Why Study Portuguese at the UO?
Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world with a total of 236 million speakers. It is used in more than 34 countries and is the official language of eight nation-states in three continents. Brazil alone has more than 190 million speakers (700,000 of which live in the United States). UO offers small-class instruction and the possibility for upper-divsion courses and study abroad.
You can take beginning and intermediate Portuguese in the Department of Romance Languages, and go on to major in Romance Languages, combining Portuguese with Spanish, Italian, or French. And you can study abroad in Brazil or Portugal, or get academic credit for doing a professional internship in a Portguese-speaking country.
With a special focus on Brazilian-Portuguese, the UO offers first-, second-, and third-year language classes, which can be used to fulfill UO’s language requirement for the B.A. degree and to prepare for study abroad. Students acquire not only language skills but learn about the history, traditions, and present-day cultural production (e.g., carnival, soccer, popular music forms, modern architecture, and recent economic power) of Brazil, the biggest Portuguese-speaking nation, and the 6th largest economy in the world.
We offer M.A. programs in Romance languages, which combines Portugese with French, Italian, or Spanish. Our Ph.D. program is in Romance languages. Students work in French, Italian, or Spanish as their primary language and take some coursework in Portuguese. Most of our graduate students have a Graduate Teaching Fellowship that provides a tuition waiver, health insurance, and a stipend to cover living expenses. We also offer scholarships and support for travel to professional meetings.
Learning Portuguese prepares you for the future of global citizenship and the workforce. Our students have the opportunity to spend one or more terms in different Portuguese-speaking countries such as Brazil or Portugal. The department also offers scholarships specifically for study abroad. Programs are as short as four weeks and as long as a full academic year. In addition, through the IE3 Global program, undergraduates can earn academic credit for doing a professional internship in the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world.
Faculty research in the Lusophone world focuses on Brazil and Lusophone Africa. Our work in the department is highly interdisciplinary, and our teachers participate in UO departments and programs in Comparative Literature, Ethnic Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT).