Critical Language Scholarship Program | Portuguese
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The Portuguese Language

Requires One Year of Prior Study

As the sixth most spo­ken lan­guage in the world, Por­tuguese opens doors to cul­ture and com­merce across Europe, Africa, and the Amer­i­c­as. Brazil, the largest Por­tuguese-speak­ing coun­try, is an emerg­ing glob­al pow­er with the world’s eighth largest econ­o­my. If the excite­ment of glob­al busi­ness and finance appeals to you, it makes sense to study Portuguese.

Brazil is the site of the Ama­zon Riv­er and host to amaz­ing bio­log­i­cal diver­si­ty and an abun­dance of nat­ur­al resources. It’s a pri­ma­ry des­ti­na­tion for stu­dents of envi­ron­men­tal and bio­log­i­cal sci­ences as well as researchers and adven­tur­ers who want to explore its eco­log­i­cal wonders. 

Por­tuguese is also the lan­guage of lit­er­a­ture, put to good use by lumi­nar­ies such as author Paulo Coel­ho, Nobel Prize-win­ning writer José Sara­m­a­go, and poet Fer­nan­do Pes­soa. Eng­lish words such as flamin­go, zebra, mar­malade, and molasses have their roots in Por­tuguese; it’s one of the Romance lan­guages, derived from Latin. Although there are some dif­fer­ences in dialects spo­ken in Latin Amer­i­ca, Africa, and Europe, gram­mar and most of the vocab­u­lary is the same.

On the oth­er side of the world, Ango­la is also enjoy­ing an eco­nom­ic boom, pro­pelled by its vast reserves of oil. Por­tuguese is the dom­i­nant lan­guage of busi­ness in Ango­la, Mozam­bique, and oth­er African nations, and min­er­als and oil are among their major exports. Asian coun­tries such as Chi­na, South Korea, and Japan are increas­ing their diplo­mat­ic, trade, and finan­cial ties with Por­tuguese-speak­ing countries. 

Program Sites

Florianopolis, Brazil
University of the South of Santa Catarina (Unisul)
Jun 14, 2021 - Aug 06, 2021

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Featured Alumni Profiles

Max Courval
Portuguese 2020
Florianópolis, Brazil
Anabel Reyes-Ovalles
Portuguese 2019
Florianópolis, Brazil