2023/2024 school year

Target audience: Adults for whom Portuguese is not their mother tongue, with the exception of citizens from countries where Portuguese is the official language.

Teaching mode: face-to-face

Duration: 64 hours


A1 Breakthrough
A2 Elementary
B1 Threshold
B2 Vantage
C1 Advanced

Students can only enroll in one level per semester.

Vacancies per level: 20 (each level only opens with a minimum number of 8 students).



1st semester

2nd semester


12th of September to 15th of December 2023

14th of February to 31st of May 2024

Application period

10th of July to 8th of September 2023

11th of December 2023  to 7th of February 2024

How to enroll: Prior to enrollment, you will be required to take a placement test. Ask us for the link to the test by sending an email to with the subject  Semester Course placement test. The result will be sent by email along with the instructions for enrollment.

 Schedule for the 2nd semester 2023/2024:

Horário_2023-2024_ S2_sem salas.docx (1)

*Please note that classes A1-B and A2-C are unavailable to Erasmus+ students at Universidade NOVA.

*You can only choose one class (A, B, C, D…) and you cannot change classes/timetable after the start of the course. 

Location:  School of Social and Human Sciences of the NOVA University Lisbon – Avenida de Berna 26 C, Lisbon (see map). Check our campus map HERE


  • External students: 450 + €7 (school insurance fee);*
  • Erasmus+ NOVA FCSH students (with a Portuguese as a foreign language course in their Learning Agreement): free;
  • Erasmus+  students from other schools of NOVA University (with  a Portuguese as a foreign language course in their Learning Agreement): €7 (school insurance fee);
  • Students at NOVA FCSH(including Erasmus + students without a Portuguese as a foreign language course in their Learning Agreement as well as Freemover and ICM students): 150;
  • Academic staff, researchers, and other workers at NOVA FCSH: 150 + €7 (school insurance fee);
  • Students, professors, researchers, and workers from other schools of Universidade  NOVA de Lisboa: 350 +€7 (school insurance fee).

*(If you need a declaration proving your enrollment, you must add €6 to the course fee. This declaration can only be issued upon payment of the total cost of the course).

Payment method: PAYPAL (payment instructions will be given by email after application validation)

General conditions of the course:

  1. Each level of the semester course, successfully completed, awards 6 ECTS.
  2. The result of the placement test is not binding – in the 1st class, the teacher will reevaluate all students.
  3. Attendance begins to count on the day the course begins, and not when the student begins attending the course.
  4. The justification of absences is only valid upon the presentation of an official document.
  5. Attendance of 80% of the classes is mandatory to get the certification.
  6. The number of justified absences cannot exceed the number of classes attended.
  7. Assessment is continuous and based on: attendance and oral participation (10%), written and oral assignments (30%), a mid-term test (20%), and a final test with five components – reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar (40%).
  8. The same rules established in the NOVA FCSH Assessment Regulations for undergraduate courses apply to the semester courses in Portuguese as a Foreign Language.
  9. The language of instruction is Portuguese.
  10. Schedules may be subject to changes.
  11. The payment is valid ONLY for the date(s) of the course(s) that you enrolling in.
  12. Payment is non-refundable, except if the course you enrolled in does not open because there is not a minimum number of 8 students.