The Brazilian studies programme is about the language, culture, history and society of Brazil. Through the programme, you’ll gain insight into everyday life in Brazil, and you will learn about the country’s social, political, historical and cultural conditions.


This programme is only offered in Danish.

On the Brazilian studies programme, you learn to read, speak and write Brazilian Portuguese.

You’ll become an expert on Brazil, and you will learn how to build bridges between Denmark and Brazil on many levels.

Studying Brazilian studies at Aarhus University 

The Brazilian studies course consists primarily of classroom instruction and work in your study group. 
will have a chance to give presentations and participate in discussion about topics like the history of Brazil, business and industry in Brazil and contemporary Brazilian politics.
Some parts of the programme will be taught in English and Brazilian Portuguese.

Experience Brazil for yourself

Most students on the Brazilian studies programme spend a semester studying in Brazil.

This is a unique opportunity to improve your Portuguese, and it gives you first-hand knowledge about Brazilian society. A study placement in Brazil is a valuable part of the BA programme.

Career opportunities in Denmark, Brazil and the rest of the world

As a graduate of the Bachelor’s degree programme in Brazilian studies with expert knowledge of Brazil, you could work with inter-cultural communication or development work, or in a business or organisation that has activities both in Denmark and Brazil.
You are also qualified for admission to a number of different MA programmes.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission to this degree programme, you must fulfil the following requirements:

 A qualifying examination as well as the following specific admission requirements (Danish upper secondary school):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • An additional language at A level (or B level in case of an advanced language)

A beginner language at level C completed before the reform of upper secondary education is equivalent to a beginner language at level B, and a beginner language at level B completed before the reform of upper secondary education is equivalent to a beginner language at level A.

If there are some subjects you have not completed at the required level, you can take them as supplementary courses. Read more about supplementary courses.

The admission requirements must be met and documented by 5 July of the year of application.

However, conditional admission may be offered if documentation that specific admission requirements have been met is available no later than 5 September.

Quota 2

Like quota 1 applicants, quota 2 applicants must have passed a qualifying examination, and they must also fulfil the specific admission requirements above.

Quota 2 applicants are individually evaluated on the basis of: 1) average mark in particularly relevant subjects 2) other particularly relevant documented qualifications.

Read more about Aarhus University's quota 2 criteria.

Quota 2 subjects:

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Programme structure

The course on the Brazilian studies programme focus on three key areas. First and foremost, you will learn Brazilian Portuguese. You will also learn about Brazilian history and social conditions. And last but not least, you will be introduced to Brazilian literature.

The diagram below shows you how the programme is structured. You can click on the different courses to read the course descriptions.


Academic regulations

In the academic regulations, you can read more about the content of the individual course, the structure of the degree programme and the demands the programme places on you as a student. You can also read about the types of exams and the exam requirements.

Student life

Academic student life on the Brazilian studies programme

At the lectures on the Brazilian studies programme, the most important content for your entire year group is covered. In classroom lessons, you have lots of opportunities to ask questions  and participate actively in discussions guided by a more advanced student. You will also be affiliated with to a study group. You and the other students in your study group will discuss the syllabus, work on assignments and prepare presentations together. 

Here is an example of a typical week in the first semester of the BA programme in Brazilian studies. As you can see, you spend a lot of your time preparing for lectures and classroom lessons. This is why Brazilian studies is a full-time degree programme even though you don’t have a full schedule of formal classroom teaching. This means that you will also learn how to structure your time in the course of your studies.

9:00-12:00 Independent study
Lecture: Studium Generale
15:00-17:00 Lecture: Propadeutic 1

9:00-12:00 Meeting in study group
12-15 Reading: preparation for lecture
15:00-17:00 Lecture: Propadeutic 1

8:00-10:00 Practical: Propadeutic 1
10:00-12:00 Lecture: Propadeutic 1
12:00-17:00 Translation of a Brazilian text

10:00-12:00 Lecture: Propadeutic 1
12:00-14:00 Classroom instruction: Studium Generale
14-18 Preparation for classroom instruction.

10:00 - 12:00 Classroom Instruction: Propadeutic 1
12:00-15:00 Meeting in study group
15:00 - 18:00 Friday bar

Social life on the Brazilian studies programme

Brazilian Studies is a relatively small degree programme, which means that you will get to know your teachers and fellow students really well. Together, you can participate in some of the many academic and social events at the programme: 

Brasil Aqui
Brazilian studies students publish a newsletter with articles about different aspects of Brazilian society and culture and life as a student on the Brazilian studies programme.

Brazilian Days
Each year in October, writers, researchers and guest teachers from all over the world are invited to Aarhus to discuss issues that are relevant to the study of of Brazilian culture and hold academic workshops students can participate in. 

The language programmes’ weekly Friday bar is called Esperanto.  The bar is named after the artificial language introduced to the world by L.L. Zamenhof in 1887. Esperanto is the most commonly spoken artificial language in the world. 

If you’re interested in the latest research on Brazilian studies, you’ll find it in the AU journal Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies. The journal contains articles and essays by researchers and students form all over the world. 

Sexta Cultural
Every Friday during the semester, students meet to watch Brazilian films, play games and practice their Portuguese. 

Studying abroad

As a student of Brazilian studies, doing a semester abroad is an excellent idea. The programme has exchange agreements with a number of international universities. Study abroad gives you a chance to gain first-hand insight into the culture of the country you visit as well as developing your language skills. During the 6th semester of your BA programme, you can take advantage of one of the many exchange agreements between Aarhus University and partner universities all over the world. Get inspiration, guidance and travel lust here.

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After you graduate from the BA programme in Brazilian studies, your career opportunities depend on what subjects you chose to focus on during your studies, your choice of supplementary subject, and your choice of Master’s degree programme if you decide to continue your studies. 

In the course of the programme, you will first and foremost learn to speak and write Brazilian Portuguese fluently. You will also gain an understanding of Brazilian culture and society and Brazil’s relationship to the rest of the world. This will enable you to analyse and explain complex cross-cultural issues in relation to Brazil. 

Graduates of the Brazilian studies programme typically work with communication, for example as project managers, translators or interpreters for public or private organisations  that have contact with Brazil. Careers in travel and tourism or teaching are other possibilities.

Supplementary subjects

You will be required to select a supplementary subject in the third year of your Bachelor’s degree programme in Brazilian studies. Here are some examples of supplementary subjects other Brazilian studies students have chosen:

  • International Communication in English
  • Supplementary subject in humanistic organisational development
  •  Linguistics for Students of Language

Master’s degree programmes

Most graduates of the BA programme in Brazilian studies go on to take a Master’s degree in the same subject. But there are a lot of options, and you should be aware that some of them require specific supplementary subjects in order for you to be eligible for admission. Some of the options are: 

  • The Master's degree in Brazilian studies, a continuation of the undergraduate program in Brazilian studies that requires you to apply theories and methods more critically and independently.
  • The Master’s degree programme in international studies, which teaches you to understand the complexities of globalisation through the study of subjects like history and international law.
  • The Master’s degree in Latin American studies, which gives you broad knowledge of Latin American politics and culture and international relations.
  • The Master’s degree programme in journalism (cand.public), which lets you continue building on your knowledge of the culture and politics of Brazil while strengthening your journalistic skills.
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