Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages

General Objectives of the Course

This BA degree provides students with the necessary skills for a society of knowledge, where proficiency in languages, as well as the study of languages, literatures and cultures, are crucial means of production of symbolic and economic capital. The course outlines a broad-based training program that matches highly demanding intercultural communication and professional mobility challenges, crucial tools in contemporary national, European and world contexts. The program develops foreign language proficiency beyond that described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), in articulation with other subject areas of Arts and Humanities, by means of a strong curriculum in cultural and literary studies, as well as linguistics.

Admission Requirements

One of the following exams: (13) English or (18) Portuguese. Minimum Grades: Application Grade: 95 points; Admission exams: 95 points; Calculation Formula: High School average: 50%; Admission exams: 50%.

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Professional Goals

Initial teacher training in languages (Portuguese as mother tongue, German, Spanish, English or French as foreign languages in pre-secondary, secondary and tertiary education or other; English as foreign language in pre-secondary, secondary and tertiary education or other). Researcher, translator, proofreading, editing or publishing coordinator, public administration, public relations. Other areas of professional, artistic and cultural activities requiring professionals trained in Arts and Humanities with excellent proficiency in foreign languages and cultures, as well as in Portuguese.

Mode of Study


Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese, German, Spanish, French, English and Italian (depending on the alternative branch.

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

By the end of the course, graduates will be able to
- develop alternative and innovative ways of thinking in complex multilingual and multicultural contexts;
- engage in and promote creative dialogue between distinct linguistic, historical and civilizational perspectives;
- solve problems in autonomous, critical and innovative ways in plural communicative situations;
- manage information and its circulation, by using foreign languages as professional tools;
- have full control of skills related to access and treatment of various kinds of information;
- have developed the adequate communication skills for higher academic and professional contexts, in different foreign languages as well as mother tongue;
- have developed competences in one or more foreign languages beyond those required by the CEFRL.
- invest in and take advantage from the social value of the skills and competences developed during the program.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Clara Bicudo de Azeredo Keating

Maria Joana de Almeida Vieira dos Santos

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

António Apolinário Caetano da Silva Lourenço

Isabel Maria de Almeida Santos

João da Costa Domingues

Maria José Florentino Mendes Canelo

Maria Luísa Aznar Juan

Rita Maria da Silva Marnoto

Rogério Paulo da Costa Madeira

Stephen Daniel Wilson

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording; Ordinance nr 782/2009, 23rd July.

Graduation Requirements

Achievement of the passing grade in a set of curricular units that amount to a total of 180 ECTS.

Access to Further Studies

Second cycle of studies (Master’s degree).

Study Programme

Anglo-American Studies
English and French
English and German
English and Italian
English and Spanish
French and Italian
German and French
German and Italian
German and Spanish
Portuguese and French
Portuguese and German
Portuguese and Inglês
Portuguese and Italian
Portuguese and Spanish
Spanish and French
Spanish and Italian
Anglo-American Studies With Minor
English and French With Minor
English and German With Minor
English and Italian With Minor
English and Spanish With Minor
French and Italian With Minor
German and French With Minor
German and Italian With Minor
German and Spanish With Minor
Portuguese and French With Minor
Portuguese and German With Minor
Portuguese and Inglês With Minor
Portuguese and Italian With Minor
Portuguese and Spanish With Minor
Spanish and French With Minor
Spanish and Italian With Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9779

Qualification Awarded: Licenciado

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 06-10-2021
Start date (first year): 06-10-2021
End date: 18-12-2021
2nd Semester
Start date: 07-02-2022
End date: 21-05-2022


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2015-03-23 a 2021-03-22
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior