Portuguese Program

Welcome to the Portuguese Program at the University of Washington!

The Portuguese Program at UW offers many ways to study Portuguese and the cultures of Brazil, East Timor, Portugal and Lusophone Africa: Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and São Tomé and Príncipe.

  •  We are offering the study abroad - Afro-Cultures of Brazil: during September of 2018 as part of an exploration seminar. Click here for more information.

We offer first, second, and third year Portuguese language classes. Our language program follows the theoretical and pedagogical guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and the World-Readiness for Language Learning, whose main goals of instruction are as follows:

Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Communication: Communicate effectively in more than one language.                                   

Cultures: Interact with cultural competence and understanding.

Connections: Connect with other disciplines and acquire information.

Comparisons: Develop insight into the nature of language and culture.

Communities: Participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world.

In our efforts to promote the standards above, we work in partnership with the local community and other educational institutions to provide students with opportunities to connect with Portuguese speakers and to experience the cultures of Portuguese speaking countries. We are currently offering real-time classroom interaction with Brazilian university students throught the Teletendem Program and with the local community through the Seattle Portuguese Meetup group.

TELETANDEM Video -Click here

We also encourage students to take part in events in the Seattle area involving the arts and cultures of Portuguese speaking countries:

Click here for events with the Brazil Club - BRASA                                     Click here for information on events in the Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle

Click here for the conversation round (bate-papo) on Meetup.com             Click here for classes and workshops in the Union Cultural Center

Portuguese is considered a critical language in the US. The Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships are available for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are US citizens or residents at UW.  FLAS Video - Click here

FLAS Fellows receive:

  • Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 living stipend

  • Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition,$5,000 living stipend

  • Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition,$2500 living stipend

Please, click here for more information on the FLAS Fellowships.


Lisbon, Portugal

For course information, please visit our current course listing.                              

Please contact: Eduardo Viana Da Silva, Portuguese Program Coordinator, if you want to know more about the classes offered in the Portuguese Program at UW: evsilva@uw.edu

Current Instructors:

                                                                                           Mozambique - Zambezi-River-Valley

                                                                                           Zambezi River Valley, Mozambique