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Welcome to Portuguese Studies at UCD

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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 (opens in a new window)philip.johnston@ucd.ie

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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.

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Staff in Portuguese

Ana Vera holds a Ph.D. in Iberian Studies from Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France) and her work develops across the fields of Film Studies, Iberian Studies, Portuguese culture and literature. Her research focuses on 20th- and 21st-century Portuguese cinema, and the relationship between cultural productions, cultural identity, and society, especially in times of crisis during crisis. Ana taught at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and before that at the University Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France).

Go to our Staff Profiles for all contact details.

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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