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Over 230 million people speak Portuguese (Brazil alone has a population of 190 million).
Sixth most widely spoken language (spoken in four continents: Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia)
The official language of eight countries: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guine-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tome and Príncipe. Also spoken in the Portuguese islands of Madeiras and Azores.
Widely spoken, though not official, in Go, Macau, Andorra, Luxembuorg, Paraguay, South Africa, and Namibia.
Third most spoken European language (after English and Spanish), fastest growing language of Europe (with Spanish).
Working and/or official language in important international organizations (African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union, and Mercosul, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Ibero-American States, and the Union of South American Nations)
It is estimated that 1.3 million native speakers of Portuguese live in the USA.
Equal status to Spanish in Uruguay's educational system at the north border with Brazil. In the rest of the country it's taught as an obligatory subject beginning by the 6th grade.
Brazil is a 21st-century economic powerhouse. It is the 5th largest economy in the world. It makes sense in the global economy to study Portuguese.
Brazil is the industrial and economic super power of Latin America.
Numerous scientists consider Brazil to be the country with the most important biological diversity in the world.
Brazil's abundance in natural resources
For more facts and features of Brazil, read this document.
Study Abroad in Brazil
Curitiba (South of Brazil)
Population 1,718, 433
a) semester abroad (spring and/or fall): available in spring 2012;
b) location: FAE (Centro Universitário) Currently, FAE offers 22 undergraduate majors, two MBAs and a Master's program, with two tracks of research. <http://www2.fae.edu/curitibaenglish/>
Recent prize: "Sustainable Transport Award," 2010
"The Sustainable Transport Award, is annually offered to the best public transport projects of the world. It is organized by the United States ITDP and a commission composed of more eight international institutions."
For more see:
1. Book: Schwartz, Hugh. Urban Renewal, Municipal Revitalization: The Case of Curitiba, Brazil. 2004.
2. DVD: Del Bello, Giovanni and Vaz, Maria Teresinha. A Convenient Truth: Urban Solutions from Curibita, Brazil, 2007.