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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal

Total No. of Reviews: 255
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(255 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
4. Apr. 2016
1. (45 years)  -  Hungary
1. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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22. Feb. 2016
2. Jeremie (35 years)  - 
2. Combined 3 + 2 (15 Group + 10 Individual) - 3 weeks

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15. Feb. 2016
3. (49 years)  - 
3. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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From the organization to the classes to the leisure activities, everything was great! Very pleasant atmosphere
26. Jan. 2016
4. (40 years)  -  United Kingdom
4. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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29. Dec. 2015
5. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
5. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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12. Nov. 2015
6. (84 years)  -  Canada
6. Group + Workshop - 8 weeks

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28. Sep. 2015
7. (27 years)  -  Israel
7. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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22. Sep. 2015
8. Yuki (21 years)  - 
8. Combined 3 + 2 (15 Group + 10 Individual) - 2 weeks

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1. Sep. 2015
9. (32 years)  -  Germany
9. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group+ 5 Individual) - 1 week

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Positive aspects of school
Short distance to apartment. Good mixture of younger and older students. English possible if you are a beginner in Portuguese. Activities to get to know other students.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Get in touch with students at school. Most activities outside the school are organized in whatsapp groups aso.
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Pretty strict concept for group lessons. I would recommend one private lesson per Day for your own style of learning and faster progress. You must not take less than 4 weeks. 1 Level (e.g. A1) = 4 weeks. Otherwise it gets pretty stressful.
18. Aug. 2015
10. (31 years)  - 
10. Standard Course - 1 week

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It is great.
10. Aug. 2015
11. (67 years)  - 
11. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Good atmosphere, good location
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The Gulbenkian museum
3. Aug. 2015
12. (50 years)  -  Netherlands
12. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group+ 5 Individual) - 1 week

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One week is not enough. Also, if you want to get to know people, book at least two weeks.
23. Jun. 2015
13. (24 years)  -  Netherlands
13. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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The location, the teachers, the students.
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Location in Lisbon was for me by far more fun than Faro, because there were more students and there was way more things to do.
16. Jun. 2015
14. (51 years)  - 
14. Standard Course - 1 week

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The teaching is very good (especially the teachers) and well structured; very good teaching material; rooms very nice - unfortunately only one week, so too little used ....
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Organization can be improved ... received no certificate of attendance on site (will be sent).
1. Apr. 2015
15. (23 years)  - 
15. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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23. Mar. 2015
16. Dirk (63 years)  - 
16. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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16. Mar. 2015
17. (66 years)  -  Sweden
17. Standard Course - 1 week

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Informal, swift proceedings
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The get-together port wine tasting.
12. Feb. 2015
18. (18 years)  - 
18. Standard Course - 20 weeks

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The individually tailored lessons with nice and extremely competent teachers.
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Visit the museum "Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian"
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Altogether a very pleasant and personal atmosphere.
5. Jan. 2015
19. (52 years)  -  Germany
19. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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very nice atmosphere
30. Dec. 2014
20. (22 years)  -  France
20. Standard Course - 12 weeks

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The very nice teachers
29. Dec. 2014
21. (28 years)  - 
21. Standard 15 - 2 weeks

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relaxed atmosphere, pleasant space.
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museums, old town!
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Openminded and hospitable teachers
15. Dec. 2014
22. David (43 years)  -  Belgium
22. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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24. Nov. 2014
23. (63 years)  - 
23. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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10. Nov. 2014
24. (65 years)  - 
24. Group 3 + Individual 1 - 2 weeks

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13. Oct. 2014
25. (71 years)  - 
25. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group+ 5 Individual) - 1 week

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Very friendly, open atmosphere. Teachers as well as secretary's office extremely helpful.
24. Sep. 2014
26. (48 years)  -  Canada
26. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Sunny classroom. A good mix of students of all ages from all around the world.
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It is not easy to practice Portuguese in Lisbon as almost everyone in the city - and even the receptionist at CIAL - will respond to us in English even when we address them in Portuguese.
9. Sep. 2014
27. (56 years)  - 
27. Privatunterricht 10 Lektionen - 1 week

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The outstanding individual support by the language teacher and their spontaneous willingness to specifically respond to my "learning needs". The recreational activities at school were also remarkably well organized and very instructive.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Not to miss the city of Lisbon with its multi-faceted architecture, its history, but also pubs and restaurants.
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It was my first contact with CIAL and I can recommend it with an easy conscience.
8. Sep. 2014
28. (20 years)  - 
28. Summer Group Course - 2 weeks

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the friendliness of the staff (teacher, secretary)
1. Aug. 2014
29. Hannah (18 years)  - 
29. Combined 3 + 2 (15 Group + 10 Individual) - 1 week

