Hispanic and Italian Studies
Faculty & Instructors
Latin American and Peninsular Studies
Spanish Language Instructors
Italian Faculty & Instructors
Spanish Major and Minor
Teaching of Spanish Major
Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies
Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish – License
Master of Arts in Teaching Spanish
Alumni Dissertations and Placements
Basic Language Programs
Bilingual Basic Language Program
Faculty & Instructors
Minor in Italian
Italian Language and Culture in Siena
Basic Language Program
Italian Social Life
Portuguese for Romance language speakers (PORT 240)
Brazilian Culture in Chicago
Bilingualism Research Laboratory
Cognition of Second Language Acquisition Laboratory
Language in Context Research Group
Multilingual Phonology Lab
Talk Series and Conferences
UIC Talks in Linguistics
UIC TiL Archive of Previous Talks
UIC Talks in Literature and Culture
2016 UIC Bilingualism Forum
Transits / Transition / Revolution
Administration and Contacts
Why study Portuguese?
Learning Brazilian Portuguese is a great investment in your career and it is also fun!
Portuguese is the 5th most spoken language in the world, with an estimated 262 million speakers worldwide. This number is expected to increase to 433 million by 2050, and is the fastest-growing European language after English.
Portuguese is spoken as an official language on five continents, including five countries in Africa.
Portuguese is spoken by about 34% of the population in the Latin America, as Brazil is the largest and most populous country in the region.
It is the 3rd most used language in social media.
Many American and International companies do business or have operations in Brazil. Check out a list of some of them on the Brazil-U.S Council
São Paulo is the business capital of Latin America.
Rio de Janeiro is the host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and it is one of the most visited places in the world.
Brazil has beautiful beaches, mountains and cities.
The country hosts thousands of business and cultural events, as well as regional celebrations throughout the country, including the biggest carnaval celebration in the world.
Chicago hosts events about Brazilian culture throughout the year.
Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies
601 South Morgan Street (MC 315)
1722 University Hall
Chicago, IL 60607
Tel: (312) 996-5218
Fax: (312) 413-1044