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Undergraduate Program

Portuguese

Portuguese is the official language of approximately 250 million people in eight countries on four continents. After English and Spanish, it is the third most widely spoken European language, and the fifth most spoken language in the world.

Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the fifth most populous country in the world, the largest country in Latin America, and the fifth largest global economic power. Portuguese is also one of the languages of the European Union, of which Portugal is a member.

Five African countries use Portuguese as their official language:

  • Cape Verde
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Angola
  • Mozambique

As one of the five working languages of the African Union, Portuguese is one of Africa’s main vehicles of intercultural communication.

Even in communities across Asia, Portuguese continues to be an important element of a complex cultural mosaic, sharing official status with Chinese in Macau, and with Tétum in East Timor. Moreover, Portuguese is widely spoken outside of its officially recognized borders by over two million people across the United States, Canada, and in other corners of the global diaspora.

We currently offer three courses in Portuguese:

  • POR 101: Elementary Portuguese I
  • POR 102: Elementary Portuguese II
  • POR 151: Intermediate Portuguese I

For more information about Portuguese language courses, contact Professor Teresa Valdez at (585) 275-5156 or tvaldez@ur.rochester.edu