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21. Jul. 2014
30. Maria (38 years)  - 
30. Combined 3 + 2 (15 Group + 10 Individual) - 2 weeks

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18. Mar. 2014
31. (29 years)  - 
31. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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I was impressed with the breadth of knowledge of the teachers. One is specialized in history, another is from Angora and so on. As I could hear the useful information not only of Portugal but also of what is happening in a Portuguese colony, I learned a lot.
24. Feb. 2014
32. (43 years)  -  Japan
32. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Staff are all kind and helpful.
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Teacher's skills may differ. They stick tight to textbook and grammar. You can make friends if you stay at the school's accommodations.
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It was a great and enjoyable experience. Thank you so much to all of staff and students.
27. Jan. 2014
33. (30 years)  -  Australia
33. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The course material and teachers were very professional.
25. Dec. 2013
34. (63 years)  - 
34. Combinaison 3 + 1 (15 leçons en groupe + 5 cours particuliers) - 1 week

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Tour of Lisbon by bus
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Very nice welcome
16. Dec. 2013
35. (29 years)  -  United Kingdom
35. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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My accommodation was very conveniently located and my host was kind and friendly.
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I was very disappointed with the course at this school- classes involved working through a text book- focusing mainly on grammar exercises which were done alone and then reviewed as a class. I had hoped for more interaction among students and more interesting and varied classes. During my second week I asked to change classes because I was not satisfied that I was being asked to spend a lesson taking an exam on grammar points which I had not been taught, and I felt that I would benefit more from returning to a lower level, and I found the reaction of my teacher incredibly rude- I was shouted down like a naughty child rather than treated like a student whose progress she was interested in supporting.
5. Dec. 2013
36. (56 years)  -  Canada
36. Group + Workshop - 4 weeks

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How welcome I felt, the friendliness from everyone, students and teachers. Well located also.
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Sometimes, evaluations are not precise enough. You find different levels in one level. For example, someone who was evaluated at a higher level and cannot follow in the workshop.
27. Sep. 2013
37. (36 years)  - 
37. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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The teacher Ana Cristina Dias has been very professional, competent and her approaches were personalized.
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I found the staff especially at Cial very nice, the school has a very friendly and open atmosphere. I can only recommend the school.
9. Sep. 2013
38. Carlos (36 years)  -  Mexico
38. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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5. Sep. 2013
39. (66 years)  -  United States
39. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 2 weeks

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The class was thorough and comprehensive
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The Uganda restaurant dinner was great fado Jeronymos, ship museum, azulejos museum
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The book could use some updates on the reading selection. Also, more grammar examples would help some.
27. Aug. 2013
40. (32 years)  - 
40. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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26. Jul. 2013
41. (22 years)  -  Belgium
41. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (3hrs) - 2 weeks

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My private classes with Janaina were really good and I learned a lot.
1. Jul. 2013
42. (60 years)  - 
42. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very patient, explained tirelessly, repeated when requesting, worked professionally and with commitment!
14. Jun. 2013
43. (60 years)  -  Canada
43. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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staff friendly and helpful
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students should be given the EXACT address of where the classes are held-
10. Jun. 2013
44. Sandor (42 years)  -  Netherlands
44. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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3. Jun. 2013
45. (40 years)  -  Germany
45. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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A very good school.
9. May. 2013
46. (60 years)  - 
46. Standard Course - 1 week

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The school can accept a student who takes a short course. In my case, I took one-week course. It was great that the host family was selected according to my request. I had a valuable experience.
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I recommend that you study a bit before a course starts, even if you're a beginner level. I was in a beginner class and used a textbook for the beginners though, other students from Italy and Columbia could make progress much faster. I didn't imagine such a circumstances. If you don't have the previous knowledge, it should be very difficult to keep up with the pace of a classroom.
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The school organized the activities every day. It's normal that they explain in Portuguese though, it'd have been better they gave us the directions in other languages as well.
8. Apr. 2013
47. Terry (25 years)  -  Luxembourg
47. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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25. Dec. 2012
48. (26 years)  - 
48. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Belem, Lisbon city and all its monuments
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very good school
11. Dec. 2012
49. (49 years)  -  Netherlands
49. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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I think the teachers weer very good, we learned very much in just one week. The organisation of the school was also perfect, very personal
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It is nice to join the Social activities of the school in the afternoon.
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It is à very nice institute, with good teachers
3. Dec. 2012
50. (74 years)  - 
50. 1 week

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Very experienced and lively-minded teacher, happy to adapt her 1:1 teaching to my priority needs.

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