Course

Portuguese language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Portuguese. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Portuguese in everyday situations. 

Portuguese courses

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • For Course 1: A1 (PT-1)
  • For Course 2: A2 (PT-2)

Course 1 (PT-1)

This course is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of Portuguese.

Once you have finished this module, you will be able to:

  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others
  • ask for and provide personal details
  • get around in shops, restaurants and public transport

Course material

Textbook and exercisebook
Português XXI 1 – nova edição (Livro do aluno + cd audio + caderno de exercícios) ISBN: 9789460306280

Optional books 

  • Portuguese Verbs And Essentials Of Grammar ISBN: 9780071498074
  • Gramática Ativa 1 (Versão Brasileira ou Portuguesa)

Versão Portuguesa, ISBN: 972-757-172-7
Versão Brasileira, ISBN: 978-972-757-931-0

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

  • 5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30 

Certificate A1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 2 (PT-2)

This course is intended for people with basic knowledge of Portuguese and people who successfully completed Course 1. An intake is necessary when you have nog certificate of A1.

Once you have finished this module, you will be able to:

  • express yourself in past, present and future tenses;
  • conduct simple conversations about daily activities;
  • describe people’s character and appearance;
  • compare people or objects;
  • talk about cultural differences;
  • make yourself well understood by the doctor;
  • understand road signs and recipes;
  • inquire about trips and excursions.

Course material

  • Português XXI 2 - nova edicao (livro do aluno + cd-audio + caderno de exercicios) ISBN: 9789460309656

Optional books 

  • Portuguese Verbs And Essentials Of Grammar ISBN: 9780071498074
  • Gramática Ativa 1 (Versão Brasileira ou Portuguesa)

Versão Portuguesa, ISBN: 972-757-172-7
Versão Brasileira, ISBN: 978-972-757-931-0

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

  • 8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 18.30-20.30

Certificate A2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Registration and intake

You can register for a module by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? You can email us at languages-intake-PT to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and obtain satisfactory results. To have these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. Whether these points are granted depends on your faculty.