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Reviews of Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal

Total number of reviews: 83
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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Fast Forward Institute, Porto, Portugal
4.4/5.0 
(83 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.6/5.0 
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Social activities 4.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
6. Sep. 2016
1. (50 years)  - 
1. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The location, the staff, the cleanliness, the order and the reception. There was also the coffee machine and the water dispenser!
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I's a pity going out to see the Church of San Francesco with someone who knew anything about that!
29. Aug. 2016
2. Adrian (26 years)  - 
2. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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18. Jul. 2016
3. (30 years)  - 
3. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The friendly and helpful nature of the school management and the teachers, and how the lessons were individually tailored to the strengths or weaknesses of the student.
21. Apr. 2016
4. (22 years)  -  United Kingdom
4. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The staff were so friendly and helpful, and willing to do whatever they could to help me improve my language. My teachers were Clóvis and Mafalda, and I really enjoyed learning from them. I especially recommend taking individual classes alongside the group classes, as you can ask directly about any doubts you have. During my individual lessons, Mafalda made everything very clear and easy to follow, even things that I had been really confused about in the past.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Participate in the organised trips and activities (that include Ribeira, the river, Praça de aliados and the Torre dos Clérigos). The centre of Porto is small enough that you can see a lot in a week and it is really beautiful.
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I really enjoyed learning there, the atmosphere was great and as I said, the staff was really lovely. I feel that I really learned a lot in the week (and it counted as a nice holiday too) and I couldn't recommend FastForward Institute in Porto more.
24. Aug. 2015
5. (17 years)  - 
5. Group Super Intensive - 1 week

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Socializing, great organization.
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The trips organized by the school.
20. Aug. 2015
6. (26 years)  -  United States
6. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Really nice teachers and staff, very helpful. Easy to meet and connect with other students.
11. Aug. 2015
7. (31 years)  - 
7. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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the atmosphere
22. Jun. 2015
8. (47 years)  - 
8. Group Intensive - 9 weeks

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great organization, flexible class times and above all very competent and humorous professorts... High level of learning ...
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Take some trips to other cities as well: Ribeira, Palácio da Bolsa, Rua das Flores, São Bento, Clérigos, Livraria Lello and much more ... It is best to discover them on your own ...
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During my 9 week course at Fast Forward I felt very very comfortable and well cared for. Highly recommendable!!!
15. Sep. 2014
9. (54 years)  -  Spain
9. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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very friendly and pleasant atmosphere
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if you want to study portuguese in Portugal, you have to choose this school
21. Aug. 2014
10. (51 years)  - 
10. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The courses, the atmosphere and the relationships with the teachers. They were there to help and encourage me. The quality of the courses was excellent, it was perfect.
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Group excursions, exploring the city, visiting the wine cellars of Porto. A concert of Fado. Typical restaurants in Vila Nova de Gaia. Go and meet the local people, who are very welcoming and open-minded. Home stay is a great opportunity to understand the lives of families, to meet people, and to practice the language outside the classrooms. For me, it was also a great experience to share these two weeks with this family, with who I kept in touch up to now.
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This school has excellent standards, with a warm and very competent staff, you feel at home and the atmosphere is great. I lost my fear of speaking in public and I have learnt a lot in two weeks. It was a great experience that I intend to renew next year.
28. Jun. 2014
11. (53 years)  - 
11. Private Executive - 1 week

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The rapid detection and targeted classes according to my weaknesses, as well as the all-round pleasant atmosphere.
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The market "Mercado do Bolhão" just around the corner
19. Mar. 2014
12. (37 years)  - 
12. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The school is very welcoming, the staff available and helpful.
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In the school's neighborhood, bakeries and grocery stores are numerous and typical, ideal for testing the knowledge and practice one's speaking skills.
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Missing audiovisual work. The method is based on reading and reading comprehension. I would have liked to work on authentic documents (different from the given textbook) and have more oral interaction with day-to-day situations (in a shop for example).
2. Jan. 2014
13. (58 years)  -  Germany
13. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The teachers were very helpful, patient and knowledgeable, not just about grammar and history of their own language, but also about their city and country and several of their students' languages.
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Clovís' restaurant suggestions!!
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Everything ran very smoothly. There was a general tendency amongst the students to adopt Southern European punctuality, but the teachers were ALWAYS on time!
17. Dec. 2013
14. (39 years)  - 
14. Group Super Intensive - 1 week

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Very nice team and very committed. Wifi included and small kitchenette for self catering. Centrally located near the subway.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Porto
6. Oct. 2013
15. Heather (21 years)  -  Canada
15. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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Truly amazing school. The faculty make a great effort to make the whole school community warm and welcoming.
3. Aug. 2013
16. (24 years)  -  United States
16. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 6 weeks

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The Location.
25. Jun. 2013
17. (29 years)  - 
17. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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24. Jun. 2013
18. (50 years)  -  United Kingdom
18. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Friendly atmosphere and good teaching.
4. Oct. 2012
19. (71 years)  - 
19. Group Intensive - 1 week

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We were very few students, the lessons were intense. The teacher are very caring, the students motivated to learn. I will be back soon.
19. Sep. 2012
20. (66 years)  - 
20. Private Super Intensive - 1 week

