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Opportunities for Students

On-Campus Activities


The bate-papo is a great opportunity for anyone wanting to practice their spoken Portuguese. Meetups are usually off-campus, all levels are welcome!  Contact Portuguese Senior Lecturer Eduardo Viana da Silva ( for more.

On-Campus Resources

El Taller de Redacción

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers a writing workshop to help students in the 300-level language courses improve their writing skills. For more information, including the current schedule, please visit our Writing Workshop page (link to Google Doc).


Grants for North American Language & Culture Assistants in Spain

This grant gives students at the Intermediate or Advanced level of Spanish the opportunity to learn about Spanish language and culture by living in Spain and serving as an assistant of English in the Spanish public school system. For more information, please visit Spain's Ministry of Education webpage.

The Mary Gates Endowment

Every year, the Mary Gates Endowment awards Research, Leadership, Venture, and Honors scholarships to hundreds of University of Washington students. These scholarships give students the opportunity to engage in activities outside the classroom, thereby enhancing their undergraduate experience. For more information, please visit the Mary Gates Endowment webpage.

Scholarship Opportunities for Portuguese

Scholarship opportunities are available to students of Portuguese through FLAS, Boren, and CLS (external links).

Boren Scholarship

Established in 1991, the Boren Undergraduate Scholarship provides funding opportunities for U.S. students to study languages and world regions critical to U.S. interests.  Visit the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards page for additional information.

Critical Language Scholarship

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply. Participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period, and later apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship

FLAS Fellowships support undergraduate, graduate and professional students in acquiring modern foreign languages and area or international studies competencies.   Students from all UW departments and schools are encouraged to apply.  Visit the Jackson School of international Studies program page for more information.

Professional Development

Experiential Learning / Service Learning

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers students the opportunity to participate in an Experiential Learning project, in which they combine study with service to the Spanish-speaking community. For more information, please visit our Service Learning page.