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Portuguese

Undergraduate students at the University of Michigan may pursue a Minor in Portuguese or an RLL Major by combining Portuguese with Spanish, as well as with French, and/or Italian. Graduate students may pursue a Graduate Certificate Program in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Studies.

The objectives of the Portuguese Program are to facilitate student's proficiency in the Portuguese language and foster knowledge acquisition on the cultures of the Lusophone (or Portuguese-speaking) world.

With approximately 260 million speakers, Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world. It is the language of Brazil and Portugal, as well as the official language of Angola, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor.

Fluency in Portuguese will open multiple professional opportunities in various countries with expanding economies and a promising future in connection to business, education, tourism, international relations, NGOs, biotechnologies, culture and the arts, the environment, energy, and development.

Speakers of Spanish have a significant advantage in being able to learn Portuguese in less than a year, given the close proximity of both languages based on their similar grammatical structures and vocabulary. Fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese will open up opportunities in all of Spanish-speaking Latin America as well as Brazil.

Portuguese is the gateway to the rich cultures of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, and Guinea-Bissau, most particularly, in the realms of music, literature, the visual arts (including moving image), and architecture.

Why Study Portuguese?

Brazil, with a population of approximately 206 million, is the largest country in Latin America as well as the sixth largest economy in the world. It is one of the emerging global geopolitical powers of the 21st century and a major player in the areas of agriculture, the environment, energy and biofuels, media, popular music, aerospace, banking, and sustainable development. 60% of the Amazon rainforest —critical to the planet’s survival— is located within Brazilian territory. Brazil is a multiracial nation with the largest Afro-descended population outside of the African continent. In 2014 Brazil hosted the FIFA World Cup in soccer and Rio de Janeiro hosted the summer Olympics in 2016.

Lisbon, Portugal —one of the most charming and cosmopolitan capitals of Europe— is a major cultural center of the Portuguese-speaking world at large with a significant population from the former Portuguese empire (Brazil as well as parts of Africa and Asia).

Angola is Africa’s second largest oil producer and has been fueling one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Angola also is the ancestral land of many Afro-descended peoples in the diaspora, including in the United States.

Both Africa and Brazil are strategic priorities for the University of Michigan, so there is a range of exciting opportunities for collaboration with Brazilian and African institutions with visitors across many academic fields as well as the arts. This is a very exciting time to study Portuguese at Michigan!

Course Information

Course Offerings

For a list of Portuguese courses offered in recent semesters, vist the LSA Undergraduate Course Catalog. For information on currently offered Portuguese courses, visit the LSA Course Guide.

Independent Studies

Internships

RLL course information and highlighted courses

Portuguese Cognate Courses

A Portuguese cognate course is a course in which a majority of the content focuses on Portuguese studies, but which does not give instruction primarily in Portuguese. 

List of Portuguese Cognate Courses

Portuguese Cognate Request Form

Non-UM Study Abroad and Domestic Transfer Credit

Review and follow this checklist which outlines the approval process for non-UM study abroad and domestic transfer credit.

Please note:  students are required to have coursework pre-evaluated by an RLL faculty advisor prior to enrolling or going abroad; syllabi and specific course descriptions are needed. A final evaluation of coursework is required upon completion of the course or upon return from abroad. Specific courses and credits must appear on the transcript; syllabi and completed coursework are needed. 

For information regarding earning credit for UM/CGIS study abroad programs, please reference the RLL Study Abroad page page.

Portuguese Language Resources

Dicionários

Universo Online (dicionários em várias línguas e sobre várias temáticas): http://educacao.uol.com.br/dicionarios/

Priberam Informática (dicionário de língua portuguesa online):
http://www.priberam.pt/dlpo/dlpo.aspx

Infopédia (dicionários e enciplopédia em língua portuguesa):
http://www.infopedia.pt/

Ciberdúvidas da Língua Portuguesa
http://www.ciberduvidas.com/

Ferramentas Gramaticais

Conjugador de verbos
http://linguistica.insite.com.br/cgi-bin/conjugue

Brasil

História do Brasil (verbetes sobre história brasileira)
http://educaterra.terra.com.br/voltaire/index_brasil.htm

Projeto Releituras (textos de grandes escritores do Brasil e Portugal)
http://www.releituras.com/releituras.asp

Domínio Público (Ministério da Educação)
http://www.dominiopublico.gov.br/pesquisa/PesquisaObraForm.jsp

Biblioteca Nacional
http://www.bn.br/

Revista USP
http://www.usp.br/revistausp/

Tempo Social (Revista de Sociologia da USP)
http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_serial&lng=pt&pid=0103-2070&nrm=iso

Revista Afro-Ásia
www.afroasia.ufba.br

Portugal

Biblioteca Nacional (Lisboa)
 http://www.bn.pt/

Biblioteca Digital Camões
http://cvc.instituto-camoes.pt/conhecer/biblioteca-digital-camoes.html

