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  • Learn about our current Portuguese course offerings 
  • Do you have cultural or family ties to Portuguese? Have you thought about visiting Brazil, Portugal, or Cabo Verde and other Lusophone countries? Want to be competitive in the business, finance, tech and science fields? You will travel the world, and get closer to home with Portuguese.

The Language

Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world with more than 230 million speakers. Portuguese is also the fastest growing European language after English and Spanish.


The Economy

Brazil is the largest economy in South America and the eighth largest in the western hemisphere. With rapid economic development in Brazil, becoming familiar with the Portuguese language remains beneficial for individuals in all fields.


Career Opportunities

As the fifth biggest market in the world and an important trade partner of the U.S., learning Portuguese will make students more marketable because of Brazil's growing economy


The Program

The Portuguese major program provides students with the opportunity to develop their Portuguese language skills while also studying the literature and culture of Portugal, Brazil and African lands of Portuguese language or influence. 

Portuguese mosaic of fishThey may also combine their Portuguese studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and culture is indispensable. A Portuguese major is a good complement to a major in another foreign language or to certificate programs such as the Global Studies Certificate.

Students who have already studied Portuguese for two or more years in high school or who speak Spanish in the home and wish to continue the language are assigned to courses according to their achievement on a  placement test.
NOTE:  You will not receive credit for any course taken below your placement.


Center for Latin American Studies

"The mission of the Rutgers University Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) is to promote pedagogy, research, and service in and about the broader region known as Las Américas." - CLAC

For more information on courses, program studies and events, please visit the Center for Latin American Studies website.


SAS Language Labs

Laboratory programs are an integral part of most language courses. SAS Language laboratories provide services, equipment and facilities to all language students.  Laboratories are located on the College Avenue and Douglass campuses.

For more information about laboratory hours and locations, please visit The Language Center website.


Student Life

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese encourages students to strengthen their knowledge and appreciation of the Latin culture by participating in the other cultural organizations throughout the university.

  • Central and South American Alliance
  • Haitian Association at Rutgers University
  • Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Fraternity, Inc
  • Lambda Theta Alpha, Latin Soroity, Inc.
  • Latino Student Council
  • Latinos Unidos en Poder
  • LLEGO, Latina/o and People of Color Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Union of Rutgers University
  • OLAR, Organization of Luso-Americans at Rutgers
  • Rutgers Union of Cuban American Students
  • Sigma Lambda Beta, International Fraternity, Inc.
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers


Academic Integrity

Visit the website for Academic Integrity at Rutgers University for Policy and Code of Conduct principles.


Departmental Policy for Electronic Messaging

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese has adopted a no-tolerance policy for e-mail and other electronic messages, including class discussion sites or forums, addressed in an intimidating or threatening tone.