The Camões Institute (IC) is the Portuguese agency for external cultural and educational policy. Its purpose is to promote Portuguese culture and language, as well as Lusophone cultures in general, at University level.

The IC teaches Portuguese through 175 Higher Education Institutions, in Leitorados and Chairs to more than 30,000 students, pays or supports 200 teachers and awards 90 scholarships for courses in Portuguese Culture and Language.

The Institute's designation (Camões Institute) pays homage to one of the most renowned poets of Portuguese literature, Luís Vaz de Camões (1524? - 1580), author of the epic poem The Lusiads, whose main theme is the discovery of the sea route to India by Vasco da Gama.

The Camões Centre for Portuguese Language at the University of Leeds is located in Room 232A in Michael Sadler Building. The Centre’s opening times may change according to term-time or holiday periods. Please consult the Centre notice boards or contact us for more information on

A map of the campus can be found here. Search for the 'Michael Sadler Building', located near the University's main entrance. The Camões Centre is located on second floor, in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.


  • Richard Cleminson, Professor of Hispanic Studies
  • Stephanie Dennison, Reader in Brazilian Studies 
  • Carmem Mackle, Teaching Fellow in Portuguese 
  • Sofia Martinho, Director of Camões Centre for Portuguese Language 
  • Paul Melo e Castro, Lecturer in Portuguese 

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