Portuguese school in Lisbon: CIAL

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Key points

  • City with a rich cultural life
  • Renowned school with over 50 years of experience
  • Friendly atmosphere and qualified teachers

The school

Levels
Beginner to Advanced
School size
M
Accommodations
Host family, Residence, Shared apartment
Wifi
WiFi is free

The students

Minimum age
18 years
Average age
29 years
Nationality mix
Germany, Italy, Spain, etc..
ratings
155 authentic opinions

This language school has offered comprehensive and high-quality teaching since 1959. Situated on the Rua Actor Taborda, it is very near the gorgeous centre of Lisbon and 5 minutes’ walk from the handy Picoas metro station. All of the wonderful teachers hold a university degree and are experts in Portuguese language and culture. With 20 classrooms, they are spread out over 3 buildings situated less than 5 minutes' walk from each other. Students have access to a library, audiovisual material, a multimedia room and free internet access. During breaks and after classes, you can enjoy the large terrace and the vending machines for snacks and drinks. The building is also accessible by lift.

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Standard course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 285.-
Lessons
15 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:00
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
285
435
480
2
570
870
920
3
855
1305
1360
4
992
1592
1652
6
1488
2388
2458
8
1984
3184
3264
12
2520
4320
4420
16
3360
5760
5880
24
4560
8160
8320
Extra week (24+)
190
340
345
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.01 / 08.01 / 22.01 / 05.02 / 19.02 / 05.03 / 19.03 / 02.04 / 16.04 / 30.04 / 14.05 / 04.06 / 18.06 / 02.07 / 16.07 / 06.08 / 20.08 / 03.09 / 17.09 / 01.10 / 15.10 / 29.10 / 12.11 / 26.11.2018
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 30.03 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 31.05 / 13.06 / 15.08 / 05.10 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start (Residence: between 14:00 and 18:00)
Departure: Saturday following course end (Residence: between 10:00 - 12:00)

Intensive course

Beginner to Advanced, 1 - 48 week(s)
1 week(s) - From EUR 475.-
Lessons
25 of 50 minutes
Course duration
1 - 48 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:00 + 13:00-15:00
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
1
475
625
670
2
950
1250
1300
3
1425
1875
1930
4
1652
2252
2312
6
2478
3378
3448
8
3304
4504
4584
12
4200
6000
6100
16
5600
8000
8120
24
7680
11280
11440
Extra week (24+)
320
470
475
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.01 / 08.01 / 22.01 / 05.02 / 19.02 / 05.03 / 19.03 / 02.04 / 16.04 / 30.04 / 14.05 / 04.06 / 18.06 / 02.07 / 16.07 / 06.08 / 20.08 / 03.09 / 17.09 / 01.10 / 15.10 / 29.10 / 12.11 / 26.11.2018
Starting dates
Every week, throughout the year
Bank holidays
01.01 / 30.03 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 31.05 / 13.06 / 15.08 / 05.10 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start (Residence: between 14:00 and 18:00)
Departure: Saturday following course end (Residence: between 10:00 - 12:00)

Portuguese + surfing 5

Beginner to Advanced, 2 week(s)
2 week(s) - From EUR 738.-
Lessons
15 of 50 minutes
+ Surf 2 or 3 afternoons/week
Course duration
2 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:00 + surfing : to be specified
5 Surf lessons
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
2
738
1038
1088
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.04 / 16.04 / 30.04 / 14.05 / 04.06 / 18.06 / 02.07 / 16.07 / 06.08 / 20.08 / 03.09 / 17.09.2018
Starting dates
02.04 / 09.04 / 16.04 / 23.04 / 30.04 / 07.05 / 14.05 / 21.05 / 28.05 / 04.06 / 11.06 / 18.06 / 25.06 / 02.07 / 09.07 / 16.07 / 23.07 / 30.07 / 06.08 / 13.08 / 20.08 / 27.08 / 03.09 / 10.09 / 17.09 / 24.09.2018
Bank holidays
01.01 / 30.03 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 31.05 / 13.06 / 15.08 / 05.10 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start (Residence: between 14:00 and 18:00)
Departure: Saturday following course end (Residence: between 10:00 - 12:00)

