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Learning Opportunity: Language Sciences - Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras

Language Sciences - Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Letras

Course Information

The graduate degree in Language Sciences:

 - promotes a solid scientific education in its area, complemented by knowledge and subsidiary competences, as well as the possibility of organizing its own path through selected optional subjects;

 - it is both centred in classic fundamental research objects in General and Theoretical Linguistics, as well as in Language-applied research, with a particular focus on the Portuguese Language;

 - has a three year-length and it presents two alternative education paths: Linguistics and Portuguese as a foreign language.

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With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto is currently one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe.

The quality of its teaching staff (81% of which PhDs) ensures a high quality of training that makes the University of Porto the most sought-after University in Portugal and the chosen university for candidates with highest grades.

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The Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto offers undergraduate courses, Master’s courses and doctoral courses.

Based on an exchange of knowledge and expertise, the courses are designed to encourage the production of scientific knowledge and provide students with the professional skills they will require to enter the labour market and to pursue endeavours in entrepreneurship.

The Faculty's teaching staff is highly qualified with almost all its members hold a doctoral degree. They are vastly prolific in scientific production and have significant international experience in their areas of research and teaching.

The Faculty is also involved in student and teaching staff exchange programmes, namely through cooperation agreements with renowned foreign institutions, particularly with European and Brazilian universities.

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6 semesters, 3 years

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Have successfully completed secondary school or have an equivalent qualification 

Have completed one of the following university entrance exams (central exams prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science): Portuguese Language

Prerequisites: Motor and Visual Capacity

Admission Procedure: 

Applications are done through the national admission contest (concurso nacional de acesso) organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES), or through special higher education contests. For more information please check DGES website (in Portuguese).


There are some institutions in Portugal that give scholarships to international students and it is advisable that applicants confirm every year whether these grants are available and the eligibility terms: Calouste Gulbenkian FoundationFoundation for the Sciences and Technology; Fulbright CommissionInstituto CamõesLuso-American Development FoundationFundação Oriente.


1001 €/academic year


180 ECTS

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Universidade do Porto
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Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor in Language Sciences
Other Qualification Awarded Term:

Bachelor in Language Sciences - Major in Portuguese as a Second Language (180 ECTS);

Bachelor in Language Sciences - Major in Linguistics (180 ECTS).

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The Language Sciences degree seeks to develop the following competences:

 - to solve problems in areas such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, based on specific linguistic methods and techniques;

 - to acquire basic linguistic knowledge which may allow the contact with other applied areas, in which Linguistics might be an important research and/or application auxiliary, such as, for instance, computational applications, issues regarding cognitive knowledge, publishing and text edition.

Course Locations

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Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto

Via Panorâmica, s/n

4150-564 Porto – Portugal

Tel.: +351 226 077 100 – Fax: +351 226 091 610

E-Mail: flup@letras.up.pt

URL: http://www.letras.up.pt

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The University of Porto Social Services (SASUP) manages the University Residences and you can find all relevant information on how to apply for a room in the residences on their webpage. Please note that foreign mobility or exchange students coming from partner universities are provided with accommodation in the university residences on a "first come first served" basis and the registration is managed by the University of Porto International Relations Department (SRI) - further details in this link. Full degree or regular students wishing to rent a room in the residences must arrange the accommodation themselves, applying directly to SASUP.