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Welcome to the Portuguese Program in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Maryland features dynamic courses on the languages and cultures of the Portuguese speaking countries.

We offer elementary to advanced level Portuguese language, and classes on the culture, cinema, and literature of the Lusophone countries. Our courses provide essential linguistic and critical thinking skills necessary to navigate a globalized and culturally diverse world. Students in our program enjoy consistent interaction and support from faculty. We are committed to a rigorous linguistic and cultural education to help our students advance academically and professionally.

Advising and Courses


Your Portuguese minor advisor is available to go over coursework and requirements, discuss how to bridge your minor with your academic and professional interests and design an academic plan for you to graduate on time. 

To make an appointment email Dr. Thayse Leal Lima at


Course Catalogues

See the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs for a full list of our course offerings and Testudo for our current courses.

Degree Program Requirements

The Minor consists of 15 credits of coursework beyond the prerequisite courses (PORT 103 and PORT 203). Students complete intermediate to advanced immersive language courses that prepare them to communicate, understand, read and write in Portuguese. In addition, students also complete coursework focused on several aspects of the culture, literature, and cinema of the Portuguese Speaking countries. The interdisciplinary nature of our Minor allows students to explore their interests while deepening their capacity to communicate across cultures. 

Program Advisor

Thayse Lima

Assistant Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Assistant Professor, Spanish and Portuguese