The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2012

Admission and scholarship applications now open for the
19th Annual UMass Dartmouth Summer Program in Portuguese

Scholarships to Study in Lisbon

The Portuguese language has one of the world's most culturally, ethnically and geographically diverse community of speakers, spread out as it is over every inhabited continent, on islands in the world's oceans, and in the world's most politically and economically important metropolitan areas. Speakers of Portuguese thus come into contact not only with speakers of other languages on a regular basis, but also are quite often speakers of other languages, dialects and Portuguese-based creoles themselves.

For this reason, the 2012 UMass Dartmouth Summer Program in Portuguese will concentrate on this linguistic and attendant cultural diversity in the Lusophone world, both in its intensive courses in Portuguese language at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels, as well as in its advanced seminars in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Portuguese culture and civilization.

This year the Summer Program will welcome Prof. Hugo Cardoso (PhD, U of Amsterdam), who will teach an undergraduate/graduate seminar on Portuguese Language in Global Linguistic Perspective. This seminar will focus on topics such as dialectology, creolization, multilingualism, and language contact. With its global focus, the course is excellent preparation for advanced students who will go on to teach the Portuguese language in the globalized environment of the 21st century.

As always, cultural activities that reflect the cultural diversity of local Portuguese, Brazilian and Cape Verdean communities of southern New England—from concerts, culinary events and festivals to visits to nearby points of cultural interest—will again be part of the UMass Dartmouth summer experience.

To obtain more information on the 2012 Summer Program in Portuguese, view photos from previous years, download posters or brochures, or complete an application for admission and scholarships, please visit us online at:

The Summer Program in Portuguese is grateful to the Luso-American Foundation for the support received since 1994.