Portuguese Language and Culture Courses

Universidade Católica Portuguesa is currently offering two types of language courses for international students: Portuguese as a Foreign Language and Introduction to Portuguese Language and Culture.

Here you can find the information about the courses above:


I -  Introduction to Portuguese Language and Culture:

General Objectives

  • To discover Portugal and its culture
  • To promote the Portuguese language learning
  • To promote the Portuguese creoles and idiomatic expressions learning
  • To develop in the students attitudes of active observer
  • To interact with the environment in a conscious and lucid way
  • To consider new ideas and concepts
  • To take an active role that enables the creation of an environment of teaching/learning more engaging and effective


  • Introduction to Portugal and its culture and language
  • Portugal history and geography
  • Portugal material and immaterial culture
  • Portuguese protocol, etiquette and courtesy language
  • Portugal seen from abroad


II - Portuguese as a Foreign Language:

General Objective
Develop basic skills in the use of Portuguese - verbal and written.

Specific Objectives

At the end of training, students should be able to:

  • Develop of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills; acquire, expand and use new vocabulary, grammatical structures and language functions.
  • Use language skills, so that they are able to express their ideas and opinions about situations in a simple, clear and coherent way.
  • Create communicative situations in order to use Portuguese in professional and every day contexts.


  • Greetings and salutations
  • Giving personal information
  • Distinguishing between formal and informal language
  • Talking about work and routines
  • Describing people and things
  • Inviting, accepting and declining
  • Asking and giving direction
  • Expressing tastes and preferences
  • Talking about different situations and experiences in the past
  • Talking about leisure activities
  • Simulation of daily experiences
  • Acquisition of knowledge about the Portuguese culture