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Portuguese Language

An Emerging Language of Business, Science and Culture

Over the past recent years, the Portuguese language has started to emerge globally as a language of business, science and culture and its importance has been highlighted in the media and subject of academic studies with a global impact. The University of Coimbra played a unique role in this regard for many centuries as the only Portuguese language university in the world until the early 20th century.

Internationally recognised by UNESCO as a leading reference in the production and dissemination of knowledge in Portuguese language in the world, UC offers a wide range of Portuguese language and culture courses and develops initiatives and open access projects, which promote the Portuguese as a language of science and culture at a global scale and as an element of cohesion and ownership in the Portuguese-speaking countries overseas.

Portuguese Language Academic Offer

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UC offers a wide range of training possibilities from language and culture summer courses, foundation programmes to master and PhD degrees on teaching Portuguese as a foreign language.

Open access online contents in Portuguese

› UC Digitalis

Promoting and boosting the editorial status of the science produced in the Portuguese-speaking world.


› Intercultural Dialogue on Heritage of Portuguese Influence

This chair focus on research, advanced training and development cooperation within the scope of the so-called living heritage – the Landscape and the Language.

External cooperation initiatives

› Safeguard of the historical memory in East Timor

› Science and Technology Training in Portuguese in Africa