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Portuguese Studies

Explore the rich tapestry of the Portuguese language and the varied cultures of the Lusophone world, unlocking a world of possibilities.

Program Overview

Courses in Portuguese studies offer great opportunities for students at NC State to learn the fundamental aspects of communication in the official language of nine countries spread across four continents. Portuguese courses at NC State also include exposure to cultural features of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) world, further enhancing students’ understanding of the historical influence of Portuguese in distinct regions of the globe. 

As part of the “BRIC” — a grouping acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are all deemed to be on the path to advanced economies — Portuguese-speaking Brazil is becoming one of the world’s newest economic and political powerhouses. Knowledge of Portuguese can give you a distinct advantage in many diverse sectors, including business, agriculture, the biomedical field, environmental studies and beyond.

Minor in Portuguese

Our program includes courses that combine learning the language and culture, and that can help prepare you for many types of careers, giving you an edge in a highly competitive job market.

Course Exchange List

The Portuguese Exchange offers lower and upper-level courses both in the Portuguese language as well as in transdisciplinary areas such as Brazilian Studies, Luso-African Studies, and Portuguese Studies. Most courses are offered through our interconnection of distance-learning classrooms which are linked by audio and video technology. Students may also link into these classrooms via their home computer and fully participate in the courses.

Students can access the courses offered each semester through the Portuguese Course Exchange Website by clicking on the Courses tab on that page. Students interested in taking classes in the exchange should check with Portuguese section coordinator and review the information on the Guidelines page.

Course Exchange Links


Karen A. Coachman
Senior Lecturer
Section Coordinator and Minor Advisor, Portuguese
Office: Language And Computer Labs 206
Phone: 919-515-2475