University of California, Santa Barbara
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Welcome to the Center for Portuguese Studies

The Center for Portuguese Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara was founded with an endowment from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for the purpose of promoting and developing studies about the Portuguese speaking world in California and in the United States of America.

The Center provides support for teaching and degree programs and promotes the study of the literatures, language and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Portuguese is spoken in Brazil (over 200 million speakers), Portugal (over 10 million speakers) and Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor and Macau (over 45 million speakers). Services and activities include awarding student scholarships and stipends; promoting Portuguese language classes; hosting colloquia; maintaining the Center library; and sponsoring publications.

The Center, its students and its activities have been sponsored by financial support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Instituto Camões, the Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento, the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica, the Comissão Nacional para a Comemoração dos Descobrimentos Portugueses, the Fundação Oriente, the União Portuguesa do Estado da Califórnia, and the Luso-American Education Foundation.


The Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies

The Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies, sponsored by the Center, is an online publication dedicated to the promotion of the literatures and cultures of the Portuguese speaking world. As a peer reviewed journal, it invites the submission of articles about literature, culture and interdisciplinary fields related to the Portuguese speaking world, in any language.



  1. Academic: The Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, will be hiring a new Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Comparative Literature as of July 1, 2017. Application deadline is December 19, 2016. Please check our ad in the download area below.

Assistant Professor in Portuguese and Comparative Literature