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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Rua General Humberto Delgado, 5 - 8000 Faro - see on map

What we like about the school

  • The school building is next to the municipal market, in the heart of the city centre, and walking distance from all major points of interest.
  • Cultural and social activities are included in the course price.
  • Small class sizes
  • Excellent rating of student apartments (4.7/5.0)

What we dislike about the school

  • Younger students should consider that the average age of students at this school is significantly higher than at most other schools.

Location: The school is located in the heart of Faro, close to the waterfront and shopping district, near the town market. There is a garden and terrace where students can relax during breaks or after class.
  • The language school CIAL Centro de Linguas was founded in Faro, Portugal in 1959.
  • Legal name / parent company: Sousa e Coimbra Lda
  • Tax registration ID: PT500275378
  • Abbreviated name of school: CIAL Faro

Portuguese Courses

General Language
Information for all courses offered by CIAL Centro de Linguas
Comments about courses

Airport transfer for two students traveling together: EUR 55 (one way).

Lesson duration
50 minutes
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 39 €. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
15 Apr. 2022, 10 Jun. 2022, 15 Aug. 2022, 07 Sep. 2022, 05 Oct. 2022, 01 Nov. 2022, 01 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
Note: All courses offered by CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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CIAL Centro de Linguas (CIAL)

“We look forward to welcoming you to CIAL. It will be an unforgettable experience of cultural immersion and fun learning meeting people from around the world.”
Accreditations and Quality seals
EAQUALSIALCPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalInstituto Camões, DGERT
Portuguese teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:50
School Size
Recommended type of transportation to city centre and name of most convenient stop for the school: * Mercado.
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at CIAL Centro de Linguas and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoPayPal - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Garden

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 6
    Number of public PC workstations: 2
    Paid parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:25
Throughout the year: 15
Minimum age of students
18 years
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 30 years
Throughout the year: 45 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Faro Airport:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Faro (FAO).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
South America: 80 €
Africa: 80 €
Asia: 80 €
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing1 km
Diving3 km
Football (soccer)3 km
Golf10 km
Horse riding10 km
Sailing3 km
Squash3 km
Swimming3 km
Tennis3 km
Volleyball3 km
Windsurfing3 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Visits to museums and monuments Lectures at the school Movies at the school Typical almond sweets tasting

Adults - Paid activities

* Typical dinners around EUR 25 some with live music
 Social Activities (PDF)
Social Activities (PDF)




Rating: 4.3/5.0

Overall school rating of
CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro
92 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
Location of the school

Rating: 4.7/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.6/5.0

Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 4.4/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.7/5.0


Student Testimonial Videos

Note: The video testimonials of students from CIAL Centro de Linguas have been provided by the school and schools do not usually publish negative testimonials. For uncensored reviews read the comments from our students.


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FAQ about CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro

  • I am afraid that we can not accommodate this request for the accommodation. Cial does not accept pets either in the school or in any of the accommodation’s options.
    Teresa, Registrar from CIAL - Mar 04, 2022
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of CIAL Centro de Linguas
  • Yes. The following courses can be attended as an absolute beginner: Group + Workshop, Standard Course, Combined 20, Combined 25, Combined 30
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Faro Airport (50 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at CIAL Centro de Linguas varies from 1 students (One-to-One Course) to 12 students (Easter & Christmas Course)
  • 100% of teachers at CIAL Centro de Linguas hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at CIAL Centro de Linguas comes from Germany with a 18% representation, followed by students from England (11.5%) and Italy (10%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • CIAL Centro de Linguas offers courses from 18 years to 99. Average age is 30 during the summer and 45 for the rest of the year.
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