Undergraduate Studies in Portuguese

Major in Portuguese

The major in Portuguese is a liberal arts major intended to develop competence in the Portuguese language and provide students with a comprehensive knowledge of the literatures and cultures of Portugal, Brazil, and African and Asian lands of Portuguese language or influence.

More than 30 Yale undergraduates have studied Portuguese in the summer in Brazil or Portugal in the last five years with fellowship support from the Portuguese program.

The undergraduate “Brazil Portugal Club” organizes social and academic activities each semester. Many Yale students are from Brazil.

The Malcolm C. Batchelor Fund of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese sponsors one major conference annually on Luso-Brazilian literature and culture.

All majors in Latin American Studies take Portuguese at Yale.

Course Offerings FY 2022-23

Study Abroad and Summer Session Information

Department Brochure

Spring 2023 Portuguese Placement Exams

  • Online Placement Exam for the Spring 2023 Semester

    The test link can be found here:


    • Placement Exam opens: Tues, October 25 (9:00 am)  
    • Placement Exam closes: Fri, October 28 (12:00 noon)  NOTE: Please begin your test by 10:30 am to ensure you have enough time for a full testing session. NOTE: Please begin your test by 10:30 am to ensure you have enough time for a full testing session.
    • Placement results reported: See Canvas site announcements

Registration Information

Portuguese Language Course Registration Information

General Registration Information (University resources)