Faculty of Arts and Humanities


The Portuguese Intensive Course is designed to enable beginner students to reach B1 level written and oral communication skills, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for the Languages.


Bearing in mind China’s national policy towards the training of Portuguese bilingual talents in Portuguese-Chinese and the requests received from the Macao SAR Government to contribute to Macao’s role as a platform for the teaching and enhancement of the use of Portuguese, the Department of Portuguese offers an Intensive Course in Portuguese (as a foreign language). The intensive preparation is structured to train students to reach the necessary level of proficiency in order to apply to Bachelor courses requiring B1 level, in Macao, in Portuguese universities or in the application for an exchange programme. The teachers of this programme include native speakers of Portuguese and one bilingual teacher (Chinese/Portuguese), who are experienced and specialised in the teaching of Portuguese as a foreign language.

The programme coordinator is Tânia Ribeiro Marques.

Course Duration

1 year full-time (day) programme /
2 years full-time (evening) programme

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Portuguese proficiency with A1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Completed Form 5 qualifications are required.

Teaching Medium
Portuguese (one bilingual teacher in Chinese-Portuguese)

Compulsory Modules
・Structure of the Portuguese Language I, II
・Phonetics of Portuguese
・Reading in Portuguese
・Writing in Portuguese I, II
・Portuguese Conversation Practice I, II
・Portuguese Selected Readings
・Language and Culture

Total number of credits for graduation


Ilha Verde Campus


September to May

Weekly Schedule

Mondays to Fridays, 09:00-18:30

Career Opportunities

  • Students will reach the level of proficiency in Portuguese which will enable them to apply to a programme in a Portuguese university or to an exchange programme with a university in Portugal;
  • Students will be able to apply to USJ’s Bachelor in Education (Faculty of Psychology and Education), to pursue a career as a teacher of Portuguese in Macau.
  • Students will be able to apply to a translation and interpretation training programme in Portuguese-Chinese.

Study plan & description of modules

Students must complete all the following modules

Please click on any specific module to see its description.


Year 1
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits
5.00 credits