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Diploma in Arts (Portuguese)

Key facts

  • Available at Wellington
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Prepare to join the global marketplace

Learn Brazilian Portuguese, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and gain a competitive edge in the global job market.

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What is it like?

With Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Portuguese) you’ll gain general knowledge and understanding of the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture.

Brazilian Portuguese has a slightly different grammatical structure to European Portuguese, but is similar enough that speakers of Brazilian Portuguese would understand and be understood by speakers of European Portuguese.

You don’t need any knowledge of Portuguese to enrol. You’ll progressively develop communication skills in oral and written Portuguese, from introductory to advanced level, and gain an understanding and appreciation of Brazilian culture and heritage.

You’ll also learn to apply your knowledge to analyse, communicate ideas and solve basic problems in diverse contexts. This will make you highly employable in a range of careers.

Discover one of the biggest countries in the world

Brazil is by far the largest country by area and by population in Latin America. Brazil is a significant player on the world stage; with a population approaching 207 million, it is the fifth most populous nation in the world, and its economy is the ninth largest (and largest in Latin America). Brazil’s politics, history and culture are important facets of any focus on Latin America. You’ll learn significant aspects of modern Brazilian history, literature, art and culture.

Relevant to New Zealanders

Brazil is of growing importance to New Zealanders. The NZ Government has signalled increased interest in developing relationships (both economic and educational) with Latin America, including recently announced funding for three Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence, with Latin America designated as one of the three.

Scholarships available

The first Prime Minister’s Scholarships for Latin America have recently been awarded. These scholarships will fund study, internship or research in Latin America. The two priority countries identified are Colombia and Brazil.

Go on exchange to Brazil

There are no compulsory placements, but  you’ll be encouraged to participate in summer study or a regular-semester exchange programme in Brazil to increase your language fluency and cultural knowledge. Massey University has a regular-semester exchange programme available at  Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis.

Study to suit you

All courses are delivered online in distance mode, so you can fit study around your lifestyle. The course includes practical exercises to develop your listening and speaking skills, which are essential to the development of language competency. 

A good fit if you:

  • Are good with languages and keen to learn a new one
  • Want a career involving travel
  • Are interested in different people and cultures


Knowledge of Portuguese language and culture will prove both valuable and rewarding. Opportunities to live and work in Brazil are growing, as the country’s economy booms. Learning the language will give you an edge in the job market, as few English-speakers also speak Brazilian Portuguese.

Studying Portuguese gives you a wide range of career choices, such as:

  • Diplomacy
  • International business
  • Teaching
  • Travel and tourism
  • Immigration and customs
  • Foreign affairs
  • Journalism
  • Trade and export

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