T & R | 11 am - 12:50 pm
Aline de Almeida
T & R | 1 pm - 2:50 pm
M & W | 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
Dr. Pedro Craveiro
T & R | 2 pm - 3:15 pm
Professor Valarini Oliver
M & W | 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Dr. Pedro Craveiro
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.
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