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Portuguese Program


With more than 200 million native speakers on four continents, Portuguese is a global language with growing importance in culture, commerce, politics, international development, and public health. It's close linguistic relationship with Spanish means that Spanish speakers can reach an advanced level of Portuguese proficiency in just a few semesters. At Emory, Portuguese speakers and learners make up a close community that comes together frequently to share our enthusiasm for the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures.

Below, Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira and student Paola Correia explain more about the reasons so many students choose to study Portuguese.


Most Emory students start the Portuguese program with PORT 110: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, which counts toward the Spanish major and is taught every semester. Read more about Portuguese placement.

Courses on Portuguese language and Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African cultures continue through the 200 to 400 levels.

Requirements and Degree Programs

IC: Many students use Portuguese to satisfy the Intercultural Communication (IC) requirement, either with two Portuguese courses or combining Portuguese with Spanish.

  • Two Portuguese courses such as PORT 101 and 102 or PORT 110 and 201.
  • Students may also combine one Spanish course (212 or 300-318) with PORT 110: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers. (This is the only exception to the rule that both IC courses be taken in the same language.)

Continued Communication: PORT 300, 301, and 302 are regularly offered as CC courses, satisfying the Continued Communication requirement.

Majors and Minors: Portuguese courses are required for the combined major in Spanish and Portuguese and the minor in Lusophone Studies. To declare this major or minor or to find out more about the Portuguese program, please contact Prof. Ana Catarina Teixeira.

PORT 110 counts as an elective for the Spanish major. Portuguese courses may also be used as part of majors and minors in Latin American and Caribbean StudiesAfrican StudiesInternational StudiesLinguistics, and Spanish and Linguistics.


Whether or not you’re taking a Portuguese class this semester, there are lots of opportunities to practice speaking Portuguese and learn about the Portuguese-speaking world. Drop by our bate-papo Fridays from 1 to 2:30 in Eagle Hall for pizza and conversation with students, faculty, and staff from across the university and broader community; come to a lecture on campus, celebrate Portuguese-speaking cultures at Casa Émory, or watch a movie in Portuguese with English subtitles. Please follow Portuguese at Emory on Instagram to see the latest updates.