Frequently asked questions

Yes, our course is open to adult learners, as long as you’re 18 and plus, you are welcome to join. There is no entry test but we recommend you come to one of our open evenings, check the course content and visit the languages and levels webpage before booking a course to make sure you register for the appropriate level.

No, every term is different and the content varies.  We have three consecutive terms, which focus on all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).  To complete a full level, you would normally attend all three consecutive terms.  

No, we don’t have assessments at the end of the term.

Yes, certificates of attendance can be issued upon request with a minimum of 75% course attendance (6 out of 8 classes or 12 out of 16 intensive classes per term). Please send your request to Indicate your name and surname, the language and level taken and the name of your tutor. Certificates of attendance can only be issued at the end of each term for one term. Your request has to be submitted in the last week of teaching. 

You can join at the beginning of each term but please remember that the Winter term and Spring term are continuation of the Autumn term (except for the beginners intensive classes). If you are a complete beginner, we do not recommend you join after the start of the course.

We offer an Open Evening before each term starts, if you are not sure about your level, please do come to our Open Evening; you’ll be able to have a chat with our tutor and find out your suitable level.

If you can’t make it to the Open Evening, we can arrange a telephone assessment: one of our tutors will contact you and have a conversation so as to identify your level.  If you are willing to do a telephone assessment, please leave your contact details (name, email, phone number) and availability.

The class size varies depending on the language and level studied, but we tend to have no more than 20 students per group.

The course book focuses on European Portuguese but our tutor will also occasionally bring Brazilian material and point out any difference in the variants during classes. Students will be exposed to both European and Brazilian Portuguese.  

No, our course is only once or twice a week (1.5 hours or 3 hours); and does not lead to a qualification, we are thus unable to sponsor students for a visa.

Unfortunately not, we don’t do offer training for specific exams.

Unfortunately we are only able to offer a reduced price to current university of Surrey staff and students.  Nevertheless, anyone enrolling for two or three terms gets a discount, please refer to our fees page for more information.

We do not recommend you buy the course book before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course book or you need to transfer to a different level (this is only possible if the appropriate level is available and not already fully booked). Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and also let you know which course book to get and how to get it.

Evening language course students are entitled and encouraged to use the library. You will need to show the librarian an ID card with photo (e.g. driver licence) to get a library card. You will be unable to take out books on loan but you can study and read in the library.

The Library & Learning Centre has a Language Study area on the second floor (LC02), full of resources for learning languages. We have a selection of materials including sections for Chinese, Arabic, English, British Sign Language, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.