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CIAL Lisbon

The CIAL Portuguese language school first opened in 1959. Today, with over 50 years of teaching Portuguese language courses, the school is well known for its high-quality language education. The school was awarded the title of Star World Language School 2015 by Study Travel Magazine and is accredited by the independent language education organizations Eaquals and International Association of Language Centres (IALC), demonstrating the school's recognition as a high-quality institution.

CIAL occupies the first and third floor of a beautiful building constructed in the 1910s, sharing the building with private residences and offices. It is conveniently located a 15-minute walk from the city’s busy Avenida da Liberdade where there are many shops, restaurants, and at the same distance from the large Eduardo VII Park where students can take a walk and relax between classes. It is just two blocks from the Piscoas metro station, making it easy to explore the city on public transport.

CIAL has a wide range of courses for students to choose from. There is the possibility of undertaking a volunteer or internship project alongside the Portuguese classes or to combine the course with surf lessons (depending on the time of year). The teaching methodology at CIAL combines different approaches to language learning, with clear student aims and structured lessons. Teachers facilitate the learning process to develop the critical skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. All teachers at CIAL are native Portuguese speakers, hold a university degree, and have completed teacher training at CIAL. 

The team at CIAL is available to help students with any queries they may have during their stay, whether it be about their classes, activities, or exploring the city of Lisbon. The school plans an exciting weekly program of activities, all of which is included in the course fee, including visits to museums and monuments, outings to concerts and bars, as well as half day trips to points of interest around Lisbon. The team also organizes evening dinners and trips to sporting matches which students can participate in at an additional affordable cost. All activities are accompanied by a CIAL team member to make sure that it is a pleasant Portuguese cultural experience.

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School Facts

School size:

small

Classrooms:

18

High season:

July - August

Germany
21%
France
8%
Italy
8%
United States of America
8%
Spain
7%
Switzerland
7%
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
5%
Netherlands
4%
Belgium
3%
Worldwide
29%

18 - 25 years old:

33%

26 - 35 years old:

28%

36 - 45 years old:

16%

45 - 65 years old:

23%

Location

CIAL Centro de Línguas , rua Actor Taborda 55, 1º, Lisbon 1050-187, Portugal

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Courses

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Schedule
Weeks
Price From
Mornings
Schedule: Mornings
1 - 36
Weeks: 1 - 36
992 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Mornings
Schedule: Mornings
2
Weeks: 2
-
  • 15 standard lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: A1 - C2
  • Students per course: 12
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Starting dates: 2019-12-16
Mornings
Schedule: Mornings
2
Weeks: 2
-
  • 15 standard lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: A1 - C2
  • Students per course: 12
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Starting dates: 2019-04-15
Full days
Schedule: Full days
1 - 36
Weeks: 1 - 36
1,652 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard lessons per week
  • 10 workshops per week, which includes topics such as conversation, vocabulary, grammar, presentations, and role playing activities
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Variable
Schedule: Variable
1 - 12
Weeks: 1 - 12
1,772 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard group lessons per week
  • 5 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1 / 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Full days
Schedule: Full days
1 - 12
Weeks: 1 - 12
2,552 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard group lessons per week
  • 10 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1 / 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Full days
Schedule: Full days
1 - 12
Weeks: 1 - 12
3,332 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard group lessons per week
  • 15 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1 / 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Variable
Schedule: Variable
1 - 36
Weeks: 1 - 36
2,340 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
Full days
Schedule: Full days
1 - 36
Weeks: 1 - 36
3,600 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 25 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
Full days
Schedule: Full days
1 - 36
Weeks: 1 - 36
4,320 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 30 standard private lessons per week
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 1
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
Schedule
Weeks
Price From
Full days
Schedule: Full days
2 - 4
Weeks: 2 - 4
1,270 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard group lessons per week
  • 5 surf lessons to be held over two weeks
  • Transportation to lessons, insurance, and surfing equipment included
  • Surf lessons normally take place in the afternoons but can take place on weekends, depending on weather and sea conditions
  • Additional surf lesson packages can be added at school
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Starting dates: 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-08 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-22 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-06 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-20 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-03 | 2019-06-10 | 2019-06-17 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-01 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-15 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-07-29 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-12 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-08-26 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-09 | 2019-09-16
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16
Schedule
Weeks
Price From
Full days
Schedule: Full days
2 - 36
Weeks: 2 - 36
992 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard lessons per week
  • Afternoon volunteer work at a placement in Lisbon alongside Portuguese volunteers
  • It is recommended to take a minimum of two weeks of Group Course Portuguese lessons prior to commencing volunteering
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Full days
Schedule: Full days
2 - 36
Weeks: 2 - 36
1,542 EUR (4 weeks)
  • 15 standard lessons per week for the first weeks
  • Full-time professional internship for the following 8 or 12 weeks
  • Please select the number of weeks of Group Course Portuguese lessons to be taken prior to commencing the internship. The internship time will be additional to this.
  • Students meet with an internship consultant in the second week of the course to start process of internship placement
  • Internships are available in: accounting, administration, architecture, education, environment, hospitality, marketing, law, psychology, tourism and many more areas
  • Students should aim to complete a B1 language level or higher prior to commencing internship
  • Students must pay internship insurance of approx 20 EUR per month at the school
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: complete beginner - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Beginner starting dates: 2019-01-07 | 2019-01-21 | 2019-02-04 | 2019-02-18 | 2019-03-04 | 2019-03-18 | 2019-04-01 | 2019-04-15 | 2019-04-29 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-05-27 | 2019-06-11 | 2019-06-24 | 2019-07-08 | 2019-07-22 | 2019-08-05 | 2019-08-19 | 2019-09-02 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-09-30 | 2019-10-14 | 2019-10-28 | 2019-11-11 | 2019-11-25 | 2019-12-09
Schedule
Weeks
Price From
Full days
Schedule: Full days
2
Weeks: 2
550 EUR (2 weeks)
  • 30 teacher training lessons per week
  • Lessons include class observations in the mornings with theoretical lessons in the afternoon
  • Content focuses on the CEFR Portuguese levels, lesson planning, assessment and understanding of available resources.
  • Class length in minutes: 50
  • Monday - Friday
  • Language Level: B2 - C2
  • Students per course: 8
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Material: Study material is included in the course price.
  • Starting dates: 2019-02-18 | 2019-05-13 | 2019-09-16 | 2019-11-11

