Online Portuguese Language Certificate

Online Portuguese Language and Culture Certificate

Why take Portuguese online? 

  • Finish your language requirements quickly and 100% online. Your Portuguese class will NEVER cause a scheduling conflict because we arrange all weekly, real-time meetings to accommodate your other commitments. 
  • Earn your language requirements for your University Studies in half the time. Each three credit-hour class lasts only 8 weeks! 
  • Learn a language that is in demand and expand your opportunities after graduation. Studying Portuguese is an excellent way to acquire a professional skill that is quickly growing in significance. There are over 200,000,000 native speakers of Portuguese in the world today. Portuguese is spoken on four continents: Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. For those who know Portuguese, opportunities abound in fields like international business and finance, tourism and hospitality, non-profit leadership, international relations, and many others.  
  • Portuguese and Spanish go hand in hand. If you later decide to study Spanish, the good news is that many aspects of Spanish and Portuguese are mutually intelligible, so by studying Portuguese you will also be learning many important principles of Spanish grammar. Are you a student of Spanish already? Basic Portuguese grammar will be a cinch for you to pick up. Parlay your knowledge of Spanish into knowledge of a THIRD language that will expand your opportunities for international travel and employability.
  • Funding and internships are available! There are a number of scholarship and internship opportunities for students of Portuguese: The Virtual Student Federal Service online internship program features placements for students of Portuguese. Source of funding for study abroad include the Boren National Security Education Program language scholarships, and Critical Language Scholarships from the Department of State and the American Councils for International Education.

Our students are successful: 

    • Victoria Zidek has successfully applied to the Boren Fellows program, which will fund her studies of Portuguese in São Paolo, Brazil
    • Cameron Garcia recently received a Critical Languages Scholarship to study Portuguese at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Florianópolis, Brazil. 
    • Dylan Glunt has been selected to participate in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) program in Brazil. 

Ready to start now? Choose your start date!

Online Fall 2024 Portuguese course offerings:

Course date: Aug. 20 - Oct. 9

Course description: Basic Portuguese in which students learn to describe themselves to someone from another culture; to express preferences, abilities, needs, and obligations; to ask for information; to describe people, places, and things in their world; and to report their typical activities to a Portuguese speaker. Taught in English and Portuguese.

CRN code for registration: 82568

Registration dates: April 12 - August 22, 2024

Course date: Oct. 14 - Dec. 6

Course description: Expanding upon skills built in POR 101, students move toward increasing linguistic and social awareness of Portuguese-speaking cultures. Students learn to use past tenses to talk about typical activities or to tell a story; to expand their basic vocabulary and ability to communicate in simple Portuguese; and to demonstrate basic understanding of aspects of Portuguese-speaking cultures that may differ from their own. Taught in English and Portuguese. Prerequisite: POR 101. 

CRN code for registration: 82569

Registration dates: April 12 - October 16, 2024

Course date: Aug. 20 - Oct. 9 

Course description: Students strengthen their basic language skills while continuing to broaden cultural awareness of Portuguese-speaking societies. Students relate experiences, produce brief reports on course topics, and express opinions concerning a variety of themes in Portuguese. Students learn to communicate on a more complex level in Portuguese. Taught in Portuguese and English. Prerequisite: POR 102. 

CRN code for registration: 82859

Registration dates: April 12 - August 22, 2024

Course date: Oct. 14 - Dec. 6

Course description: Students advance their speaking, writing, reading, and listening language skills in this interactive course focused on the practical application of the language in contemporary Portuguese-speaking countries. Activities include role-play, projects, reports, and discussions of texts. Taught in English and Portuguese. Prerequisite: POR 102. 

CRN code for registration: 83499

Registration dates: April 12 - October 16, 2024

Course date: Aug. 20 - Oct. 9

Course description: Intensive practice in speaking and writing in Portuguese based on a variety of topics and materials. Prerequisite: POR 202. 

CRN code for registration: 82982

Registration dates: April 12 - August 22, 2024

No textbooks are needed for POR 101-POR 202. All materials are provided by the instructor at no additional cost or are available free on the internet.

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