Portuguese + surfing 10

Beginner to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1270.-
Lessons
15 of 50 minutes
+ Surf 2 or 3 afternoons/week
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:00 + surfing : to be specified
10 Surf lessons
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
4
1270
1870
1930
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.04 / 16.04 / 30.04 / 14.05 / 04.06 / 18.06 / 02.07 / 16.07 / 06.08 / 20.08 / 03.09 / 17.09.2018
Starting dates
02.04 / 09.04 / 16.04 / 23.04 / 30.04 / 07.05 / 14.05 / 21.05 / 28.05 / 04.06 / 11.06 / 18.06 / 25.06 / 02.07 / 09.07 / 16.07 / 23.07 / 30.07 / 06.08 / 13.08 / 20.08 / 27.08 / 03.09 / 10.09 / 17.09 / 24.09.2018
Bank holidays
01.01 / 30.03 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 31.05 / 13.06 / 15.08 / 05.10 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start (Residence: between 14:00 and 18:00)
Departure: Saturday following course end (Residence: between 10:00 - 12:00)

Portuguese + surfing 15

Beginner to Advanced, 4 week(s)
4 week(s) - From EUR 1410.-
Lessons
15 of 50 minutes
+ Surf 3 or 4 afternoons/week
Course duration
4 week(s)
Levels
Beginner to Advanced
Students/class
max. 8
Minimum age
18 years
Schedule
09:00-12:00 + surfing : to be specified
15 Surf lessons
Course info
week(s)
Without accomodation
Host family, single room, breakfast
Shared apartment, single room, no meals
4
1410
2010
2070
All prices are in EUR.  
Starting dates Beginner
02.04 / 16.04 / 30.04 / 14.05 / 04.06 / 18.06 / 02.07 / 16.07 / 06.08 / 20.08 / 03.09 / 17.09.2018
Starting dates
02.04 / 09.04 / 16.04 / 23.04 / 30.04 / 07.05 / 14.05 / 21.05 / 28.05 / 04.06 / 11.06 / 18.06 / 25.06 / 02.07 / 09.07 / 16.07 / 23.07 / 30.07 / 06.08 / 13.08 / 20.08 / 27.08 / 03.09 / 10.09 / 17.09 / 24.09.2018
Bank holidays
01.01 / 30.03 / 25.04 / 01.05 / 31.05 / 13.06 / 15.08 / 05.10 / 01.11 / 25.12.2018

Arrival: Sunday prior to course start (Residence: between 14:00 and 18:00)
Departure: Saturday following course end (Residence: between 10:00 - 12:00)

Options/Extras

One-to-one course (per lesson) 39 EUR
Extra night with host family 30 EUR
Apartment deposit (to be paid on site) 100 EUR
Residence deposit (to be paid on site) 100 EUR
Supplement (Residence: check-in outside of schedule - Sunday, to be paid on site) 30 EUR
Supplement (Residence: check-out outside of schedule - Saturday, to be paid on site) 40 EUR
Airport transfer (on arrival) 50 EUR

Other accommodation options

Residence, single room, no meals (Home2students (01.07-26.08.2018))

Course info

100% authentic opinions

These students attended a course in this school through ESL – Language studies abroad and their evaluation has been checked. Students' opinions don't necessarily correspond to those of ESL – Language studies abroad, but reflect the individual experience of those participants. This is meant to provide you with further information about this school.

4.3/5
Overall rating

95% of students recommending this school

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155 students gave their opinion about this school

51 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
4 weeks, October – November 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.8 / 5) (Host family)
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51 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, October 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
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33 years old - France
/ 5
1 week, November 2017
Value for money (2 / 5)
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53 years old - Italy
/ 5
1 week, November 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
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67 years old - Italy
/ 5
4 weeks, October 2017
Value for money (3 / 5)
Destination (4.7 / 5)
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Accommodation (3.7 / 5) (Host family)
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Leisure (3.7 / 5)
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23 years old - Germany
/ 5
1 week, October 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
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25 years old - Belgium
/ 5
Une des meilleures expériences de ma vie, votre équipe m'a envoyé à de nombreuses reprises des mails pour s'assurer que tout se passait pour le mieux, le personnel de l'école CIAL était hautement qualifié et super. La ville était tout simplement merveilleuse et les portugais très sociables et gentils. Je recommanderai vivement cette expérience à quelqu'un d'autre.Un grand merci !
4 weeks, September 2017
Value for money (5 / 5)
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39 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
1 week, September 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
Destination (4.3 / 5)
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School (4.3 / 5)
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« Ich habe das lernen bei filipa baptista geschätzt und bin sehr dankbar dafür ... »
22 years old - Switzerland
/ 5
3 weeks, August – September 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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27 years old - Sweden
/ 5
2 weeks, August – September 2017
Value for money (4 / 5)
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Testimonials

