Graphic of a shark with the text Macalester Portuguese Program

Experience living in a house where you can speak Portuguese with other Macalester students! Here you will be able to attend cultural events, learn about other Lusophone countries, and practice new skills all in a warm community!

The Portuguese Program sponsors a campus house for students interested in living in a Portuguese-speaking environment. Residents speak only Portuguese in the house. One Program Assistant lives in the house to supervise and help organize various activities. The residence is intended for students who have declared a Portuguese minor, want to immerse themselves in the language before studying away, or who have come back from studying away and want to maintain their language skills. Residents should have achieved at least an intermediate level of proficiency, which means they must have completed PORT 221. Students must take a course in the Portuguese Program each semester they live in the house.

Students who live in the Portuguese Language House are not required to be on a campus meal plan, although some decide to purchase the meal plan anyway. Applicants can choose between one single- and one double-occupancy room.

Residents of the Portuguese Language House will celebrate a variety of cultures from the Lusophone world through a number of events and activities that will also be open to the Macalester community.

Additionally, the house can be used as a hospitality center for distinguished scholars who are visiting the department.

Applications for residence are typically open in February for spots in the following academic year, and in October if there are any openings during the Spring semester. When applications are open, they can be accessed from this web page. The deadline for the 2024/2025 academic year is Friday, February 23rd at 2:30pm.

Want to Live in the Portuguese Language House during the 2024/2025 Academic Year?

Apply to live in the Portuguese Language House for this upcoming year by the February 23rd deadline by completing the Online Application Form

Living in this space means that you will be off the meal plan, barely off campus, and full of great community and camaraderie!

Residents must have completed PORT 221, agree to speak Portuguese in the house, and take a course in the Portuguese Program each semester they live in the house.


Contact our Portuguese Language House faculty liaison, Prof. Fernanda Bartolomei-Merlin if you have any questions.

Casa de Português
204 S. Vernon Street
St. Paul, MN 55105