After taking the licentiate degree in English and German Studies at the University of Coimbra (Portugal, 1999) and getting an M.A. degree in General Linguistics and Linguistic Typology at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University in Munich (Germany, 2000), Ferreira started her PhD in General Linguistics at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University and specialized in Language Documentation and endangered languages in Europe.
Since 2007, Ferreira gives courses on Language Documentation and endangered languages at the Institute for General Linguistics and Language Typology (Ludwig-Maximilian-University) in Munich. In one of these courses, she developed a multimedia dictionary of Bavarian. From 2008 to 2012, she was responsible for the documentation of Minderico within the DoBeS project financed by the Volkswagen Foundation at the University of Regensburg.
Vera Ferreira is the president of CIDLeS (Interdisciplinary Centre for Social and Language Documentation, Minde /Portugal) and head of its Language Documentation and Language Typology group. She is involved in several projects focusing on the documentation and study of minority/endangered languages in Europe. She holds seminars and workshops on language documentation, fieldwork, endangered languages and language typology.