Walter Villarreal
Walter Villarreal
CIAL, Lisbon
Duration: 2 weeks

Thanks to ESL, I achieved the dream of all language students: living in the country where the language they are studying is spoken. I had a wonderful stay, from my arrival in Lisbon until my departure. I was immersed in the language on a 24-hour basis: when speaking, writing, reading, talking to the locals, discovering their culture and in the various situations of everyday life (shopping, contacts with administration, arrival at the airport, etc.). It was very useful and rewarding. Once on site you realise how difficult the local economic situation is. As you may know, the economic crisis is still going on in Europe. This trip allowed me to talk directly to Portuguese people and see how they are dealing with the crisis in such a difficult context. Regarding the school, it is well located. The teacher is very competent. Thanks to her, I made a lot of progress in Portuguese and I would like to thank her for that and my group as well.

I met people who shared my interest in the Portuguese language, it was great. They had different accents (English, French, German among others). I was the only one who came from Latin America, and the only one from Argentina. When my classmates heard that I was from Patagonia, Argentina, they started asking me lots of questions about major tourist sites in my country (ex. Perito Moreno Glacier, Ushuaia, San Carlos de Bariloche, the whales in Puerto Madryn, etc.) during breaks. I was surprised to see how much they knew about Argentina and I felt proud to represent my dear Patagonia. Thanks to my language course, I made new friends and established contacts all over the world. Thanks again! I hope to go on another trip soon if the context is still favourable in my country.

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Paolo Taccone
Paolo Taccone
CIALLisbon
Duration: 4 weeks

Just like the Portuguese language, Lisbon has a charm of its own. I have been learning this language for a year in my free time and last summer, I spent four weeks in Lisbon thanks to ESL. The CIAL school organised many extra-curricular activities, most of which were free. I can only recommend this experience in Lisbon, at this school.

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Lisa Evripidou
Lisa Evripidou
CIAL, Lisbon
Duration: 2 weeks

I spent 2 weeks in CIAL Lisbon, Portugal and loved every moment of it. The only regret I have is not staying longer. It was my first time studying abroad and I highly recommend it to everyone. It's a great way to learn any language quickly. I never stopped practising Portuguese, if it wasn't in a classroom, it was among my classmates at a local cafe or on a social activity organised by the school. The social programme was very good and I am happy I took part in so many excursions. It was a great way to explore Lisbon from local people and not from a tour guide! I was also very impressed as all trips were free including students travel to the site. The best part of my study abroad were the teachers, they were very helpful and intelligent. I will defiantly be visiting CIAL Lisbon in the near future.

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Host family
Host family accommodation is by far the best way to learn a language and discover a culture beyond a tourist's perspective. The friendly families chosen by CIAL live 15 to 30 minutes from the school by public transport. You will stay in a single room with breakfast provided, speaking Portuguese with your hosts in total immersion. There's no better way to improve your language skills outside of class!

Shared apartment
Ideally located in a quiet residential area 10 minutes’ walk from the school, the shared apartment is for the exclusive use of CIAL students. It includes seven bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, three shared bathrooms, a living area with a TV and a balcony. Staying in a single room, you will be near the beautiful Gulbenkian Foundation gardens and have access to a wide range of nearby restaurants, cafés and shops. There is free Wi-Fi, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The apartment is cleaned once a week and there are laundry facilities on-site.

Home2students residence (minimum 2 weeks) (01.07-26.08.2018)
This modern residence is located only 10 minutes on foot from CIAL, in one of the most exclusive areas of Lisbon. A bus stop and two metro stations are close by and so are many nice bars, restaurants and shops. You will stay in a single room with a balcony, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are shared (2 bathrooms for every 3 students). You will also share the lounge (which includes cable TV and a pool table) as well as the laundry room and fully equipped kitchen. When the weather allows, you can sunbathe on the terrace or have a barbecue!

The school offers a monthly activity programme that will allow you to meet other students and get to know the city. Enjoy guided visits to museums and monuments, nightlife and sporting activities. On Friday evenings, excursions or typical local meals are scheduled. You can also go to one of the surrounding pools or to the beach (the nearest is half an hour away from city centre). Lisbon also has various fitness and sport clubs, not to mention exceptional shops that offer good value.

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