The Portuguese government provides free Portuguese language courses for foreigners, both in public schools and in employment and vocational training centres of the Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional (IEFP), the Portuguese institute of employment and vocational training. The duration of the courses is 150 hours and the time of completion depends on the organization of each promoter and on the number of hours of training per week.

Detailed information can be obtained by calling + 351 808 257 257 / + 351 218 106 191; at IEFP, Rua Engº Ezequiel Campos, 488, 4149-004 Porto, or +351 220 989 000; e-mail:


You can also visit the website of the High Commission for Migration – Alto Comissariado para as Migrações (ACM) - for more information on Portuguese language courses for foreigners, including the free Online Platform for Portuguese.

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