Portuguese as a Foreign Language

To learn Portuguese is a marvelous decision, specially is we take into account its increasing popularity on the global scene – Portuguese possesses nowadays the status of an international language.

The fastest and easiest way to learn Portuguese is to do so in a country where this language is spoken. In fact, to learn to speak Portuguese, you have to live it. Do you already possess some competences (can you, for instance, read and write in Portuguese?) and wish to acquire and / or improve existing ones (such as listening and speaking)?

BabeliUM – Language Center presents a diversified offer in the field of Portuguese as a Non-native Language (PLNM) – Portuguese as a Foreign Language (PLE) and Portuguese as a Second Language (PL2).

The following courses are available on a continuous and permanent basis:

  • Annual Course, divided into two independent semesters (October – January and February – May), thereby allowing the possibility of partial attendance.
  • Summer Course (July).
  • Biannual Course, which takes place in Braga and Guimarães, divided into 2 semesters (October – December and March – May), thereby allowing the possibility of partial attendance.

In addition, other courses with specific features and periodicity may be arranged. These may be either a response to requests from organizations and / or groups of people who wish to acquire in-depth knowledge and competences in the field of PLNM, or they can be an initiative of BabeliUM in response certain needs, for example, tailor-made courses for teachers and other professionals.
Please read the information about pre-enrolment, enrolment, tuition fees and the general rules before filling in the application form.

For more information, please contact portbabelium@ilch.uminho.pt

Annual Course

Our Annual Course has 14 hours per week x 15 weeks and takes place in Gualtar. It includes study visits and cultural activities along the two semesters.

. 1st Semester – 30th Sepetmber 2019 to 24th January 2020

. 2nd Semester – 3rd February to 22nd May 2020

Each semester of the Annual Course can be attended independently, thus allowing students to organise their studies according to their needs. However, students must bear in mind that each semester offers different levels. Therefore, students should make sure that the level they seek is offered in that particular semester. For instance, level A1 is only offered during the 1st semester. Hence students with no previous knowledge of Portuguese should enrol in that semester. On the other hand, level C1 is only offered during the 2nd semester.

The inaugural session will take place on the 3rd February, at 10 am, in the Auditorium of the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences, in Braga. During the session, a diagnostic test will take place in order to ensure correct language level placement.

Registration: 100€
Tuition Fees:
per semester:

Internal = 330€

External = 400€
Isolated course units:

Portuguese Language (6h p/week):

Internal = 150€; External = 200€

All others course units (4h p/week):

Internal = 105€; External = 160€

Summer Course


The Summer Course is held in July (6th July to 31st July 2020) with classes from Monday to Friday, in a total of 72 hours. It takes place in Gualtar and includes exciting study visits and cultural activities.

Tuition Fees (without registration)
Internal = 380€; External = 480€

Isolated course units

Portuguese (20h): 100€

Listening comprehension (20h): 100€

All the others (16h): 80€

Biannual Courses

The Biannual courses have 60 hours (6 hours per week). They are mainly directed to Erasmus students (although anyone can enroll) and take place in Gualtar and Azurém.

1st Semester – 7th October to 12th December 2019

2nd Semester – 2nd March to 18th May 2020

The diagnostic test will take place on the 17th February. In Gualtar (Braga), it will be held at the Auditorium of the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences, at 3 pm. In Azurém (Guimarães), it will take place in  classroom 1.45/buiding 2, at 6 pm.

Registration = 40€ (included in the tuition fee)

Tuition Fees 
Erasmus student UM (confirmed by SRI)* = 100€
Internal = 200€
External = 260€

Online Summer Course of Portuguese Language and Culture

The Online Summer Course of Portuguese Language and Culture, designed in cooperation with a consortium of five Portuguese Universities (Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade de Coimbra e Universidade do Minho) that will issue a joint certificate under the auspices of Instituto Camões, will run from the 6th July to the 31st July 2020.

This Course, offered as an e-learning program, is open to any student living anywhere in the world who wishes to improve their knowledge of Portuguese at an intermediate level (B2). It has 72 hours (32hours of online classes and 40 hours of autonomous work) and various cultural activities, such as field trips or discussion groups.

Tuition fee: €480

Course Working, Attendance and Evaluation Instructions

  1. Assiduity, punctuality and attendance to class and other complementary cultural activities are compulsory.
  2. Each class indicated in the timetable consists of 50 minutes, which the teachers and the students will manage according to terms come to.
  3. Each course subject will be assessed by the respective teacher and according to previously established criteria. At the end of the course, there will be a test of overall assessment.
  4. At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate detailing their level of achievement, as set out by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  5. Receiving the certificate is dependent on participation in a minimum of 75% of the course activities (classroom-based or otherwise).
  6. If a student insists in attending a given level completely disregarding the result of the diagnostic test and the warnings from his/her teachers, (s)he will not receive a Certificate at the end of the Course (unless, of course, that (s)he reaches said level). (S)he will only receive an Attendance Certificate.

Coordinator of the Courses of Portuguese as a Foreign Language:
Anabela Leal de Barros aldb@ilch.uminho.pt