Courses and Study Abroad Program

For an up-to-date schedule of upcoming courses, and past courses, use the Student Affairs Schedule of Classes Course Search.
Select "Portuguese," desired quarter, and course level from the drop-down menus.

Language Courses

PORT 2: Elementary Portuguese
MTWR  //  11AM - 11:50AM  
Aline de Almeida


PORT 16A: Portuguese for Spanish Speakers II
TR  //  9AM - 10:50AM  
Xiaorui Chu


PORT 5: Intermediate Portuguese
TR  //  12PM - 1:50PM  
Pedro Craveiro                                                

Graduate Courses

PORT 295A: Research Seminar in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature
W //  3:30PM - 6:20PM  
Professor Valarini Oliver


Upper-Division Courses 

PORT 102B: Advanced Grammar and Composition
MW  //  2PM - 3:15PM  
Dr. Nuno Brito

PORT 106: Survey of Brazilian Literature from its Beginning to the Present
TR  //  2PM - 3:15PM 
Professor Valarini Oliver

PORT 114: Literature of the Portuguese Expansion 
MW  //  3:30PM - 4:45PM 
Dr. Nuno Brito

PORT 129B: Portuguese Cinema 
MW  //  12:30PM - 1:45PM  
Professor Corrêa de Sá

Venha falar Português na UCSB!

Portuguese is spoken by more than 250 million people in the world. Portuguese is similar to Spanish. Portuguese will also broaden your views and enrich your CV.

If you want to have a global grasp, come to the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for a major in Portuguese, where you will get to know not only Portuguese as a language, but also the culture and literature of Brazil and Portugal.
You can also enhance your experience of the Portuguese language and culture by applying to the EAP program of study abroad, in Brazil (Salvador, Bahia, and Rio de Janeiro) and Portugal. For more information, visit the EAP site.

EAP Testimonials

Read what some of our students have to say about their experience in Brazil, as EAP students:

"If I had to describe Brazil in one word it would have to be the word ‘extra’ as they always seem to be operating on another level of friendliness, quirkiness, joyfulness, relaxation and culture (at least compared to what I am accustomed to). Befriending a Brazilian is as easy as sending a friend request, unlike in the US where it is easy to become an acquaintance but considerably more difficult to break into a circle of friends.

One of my favorite Brazilian customs is that rarely (if ever) use their hands to handle food—including pizza and burgers. All is done with silverware or napkins. Also, Brazilians enthusiastically participate in the Black Friday madness yet they do not observe Thanksgiving or anything resembling it. Christmas deals on the 3rd Friday of November is as good as any other day for a sale!

Moreover, inserting myself into a culture not my own where hardly anyone spoke English only compounded the culture shock. Still, it was a healthy shock that I believe everyone should experience at least once in their life. I cultivated an independence and cultural literacy that was unlike anything that simply ‘going away to college’ could have ever brought me. I’ve met numerous people from around the world, of different ages, ethnicities, and linguistic backgrounds in Brazil that it has led me to declare Portuguese as my Minor upon returning to UCSB and made me want to work abroad in some capacity in the future." Miguel Valdivia, Class of '20

"Being Half-Brazilian, I always felt a strong connection to both the portuguese and Brasil, but I never had the chance to fully connect with my family and culture until studying abroad in Rio de Janeiro. The experience of actually living and breathing Portuguese for 6 months completely transformed my Portuguese and strengthened my relationship with my country and family. Between the incredible beaches and scenery, rich culture in music art and food, unparalleled celebrations, and incredible people, it's hard to say what the best part of my experience was. But I do know it was crucial in my development as both a student and a Brazilian Citizen, and am incredibly grateful for having had the opportunity to study at a great university that allowed me to explore academic paths not offered at UCSB, all the while strengthening my Portuguese in an academic setting. As amazing as the Portuguese department at UCSB is, nothing can compare to learning about the Portuguese language like a true immersion experience." Michael Moore, Class of '20