The University of Georgia plans to use a federal grant to establish the nation's first and only undergraduate flagship program in Portuguese.
The school says the rapid growth of the Brazilian economy has caused a rise in demand for Portuguese speakers. The renewable grant from the National Security Education Program provides more than $225,000 for the program's first year and is expected to contribute more than $1 million during the first full grant cycle.
The flagship program is open to students from any major. It will offer intensive language instruction, including one-on-one tutorials and communication via Skype with partners in Brazil. Students will also spend a year in Brazil taking language courses and doing an internship.
The first group of students will be admitted into the UGA program in January.