Accommodation

More information about different types of accommodation

Meals
Bathroom
Price From
Breakfast
Breakfast
Shared
Shared
600 EUR (4 weeks)
    Accommodation
  • Travel Time (by public transport): 25 minutes
  • Average number of students: 1
  • Accommodation facilities include: TV
    Accommodation room
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Room facilities include: Bedding | Towels
Meals
Bathroom
Price From
Self catering
Self catering
Shared
Shared
700 EUR (4 weeks)
    Accommodation
  • Travel Time (on foot): 10 minutes
  • Wifi
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Cleaning service of common areas included
  • Accommodation facilities include: Fully equipped communal kitchen | Communal area/shared living room | Patio | Pool table
    Accommodation room
  • Deposit: 100 EUR. Your deposit will be reimbursed at the end of your stay if you have taken appropriate care of the accommodation.
  • Room facilities include: Microwave | Bedding | Towels
  • Only available between the following dates: 2019-06-30 - 2019-08-31
Meals
Bathroom
Price From
Self catering
Self catering
Shared
Shared
680 EUR (4 weeks)
    Accommodation
  • Travel Time (on foot): 10 minutes
  • Wifi
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Cleaning service of common areas included
  • Accommodation facilities include: Fully equipped communal kitchen | Communal area/shared living room | TV
    Accommodation room
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Deposit: 100 EUR. Your deposit will be reimbursed at the end of your stay if you have taken appropriate care of the accommodation.
  • Room facilities include: Bedding | Towels
Self catering
Self catering
Shared
Shared
580 EUR (4 weeks)
    Accommodation
  • Travel Time (on foot): 10 minutes
  • Wifi
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Cleaning service of common areas included
  • Accommodation facilities include: Fully equipped communal kitchen | Communal area/shared living room | TV
    Accommodation room
  • Deposit: 100 EUR. Your deposit will be reimbursed at the end of your stay if you have taken appropriate care of the accommodation.
  • Room facilities include: Bedding | Towels

Transfer

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Direction
Operating Hours
Price
One Way
Direction: One Way
24h
Operating Hours: 24h
50 EUR
Price: 50 EUR
Return
Direction: Return
24h
Operating Hours: 24h
100 EUR
Price: 100 EUR

Closure Dates

Public holidays and school closure dates - contact us for more information.

2019-04-19 | 2019-05-01 | 2019-05-31 | 2019-06-10 | 2019-08-15 | 2019-11-01 | 2019-12-25 | 2020-01-01

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