Did you know? Portuguese is:
- A pluricentric and multicultural language focused on the fields of science, business, diplomacy, technology, and research.
- The official language of Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Portugal, Brazil and East Timor.
- A co-official language in Equatorial Guinea and Macau.
- The most spoken language in the Southern Hemisphere.
- One of the world’s fastest-growing languages (according to UN statistics), and by the end of this century, there will be 500 million Portuguese speakers.
Why study Portuguese?
A Portuguese Major offers opportunities in almost every sphere of activity such as Diplomatic Services, International Relations, Political Science, Law, Education (Teaching), Journalism, Professional Translation, Engineering and Arts.
Besides, if you have advanced Portuguese communication skills you will succeed in the professional and business world.
Moreover, you can work in numerous international organisations worldwide, where Portuguese is the official or working language such as the South African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN), the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the MERCOSUL, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), European Union (EU), the Economic Community of Central African State (ECCAS) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Courses that Portuguese is compatible with:
- International Relations
- Political Science
- Other European Languages
- Translation and Interpretation
- Demography and Development
- Media Studies
- Fine Arts
The Portuguese Department offers Honours, Masters and PhD degrees. There are many research areas on Portuguese as a pluricentric language, a language around the world which allows the study of interdisciplinary connections of Language, Literatures and Cultures of the Lusophone countries.
- Portuguese Linguistics.
- Teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language.
- Post-colonial Studies in Lusophone Literatures and Contemporary Writers.
- Comparative Studies of African Female Writers.