahia Brasil, 100m from the Lighthouse Barra (Farol da Barra), one of the main touristic places of the city. The Guest House is built in Brazilian colonial style Baroque architecture and contains a modern and comfortable interior as well as a cosy and friendly atmosphere with quality services.

Hotel Pousada Papaya Verde, a green Oases in the heart of Salvador, only 3 minutes from the beach and about 15 minutes by bus (or 10 minutes by taxi) from Pelourinho, the famous historical neighbourhood of Salvador.

Come and convince yourself of our highly rated Guest House. Completely newly renovated, clean, comfortable and modern . Only a few steps from the beach the hostel offers a complete breakfast and free Internet access . Special discounts for students are available.

Hotel Monte Pascoal and its vicinity: A cosy atmosphere, excellent accommodation. If you became curious why don't you visit the website?

Hotel Sol Victoria Marina, a 4 Star Hotel, is located in the city centre, in one of the most elegant areas, on Corredor da Vitória, and is located only 2 km from the beach of Porto da Barra and 3,5 km from Pelourinho (Historical Centre). From the Hotel you can have a fabulous view to All Saints Bay with a fixed Boat pier and a swimming pier for Jet Ski.

Important tip:

When booking in one of the above mentioned hotels or guest houses, please mention that you are a student at the Goethe Institute. As a template you can use the student card issued by us which you can also show afterwards

All Hotels and Guest Houses are located the most 10 minutes bus drive from the Goethe-Institut. Our Host Families are usually located not more then a10 minutes walk from our Institute.

For more inquiries you can always contact us.