Welcome to the Portuguese Language Program!

Portuguese has been attracting each year a greater number of students. Besides the increasing Portuguese-speaking immigrant communities in the United States and the emergence of a second generation of Brazilian-Americans, this latest interest is also due to the leading role of Brazil as one of the BRIC rising alternative economies with concrete job potential. The strategic magnitude, in the 21st-century, of the areas that the Portuguese-speaking world encompasses is another geo-political reason that makes Portuguese an asset-language, as it is spoken in regions covering eight countries across 4 continents: Brazil in Latin America; Portugal in Europe; Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé & Príncipe in Africa; and East Timor in Southeast Asia.

Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world with 250 million speakers!

The Portuguese Program reflects such diversity in its offers of language and cultural studies.

The Portuguese Program’s goals include:

To offer a safe and collaborative environment that fosters students’ language learning.

  • To encourage students to engage in study abroad projects and provide the necessary planning and academic support.
  • To expose students to the often unnoticed and positive contributions of the Portuguese-speaking peoples in shaping the modern world.
  • To advance students’ learning of the Portuguese-speaking world’s cultures and societies.
  • To allow students to understand the role of growing economic powers, such as Brazil, in the shaping of the post-modern world.


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