Portuguese American Journal

Terceira: 5th Summer Study Abroad Atlantis Project – Azores

The Atlantis Project is a five to six weeks summer study abroad program based in Angra dos Heroismo, Terceira island, designed for international students interested in participating in pre-med internships, educational internships, teaching and Portuguese language learning.

For the last five years, the program has been providing international students with academic activities combined with linguistic and cultural immersion on the island community and host families.

Applications are open for 2013, with student being able to choose one of three sessions running from May 15 to September 2. Candidates will be interviewed, screened and selected. A final decision will be announced February 15, 2013.

Limited scholarships are available and will be awarded based on financial need.  The application deadline is December 8, 2012.

The Atlantis Project was created and is managed by João Toste, a former graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill.

About 80 students from UNC-Chapel Hill, Harvard University, Brown University, and the University of Chicago, among other institutions, have attended the program.

Terceira is the second most populated (55,000) and third largest Azorean island. In 1983, Angra do Heroismo became a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its well preserved 16th century Portuguese colonial architecture and historic monuments.

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General Information on the Azores – Official Name: Autonomous Region of the Azores; Number of Islands: 9 main islands; Capital: Ponta Delgada; Area: 2314 km2; Population: 241,700 inhabitants (2004); Population density: 106 inhabitants/km²;GDP/inhabitant: 17 800€ (2005); Climate: humid , maritime sub-tropical; Economic activities: agriculture, fisheries and tourism; Official language: Portuguese; Status: Portuguese Autonomous Region, EU Outermost Region (OR).

The Azores (population 250,000) became an Autonomous Region of Portugal in 1976. The government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores includes the Legislative Assembly, composed of 57 elected deputies, elected by universal suffrage for a four-year term; the Regional Government and Presidency, with parliamentary legitimacy, composed of a President, a Vice-President and seven Regional Secretaries responsible for the Regional Government executive operations. The Autonomous Region of the Azores is represented in the Council of Ministers of the Central Government by a representative appointed by the President of Portugal