Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies


Program Description

  • Official title: Graduated in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
  • Branch of knowledge: Arts and Humanities
  • Center: Faculty of Philology
  • Type of teaching: On-site
  • Language: Spanish, Portuguese
  • Duration: 4 academic courses
  • ECTS credits: 240
  • Places of new entry 2019-20: 50


In the academic year 2010-11 the first course of the Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies is implemented, which is taught simultaneously with other 9 Degrees of the Faculty of Philology:

  • Degree in German Studies
  • Degree in Arab and Islamic Studies
  • Degree in Classical Philology
  • Degree in French Studies
  • Degree in Hebrew and Aramaic Studies
  • Degree in Hispanic Philology
  • Degree in Italian Studies
  • Degree in English Studies
  • Degree in Languages, Literatures and Romance Cultures

As of the 2015-2016 academic year, the 11th Grade is taught: Degree in East Asian Studies.

All the degrees have a great common trunk in the first two years of the degree, so that they share all the transversal basic training, all the basic philological training (Second language, General Linguistics, Theory of literature, etc.) and a catalog common of elective subjects with general and introductory content. In this way, the student can design his curriculum combining the various possibilities offered by the joint design of plans in the first two years, and thus can set the list of subjects of degree so that you can guide your career towards a more linguistic slope , more literary or more cultural. For the same reasons, the transfer of credits between the different degrees is favored.115656_salamanca_estudios_portugesues.jpg

The faculty of the Galician and Portuguese Philology Department has been organizing conferences and International Hispanic-Portuguese Conferences for years. In addition to the numerous lectures given by Portuguese, Brazilian and other professors, in this degree they teach as visiting professors prestigious Portuguese language and literature specialists from Portugal and Brazil.

In 2017 this Degree has renewed its accreditation.


The purpose of this Degree is to train in the full command of the Portuguese language and in the diachronic knowledge of the literatures and cultures of the geographical area covered by this language in the European, African and American continents.

Basic skills

  1. That students have demonstrated to possess and understand knowledge in the area / s of study that starts from the base of general secondary education, and is usually found at a level, that although it is supported by advanced textbooks, it also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of their field of study.
  2. That students know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and problem solving within their area of study.
  3. That students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
  4. That students can transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and non-specialized public.
  5. That the students have developed those learning skills necessary to undertake further studies with a high degree of autonomy.

General Competences

  1. Capacity for analysis and synthesis.
  2. Ability to apply knowledge in practice.
  3. Planning and time management.
  4. Basic personal knowledge about the study area.
  5. Be able to obtain information from different primary and secondary sources.
  6. Develop scientific curiosity as a basis for self-learning.
  7. Develop the capacity for self-correction and self-evaluation.
  8. Develop the critical spirit.
  9. Ability to adapt to new situations.
  10. Develop the capacity for abstraction and synthesis.
  11. Teamwork.
  12. Appreciation of multicultural diversity.
  13. Ability to work in an international context.
  14. Ability to work autonomously.
  15. Design and project management.

Specific Competences

  1. Perfect the oral and written communication of the L1.
  2. Acquire a high level of oral and written communication in Portuguese as a foreign language (at least at a C1 level).
  3. Acquire an intermediate level in the oral and written communication of a second foreign language (at least at a level B1) and, where appropriate, a basic level of a third.
  4. Develop basic research skills in Portuguese, Brazilian linguistics, literature and culture.
  5. Understand, know and describe the basic concepts and the main theoretical and applied approaches developed by Portuguese grammar and linguistics, as well as their techniques and methods.
  6. Understand, know and describe the basic concepts and the main theoretical approaches developed by Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture, as well as their techniques and methods.
  7. To be able to locate, manage, take advantage of and synthesize bibliographic information or contained in databases and other computer and Internet instruments related to Portuguese, Brazilian and Portuguese language, linguistics, literature and culture.
  8. Analyze texts and literary discourses and texts and linguistic discourses using appropriate analysis techniques.
  9. Acquire and be able to apply basic knowledge of the didactics and methodology of the Portuguese language, as well as the didactics of Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture.
  10. Carry out analysis and linguistic comments in a comparative perspective.
  11. Perform contrastive linguistic analysis and comments.
  12. To carry out activities of cultural and linguistic advice in a national and international scope as well as in the field of private enterprise.

Admission profile

An entry profile of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences is recommended. The student who wants to study for a degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies should present the following skills, knowledge and interests:

  • Capacity for oral and written expression in the Spanish language.
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize the information received.
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish grammar, linguistics and literature, such as those acquired during Compulsory Secondary Education and the Baccalaureate.
  • Basic knowledge of a foreign language, not necessarily the Portuguese language.
  • Basic knowledge about the linguistic, literary and cultural fact.
  • Interest in the study of the subjects of the letters, particularly those related to the Portuguese language, Portuguese and Brazilian literature and culture.
  • Interest and curiosity to explore the differences between the mother tongue and culture and the language and culture of other countries, as well as a willingness to dialogue, plurality and tolerance towards different cultural manifestations.
  • Interest and taste for reading as a means of personal and professional enrichment.
  • Positive evaluation of independent study, self-discipline and self-evaluation through the adoption of an active and participatory role in the learning process.

Recommended subjects

  • Performing Arts
  • Greek II
  • History of art
  • Latin II
  • Universal Literature

Access, Pre-registration, Admission and Registration

  • No specific access test or special condition other than the general access to university education is provided, regulated state and autonomously.
  • For the admission to the Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies by the USAL , students of A1 level of Portuguese will be preferred (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR), although access to graduates and graduates will be admitted.
  • The level of Spanish language access is B2 in the case of students who do not have Spanish as their mother tongue or have studied university access (selectivity) in countries where Spanish is the language of instruction.

Students with partial official university studies who wish to be admitted to this degree should consult the requirements in the section "Transfer of file" of the Academic Guide of the degree in this same web.

Academic and Professional Exits

Academic Outputs

Once you finish the Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, we suggest you study one of the following University Master's degrees at the USAL , if you opt for a greater specialization:

  • The Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language
  • Spanish and Latin American Literature, Theory of Literature and Comparative Literature
  • Advanced Studies in Philosophy
  • Studies in East Asia (Specialty 1: Korean Studies, Specialty 2: Japanese Studies - Specialty 3: General East Asia)
  • Advanced English Studies: Languages and Cultures in Contact
  • ICT in Education: Analysis and Design of Processes, Resources and Training Practices
  • Logic and Philosophy of Science
  • Texts of Classical Antiquity and its Survival
  • Translation and Intercultural Mediation
  • ESO and Baccalaureate Teacher, Vocational Training and Language Teaching

Professional outings

The Degree in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies qualifies for the exercise of professional activities:

  • in the field of the teaching of the Portuguese language, translation and interpretation, literary criticism and correction of texts in the linguistic, literary and cultural aspects inherent to the Portuguese language;
  • in the publishing industry and the book in its different supports, in departments and media, in the field of cultural services, libraries and tourism companies;
  • of management of human or intellectual resources in the business or administrative areas; Y
  • of international and public relations in the field of cultural economic organizations active in Portuguese Expression Countries, notably NGOs, cooperating organizations with Portuguese Official Countries.

The USAL facilitates your professional insertion. Links of interest:

  • Professional orientation.
  • Training for employment.
  • Employment exchange.
  • Advice on business creation.
  • Practices for students.
  • Practices for graduates.
Last updated Mar 2020

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