Bachelor's Degree in Modern Languages

General Objectives of the Course

This BA degree endows students with the necessary tools for a society of knowledge (i) by equipping them with advanced competences in the use and proficiency of foreign languages in global mobility contexts; (ii) by preparing them to undertake professional occupations involving the knowledge of languages and cultures as crucial means of production of symbolic and economic capital in multicultural European/world contexts, and (iii) by creating conditions towards critical awareness and exercise of multilingual citizenship. The course outlines a broad-based training program across language, linguistics, cultural and literary studies that matches highly demanding intercultural communication and professional mobility challenges, essential in contemporary national, European and world contexts.

Admission Requirements

National Call for Access and Entry to Higher Education (DGES):

One of the following subjects:
13 English
18 Portuguese

Application score: 100 points (0-200 scale)
Entry exams: 100 points (0-200 scale)

Calculation Formula:
Secondary school average: 50%
Entry exams: 50%

Other forms of access (UC-applicants):
- Change of Institution / Course Pair Schemes;
- Special Access Call for over 23-years-olds;
- Special Access Call for Holders of Other Higher Education Courses;
- Special Call for International Students.

This information does not exempt the consultation of the webpage of the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) and/or of the Applicants website. Please, visit the DGES and the Applicants websites

Professional Goals

Translation and interpreting - initial teacher training in English or English and a Foreign Language (German, Spanish, French) in basic and secondary education - initial teacher training in Portuguese and a Foreign Language (German, Spanish, English or French) in basic and secondary education - Publishing and editing - Public relations in public, private and nongovernmental institutions - Research and Higher Education - Teaching of foreign languages and mother tongue in national and international schools - Qualified professions in the public sector - Other occupations that demand proficient command of modern languages and cultures, foreign or mother tongue.

Mode of Study

Full-time or part-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese, English, German, Spanish, French and / or Italian (according to choice of languages)

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 enrolled. 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 the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The B.A. is guided by the general aim of providing solid broad-based foundations in the Humanities, with special emphasis in the Modern Languages. This is done by promoting a 1st cycle learning programme that guides students to (i) develop specialized language-based knowledge - foreign and mother-tongue - from oral, written and multimodal practices of multiple types; (ii) create in-depth and rigorous knowledge about the corresponding linguistic, literary and cultural fields; (iii) develop critical awareness of the sociohistorical, sociocultural, as well as political role of languages and cultures in a globalized multilingual world.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Clara Bicudo de Azeredo Keating

Maria Joana de Almeida Vieira dos Santos

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

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

Veronika Geith

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

Graduation Requirements

Obtaining approval in an organized set of curricular units of 180 ECTS in total.

Access to Further Studies

Qualification grants access to postgraduate training, namely 2nd cycle studies.

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
Portuguese and French
Portuguese and German
Portuguese and Inglês
Portuguese and Italian
Portuguese and Spanish
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
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 Italian With Minor

Academic year

Course Type
1st Cycle Studies

DGES Code: 9779

Qualification Awarded: Bachelor's Degree

Duration: 6 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 180.0


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2021-07-31 a 2027-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 26/2015/AL01