Portuguese

Studying Portuguese language as a Minor at 25% of your degree will help you to become highly proficient in writing, reading, speaking and listening to the language. It will also help you to understand aspects of the society and culture of Portugal and the Portuguese-speaking World. At the University of Liverpool Portuguese is taken as a beginners’ language. Portuguese is the seventh most widely spoken language in the world, spoken by over 200 million people in countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde, as well as places such as Macau, East Timor and Goa.

Students of Portuguese at Liverpool learn both the Brazilian and European variants of the language, and have the opportunity to explore the unique histories, societies and customs of the Portuguese-speaking world. Brazil’s booming economy, currently the sixth largest in the world, means that learning Portuguese can open doors to employment in a variety of areas in virtually any sector including - increasingly, industry, tourism, teaching and translation. A mastery of this language brings with it access to cultural products including world literature and cinema, key debates in areas such as postcolonialism, culture and society.

In Year One our vibrant and fast-moving course will quickly take you to A level standard during the course of your first year.

In Years Two and Four expert tuition in small groups will provide you with the opportunity to approximate near-native standards.

A Year Abroad is strongly encouraged though not compulsory for Portuguese as a Minor subject.

If you do opt to take the Year Abroad your time will be spent in a Portuguese-speaking country as an assistant in a school, as a student at a university or on a work placement. During this year, you will complete an extended essay or portfolio in Portuguese or follow courses at your host university.