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Why someone should try to learn Portuguese?


Por Gabriel

Having Portuguese as your mother tongue when you are in a foreign country can be very annoying sometimes. People usually think it’s like speaking Spanish in a funny way. Actually, in many countries people see no reason why to learn Portuguese. But, congratulations to those who try to learn it, and I must say you’re doing a great thing.

Let’s explain why learning Portuguese is a great choice. It’s the 5th most widely spoken language in the world! It’s the main language in 7 countries around the world, including Brazil in South America, Portugal in Europe and also countries in Africa and Oceania. It’s also spoken in Asia as a second language in Macau, and, surprisingly, it’s also spoken in some parts of India like Goa. The wide dissemination of Portuguese in many continents and countries is because of Portugal’s colonial period.

It means that you can go to many countries around the world having only Portuguese as a second language and you’ll be able to easily understand people that, many times, won’t be able to speak English for example. And let’s not forget that Brazil is the greatest Portuguese speaking country in the world and also is the 5th most populated country which makes really easy to find Brazilians in other countries. If you know any Brazilian you’re going to agree with me that we are great people to talk if you have no friends in town or if you’re traveling alone and looking for someone to hang out. Brazilians are very friendly and open-minded; it’s not hard to find a Brazilian friend. 

Another great reason to learn Portuguese as a second language is because it can make everything much easier if you try to learn another Latin language. Languages as French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese are very similar to each other because they are all derived from Latin.

Being Brazilian Portuguese the newest one of the Iberian languages, it has been strongly influenced by the other ones. If you are interested in learning languages, why not start with Portuguese and make everything easier when learning the others?

So, are you already looking for Portuguese classes?

Why not learning or improving your Portuguese here in Brazil? You can start coming to our International Summer Programme in July!!!

Hope to see you here!!!  

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7 reasons to come to our Summer Programme:

Por: Gabriel

1-Ouro Preto:

This will always be the main reason why someone should ever come to our course. Knowing Ouro Preto is a magnificent experience! This place is filled of incredible wonders in each corner. It may be a little bit exaggerated to say but this is one of the most powerful cities in the whole world. When you arrive in the city center you can instantly feel the aura of the town. Some people like it, some people feel a little bit uncomfortable, but feeling it is something you must do at some point of your life.

2-Winter Festival:

Luckily we'll be presenting our programme while the Winter Festival is happening. That may give to the ones who participate of it a great opportunity to enjoy the main cultural event of Ouro Preto and also learn a little bit more of the Brazilian culture. That means you can see the culture and study it all at the same time!!!

3-Olympic Games:

The Summer Programme is scheduled to end one week before the beginning of the Olympic Games in Rio. That’s not a coincidence, of course! Tourists coming for the games can participate of the programme, get the chance to know Ouro Preto and also go to Rio prepared to enjoy all that “The Wonderful City” has to offer.


The Federal University of Ouro Preto was founded in 1969, but the academic history of the city is much older than that. The Pharmacy School of Ouro Preto was founded in 1839, few years after the Brazilian independence, followed by the School of Mines, 1876. Studying here is a great experience to know great teachers and absorb the experience of one of the oldest higher education institutions in Brazil.


The Brazilian government decided to abolish the need of a visa to enter in Brazil for some countries because of the Olympic Games of 2016. From 06/01/2016 to 09/18/2016 it will be suspended the need of a visa for tourists from some countries to enter in Brazil. They'll be allowed to stay up to 3 months here without a visa. This may increase the amount of tourists in 20%.

6-Meeting new people:

Coming to the Summer Course you'll be allowed to get to know many people. Other participants of the course also traveling through Brazil and people going to the Olympic Games will be here, all of them searching for some fun and making new friends. But besides others foreigners, Brazilians, especially people from Minas Gerais, are very friendly with everybody, you'll make many friends here for sure. The Winter Festival will be a great chance to meet some new people.

