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    Portuguese is the official language in eight countries on four continents and is widely spoken in several more countries (including the US!). Your opportunities to continue to use it after you graduate, both for personal and professional enrichment, are tremendous.

    UW-Madison has one of the largest Portuguese programs in the US. The undergraduate program provides you with a wide variety of classes in language, literature, and culture. Courses at all levels are taught in Portuguese so that you can continue to improve your language skills as you study advanced topics. You are also encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad programs in Brazil and Portugal offered through UW-Madison to expand your knowledge of Lusophone cultures and to further enhance your fluency in Portuguese.

    Majors & Certificates 

    Portuguese Major, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Major, European Studies Certificate; visit the Majors & Certificates page for more information.

    Language Conversation Table 

    Bate Papo
    Thursday, 4:30-6:30pm
    Kollege Klub
    Contact Ellen Sapega, 


    Live in A Nossa Casa, the Portuguese House in the International Learning Community.

    Study Abroad 

    You can study Portuguese in Portugal and Brazil. Contact International Academic Programs for more information, and check out the Major Advising Page for Portuguese. Additional opportunities are available through the Wisconsin School of Business.

    Student Organizations 

    Omolu Capoeira; browse the Wisconsin Involvement Network for more information.


    Consider an internship where you can use Portuguese, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.

    Summer Study Options 
    Non-credit Classes 

    Affordable non-credit language classes offered on campus in the evenings, on the weekends and in the summer. Learn more