Language Policies and the Center for Languages and Culture

As the International Cooperation Office is well aware, the language barrier poses an issue to all forms of international relations. Bearing that in mind, and with the intention of opening up our institution even further to the world, the Center for Languages and Culture (CELUFF) offers a number of language-learning programs to increase multilingual opportunities for incoming mobility students.

Portuguese for Foreigners

Foreign students have the opportunity to learn Portuguese in two different ways:

  • The Crash Course of Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture is a 20-hour long intensive course offered two weeks before the beginning of the semester, with classes from Monday to Friday. This course offers the basic proficiency to enable students to take regular Undergraduate courses; or
  • The Portuguese as Foreign Language regular course, with a 60-hour workload, through the UFF’s academic semester, with classes twice a week. The tutor will aid students individually, according to a predetermined schedule and the course enhances students’ knowledge of Portuguese language.

Both modalities are offered both in-presence or distance learning (asynchronous classes):

  • The intensive course has a duration of 3 weeks, with classes 1h30 long;
  • The regular course happens through the academic semester, with classes 1h30 long.
Foreign Languages Universalization Program (PULE)

PULE aims to teach foreign languages to UFF students who benefit from social assistance grants, adding to their academic and professional training and better equipping them to take part in the internationalization process. The program offers courses on six languages (German, Spanish, English, French, Italian and Russian) at six different levels.

Confucius Classroom

UFF is proud to have had a Confucius Classroom set up in partnership with the Hebei Normal University and the Confucius Institute (Hanban) of China. Students and the Niterói community at large now have the opportunity to learn Chinese and get to know their culture with native professors and teachers.


Our learning program, where UFF and foreign students learn Portuguese and other languages by practicing in a conversational matter, using Tandem methodology.

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