Welcome to Portuguese in UCC!
Take Portuguese in UCC!
Introduced by the late Professor Foley in the 1980s, Portuguese will be available for the first time as a subject in the BA in UCC from 2012.
Students also have the opportunity to study at the University of Coimbra in Portugal
From September 2012, students will also be able to register for Portuguese as part of the new Certificate in Languages and Certificate in Arts programmes.
Why study Portuguese?
As a result of its growing prominence as world language, Portuguese is a highly marketable skill, especially in the areas of commerce, engineering, health, translation and tourism.
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, and will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016.
Spoken by 180 million people across four continents, Portuguese is also the official language of Angola, Mozambique, São Tome and Principe, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Timor, co-official language in Macau, and, to a lesser degree, Portuguese speakers in Goa.
Portuguese-speaking Angola is rich in natural resources like oil and diamonds, and the country is often referred to as the African Kuwait http://www.governo.gov.ao/. Australian neighbour, East Timor, is also rich in oil and natural gas, but owes its quick economic growth to gold.
Portuguese has a rich and diverse history
For more information please contact Sofia da Silva Mendes S.daSilvaMendes@ucc.ie