Portuguese Placement

We have two introductory Portuguese courses for students who have not studied the language before. Most students begin with PORT 110: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, which is taught every semester. The PORT 101/PORT 102 Elementary Portuguese sequence is reserved for those who have little or no previous experience with Romance languages.

If you grew up in a Spanish-speaking country or community and feel confident in your ability to speak and write in Spanish, register for PORT 110: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.

If you have taken SPAN 212 or a more advanced course (or the equivalent at another school) register for PORT 110: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.

If you speak some Spanish or studied it in high school, please take the online Spanish Placement Exam to determine your level.

  • If you place into a Spanish Foundational Course (300-level), you are considered a Spanish speaker and should begin your Portuguese study with PORT 110.
  • If you place into SPAN 212, we encourage you to take that course before or concurrently with PORT 110. (SPAN 212 and PORT 110 may be combined to fill the HAL requirement).
  • If you place into SPAN 201 or lower, you may register for PORT 101.

If you have previous knowledge of Portuguese or are fluent in another Romance language, or if you have other questions or concerns about which Portuguese course you should take, please contact Prof. Ana Teixeira, Director of the Portuguese Program, at ana.teixeira@emory.edu.