Language Policy

When submitting an application for an international exchange, “Outgoing" students and Teachers are required to convey information on their language knowledge and proficiency. In selection of applicants is take into account their language skills.

In the application stage, the Erasmus Coordinator through DDRI advise students and staff, for the acquisition of the necessary language skills for mobility.

Are carried out briefings where DDRI informs about: the Course units/modules and the language in which they are taught, as well as the language requirements of the partner institutions. In these briefings is also provided information and support related to visas, insurance, European Card of Health Insurance (EHIC), accommodation guides and other support (part of this material is provided by the international institution host).
Regarding to English language, ESAI 1st cycle Degree has a course unit/module of English Applied to Real Estate. As well, some of the investigation and bibliographic support required for the 1st cycle Degree is in English, so, generally Students and Teachers are familiar with the language.

Nevertheless, in order to prepare participants for mobility and to further develop languages skills, it's being organized a partnership with a languages specialized institution so student and teacher can develop language courses at a more affordable price. Further Language Courses at the host institution are also recommended.

Incoming Students/Teachers are also required to convey information on their language knowledge and proficiency.

Even though, as said, ESAI 1st cycle Degree has a course unit/module of English Applied to Real Estate and some of the investigation and bibliographic support required is in English, the official language of all courses in ESAI is Portuguese.

So ESAI promotes a Portuguese Language Course with assigned ECTS. This course, no academic degree assigned, will be available at the beginning of each semester and mobility participants (non-Portuguese nationality) will be stimulated to attend the Course in order to help them in their academic integration, but also in the daily routine.

Despite attend this course, is being developed a partnership with a specialized institution in languages so students/Teachers incoming and outgoing can enjoy a improvement course in the required language. For the incoming will be the Portuguese, for outgoing will be language required at the host institution.

This partnership will allow the frequency to a more affordable price of a language course, which may be complementary or not to the courses offered by ESAI.

Mobility participants can also take advantage of the online linguistic support provide from the Erasmus+ programme via the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support (OLS).

In addition to support the level language improvement, ESAI will provide a set of support instruments related to: the city of Lisbon, local Marvila, information about accommodation, food, medical services, scholarships or other support, services, facilities and equipment, communications and transport, among others.


Target Group
Mobility participants and other foreign students and citizens, aged 16 and over, for whom Portuguese is a foreign language.

The entire Portuguese language course (4 Levels) lasts 60 hours, will give the A1/A2/B1/B2 level and will award Students 4 ECTS.
Even though, the course is divided by levels so Students can attend each level separately (each level award Students 1 ECTS).
Courses will start in the end of September/beginning of October 2017 (for those students arriving in the first semester) and in the end of February/beginning of March 2018 (for those arriving in the second semester). Each course has 6 teaching hours per week (2 x 3hrs per week).
Please note: Enrolment in each level does not imply prior enrolment in previous level, as long the student demonstrate to have the knowledge required to the previous level.

Reference Levels of Learning
The proficiency levels are organized according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Curso de Iniciação à Língua Portuguesa - Level A1 (Beginners Course - Breakthrough)
User is able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
See A1 Programme (PT) / See A1 Programme (ENG)

Curso Elementar de Língua Portuguesa - Level A2 (Elementar Course - Waystage)
User is able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in basic routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and discuss subjects in areas of common interest.
See A2 Programme (PT) / See A2 Programme (ENG)

Curso Intermédio de Língua Portuguesa - Level B1 (Intermediate Course - Threshold)
User is able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
See B1 Programme (PT)

Curso Intermédio Alto de Língua Portuguesa - Level B2 (Upper Intermediate Course - Vantage)
User is able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity allowing regular interaction with native speakers without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
See B2 Programme (PT)

The evaluation of each level is made through direct observation of Students participation and the work developed during the course and a final exam.

Candidates Level
Candidates level will be assessed by the Application Form.
During the first sessions, the teacher will be able to reevaluate the knowledge of the students and place them in a more adjust level.

Saturday´s or a schedule day a week (morning or afternoon). The course follows the official school calendar of the institution. Each level has lessons of 3 hours, one time a week.

A certificate will be issued at the end of each level course mentioning the characterization of the level and the final mark to all students who attended the course assiduously and achieve the objectives proposed. In some cases it will only be emitted a simple frequency certificate.
To get a certificate with a final mark and the correspondent ECTS, the student has to attend, at least, 75% of the lessons.
The ECTS will appear on the Transcript of Records at the end of Students stay.

ECTS credits
Students who conclude the entire course will be awarded 4 ECTS credits.
To those Students who successfully conclude each level will be awarded 1 ECTS credits by level.
In order to award ECTS, Students must attend at least 75% of total teaching hours and meet all assessment requirements.
* Please note that only university students or graduates can be awarded ECTS credits.

The registration fee (non-refundable and non-transferable) is:

  • Per course level: € 250,00
  • Per the anual course (4 levels) prompt payment, with a 10% discount: € 900
  • The registration fee must be paid earlier September 2017.
    Please note: Apart from the institution fee, students may also be required to pay school insurance in the amount of € 10,00 if they haven't paid it yet.

    Application Procedure and Payment
    The application is made by filling an Application Form.
    This form will have to be delivered or sent to:
    Portuguese Language Courses
    Praça Eduardo Mondlane, 7C - Marvila 1950-104 Lisboa, Portugal
    E-mail: esai@esai.pt
    In order to confirm your intention to participate in the course it will be ask to make a payment of the required fee (€ 100,00) for Pre-enrolment.
    The full registration for the course will only be done after your arrival and upon payment of the remaining value.
    Payment must be made at Administration Services or bank transfer (IBAN) PT50 0033-0000-45377427314-05. In the case of bank transfer, Students should send us copy of the transfer receipt to our e-mail (esai@esai.pt) mentioning your name and the course or level chosen.
    Note: The department office will not do any kind of reimbursements.