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Learning Opportunity: Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras

Languages, Literatures and Cultures - Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Letras

Course Information

The degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures enables students to develop and perfect specific competences, within a broad humanistic framework, in modern languages, literatures and cultures, exploiting interdisciplinary intersections and promoting intercultural dialogue.

This course provides the technical and scientific capacity to access the courses of the second cycle (Master).

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The origins of the University of Lisbon date back to the Middle Ages.

In 2011 the University of Lisbon celebrated 100 years. It was the affirmation of its history, education, heritage, science, innovation, culture as well as projects for the future of the institution.

The Faculty of Letters is now one of the 18 faculties and institutes belonging to the University of Lisbon, following the recent merger between the classical University of Lisbon and the Technical University of Lisbon.

The Faculty of Letters (Portuguese: Faculdade de Letras), FLUL,  was created in 1911, although it's predated by the Superior Studies in Letters (Curso Superior de Letras), created in 1859 by King Pedro V, from which all students and professors were transferred.

It remained on the grounds of the Superior Studies, an annex to the Academy of Science until 1957, when it changed to the current building, in the University City (Cidade Universitária). In 1975, a new pavilion was built to accommodate the large influx of students who arrived after the democratization of Superior Education in Portugal, a consequence of the Carnation Revolution. The pavilion, theoretically provisional, still stands today. In 2001, two new buildings were finished: one to accommodate new classrooms and the Computer Room, and the Library Building, which is now the second biggest library in Portugal.

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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): German Language; or Spanish Language; or French Language; or English Language; or Portuguese Literature; or Portuguese Language

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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.


1067,85 €/academic year


180 ECTS

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Universidade de Lisboa
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Qualifications Awarded

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Qualification Awarded:
Bachelor in Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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 - Administrative career in public institutions;

 - Publishing;

 - Cultural Programming and Management;

 - Cultural industries;

 - Translation and Interpretation;

 - International Relations;

 - Community Institutions;

 - Portuguese and/or Foreign Language Teaching (requires Master of Education);

 - Research.

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Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa

Alameda da Universidade

1600-214 Lisboa – Portugal

Tel.: +351 217 920 000 – Fax: +351 217 960 063

E-Mail: info@letras.ulisboa.pt

URL: http://www.letras.ulisboa.pt

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By Subway: Cidade Universitária Station (Yellow Line)

By Carris bus: 731, 735, 732, 738, 768

Special arrangements:

There are 19 Student Residences, for accommodation of students of the Universidade de Lisboa, in the degrees of Bachelor and Master, which need to be away from their household for attendance of academic activities. The total accommodation capacity is 1023 beds, 645 for female students and 373 for male students. These beds are distributed through 496 rooms, of which 311 are doubles, 107 are triples and 78 are singles.

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The University Stadium of Lisboa is an excellent locality for engaging in physical activity and sports and, given its Higher Educational environment, it stands to reason that the stadium would try and cultivate scientific knowledge, particularly in the field of physical activity and sports.

There is a study centre for students in Lisbon, Ágora, near the Tagus River and not far from de Cais do Sodré railway station. This centre has study rooms, graphic design services, computers and a bar.