7-Meeting old friends:

If you already know some people from Brazil or even from Ouro Preto, this will be a great chance to meet them again. Meeting new friends is cool but meeting friends we miss is wonderful. 

Already know someone around here? What are you waiting to come to The UFOP's International Summer Programme!?!?!?!?

Click here and know more informations: http://www.caint.ufop.br/summercourse

Why is Ouro Preto so special to study and to live in?

Por: Gabriel

Foto: Vinícius Terror

Foto: Vinícius Terror

Many students leave their family homes every year in Brazil to go seeking for education in a university somewhere else. It’s common to find people far away from their home cities living here in Ouro Preto and in many other university towns in Brazil. But, of course, UFOP and the city of Ouro Preto are a different experience to anyone studying here.

When you arrive here you can automatically feel the energy of this place. The streets are filled with history from the slaves or the gentlemen from the past and also with the vibrant energy from the students that have lived here. The parties, the fun, the studying and it all always with the unforgettable feeling that this is the so called “Neverland”. You can also call it Narnia or, why not, a rabbit hole, the only thing that’s impossible to say is that this city is also placed in plain earth.

Living here, specially in the Repúblicas, is a experience that few people have the pleasure to enjoy. The intensity of the magnetic field of this town doesn’t let you think about the worries of the real world or who you left behind. Suddenly you feel at home here and, when you least expect, you have a family here, actually, many families, uncountable brothers and sisters that, like you, can feel the same aura here.

The “Winter Festival” that takes place in July is a great time here. People from all over Brazil and many others from around the world come to live the experience of tasting what Ouro Preto is. You can see many cultural presentations and also make new friends. I don’t know any reason why someone would choose not to live this experience.

The union people create here is something magic. The fraternities bond people together in an eternal brotherhood. The parties like the October 12th or the April 21th(traditional fraternity parties) receive many former students of the city and make the bond always stronger. The amazing carnival and many other events during the year only show how strong is the energy of the students here.

I don’t know how to feel about leaving Ouro Preto yet. But living here is something I believe everybody should do at some point of their life.

Now that you already know what we have to offer, why not to come to the Summer Course?

Click here for more information.


10 Things that every foreigner should know about Ouro Preto

Por: Gabriel 

1 - Barroco’s Coxinha:

The best snack you’ll ever eat. A fried patty filled of shredded chicken. The walls are all painted by people that have been there before. A different place to know in our streets.


2 - School of Pharmacy and School of Mines:

School of Pharmacy

School of Mines

The places where the economical history of Minas Gerais changed. Because of them, Minas became one of the most profitable states in Brazil. This universities were the beginning of an intellectual revolution in Brazil.


3 - UFOP’s Observation Deck:


The best observation point of the city historical landscape. Inside the university this observation deck shows most of the historical churches and museums.


4 - Peak Itacolomy:


A close , yet beautiful natural wonder of Ouro Preto. The peak can be seen from all over the city. A great nature park, with also archeological exhibitions and many trails for the more adventurous ones.


5 - Mine of Chico Rei:

A great place to see and feel how was to explore gold during the Brazilian colonization. There you can understand the suffering of the slaves and the richness of the Portuguese crown.


6 - Republican Lifestyle:


The best way to understand how the student life happens in Ouro Preto. It's fun yet intriguing to see how the Republicas work.


7 - Pilar's Cathedral:


The richest and biggest church in Ouro Preto. A great place to see the religious influence in the countryside of our state in the beginning of the colonization.


8 - Museums:


All of them filled with pieces of our history and also many marvelous histories of the past. The past of Brazil and way to its independence is seen in our museums.


9 - Operah House:


Where the culture first installed itself in our state. Many plays take place there every year and also some concerts.


10 - Andorinhas's Park


A great natural park with many waterfalls and great trails to be explored. A lot of places practice climbing, trekking and abseiling.


Summer Course at UFOP

In July, we are going to have at Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, the first "International Summer Programme".

Come to this amazing place to visit those wonders. Click on here for more informations about our Course. 

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