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Main Office:
(401) 456-8496

Silvia Oliveira, Ph.​D.
Associate Professor of Portuguese Studies
Dept of Modern Languages
(401) 456-8748


Forman Center (F)
Rm. 201
East Campus

​Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies​​


IPLWS 10th anniversary logo
  • The IPLWS proudly sponsored the 40th Anniversary of Day of Portugal Rhode Island and Portugal at WaterFire. 

    Watch the video​ authored by RIC Film Studies students, Spencer Serra and Mitch DeAngelis.

IPLWS 2018 Internship Opportunity

The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies is seeking two student interns for the fall semester of 2018. The students will have an opportunity to participate in the operation of a non-profit entity gaining experience in its governance and management. 

Application deadline: Friday, August 31, 2018​

Description and Application form are available on Google.

Program Description

L​aunched in October, 2006, the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies is a non-traditional academic center at Rhode Island College​. It was approved for permanent status by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education on June 28, 2010.

It is dedicated to the promotion and support of Portuguese Studies at the College, fostering connections between the College and Lusophone communities in the region, and pursuing scholarly research and cultural projects related to the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures.

The Institute strives to be a center of interaction for Rhode Island College students and the community by sponsoring lectures, conferences, artistic exhibitions, cultural performances, adult enrichment courses, workshops and youth and family-centered events as well as professional development workshops for elementary and secondary teachers of the Portuguese language.

The Institute is committed to encompassing the cultures of the many nations and regions of the Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) diaspora, that is Portugal, including Madeira and the Azores, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe, Angola, Mozambique, East Timor and the region of Macau.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: August 07, 2018