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Samba culture and soccer fever

Brazil is synonymous with parties and bright colours, coffee and carnivals, and enormous cultural and natural riches. It is also the fifth-largest country in the world and the eighth-largest industrialised nation – a combination that is making Brazil more and more visible internationally. As a student of Brazilian, you learn to impart knowledge about this diverse country that is undergoing such rapid development.


In Brazilian Studies, you learn the Brazilian variant of Portuguese. During your years of study, you learn to read, write, speak and understand Brazilian-Portuguese, and to use these skills to become thoroughly familiar with Brazilian culture and social affairs. You acquire specialised knowledge about Brazil, which you can communicate to the Danish public using the linguistic and cultural skills you acquire during your studies.

From Cabral to Pele

In addition to the language subjects, you also study Brazilian society and the country’s historical conditions from the time the Portuguese explorer Pedro Alvares Cabral landed in 1500 right up to the situation today. You examine why Brazil has one of the world’s most uneven income distributions, why the Brazilians are crazy about Samba and soccer and, in general, acquire an intimate understanding of this huge country – from the Amazon jungle to the poor suburbs of Rio. In addition, Brazil has its own particular style of fiction that you will get to know by analysing texts and studying the country’s literary history.

Colonisation, phonetics and soccer

Brazilian Studies at the University of Aarhus deal with many questions and discussions, such as:

  • What was the impact of Portuguese colonisation on Brazil’s development?
  • What is the difference between Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese? 
  • What characterises the Brazilian business community compared with the Danish?
  • Why have Samba and soccer become so important to Brazilians and their culture?

Research-based teaching

The teaching carried out at Brazilian Studies is research-based. Among other things, this means that most of the lecturers you meet during your degree programme are active researchers within the fields in which they teach, so the content of your courses is based on the latest research. Research-based teaching also means that throughout your studies you will learn to use research-based theories and methods.

You can read more about the current research interests of your lecturers at the subject website.

Admission requirements

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Admission requirements

Qualifying examination

Specific subject levels (Danish upper secondary school):

  • Danish A
  • English B
  • History B og History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B
  • One other language at A level, but only B level in cases of a continuation language

If you do not have the right subject levels, you can take them as supplementary examination courses at upper secondary level. Read more at

You must meet the admission requirements and submit documentation no later than 5 July in the year of application.

The subject-specific level requirements must be passed in accordance with the degree programme’s regulations and marking assessment. This means grade 6 (Danish 13-point grading scale)/grade 2 (Danish 7-point grading scale) or higher. If several marks are included in the subject, the requirements are only met if the average grade is 6 (13-point grading scale)/grade 2 (7-point grading scale). You cannot meet the requirements by rounding up grades. This also counts if the subject is part of a fully qualifying examination.

Applicants with a foreign entrance examination

Applicants with a foreign entrance examination should read the general admission procedures for foreign applicants applying for Bachelor’s degree programmes taught in Danish, including how you find out whether or not you meet the above examination and subject level requirements.

Quota 2 prerequisite

Quota 2 subjects:

 Danish A

  • English B

  • History B or History of Ideas B or Contemporary History B

Further information about Aarhus University's quota 2-requirements.

Programme structure

Student life

An example of a weekly timetable during the first term

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8-9   Knowledge of Brazil      
10-11 Grammar/phonetics   Grammar/phonetics    
12-13 Written proficiency A Oral proficiency      


University studies are a full-time job in spite of the limited number of scheduled hours, as students must be well prepared for classes. The limited number of lessons and the large volume of preparation provide considerable flexibility, but this also means that you have to know how to manage your time.

Form of teaching

Teaching takes place in the form of classroom lessons involving group projects, student presentations, and work presented by either the teacher or the students.

Study groups

Brazilian students are encouraged to form study groups. This is important for academic as well as social reasons, as it allows you to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, and to socialise outside university hours.

Life at Nobel Park

Brazilian is taught at Nobel Park, along with most other languages, Scandinavian Language and Literature, Philosophy, the History of Ideas and many other subjects.

  • The Nobel bar: Nobel Park has its own Friday bar, where you can get cold beers and socialise after 14.00. Once a month, there is a “long bar”, with live music until midnight. The Nobel bar also hosts parties during the year, so if you are keen on partying, this is where it happens.

Activities for all students

The University of Aarhus also organise many other events for all students and staff, such as lectures, dissertation defence, intro days, seminars and sports days.

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Job profile

Top 5 jobs

Five examples of potential jobs for graduates of Brazilian:

  1. Cultural information – including the person responsible for communication in public and private organisations with contact to Brazil.
  2. Project management and administration of collaboration with Brazilian customers, business partners or politicians, e.g. via employment at an embassy or export company.
  3. Translating and interpreting for the EU and international NGOs.
  4. Teaching and research (universities, evening classes, private education, etc.).
  5. Travel and tourism – concept development, marketing and planning.

Competence profile

  • Specialist in the Brazilian language, both oral and written.
  • Insight into social, political, historical and cultural conditions in Brazil.
  • Knowledge about Brazil’s role in the world and the country’s international relations with organisations such as the EU and the UN.
  • Understanding of business terminology and collaboration with Brazilian companies.
  • Good communication skills in relation to different target groups. Understanding intercultural communication.
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