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 Language Requirements and Courses

At Universidade do Minho most classes are taught in Portuguese and students are expected to be fluent enough to be able to follow them. Exams can be held in another language depending on agreement between the student and the lecturer. There is the possibility of developing individual work/project/seminar with supervision in a foreign language common to the supervisor and the student. 

Portuguese Language Course

The University of Minho (UMinho) offers in each academic year a Portuguese Language Course at the beginning of each semester (as long as you stay for at least one semester as an exchange student). 

This course aims to provide a basic knowledge of Portuguese in order to make things easier for your studies among us and in your daily life in Portugal. 

​This is a 60 hour course. It starts at the end of September/beginning of October (for those students arriving in the 1st semester) and at the end of February/beginning of March (for those arriving in the 2nd semester). ​
Each course has a workload of 6 hours per week.

You will need to pay a fee of €100.00, which includes the certificate issued at the end of the Course. 

If you are interested in attending the Portuguese Language Course (PLE), please confirm your interest in the Exchange Student Application Form to be sent to UMinho's International Relations Services (SRI). By sending this document, you are not making a final commitment but simply demonstrating your interest in attending the course.
Upon arrival at UMinho, you will be asked to take a level test to ascertain your knowledge of Portuguese. You must then not only confirm your intention to participate in the course but also pay the required fee. All practical relevant information will be provided at the beginning of each semester.