Learning Portuguese in India

In order to meet the growing demand by Indians to learn Portuguese, the Camões Institute as well as other private Portuguese institutions have been offering for several years language courses in many Indian cities.


In Delhi:

Portuguese Cultural Centre

No.4, Panchsheel Marg

Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021

ph: (+91) 11- 46025135 / 46025136

fax (+91) 11- 46025137




Open: 09h00 - 17h00


'Camoes inprisoned in Goa', 16th century


The main role of the Camões Institute in India is to promote the teaching of the language through the training of teachers abroad, translators, interpreters, and other professionals. 


In addition, it supports research by sponsoring academic chairs and post-graduate courses, while also offering a scholarship program.


The Portuguese Cultural Centre in New Delhi - now celebrating its 20th anniversary - offers Portuguese language courses for basic, intermediate and advanced levels. In January it started its 45th course. You may download the form for admission to the 46th course of Portuguese Language & Culture here.


The Centre also collaborates with various university departments offering Portuguese language courses, namely in the University of Delhi, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, the Jamia Millia Islamia and Jadavpur University. Instituto Camões has also signed MoUs with various Universities to promote teaching of Portuguese language in India.


The reference library of the Cultural Centre has more than 6000 books for public reading, both in Portuguese and in English, on art, history, literature, culture, politics and reference.



The Camões Institute is also one of the founding members of the EUNIC Cluster India- European Union National Institutions for Culture.     



The activities promoted by the Camões Institute in India also include network of teachers of Portuguese in several Indian universities.


In Goa:


The Centro de Língua Portuguesa/Instituto Camões is one of the 57 centres Instituto Camões has around the world.

The Centre collaborates with Goa University at the Department of Portuguese and Centre of Portuguese Language and Culture of Smt.Parvatibai Chowgule College.

It provides logistic support to teaching, learning, and research to teachers and students of Portuguese in Goa. CLP/IC also organizes regular cultural activities and language classes. 

Instituto Camões in Goa conducts exams of International Certification of Portuguese as a foreign language. 

Hundreds of students attend the various Portuguese language courses offered at the centre in Goa.



The Camões Portuguese Language Center 

Centro de Língua Portuguesa - Instituto Camões

AGVA House 9/32 Dr. Dada Vaidya Road

Panaji - Goa 


Tel: 0832 6647737or 0832 2422237

E-mail: clpicgoa@yahoo.com




Fundação Oriente

(Orient Foundation)

Filipe Neri Road, 175

Panaji - Goa

Tel: (+91) 832 223 0728

Fax: (+91) 832 223 0291



The Fundação Oriente carries out cultural and artistic activities in India, with special emphasis on the State of Goa.


The Foundation's delegation in India was established in Panjim, Goa, in 1995.


It carries out its work in association with several Indian institutions, especially the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Archaeological Survey of India.


The annual program of activities is concerned with: support for teaching Portuguese, at Goa and Daman secondary schools; support to conserve architectural heritage; support for historical and artistic research by awarding short-term and long-term scholarships to Indian and Portuguese researchers; support for cultural events by organizing concerts and exhibitions by Indian and Portuguese artists.


The Monte Music Festival 2011, organized by Fundação Oriente and Cidade de Goa, took place from February 4 to 6 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa. With emphasis on Indian music and dance this year, this was the 9th edition of this festival, which began in 2002 after the Chapel was restored by the Foundation.

Photo by Giovanni

Joana de Mello singing at the 2009 Festival. 


Fundação Cidade de Lisboa

(Foundation City of Lisbon)

Dias Building, 1st floor

Rua de Ormuz

Panaji - Goa

Tel : 2223969


  • The Foundation's Delegation in Goa has since 1992 contributed to the spreading of Portuguese language and culture, developing projects in partnership with the Indo-Portuguese Friendship Society.
  • It holds regular courses in Portuguese and Portuguese culture in Panaji, Margao, Calangute and Mapusa.


   They, too, are speaking in Portuguese!
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