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Eliani Basile
Chair, Modern
Languages Department
(401) 456-8029
(401) 456-8711 (fax)

Silvia Oliveira
Associate Professor of
Portuguese Studies
(401) 456-8748


 Gaige Hall 326
Mall Area
(Find us on campus)


Portuguese Studies Program​

Bem-vindos! Bem-vindas!

Portuguese language is 'homeland' for millions

Read "Portuguese language is 'homeland' for millions".
Dr. Silvia Oliveira's Op Ed published in The Standard Times of New Bedford on June 6, 2012.

The Portuguese Studies Program at Rhode Island College takes students from second-language beginner to advanced levels of proficiency as measured by ACTFL and CAPLE standards. Students acquire the necessary second-language skills and cultural background essential for teaching professionals, health and public service employees, business managers and executives, and graduate programs.

Many students at Rhode Island College have successfully and strategically paired a Portuguese Minor or Major with their primary field of study. Students have the opportunity to experience the cross-cultural benefits of study abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country for a summer, or up to a full year! Meet our students here!

The Portuguese Studies Program at Rhode Island College is proudly supported by the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies, which awards scholarships and provides internship opportunities to Portuguese Studies students, organizes cultural and academic events, and conducts research projects in Portuguese and Lusophone studies.

Linguistic and cultural proficiency in Portuguese can be a significant advantage to young professionals in today's global economy. Enroll in a Portuguese course at Rhode Island College and explore the advantages of making Portuguese part of your career path!​​

Page last updated: October 17, 2019