Portuguese Language

/Portuguese Language

Welcome to Language Department

Portuguese Language Study (PLS) &


Dr. Gilbert Mardai, SJ – Director of Language Program

There are lots of good reasons to learn Portuguese, from the professional to the personal. More than fifteen countries have Portuguese as their official or native language, more than any other language in the world. In today’s business dominated society, being bilingual can only be an advantage and gives you a competitive edge when searching for jobs, or maintaining your current employment. Having competent mastery of the Portuguese language opens your horizons to better job prospects.



Phone: (263 0242) 745411, 745903 Fax: 745411

Email: portuguese@aju.ac.zw


Our History

Since 1994, Arrupe College (now Arrupe Jesuit University – Department of Languages) has taken its place among the world renowned institutions of higher learning. Our alumni are professors, lecturers, doctors, philanthropists and civil servants all over the world.

Arrupe Jesuit University is proud that in 25 years it has grown to become an exemplary school of African Philosophy and of Humanities and, through its students, has touched the life of the Church all over Africa. We are in collaboration wth the University of Zimbabwe  and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE STUDY classes are open to individuals 20 years and older. They are designed around general topics, themes, skills and grammar. Individually tailored needs can also be discussed and catered for. With the launching of the new curriculum starting in August 2017, we are offering the following proficiency levels: Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced.

This immersion programme covers grammar, conversation, listening, reading and writing. We offer Portuguese Language Study to speakers of English as well as of other languages who wish to improve their Portuguese composition skills.

Phonetics And Verbal Reasoning

Students can learn proper phonetics through the teacher and through our world class language lab. Every student will come to learn and appreciate their own accent while focusing on proper pronunciation and insightful comprehension.

Essay Composition And Grammar

Students can learn proper Portuguese grammar using modern methods, books and online resources.

Reading Comprehension

Students will learn how to think and read in Portuguese. It is not about learning a particular accent, but proper comprehension using your own accent.

Listening Comprehension

Students will learn to listen and understand an content read in English. They will understand anyone speaking with any accent. The emphasis is with the understanding, not in imitation of any accent.

ADMISSION All PLS students must contact the Arrupe Jesuit University – Department of Languages for placement advising before they can register for courses.

3-month intensive course starting from mid-August to mid-November, January – April, and Part-time courses also available with prior arrangement







E-books and Online Resources

Our students have the entire College library to their disposal. The online resources are also available in the language lab. There are hundreds of ebooks, audio books and online materials available to students off-campus.

Book Store

Book Store
Book Store

The AC Book Store is housed within the main Library Building. It offers course books and materials to all Arrupe students.

Students will be immersed in the beautiful culture of Mozambique and the vast world of Portuguese speaking immigrants in the Harare area. They get a chance to visit historical sites and learn through interaction with the local people. Students visit Beira in Mozambique to perfect their Portuguese.