Portuguese Language in the World

The Portuguese language has a very rich cultural history and tradition. Its origins are European (in the North West of the Iberian Peninsula from the 11th and 12th centuries).  In the 15th and 16th centuries, during and after the period of the World Maritime Discoveries, it spread worldwide. Today the Portuguese language is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world, with approximately 210 million first-language speakers and it is also becoming an international language.

Nowadays it is the official language of eight countries: Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mozambique and East Timor, as well as the second official language of the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and the third official language of Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese is also the official language of the Community of the Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP), one of the official languages of the European Union, as well as Mercosul (Southern Common Market) and the African Union.

The largest Portuguese teaching institution in Asia

With a dynamic group of almost 30 highly experienced teachers, professors and researchers of different nationalities, the Department of Portuguese is the biggest of its kind in Asia and has already achieved an international reputation both in research and teaching.

The Department of Portuguese offers Undergraduate Programmes (Major and Minor studies) as well as Postgraduate Programmes:

  • Master of Arts in Portuguese Language and Culture and Translation Studies;
  • PhD Programme in Linguistics or Literary and Cultural Studies.


The largest Portuguese teaching institution in Asia

Research Centre for Luso-Asian Studies

Our Research Centre for Luso-Asian Studies offers to researchers as well as to postgraduate and undergraduate students opportunities to participate actively in research projects.


Study Abroad

The students engaged in our Department will find some excellent opportunities to deepen their knowledge of Portuguese and also to improve their research skills through Exchange Programmes in Brazil and Portugal as well as Internship Programmes.

Study in Brazil

Study in Portugal

Summer Course

Every July, the Department of Portuguese receives more than hundreds students from different Asian countries of Asia for its Summer Course.



  • to promote the study of the Portuguese Language and the Cultures of all Portuguese-speaking countries at undergraduate and postgraduate levels;
  • to promote academic research related to the teaching of Portuguese (FL/SL) and Portuguese studies;
  • to contribute to the training of qualified professionals willing to work in areas connected with intercultural communication especially as mediators between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.