Explore UCD

UCD Home >
overlay image


Welcome to Portuguese Studies at UCD


With approximately 260 million speakers in the world, Portuguese is a global language with growing significance in areas like diplomacy, business, social sciences, culture, history, and much more. At UCD, we offer exciting academic opportunities.

Scroll down for information on:

  • Why study Portuguese?
  • Study Abroad
  • Portuguese as Major
  • Portuguese Elective Modules
  • Academic Staff
  • Our Connections

Why study Portuguese?

Choosing an elective or structured elective in Portuguese will help you connect to the rich and diverse cultures of the Portuguese speaking world and enable you to connect with approximately 260 million speakers of Portuguese in countries on four continents.

Click HERE to find out why you should study Portuguese at UCD.

Study Abroad

UCD offers an Erasmus Exchange with two Universities in Portugal:

Find out more about Erasmus at UCD HERE or contact philip.johnston@ucd.ie

Portuguese as Major

Students can choose Portuguese as language option for the below two BA Humanities pathways to develop their language skills and spend at least one semester at a partner European university, in their third year:

Portuguese as Structured Elective

Over the course of three years, this elective will take students from beginners’ level in Portuguese language to upper intermediate level. In addition to language skills, including speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, students will be introduced to various aspects of Lusophone culture and history to emerge from this elective equipped with knowledge that will open the gateways to Portugal, Brazil, Portuguese-speaking countries and territories in Africa and Asia. 

Find out more.

Staff in Portuguese

Romeu Foz holds a Ph.D. in Studies of the Portuguese-Speaking World. He is especially interested in 20th- and 21st-century Portuguese literature, as well as its relations with Lusophone literatures and themes. In the past, Romeu taught at The Ohio State University, Instituto Politécnico de Beja, and middle and high schools all over Portugal. He also spent two years in East Timor training teachers. He has published poetry (2017) and short stories (2018) in Zona de Carga, as well as academic articles in Hispanic Journal (Spring 2019) and Transmodernity (Spring 2019).

Go to our Staff Profiles for all contact details.

Our Connections

We have strong connections and work closely with the Embassy of Portugal in Ireland and the Camões Institute. The Camões Institute provides substantial funding for our Portuguese Language Programmes. 

School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics

University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 8302