Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP)
The Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) at UGA is the first and only program of it's kind in the United States. In collaboration with The Language Flagship and Universidade Federal de São João del Rei, the mission of UGA's PFP is to prepare undergraduate students, through innovative language education, to graduate with superior level of proficiency in Portuguese and overseas internship experience, to create the next generation of global professionals. For more information, please visit the Portuguese Flagship website.
Are you a high school student who loves languages? Come learn Portuguese at the Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA)! The Portuguese staff is part of the Flagship Program at the University of Georgia, the only Flagship Program in Portuguese in the nation! Additionally, UGA's college program is the biggest Portuguese program in Georgia.
Facts about Portuguese
- Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language (spoken on four continents: Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia).
- Portuguese is spoken by over 230 million people (Brazil alone has a population of 190 million).
- Portuguese is the official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tome and Príncipe. It is also spoken in the Portuguese islands of Madeiras and Azores. Portuguese is also widely spoken, though not official, in Go, Macau, Andorra, Luxembourg, Paraguay, South Africa, and Namibia.
- Portuguese is the third most-spoken European language (after English and Spanish) and the fastest growing language of Europe besides Spanish.
Portuguese and Your Career
Are you thinking about your future career, the internationalization of your degree, or being more culturally aware as a citizen of the US? Here are some facts about the Portuguese language that might make you consider a career where you can use Portuguese!
- Portuguese is a working and/or official language in important international organizations (African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union, Mercosul, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Ibero-American States, and the Union of South American Nations).
- It is estimated that 1.3 million native speakers of Portuguese live in the USA.
- Portuguese holds equal status to Spanish in Uruguay's educational system at the north border with Brazil. In the rest of the country, it's taught as an obligatory subject beginning by the 6th grade.
- Brazil is a 21st-century economic powerhouse. It is the 5th largest economy in the world, so it makes sense in the global economy to study Portuguese.
- Brazil is the industrial and economic super power of Latin America.
- Numerous scientists consider Brazil to be the country with the most important biological diversity in the world.
- Brazil has an abundance in natural resources.
What FSLA Students Say about Portuguese...
To be honest, I only took Portuguese because my mom made me do it. As it turns out, mothers actually know what they're doing. I've taken four languages over the course of my high school career, but Portuguese is by far my favorite because of my amazing experience with FSLA. I got to experience Brazilian culture through music and outings, eat the most delicious food I've ever had in my entire life, Skype with teens in Brazil, watch some great movies, and, best of all, learn from native speakers dedicated to teaching. I learned more material in three weeks than I ever learned in a year of any of my other language classes. More importantly, I had fun learning Portuguese and retained the information. Later in the summer I attended another educational program with several people from Brazil; because of FSLA, I was able to talk to and understand them in their native language. It was amazing, and I owe it all to the FSLA Portuguese I class.
FSLA was a life changing experience for me. I learned a lot about language, but I learned even more about myself. This program inspired me to be the best I could be through the encouragement of the friends I made and the teachers who taught us. It was truly an experience like no other.
I came to this camp with no knowledge of Portuguese, and after only three weeks, I'm confident I could have conversations, write, and read in Portuguese. This camp wasn't only about learning a language; we learned about the culture! The connections I've made here will be life-long friendships, not only with my classmates, but my teachers, tutors and other campers as well.