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CIAL Centro de LinguasLisbon, Portugal

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

326 students - overall rating
Rua Actor Taborda 55 - 3rd floor - 1000-007 Lisbon - see on map
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What we like about the school
  • Cultural and social activities are included in the course price.
  • Small class sizes
  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults

Location: CIAL Centro de Linguas Lisbon is one of the oldest Portuguese language schools in the city of Lisbon, Portugal. The school is housed across two separate buildings within a moment's walk of each other in the Saldanha neighbourhood. The surrounding area is ripe with shopping malls, convenience stores, supermarkets, links to public transport and several green spaces. Within walking distance of the school are the Parque Eduardo VII, the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, several miradors to look over the city and the Fonte Luminosa.

Course selection: CIAL Lisbon offers a wide range of Portuguese courses, with something suitable for students of all levels. In addition to General Portuguese, available over several schedules and intensities, the school also provides combination programmes of Portuguese with specific subjects and activities such as professional internships, volunteering and surfing. Teacher Training programmes are also available at various times throughout the year. One-to-one or two-to-one tuition is also readily availble for students that require Portuguese for specific purposes.

Getting around: The school is within a 300m walk of the Picoas subway and bus stop, which offers several bus routes and one of the main subway lines that runs until the central Rato subway station.

Social and cultural: There are several green spaces around Lisbon, the most prominent of these being the national forest of the Parque Florestal de Monsanto, which is around a 50-minute journey from the school via public transport or a 15-minute taxi ride. Attractions and sites of interest, such as the Arco da Rua Augusta, the National Museum of Tiles, the Castle of St. George and several of the city's most popular miradors, are all within a 30-minute journey of the school via public transport.

Portuguese Courses

General Language
Online
Private
Work & Study
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses

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

Videos & Photos

  • CIAL Centro de Linguas - School Presentation1/3
  • CIAL Centro de Linguas - General School Video2/3
  • CIAL Centro de Linguas - Student Interviews3/3
  • CIAL school building
    CIAL school building1/17
  • At the school in Lisbon
    At the school in Lisbon2/17
  • Group session
    Group session3/17
  • concentrating
    concentrating4/17
  • Taking notes at CIAL
    Taking notes at CIAL5/17
  • Practising together
    Practising together6/17
  • Individual attention
    Individual attention7/17
  • Brainstorming
    Brainstorming8/17
  • Expert advice
    Expert advice9/17
  • Friends for life
    Friends for life10/17
  • Out over the horizon
    Out over the horizon11/17
  • Heading out into the surf
    Heading out into the surf12/17
  • On the terrace
    On the terrace13/17
  • CIAL reception
    CIAL reception14/17
  • Learning in Lisbon
    Learning in Lisbon15/17
  • Siteseeing
    Siteseeing 16/17
  • Arts and culture
    Arts and culture17/17
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Overall school rating of
CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon
School
Location of the school
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Facilities
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Organisation
4.2 

