Why study Portuguese at the UofA?

Our Portuguese program allows students to journey through the nine official Portuguese-speaking countries by learning about their ethnicities and customs. The program also enables students to discover a language that is spoken by over 250 million people. There are Portuguese-speaking communities across four continents in Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and Sáo Tomé and Príncipe.​

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Renato Amado - Section Head of the Portuguese Program

Professional and Academic Opportunities with Portuguese

ncrease your earning potential and professional opportunities by developing your communication skills in Portuguese. This language will certainly broaden your academic achievements and give you an 'edge' in both the domestic and international job markets.

Portuguese is an official or working language for a wide variety of companies and organizations, such as the ones listed here:

“Knowing Portuguese is an asset. It is important for individuals to know about various experiences so that we can learn from one another. The world we live in needs people who are sensitive to other cultures. Knowing Portuguese adds a lot to a person’s profile. Being able to speak Portuguese can open so many doors."