About This Course
Subject available through multiple programmes
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Portuguese at UCC allows you to study the language and culture of Portugal and of the Portuguese-speaking world (Lusofonia) through literature, art, theatre, film, music, history and media.
Students are absolute beginners when they begin their studies and BA International Students will have the option to spend Year 3 at a university in Portugal (Coimbra).
Group sizes in the modules are small to facilitate interactive teaching/learning and student participation/involvement.
Year 1 modules:
All modules 5 credits unless otherwise stated.
Year 2 modules
Portuguese Language; Portuguese Studies; Cultural Identity in the Lusophone (Portuguese Speaking) World.
Year 3*/4 modules
Advanced Portuguese Language; Contemporary Brazilian Culture; Portuguese Modernism and Fernando Pessoa.
*BA International students spend third year studying in an approved foreign university in a country of the student's major language or subject. They will return to complete their final year in UCC in year 4.
Expected lecture/reading hours
In the language classes, contact hours will vary depending on proficiency levels. Beginners have more hours of tuition, up to four hours a week, but additional hours may be required for reading, laboratory work, etc. Cultural studies modules are one hour weekly, but students are expected to carry out independent work.
Written exams will take place before Christmas and in May. Not all modules will have formal examinations. Many modules use other types of assessment including written and oral examinations, in-class tests and journals for language modules. Essays, group projects and presentations are the predominant forms of assessment in cultural studies modules.
Who teaches this course
Our teaching staff are internationally recognised experts in their field and language classes are imparted by a native speaker.
Why Choose This Course
As a result of its growing prominence as a world language, Portuguese is a highly marketable skill, especially in the areas of commerce, engineering, translation, tourism, health and sports.
Spoken by more than 200 million people across four continents, Portuguese is usually ranked as the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the most widely spoken in the southern hemisphere. Portuguese is, of course, spoken in Portugal, but it is also the official language of Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and São Tomé in Africa.
Portuguese is an official language of the European Union and MERCOSUR, the economic alliance between several South American countries, including Brazil. Rapidly becoming one of the world’s leading economies, Brazil is already a leader in the areas of medicine, technology and energy. It hosted the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.
Placement or Study Abroad Information
Students of Portuguese have the option of spending Year 3 studying in Portugal, which will dramatically improve your linguistic competencies towards native level.
The Department is currently working on partnerships with Brazilian universities and businesses and will offer work placements in Brazil to students in the near future.
Skills and Careers Information
Our degrees will equip you with a range of skills including:
- language, intercultural, communication and technological
- intensive language training
- laboratory training
- training in translation and writing for professional purposes.
UCC has recently refurbished its language training facilities to offer optimum conditions for student learning.
Students with languages and soft communication skills have more opportunities in international business, teaching, marketing, translating, public service, tourism, recruitment, journalism and media, both at home and abroad.
Students wishing to take Beginners' Portuguese must have obtained a minimum Grade H4 in the Leaving Certificate or equivalent in another modern continental language, or Irish, Latin or Greek.
Mature entry applicants
Find out about the mature entry requirements here.
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to the Irish Leaving Certificate. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.
To verify if you meet the minimum academic and language requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.
For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website.
Fees and Costs
The Undergraduate Fees Schedule is available here.
How Do I Apply
Non-EU applicants must apply online: How to apply pages for international students.
*All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.
In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments.