Parabéns on your interest in studying Portuguese at
the University of San Francisco (USF)! Portuguese is spoken in many
parts of the world, from Europe to South America, Africa and Asia.
Brazil is the largest
Portuguese-speaking country, with more than 170,000,000 inhabitants and a
fast-growing population, making up half of the continent of South
America in both area and population. In addition to being spoken
by some 200,000,000 speakers worldwide, Portuguese is very similar to Spanish.
Perhaps if you have studied Spanish you can already understand some Portuguese. The Portuguese language exists as the heart of
Brazilian culture beating with the rhythm of samba and carnival. In
studying Portuguese at USF you can fulfill the University language requirement
and enhance your knowledge of this vibrant language. In
considering a visit to Brazil or a career in one of the many fields of business
or industry that will interact with a Portuguese speaking country, your
opportunities will be greatly broadened by a working knowledge of Portuguese.