Parabéns on your interest in studying Portuguese at
the University of San Francisco (USF)!
Portuguese is spoken by over 230 million people in Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, São Tomé, The Republic of Guinea-Bissau, and other countries. Portuguese is the third most spoken European language and the eighth more spoken on the planet.
Brazil is the largest Portuguese-speaking country, with more than 190,000,000 inhabitants making up half of the continent of South America in both area and population. It is now the sixth largest economy in the world and one of the most attractive places to establish and grow business operations. In addition, Brazil will host the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. It is therefore no surprise that students and professionals from various industries across the globe are turning to learn Portuguese for both personal and professional reasons.
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.