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PORTUGUESE is one of the major languages of the world. It is spoken today by more than 240 million people and is an official language in countries across four continents: Portugal, Brazil, the six African countries of Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea and São Tomé and Príncipe, as well as East Timor and the Chinese city of Macau.

No prior knowledge of the language is required to begin to study Portuguese. During the training, you will practice your language skills by reading texts, communicating verbally and completing written exercises while systematically learning the grammar. Readings and discussions on various aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world’s history, culture and society are important parts of the courses and are integrated with the language proficiency training. As a part of the literary studies, you will read some of the classics of Portuguese-language literature such as Luís de Camões, but also modern authors such as Fernando Pessoa and Clarice Lispector. In the third semester, you will take courses in literature and linguistics that will provide you with the methods and tools to be able to write a degree project in Portuguese.

At the master’s level, the studies are focused on either linguistics or literature and lead to a Degree of Master (60 credits) or a Degree of Master (120 credits). There are many options at this level, including opportunities to combine your studies with other subjects. Both degrees make students eligible to apply for doctoral studies.

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Labour market 

Knowledge of Portuguese is in demand in the labour market. Trade and industry, international organisations, tourism, media and journalism are some of the professional fields where knowledge of Portuguese is valuable.


In order to receive a Degree of Bachelor with Portuguese as your main field of study, you can either take individual courses in Portuguese worth at least 120 higher education credits (including a degree project worth 15 credits), together with courses in other subjects worth 60 credits, or choose one of the following programmes: