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Portuguese language courses for ERASMUS students

Portuguese language courses for ERASMUS students
The Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa organizes courses of Portuguese Language and Culture for foreigners (1st and 2nd semesters), aimed at scholarship students of the Sócrates/Erasmus Program of the New University of Lisbon and other students.

Reference Levels of Learning

(according to Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)

A1 - Nível de Iniciação (Breakthrough)
The user is able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Nível Elementar (Waystage)
The user is able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in basic routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and discuss subjects in areas of common interest.

B1 - Nível Limiar (Threshold)
The user is able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Nível Vantagem (Vantage)
The user is able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity allowing regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 - Nível de Autonomia (Proficiency)
The user is able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 - Nível de Mestria (Mastery)
The user is able to understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.


Language of Speciality
The language of speciality is an integral part of the language course, complementing the learning of the current language. This component foresees the work with some languages of specialty (medicine, economy, law, sciences, among others), depending on the scientific area of the students of each group.
Portuguese culture
The areas of Portuguese Culture are integrated in Language classes.

Evaluation and Certification of the Courses
The evaluation of each level is made through the work developed during the semester and a final exam.
At the end of each semester a certificate is emitted, mentioning the characterization of the level and the final classification. In some cases it will only be emitted a simple frequency certificate. To get a certificate with a final classification and the correspondent ECTS, the student has to attend, at the very least, 75% of the lessons.
Each level has a total duration of 50 hours to which correspond 4 ECTS.

Levels and Classes
The placement of the students in the different levels has in account two criteria:
• The evaluation of the information given by the students in the Registration Form;
• The accomplishment of a diagnostic test in the 1st session.
During the first sessions, the teacher will be able to reevaluate the knowledge of the students and place them in a more adjust level.

Registration in the Course
To register for the course, please fill in the application form and submit it to the International Relations Office at the same time as your Erasmus application.

The Course is cost free for:

• Scholarship students of the Socrates/Erasmus Program;
• Free-movers of the UNL.


Each level has the duration of 50 hours, with lessons 2 times a week,
from 18:00 to 20:00.
In case the student has any problem with the schedule, he must tell the teacher in the beginning of the course. If not so, it will be considered that the student can attend the lessons according to the above mentioned.



There is limited accommodation available for Erasmus Students in official student residences of the New University of Lisbon. You can see details of this accommodation at the website: However, there are a very limited number of places and it is not possible to request a place unless you make an official Erasmus application and are accepted as an exchange student. Places in university accommodation are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and it is not possible to request a specific residence or room type. If accommodation is available, then prices are between 160 to 200 Euros per month depending on the type of room you are allocated. If no accommodation is available in the official residences then you will need to look for rooms to rent in the private sector.

(If you have already been accepted as an exchange student and want to apply for university accommodation, please contact the International Relations Office at the Faculty of Medical Sciences).

Regarding accommodation in the private sector, there are two private residences for university students in Lisbon, the ZoneSpru Sapateiros ( , tel: +351 21 321 6400, email: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. ) and Colégio Universitário Montes Claros ( , el: +351 21 722 1000, email: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. ). Both websites give further details, including rooms, facilities and prices.

Another option is to try This is a European Commission-funded international student accommodation network for arranging accommodation swaps and rentals abroad. Their website is:

For more information, you can look at this website: It is a website designed for foreign students coming to Lisbon and it has information about accommodation as well as travel, social activities, and so on. It is written in Spanish, Italian and English.

If you cannot arrange accommodation before your arrival in Lisbon, a solution can be to stay in the Youth Hostel (Pousada da Juventude) for a short time while you find somewhere more permanent (website: tel: +351 707 20 30 30, Fax: +351 21 723 21 02, email: Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. ).