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Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Open House Information

This week (October 19 to 23, 2020), Portuguese advisers will be available at different times to answer questions about the Portuguese program:

  • Placement tests - if you already speak Portuguese, you can receive up to six credits by taking the Portuguese Placement Test.
  • Study Abroad - we offer study abroad opportunities in Portugal and Brazil. Contact us for more information!
  • Minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Major in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Portuguese language studies

To schedule a time to talk to one of the Portuguese advisers send a message to either Luiz Amaral ( or Patricia Ferreira (


Who are we?

We are the Portuguese speaking community at UMass Amherst. Our group is extremely diverse. Some of us learned to speak the language in the US, at home, school or college. Some come from states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Others migrated here from different parts of the Portuguese speaking world (Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, Angola, Mozambique, etc).

What unites us is our desire to speak the Portuguese language and to learn more about the culture, the history and the traditions of the people whose language is the third most spoken in New England. Our connection to the Portuguese language and its traditions is bigger than a simple academic enterprise. It is part of our identity and something we want to celebrate in our everyday life.

Quem somos nós?

Nós somos a comunidade de falantes de português da UMass Amherst. Nosso grupo é bastante diverso. Alguns aprenderam a falar português nos Estados Unidos, em casa, na escola ou na universidade.  Uns vêm de estados como Massachusetts, Rhode Island e Connecticut. Outros imigraram para cá de diversas partes do mundo lusófono (Brasil, Portugual, Cabo Verde, Angola, Moçambique, etc). 

O que nos une é a vontade de falar a língua portuguesa e de aprender mais sobre a cultura, a história e as tradições dos povos cuja língua é a terceira mais falada na Nova Inglaterra. Nossa conexão com a língua portuguese e suas tradições é maior que uma simples curiosidade acadêmica. Faz parte de nossa identidade e do que queremos celebrar em nosso cotidiano.