Undergraduate Programs in Portuguese


Portuguese is spoken by more than one hundred and seventy million people on four continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Twenty percent of all residents of the Western Hemisphere are Brazilians, who attest to the truth that one out of every five Americans - North, Central, South - speaks Portuguese as his or her native language.


For the most up-to-date listing of courses offered this year,
Click here to view the online Faculty of Arts and Science Registration Handbook and Timetable.

Enrolment in courses

Details of the procedures by which students of the Faculty of Arts & Science register -- enroll in courses for which they are eligible, and pay or make arrangements to pay fees -- are found in the Registration Instructions online: www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/course/timetable.

Winter Session enrollment will be completed in July of the previous year. Observation of rules about pre-requisites and exclusions is the responsibility of the student.


For information on texts to be used, consult the Course Instructor or the Course Coordinator. Prescribed texts and readings are included in the course outline material distributed by instructors during the first week of classes. It is not advisable to purchase any text before the instructor has confirmed the reading list.

Assignments and evaluations

The definitive workload and marking scheme for each course will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course. The Department is governed by the University Grading Practices Policy.

Handing in term work

Departmental policy with regard to late submission of term work applies to all courses: For work received after the date set by the instructor, one mark out of 100 will be deducted per day (excluding weekends and holidays) up to a maximum of ten days. After these ten days work will not be accepted except on compassionate grounds. It is Faculty policy that all term work without exception must be submitted by the last day of classes in all courses.


In accordance with university policy, the final determination of whether or not auditors can be accepted in a course will be made by the instructor, except when the course has been formally filled. Auditors who are students registered in the university or employees of the university will not be charged an auditing fee except in cases where certificates of attendance are requested. All other must pay an audit fee as established by the university's Policy on Auditing of Courses.


Counseling on general undergraduate matters is available through your College Registrar's office. To discuss specific courses that you are taking or intend to take in Spanish or Portuguese, speak with your instructor or the course coordinator. For advice on your Spanish or Portuguese program (specialist, major or minor), speak with the Associate Chair, Undergraduate. A composite list of instructors' regular weekly office hours will be available in the department office. If these regular drop-in hours are not convenient, instructors are also available for consultation by appointment.


A student may take up to any 2.0 FCEs in cognate courses towards a specialist degree, and up to any 1.0 FCE  in cognate courses towards a major in Spanish or Portuguese.

Students pursuing a minor in Portuguese or Spanish can only take 1.0 FCE in Spanish or Portuguese language courses as cognates. This means that students minoring in Portuguese may take 1.0 FCE in Spanish language courses, and students minoring in Spanish may take 1.0 FCE in Portuguese language courses.

HIS 291Y1 Latin America: The Colonial Period
HIS 292Y1 Latin America: The National Period
HIS 301H1 Imperial Spain
HIS 336H1 Medieval Spain
HIS 390Y1 Latin America in the Age of Revolution
HIS 441H1 Conversion and Christianities in the Early Modern Spanish World
HIS 456Y1 Black Slavery in Latin America
LAS 200H1 Latin America: History, Civilization, Culture (to 19th century)
LAS 201H1 Latin America: History, Civilization, Culture (20th century on)
JLP 315H1 Language Acquisition
POL 305Y1 Politics and Society in Latin America
POL 442H1 Topics in Latin American Politics
LIN 100Y1 Introduction General Linguistics
LIN 228H1 Phonetics
LIN 229H1 Sound Patterns
MUS 305H1 Latin American and Caribbean Music
GGR341H1 Changing Geography of Latin America

Language Cognate Courses for Specialist/Major/Minor in PRT:
SPA 100Y/219Y/220Y/320Y

Language Cognate Courses for Specialist/Major/Minor in SPA:
PRT 100Y/120Y/220Y/320Y

Luso-Brazilian Courses

Visit https://timetable.iit.artsci.utoronto.ca/ for a list of current course offerings

The literature of Portugal has a tradition that goes back as far as the twelfth century, and the country's discoveries in the Renaissance led it to all corners of the globe. In the last two decades Portugal has given to Canada many thousands of new citizens, and Brazil is attracting the attention of Canadians through its vast potential as a land of culture, of natural resources, and of industry.

In addition to a full range of courses in language, Portuguese studies at the University of Toronto are concerned with the major trends and issues of Luso-Brazilian literature and culture and serve the programs in Ibero-American Studies, European Studies and in African Studies.

The Department encourages students to consider completing part of their course work at a university in Portugal or Brazil.

Placement Test and Language Assessment

If you have not studied Portuguese previously, you do not need to take the placement test. Please enroll in PRT100Y.

If you have not studied Portuguese previously, but are a native or proficient speaker of Spanish, you do not need to take the placement test. Please enroll in PRT120Y.

If you have learnt Portuguese in school or have been exposed to Portuguese at home, please take the Placement Test for assessment.

Instructions for taking the Portuguese Placement Test for registered students with a Valid UTOR ID Account:

1. Click on https://tinyurl.com/PRT-Test
2. Enter your UTORid credentials
3. Click Submit.
4. Click OK to continue (on the right bottom).
5. Read and follow the instructions.
6. Fill in the background form and declaration and then take the test.

Once you are self-enrolled, you can access the organization from your portal homepage under the "My Organizations Plus" section, which is typically in the center of the portal homepage.

For description of specialist, major and minor program in Portuguese,
please use the link to the Faculty of Arts and Science calendar:


For personal consultation, contact the departmental administration by
e-mail at:
or by telephone at (416) 813-4080

In the department’s view,  the language citation is intended for students who wished to have their coursework recognized, indicating that they have attained a certain degree of knowledge of  the language, but do not have sufficient coursework to obtain a degree  (i.e., a major or a minor program).

Major or minor programs supersede the language citation.

To be considered, please complete the form below and attach a copy of your informal ROSI transcript.

Language Citation Request Form (DOC 37kb)