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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Rua Actor Taborda 55 - 3rd floor - 1000-007 Lisbon - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Cultural and social activities are included in the course price.
  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults
  • One of the oldest Portuguese schools in Lisbon founded in 1959

The school has 18 classrooms spread out over two different buildings in the central neighbourhood of Saldanha/Picoas. Buildings are less than five minutes walking distance of each other.
  • The language school CIAL Centro de Linguas was founded in Lisbon, Portugal in 1959.
  • Legal name / parent company: Sousa e Coimbra Lda
  • Tax registration ID: PT500275378
  • Abbreviated name of school: CIAL Lisbon

Portuguese Courses

General Language
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by CIAL Centro de Linguas
Comments about courses

The school also offers:

-Language Programme combined with Volunteer Work.
-Language Programme combined with Professional Internships.

  • Professional Internship placement: EUR 550 plus Insurance fees.

    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, 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: every afternoon free organized leisure program
Note: All courses offered by CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • At the school in Lisbon
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  • Taking notes at CIAL
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  • Practising together
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  • Individual attention
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  • Brainstorming
  • Expert advice
    Expert advice11/19
  • Friends for life
    Friends for life12/19
  • Out over the horizon
    Out over the horizon13/19
  • Heading out into the surf
    Heading out into the surf14/19
  • On the terrace
    On the terrace15/19
  • CIAL reception
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  • Learning in Lisbon
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  • Siteseeing
    Siteseeing 18/19
  • Arts and culture
    Arts and culture19/19

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: * Saldanha.
Walking distance from the school to recommended public transport stop: 5 minutes
Travelling time from recommended stop to city centre by public transport: 15 minutes
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

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Balcony / terrace

  • 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: 18
    Number of public PC workstations: 10
    Paid parking (<500m)

Additional comment about facilities of school

Vending machine with hot/cold drinks Snacks in the main building

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer:80
Throughout the year: 40
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: 25 years
Throughout the year: 35 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Lisboa / Portela:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

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: 90 €
Africa: 90 €
Asia: 90 €
Free shipment via regular mail
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
Ballet2 km
Basketball2 km
Dancing2 km
Diving15 km
Football (soccer)2 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding5 km
Mountainbiking15 km
Music5 km
Rugby2 km
Sailing15 km
Squash2 km
Swimming2 km
Tennis2 km
Volleyball2 km
Windsurfing15 km
Yoga2 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 Port wine tasting
Adults - Paid activities
Typical dinners around EUR 25 some with live music Outdoor sports activities with experienced monitors (canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, paintball, scuba diving)
 Social Activities (PDF)
Social Activities (PDF)




Rating: 4.2/5.0

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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon
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    FAQ about CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon

  • You can certainly combine private lessons with group lessons, the course is still available. Students who are complete beginners can start private lessons any Monday; after taking some individual lessons they can join the group.
    Ana Carolina, Area Manager from LanguageCourse.net
    Jan 25, 2022
  • The minimum required level to book the Teacher's Training Course is B2 - Upper-intermediate.
    Ana Carolina from LanguageCourse.net
    Feb 28, 2022
  • 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
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Lisboa / Portela (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 and 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 England with a 9,5% representation, followed by students from France (8,3%) and Italy (8,2%).
  • 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 25 during the summer and 35 for the rest of the year.
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