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Welcome!  Bem Vindos!

Welcome to the website of the Silicon Valley Portuguese Portuguese Education and Culture Foundation. We are so happy that you are visiting.


                      OUR MISSION STATEMENT

We, the Silicon Valley Portuguese Education & Culture Foundation, are dedicated to supporting the


  • Teaching of the Portuguese language at San Jose State University,

  • scholarships to students taking Portuguese language courses,

  • Sponsoring cultural activities to support the language and culture acquisition of students and the community in general.



We Need Your Help!

Spring 2021 Portuguese courses are in danger of being canceled. 

We need to raise $6000 to continue courses.  SJSU does not

provide enough funds to continue all courses.  

Can you donate $50 to help students continue their Portuguese studies?  Any amount will help!




       1115 East Santa Clara Street, Suite 7

       San Jose  CA 95116

A 501(c)3 Nonprofit Corporation.  Donations are fully tax deductible.

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1) Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, with more than 250 million speakers.  It is the most spoken language in the southern hemisphere.


2) Portuguese is the official language Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé e Príncipe and is also widely spoken in Chinese Macau and Indian Goa.

International House, SJSU

Why learn Portuguese?

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Courses for obtaining the Portuguese Minor at SJSU

PORT 001A. Elementary Portuguese  

PORT 001B. Elementary Portuguese  

PORT 020A. Intermediate Portuguese  

PORT 020B. Intermediate Portuguese  

PORT 101A. Advanced Portuguese  

PORT 101B. Advanced Portuguese  

PORT 102A. Special Topics in Lusophone Cultures  

PORT 102B. Brazilian Culture  

Total Units:26

Students also have an option to continue to obtain

a special BS in Portuguese Studies.

Where is Portuguese spoken?

Board of Directors

Steven Mattos, Chairman

Jose Resendes, VP

Emanuel O Sousa, Secretary

Yvette Sousa, Treasurer

Maria Alsheikh

Francisco Lomelino Alves

Stephanie Alves

Dr. Manuel Bettencourt

Debbie Gentry-Rao

Right; Monument to the Discoveries overlooking the Tagus River in Lisbon.  Celebrating the Golden Age of Portuguese expansion globally.