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Portuguese, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) New Brunswick, NJ, United States
The Portuguese major program from Rutgers University provides students with the opportunity to develop their Portuguese language skills while also studying the literature and culture of Portugal, Brazil and African lands of Portuguese language or influence. 
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They may also combine their Portuguese studies with other areas to prepare for career opportunities in international business, government, travel or communications, where knowledge of a foreign language and culture is indispensable. A Portuguese major from Rutgers University is a good complement to a major in another foreign language or to certicate programs such as the Global Studies Certificate.

Students who have already studied Portuguese for two or more years in high school or who speak Spanish in the home and wish to continue the language are assigned to courses according to their achievement on a  placement test.

Career Opportunities

As the fifth biggest market in the world and an important trade partner of the U.S., learning Portuguese will make students more marketable because of Brazil's growing economy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Elementary Portuguese
  • Intermediate Portuguese
  • Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish
  • Portuguese for Native Speakers
  • Portuguese Conversation and Composition
  • Lit & Cult Brazil
  • Independent Study
  • Honors in Portuguese
  • Rdngs in Portuguese

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Online Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • Nonrefundable $70 application fee, payable online by credit card
  • Final official high school transcript showing all courses with final grades in grades 9-12:Transcripts must show a date of graduation; or
  • GED or equivalency diploma holders must submit test results or equivalent as well as transcripts from any high school attended
  • College transcripts if you took any college courses at a two- or four-year college
  • SAT or ACT scores (with writing) only if you graduated from high school less than two years ago and will not have at least 12 college credits completed by the application due date

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14506 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    29012 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14506 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6115 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New Brunswick

  • 1204 - 2970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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