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									Cell Phone and Internet Access Information
CIEE Study Center Bahia, Brazil – Spring 2010
The purpose of this document is to provide you with up to date information on what you can expect as
far as communication goes when you arrive on site. For further details on the program, please read
the Program Handbook, available on your online checklist.
If you have any further questions please contact Kristina Casey at kcasey@ciee.org
1. What do most students do about cell phones?
In general, most students buy a cell phone once they arrive. Some students bring their own.
2. Can I bring my cell phone from home?
Yes, but you’ll need to get a new SIM card to use it in Brazil and some phones may not work.
You should contact your service provider for more information.
3. How much can I expect to pay for a cell phone?
Between 100-200 reais ($US50 - 100)
4. How do the “plans” work or is it “pay-as-you-go”?
It will be pay-as-you-go; you’ll buy phone cards to add credits to your phone as you need
them. CIEE suggests that you use the provider company called Oi because it offers the best
discounts when calling Oi to Oi and will be less expensive for everyone to call between
themselves if they use the same service.
5. Will the CIEE staff tell us where to get a phone during the orientation?
Yes, students will receive all information concerning cell phones during the orientation.
6. Will we have to pay for incoming calls?
7. Will I be able to call home to the US or will I need a phone card?
You’ll need to buy a phone card or use skype. We recommend students familiarize themselves
with skype as it is the most efficient way to call internationally.
8. What can I do with my phone at the end of my stay?
You can keep your phone for future returns to Brazil or you can donate them.

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1. Should I bring my laptop?
If you have one it is a good idea to bring it. However, students should not expect the same
wireless coverage as in the United States.
2. Will there be internet access in my homestay?
It cannot be guaranteed. If you are extremely dependent on internet and your computer you
may have to think about letting up a little during your semester. Many families will have
access and many will not. Just think, while you are not on internet you will be taking
advantage of all the city has to offer and improving your Portuguese.
3. Will there be internet access on campus? Can I connect to the internet with
   my laptop on campus?
Yes, students can use the computer room at the universities but the universities don’t have
4. Where can I print items?
On campus at the computer rooms or in the CIEE office.
5. Is it okay if I do not have a laptop?
Yes, there are many places to use the internet in Salvador.
6. Will there be internet cafés close to my campus or homestay?
There are Inet cafes all over the city in every neighborhood which cost around $1 per hour.
*Avoid sending electronics to Brazil by mail or courier service because taxes on these types
of items are extremely high and you will be charged when they are delivered.
1. What do most students do about money?
We recommend arriving with a primary and secondary way to get funds while you’re abroad.
Currently most students bring their ATM/Debit card because there are many ATMs accessible
in Salvador. If you’re planning on using your card, make sure you talk to your bank - there are
tips and questions to ask the bank available in the Program Handbook.
2. Can I open a bank account?
Opening a bank account isn’t feasible for students studying abroad here.
3. What about traveler’s checks?
There are places where you can cash traveler’s checks here, that being said, if you do bring
them they should be a back up method to get money, not your primary one as you will be
charged a 5% fee for each transaction – ATMs are much more widely available and less
4. What about credit cards?
Credit cards with linked to the CIRRUS or PLUS system are widely accepted in Salvador at
restaurants and shops. This can also be used as a backup method to get money if something
happens to your ATM/Debit card.
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