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the kindness and availability of the teachers
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It gives you the opportunity to learn a language and at the same time to know a city not as "tourists"
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It seems to me a very good school, greatest kindness, excellent teachers and convenient location
28. Aug. 2012
21. (35 years)  - 
21. Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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Relaxed comfortble atmosphere, everybody was friendly.
28. Aug. 2012
22. Marianne (25 years)  -  Belgium
22. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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27. Aug. 2012
23. (36 years)  -  France
23. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Teachers are excellent and all administrative staff. Classrooms are big.
25. Aug. 2012
24. (58 years)  - 
24. Group Intensive - 1 week

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The small size was an advantage : hospitality and atmosphere, availability of all the team, very central location.
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the great view over the Douro river from the Luis 1er bridge. The Lello bookshop, the english beach, the trip to Guimmaraes
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The level of my class was lower than the one I was in Lisbon or Faro, due to a low number of students
20. Aug. 2012
25. (29 years)  -  Netherlands
25. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The ambiance in the school is good, nice and good teachers.
13. Aug. 2012
26. (26 years)  -  Belgium
26. Private Intensive (20 lessons/week) - 1 week

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Meeting new people, learning and the good teachers.
23. Jul. 2012
27. (60 years)  - 
27. Private Intensive - 1 week

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Very professional and efficient
28. Jun. 2012
28. Dirk (42 years)  - 
28. Group Super Intensive (1 Woche) + Group Intensive (1 Woche) - 2 weeks

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26. Jun. 2012
29. (36 years)  - 
29. Group Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very very good and could explain everything with fun and enthusiasm. Week per week we had to conduct a presentation.
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The location of the school is great, you can go everywhere by foot. It's situated in the centre are there are many shopping facilities. Leisure time and tourism is planed monthly and the school can give you recommendations as well. The teachers also visited the city with us, so ... it was amazing! I chose a apartment hotel but there are many accommodation options and it is not expensive. At lunch, you can to a restaurant with the school, where they offer different things every day and which has a good menu.
28. May. 2012
30. (31 years)  - 
30. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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The contact between teaching staff and students
21. May. 2012
31. (49 years)  - 
31. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Great teachers, good atmosphere, friendly contact, coffee and water
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Unfortunately, I had to participate in an already active group and I couldn't really keep up.
22. Feb. 2012
32. (44 years)  -  Netherlands
32. Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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The professionalism of the teachers and the good combination of fun and learning , plus their devotion to teach Portuguese.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Exploring the City.
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Fast forward strives to help each individual student to his or her ability and it seems to me a personal goal of each teacher to install the love for their language in the students they teach.
2. Feb. 2012
33. (18 years)  -  Spain
33. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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I really improved my language skills. The teachers met all my expectations.
24. Jan. 2012
34. (59 years)  -  Netherlands
34. Combined Course 4+2 (group+individual) - 2 weeks

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Friendly and professional teachers
29. Nov. 2011
35. (30 years)  -  Netherlands
35. Group Intensive - 1 week

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10. Oct. 2011
36. (21 years)  - 
36. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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6. Sep. 2011
37. (21 years)  -  Switzerland
37. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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That the teachers really care about the students. It didn't feel like it was all about the money, but about socializing.
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all the activities
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Would have been nice to learn about Portugal's history in class.
30. May. 2011
38. (51 years)  - 
38. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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The ambiance, the organisation.
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The visit to the old city, Ribeira quarter, the Luis 2 bridge.
27. May. 2011
39. (54 years)  - 
39. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Friendliness with the school team
25. Apr. 2011
40. (33 years)  - 
40. Private Super Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teachers all have an incredibly high degree of competence. The family atmosphere was the second, but not the least, factor that made me adore this experience in Porto in the Fast Forward Institute.
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You will be treated with the utmost respect, cordiality and you should treat them the same way. The Portuguese people are very humble but very sensitive.
29. Nov. 2010
41. (49 years)  - 
41. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Personal approach of the entire team
27. Oct. 2010
42. Heinlin (51 years)  - 
42. Group Intensive - 1 week

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13. Sep. 2010
43. (59 years)  - 
43. Combined Course 4+1 (group+individual) - 1 week

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Relatively small school, objective, very personal and pleasant atmosphere. High quality of teaching.
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Private lessons (in the afternoon).
7. Sep. 2010
44. (31 years)  -  United Kingdom
44. Group Intensive - 4 weeks

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Very friendly and welcoming with a good sense of humour.
31. Aug. 2010
45. (43 years)  -  Spain
45. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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Quality of teaching and general ambience in the school.
13. Aug. 2010
46. Alvaro Iñigo (22 years)  - 
46. Group Super Intensive - 4 weeks

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10. Aug. 2010
47. (55 years)  - 
47. Group Intensive - 2 weeks

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Familiar atmosphere, very friendly
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I changed family that's why this evalution is quite difficult. The second family was kind and the school in walking distance (25-30 minutes). The teachers were different, too: The first group was full of Spanish speaking students which wasn't easy for the teacher. In the second group there were only 3 really interested learners with a good teacher.
3. Aug. 2010
48. (28 years)  -  Denmark
48. Group Intensive - 1 week

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Very, very friendly teachers. The school is relatively small and very cozy, which makes you feel like in a family :) The quality of teaching is high, and adjusted to students individual needs. I strongly recommend this school to everyone who would like to learn wonderful Portuguese language, and spend time in a social, friendly, entertaining manner.
12. Jul. 2010
49. Alessia Giovanna (25 years)  - 
49. Group Intensive - 8 weeks

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15. Apr. 2010
50. (62 years)  - 
50. Group Intensive - 3 weeks

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The teacher de Engageman

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