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Brazilian Studies

Bachelor's degree programme in Brazilian Studies - Introduction

Samba culture and soocer 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 number




Commencement of studies

August / September



Examples of possible Master's degrees

Tina Sandra Ellingsgaard, studying Brazilian Studies

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Revised 2014.04.11

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