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Certificate in Portuguese (Advanced)

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code

Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
40 weeks
Portuguese, suppl with minimal English
Course Fee
How to Apply


The programme aims to enable students to
  • Listen to, recall and summarise the key information in authentic listening tasks.
  • Read authentic texts where they can identify and analyse different viewpoints.    
  • Speak appropriately in a range of situations and discuss more abstract concepts.
  • Write clearly to convey their meaning in authentic situations and elaborate on their opinions.  

On completion of the programme, students should be able to

  1. in speaking, express opinions on abstract/cultural matters or offer advice with more supportive details.
  2. in writing, write letters to express opinions and produce more detailed texts on a range of subjects.
  3. in listening, recall and summarise the important details in instructions or public announcements.
  4. in reading, identify the main ideas in articles concerned with contemporary problems and to analyse the attitudes or viewpoints of the writers.

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Programme Details


The following topics will be covered:

  • Hypothesis about the future: expressing hypothesis about the future with different degrees of probability.  
  • Contemporary issues: expressing opinions about unemployment, corruption, crime, hunger, racism, etc. Using all tense of the subjunctive.
  • The media: listening, reading and understanding news in the television, newspapers, magazines and the internet. Discussing and summarizing articles using the indirect speech and its grammatical structures.
  • Personal relations: discussing different kinds of personality using several adjectives, forming substantives out of adjectives, talking about the horoscope, discussing your ideal partner for business or friendship.
  • Holidays: describing places such as Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro with reference to geographical and historical characteristics, making complaints and claims, writing a complaint letter.
  • Important decisions and facts: talking about non real conditions in the past and its consequences, expressing regrets, talking about historical facts.

Based on these topics, listeningspeakingreading and writing skills will be practised. 


Course participants' progress is measured through a number of assessment components including:

  • Mid-course Progress Test
  • Oral Performance (continuous assessment)
  • Final Test
  • Final Oral Test

Students who successfully pass* the programme are eligible for the "Certificate in Portuguese (Advanced)" awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE.

 *Passing the programme means students have to meet the following requirements:

  • Overall passing mark: 50%, and
  • Attendance Requirement: 70% of the total contact hours.
Important Notes
  • For enrollment, please attach a copy of your result letter from the "Certificate in Portuguese (Upper Intermediate)".
  • Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No refunds or transfers to a different class will be approved.
  • Swapping between parallel groups (if any) is not allowed under any circumstances.
  • No make-up classes will be offered for students’ absence.
  • Approximately one week before the course, students will receive an email with course details. All the course materials will be given in the first lesson. Students should attend the first session of the class at the specified time and place unless any change is made to the advertised details.
  • In case you enrol within a week before the course starts, please inform the programme team as soon as possible.
  • Non-local applicants are required to show original copies of their permits and/or visas for their application.
  • 120 hours (40 meetings; 3 hours per meeting)

Progression Path


Course Fee
  • Course Fee : HK$10,100

Entry Requirements

Applicants shall have:

(a) i) obtained the Certificate in Portuguese (Upper Intermediate) awarded within the HKU system through HKU SPACE; or 

ii)    ii) studied approximately 350-370 hours of Portuguese at a different institution.


(b) sufficient English proficiency to follow simple explanations in English.  

Other applicants may be interviewed if necessary to confirm their suitability for the programme, e.g. if they have studied approximately the same number of hours elsewhere or have alternative experience learning the language, such as a study visit to the countries.   


  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Certificate in Portuguese (Advanced)
COURSE CODE 38C147347 FEES $10,100 ENQUIRY 2975-5764

Continuing Education Fund

All our 120-hour award-bearing Portuguese courses are eligible for CEF refunds. 

To receive CEF reimbursement, students must:

  • register with the Office of the Continuing Education Fund (OCEF). (This is the responsibility of individual applicants); and
  • successfully complete the 120-hour course.

Application forms, full details of the reimbursement requirements and the reimbursement procedures can be found on: Students who would like to obtain mroe information about the CEF reimbursement should seek advice from the CEF office.

Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Certificate in Portuguese (Advanced)

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [2])


Application Form Download Application Form

Enrolment Method
Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque Or Bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to "HKU SPACE" to any of our enrolment centres.