Portuguese is spoken in 11 countries on four continents with close to 250 million speakers. Portuguese serves as a working language for critical international organizations including the African Union and the European Union. UW-Madison has one of the largest Portuguese programs in the United States, and it is estimated that over 1.3 million Portuguese speakers live in the United States. Portuguese shares some grammar rules, sentence structure, and similar vocabulary words with other Romance languages; so, if you already speak French, Spanish or Italian, Portuguese is an easy and fun language to learn. To study Portuguese is an asset in today’s global economy, as Brazil’s economy is among the largest in the world.

Bem-vindo! = "Welcome!"

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Karen Francis, karen.francis@wisc.edu

Intro Classes:
PORTUG 101: First Semester Portuguese or PORTUG 301: Intensive Portuguese for Spanish Speakers

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

Study Portuguese in the summer at the Summer Intensive Portuguese Institute (SIPI)

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

“This semester has been really hard with social distancing and the pandemic. I think taking a language class is a way that you can travel when you’re not actually traveling because you’re learning about a different culture…and you’re getting ready to travel again in the future…focusing your energy in a productive way to accomplish something and it’s very fun!”