Program A (Asynchronous): July 12th - July 30th, 2021

Program B (Asynchronous and Synchronous): July 12th - July 30th, 2021 (Asynchronous) and August 2nd - 6th, 2021 - 9:30-3:00pm PST - (Synchronous)

Registration is closed. (Not accepting new applications)




  • High school students in the United States
    (including entering 9th graders)
  • Heritage speakers of Portuguese and/or Spanish
    (Heritage speakers grew up speaking the language at home.)
  • Female and minority students are encouraged to apply.

What is a summer Portuguese Cybersecurity program like?

The Portuguese Cybersecurity Program at the UW is an opportunity for high school students in the United States to become familiarized with the principles of Cybersecurity, while learning and/or improving their Portuguese Language Skills. We are offering two online programs: an asynchronous 3-week program or a combination of a 3-week asynchronous and one-week synchronous program.

The video below from the 2017 STARTALK Portuguese Student Program will give you an example of a Portuguese language and STEM Program. The video below is from a face-to-face program, while the Portuguese GenCyber Program will be offered only remotely in 2021.


The University of Washington |Seattle| Language Learning Center (LLC) in collaboration with the UW Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC), the UW Center for Global Studies, and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies is offering a unique summer camp that combines the areas of cybersecurity and language education in Portuguese for high school students. This 2021 program is funded by the U.S. National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the UW Center for Global Studies. We are grateful to the support kindly provided by Prof. Marc Dupuis of the Division of Computing & Software Systems at UW Bothell and Dr. Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, Executive Director, Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, University of Washington.

There is no cost to the participants.

students working on computers To be eligible, students must be currently in high school and speak Portuguese and/or Spanish at an intermediate level or higher. Heritage and/or AP students of Portuguese and/or Spanish are encouraged to apply. The course will focus on Portuguese and Cybersecurity.

We are offering two programs:

Program A:
3-week asynchronous online module, 21 hours of coursework (July 12-30th, 2021)
100 spaces available

Program B:
3-week asynchronous online module, 21 hours of coursework (July 12-30th, 2021) combined with a 1-week synchronous online summer camp, 20 hours of coursework (Aug 2-6th, 2021, 9:30-3 pm PST)
20 spaces available with a total of 41 hours of coursework

Participants who successfully complete Program A will receive a certificate in the "Essentials from Cybersecurity and Portuguese" from UW CIAC and the UW LLC. Participants who successfully complete Program B will receieve an additional certificate from UW CIAC and the UW LLC.

Students may also earn the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy and may also be eligible for the Global Seal of Biliteracy in Portuguese.

Participants will explore the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework and resources such as Cyberseek.org. These resources will introduce students to the incredible demand and opportunities the field offers, as well as the diversity of sub-disciplines they might pursue. The ‘Essentials of Cybersecurity’ series ends with a module on ‘Finding Your Cybersecurity Career Path’ and then helps the student construct their ‘Job Outlook’.


U.S. National Security Agency

National Science Foundation

UW Center for Global Studies


If you are interested in applying or learning more, please complete the application form.