Portuguese, the sixth most spoken language with approximately 210 million people, is the official language in 10 nations across 4 continents, including Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, GuineaBissau, Equatorial Guinea, Macau (China), Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor. Portuguese is also spoken in numerous other countries, including a large community of Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants in the United States and Canada; it is an official language of the European Union. Since it is less studied than some other European languages (in spite of its world importance), students who speak Portuguese will stand out among peers.
Portuguese is vital across the discplines; acquisition of the language usually appeals to students interested in careers in Latin American and African Diaspora studies, environmental and biological sciences (Amazon rain forest), government, international aid, art, music, dance, engineering, political science, urban development and public affairs, architecture, and international business and marketing (a top global economy).
Portuguese Study Abroad Opportunities:
Students in the Portuguese School will make rapid gains in speaking Portuguese, earning a full year's worth of college credit in just seven weeks. Some students gain even more proficiency.