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Portuguese Program at FSU

Bem-vindo (welcome) to the Portuguese Program of the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University.

Here we provide prospective and current students with information and contacts to study Portuguese language and culture. We currently offer a minor in Portuguese Language and Culture where students gain command of the language and acquire skills from a range of approaches. These approaches include diaspora and transnational studies; intersectional, cultural, and historical understandings of class, gender and race, as well as postcolonial studies.

Our approach highlights Brazil as a gateway to study ties with Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas, across the Atlantic and Global South, as well as a conduit for relations among Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Why study Portuguese…

  • Stretch your degree program to include both languages spoken in the Iberian Peninsula and across Latin America. If you know Spanish or other Romance languages (French, Italian, Catalan, Romanian) you will find it easy to learn. It is a plus for your CV.
  • Develop proficiency for travel and research in more than TEN countries and across FIVE continents: Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa and Asia.
  • Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union. Spoken by about 230 million people, Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
  • Portuguese is spoken all over the world: in Europe (Portugal and Portuguese islands), in Africa (Angola, Moçambique, Guiné-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe), in Asia (East Timor, Macau, Goa) and of course… in South America (Brazil). There is a large community of Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants in the United States, and the Portuguese language has become commonly spoken in several areas of the US.
  • A great add-on to your concentration: study the recent changes that have made Brazil’s economy rank in the top 10 in the world.
  • Unearth the political struggles for independence in twentieth-century Africa. Explore the rich history of the Portuguese naval empire; research immigration trends in Lusophone Africa, Asia and America.
  • Get involved in environmental projects in the world’s most diverse rainforest basin.
  • Come and enjoy our Portuguese language classes, full of cultural activities, interaction and and so much more!

Did you know?

... More than 200 MILLION people speak Portuguese – it is the FIFTH most commonly spoken language in the world! Portuguese and Spanish are the fastest-growing Western languages!


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