UGA gets first Undergraduate Flagship Program in Portuguese

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The rapid growth of the Brazilian economy has caused demand for Portuguese speakers to surge, prompting the National Security Education Program to award UGA a grant to establish the nation’s first and only Undergraduate Flagship Program in Portuguese. The Flagship Program, which is open to students from any major seeking to internationalize their education, offers intensive language instruction that includes one-on-one tutorials and innovative curriculum, such as regular communication via Skype with partners in Brazil’s São Paulo State University. Flagship students will spend a year in Brazil, where they will reach professional-level Portuguese proficiency through language and content courses as well as an internship. UGA enrolled its first students in the program in January. Brazil has the largest economy in Latin America and this year ranked as having the world’s fifth largest economy, putting it ahead of France and Britain. Although Portuguese currently is the seventh most spoken language in the world, very few U.S. high schools and only a select number of university programs offer instruction in the language. 

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NSEP, established by Congress in 1991 to increase the ability of Americans to communicate and compete globally, awarded UGA a renewable $225,000 grant for the first year and is expected to provide more than $1 million, pending Congressional approval, during the first full grant cycle.

Learn more about the program at http://www.lacsi.uga.edu/docs/PortugueseFlagshipProgram.pdf.