Portuguese Flagship Program

Portuguese Flagship Program at UT






The Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) at the University of Texas at Austin is the second in the country. Intended for UT Austin undergraduate students with a unique commitment to reach the highest levels of Portuguese and apply those skills in a professional context, the PFP offers an unprecedented opportunity for motivated students to internationalize their academic experience.


For many it will also serve as a stepping-stone into an international career. More than a study abroad program, the PFP is structured to complement the student’s major area of study from the moment he or she arrives at UT Austin. Participating students also benefit from accelerated classes, regular group or one-on-one tutorials, Skype partners in Brazil, rich cultural events, support for immersion experiences both in the US and abroad, and a capstone year studying at UFSJ – a leading Brazilian university – and completing a semester long internship in Brazil. 


The PFP is open (and encouraged) to undergraduate students of any major. Our goal is to help students obtain “Superior” proficiency in Portuguese.

To help in this endeavor, PFP scholars must do the following:

  • Enroll in at least one Portuguese class every semester, and as they do so, they receive extra help from language coaches and language tutors.
  • Participate in program-sponsored activities related to Portuguese and Brazil.
  • Take regular proficiency exams to chart progress to qualify for Portuguese Overseas Flagship Capstone Experience in Brazil.
  • This Capstone Experience includes a semester of coursework at our partner institution in Minas Gerais, the Universidade Federal São João del Rei (UFSJ) and a 15-week professional internship in Brazil.


Below is an outline of a potential track for course work when participating in the PFP:



Throughout their four years of study, PFP students strive to achieve superior proficiency in Portuguese and gain insight into how this skill and body of knowledge will create future opportunities. 

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