Biblioteca Digital da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
http://ler.letras.up.pt/default.aspx?nivel1=Publicações%20periódicas&id=4

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
http://www.gulbenkian.pt/

Fundação Luso-Americana (FLAD)
http://www.flad.pt/

Fundação Mário Soares
http://www.fundacao-mario-soares.pt/

Fundação José Saramago
http://www.josesaramago.org/

Centro de Estudos Africanos (ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa)
http://cea.iscte.pt/

Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto
http://www.africanos.eu/ceaup/

Centro de Estudos Sociais/Universidade de Coimbra
http://www.ces.uc.pt/

Lusophone World Online

Angola:

Embassy of the Republic of Angola*
http://www.angola.org/

Jornal de Angola (government-sponsored daily)
http://jornaldeangola.sapo.ao/

Maka Angola (opposition and anti-corruption news service)
http://makaangola.org/

TPA — Televisão Pública de Angola
http://tpa.sapo.ao/
(click on “Multimedia” to see videos)

Brasil:

Universo Online (UOL) (news and entertainment)
http://www.uol.com.br/

TV Cultura (live free 24 hours)
http://tvcultura.cmais.com.br/

Rádio Cultura Brasil (live 24 hours)
http://culturabrasil.cmais.com.br/

TV Brasil Internacional  (live free 24 hours)
http://tvbrasil.ebc.com.br/internacional

O Globo Online (daily)
http://oglobo.globo.com/

Folha Online (Folha de São Paulo)* (daily)
http://www.folha.uol.com.br/

O Estado de São Paulo (daily)
http://www.estadao.com.br/

El País Brasil (Alternative media outlet)
https://brasil.elpais.com/

BBC Brasil (Alternative media outlet)
http://www.bbc.com/portuguese

Revista Veja (weekly)
http://veja.abril.com.br/

Carta Capital  (Alternative weekly)
http://www.cartacapital.com.br/

Globo News (24 hours)
http://globonews.globo.com/

Globo.com (Videos, entertainment, news, sports)
http://www.globo.com/

Rádio Pernambucana
http://radiopernambucana.com/

Nova Brasil FM (São Paulo-based Brazilian music station)
http://www.novabrasilfm.com.br

Cabo Verde:

Sapo.cv (most complete news and media website on Cape Verde)
http://www.sapo.cv/

A Semana Online (major Cape Verdean daily)*
http://www.asemana.publ.cv/

Cape Verdean Radio Stations Online
http://radiosonline.sapo.cv/

RTC – Rádio e Televisão de Cabo Verde (radio/TV online)
http://www.rtc.cv/

Expresso das Ilhas
http://www.expressodasilhas.sapo.cv

Guiné Bissau:

Guiné-Bissau (notícias, atualidades e opiniões)
http://www.gbissau.com/

RDN - Rádio Nacional da Guiné-Bissau (live stream)
http://rdngbissau.myl2mr.com/

Rádio Sol Mansi (live stream)
http://www.radiosolmansi.net/

Moçambique:

Sapo.mz (news and media website on Mozambique)
http://www.sapo.mz/

Notícias (major Mozambican daily)
http://www.jornalnoticias.co.mz

Verdade (alternative media)
http://www.verdade.co.mz/

O País Online
http://www.opais.co.mz/index.php

Rádio Moçambique 
http://www.rm.co.mz/

Portugal:

RDP – Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (the most important radio/TV network [Antena 1, 2, 3, RDP África, RDP Açores, RDP Madeira]. It includes live TV and programming on demand for free).
http://www.rtp.pt

SIC Televisão
http://sic.sapo.pt/

Público Online
http://www.publico.pt/

Diário de Notícias
http://www.dn.pt/inicio/default.aspx

Expresso (major weekly newspaper)
http://expresso.sapo.pt/

TSF (radio news 24 horas)
http://tsf.pt

Revista VISÃO
http://aeiou.visao.pt/

Afrolis (Audioblog focusing on African Lisbon)
https://radioafrolis.com/

São Tomé e Príncipe:

Agência STPress (general info in Portuguese)
http://www.stp-press.st/

São Tomé e Príncipe (general info in English)*
http://www.saotome.st/

World broadcasters in Portuguese to Lusophone Africa,  Brazil, and/or Europe:

RTP – África (live TV 24 hours for free)
http://www.rtp.pt/play/direto/rtpafrica

Radio France Internationale in Portuguese to Africa and Brazil*
http://pt.rfi.fr/

BBC Brasil*
http://www.bbc.com/portuguese

Deutsche Welle em português*
(A Voz da Alemanha para o Brasil, África e a Europa)
http://www.dw.com/pt/not%C3%ADcias/s-7111?id=607

Voz da América em português para África*
http://www.voanews.com/portuguese/

*Information available in English as well