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years (1 rating)
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Students 18-30 years (87 ratings)
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Students 31-49 years (84 ratings)
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Students 50+ years (98 ratings)
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Student opinions about CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
I would have liked to give a sixth star for the quality of the teaching. Both in the mornings (lessons from the book) and in the afternoons (consolidation, communication), the teachers were of the highest standard. The exchange with the other students (from Canada and France) was also very interesting.
Disliked
All good!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course + Workshop - 1 week
15. Jan. 2024
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
I had a wonderful week of tuition at the school, everything was perfect for me and my needs. The staff at the school were very helpful and friendly and I felt well looked after every single moment. Thank you for the wonderful memories! I can definitely recommend the school.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 1 week
7. Mar. 2022
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Plenty of social activities, so no chance of getting lonely. I was not totally happy with the level of the classes, but the two teachers I had did everything they could to adapt to my needs, which I appreciated it. All of them were very friendly.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay Executive
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments lack of computer access
Course: Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks
7. Dec. 2006
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
It was my first time. Our teacher Ana was very good. She set a good pace. But she always made sure that everyone could keep up with the pace and always dealt with each person individually until everyone was back on the same level. Top.
Disliked
I can't think of any right now.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The school's activities programme.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: The test at the beginning put me in the right group, with a similar level of knowledge.
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
25. May. 2023
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Very nice people and good opportunities to get to know fellow students. Because of the small size, a good sense of belonging quickly emerges. I always find it particularly good to meet people from other countries and cultures.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The excursions organized by the school are a good opportunity to get in touch with students from other classes.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Very competent teachers. Good teaching material. Classrooms are equipped with relatively small blackboards.
Other comments Highly Recommended. Won't be there for the last time.
Course: Group + Workshop - 2 weeks
3. Dec. 2019
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The test in advance got me exactly into the course, where I did well. All school staff, teachers and administration knew who they were talking to at all times, it was very familiar and I felt comfortable.
Disliked
I can't think of anything.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard Course + WorkshopStandard Course + Workshop [Portugiesisch] + 1 hour/day of oriented work ( - 1 week
6. Jun. 2024
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The well organized, systematic and friendly teacher + the small class (between 8 and 6 students) that I got to know well and with whom I had a nice coffee break every day in the café around the corner.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss If you are a beginner, go when the beginner course is starting to avoid too difficult a start.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Fine correspondence between what you promised and what I got.
Course: Standard Course - 4 weeks
12. Dec. 2016
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The teachers were excellent with lots of experience, and there were some activities outside of class too, when enough people were interested. The school is not far from popular spots in Lisbon.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The student apartment was good for meeting other students as long as you're happy with sharing a modest but convenient student apartment.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Student Residence
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments I never studied Portuguese before and started from the beginner level in the Christmas course where we covered a lot in a short space of time. The teacher balanced the levels and abilities of many students well.
Course: Christmas or Easter Course [Portuguese] - 2 weeks
11. Jan. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The people behind the counters were really really nice. they know who you are and how long you are staying in town. They are friendly and helpful and make you feel very welcome in the school.
Disliked
- I don't think they should have teachers speaking in English / Spanish / other languages, but try to push students to talk Portuguese. - I think teachers should use the assignments in the books as guidelines, but also try to have students come up with sentences next to what is already written. In other words: don't read the same assignment 4 or 5 times, but practise role playing based on that assignment. If you are reading a text about introducing yourself, we can practise introducing ourselves. If you are reading a text about making a reservation in a hotel, we can practise reserving a table in a restaurant/ reserving cinema tickets etc. - teachers should not go through the book exercise by exercise (otherwise it's basically doing homework in a big group), but explain what the goal is from that day and then use some of the exercises to illustrate. That way the grammar is clearer and students would have an easier time knowing how things are done (it's more organised). - You really shouldn't sell private classes to new students on A1 level. The first class I got started with my teacher saying that we cannot really do anything. Basically we went through the book again and worked a bit ahead, but that only resulted in me being a bit bored afterwards in the group class. Better to start private lessons after 1 week or at least after a couple of days.
Overall rating
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group+ 5 Individual) - 1 week
6. Jul. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
I liked, that the teachers were very motivated and committed. It was also nice, that the group size of the courses was relatively small.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Overall I can recommend the Cial. However, I wonder why the teachers don't earn very much, although the course is not exactly cheap.
Course: Group + Workshop - 4 weeks
19. Sep. 2016
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Well organized, all material to follow the course and answer particular questions (books, photocopies...) were given out by the teacher
Disliked
as negative point, I'd say that the breaks were too long. The 3h course in the morning was actually barely 2h15. Hence, the overall cost during the week is high as the actual working hours are fewer than expected.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 1 week
8. Nov. 2016
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Small school with very qualified and dedicated teachers. I would like to go to Faro next year to continue my learning for 2 weeks.
Disliked
The students were very young
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
3. Oct. 2022
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Staff, friendliness of administration, combination of standard course in the morning and conversation in the afternoon
Disliked
Mask restrictions and language learning don't match. Traffic noise and open window requirements due to covid
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Group + Workshop [Portuguese] - 4 weeks
6. Dec. 2021
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
From the organization to the classes to the leisure activities, everything was great! Very pleasant atmosphere
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Group + Workshop - 1 week
15. Feb. 2016
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The teachers explain the material well and are ready to work with each student to achieve maximum progress.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss When staying with a host family for a long time, be prepared for the fact that the same breakfast every morning (coffee and toast) will make you sick very soon, and you will have spend your money on morning meals as well...
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments Awesome! I'm planning to come back!
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
20. Aug. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The friendly service by Dora at the reception, the historical explanations by the teacher Paolo
Insider tips about what future students should not miss the cultural program with Miguel, a lunch in the downstairs restaurant around the corner, the Museu do Azulejo, the garden and the Museu de arte moderno the Gulbenkian Foundation
Overall rating
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

Other comments I could improve my grammar, and learned a lot of new structures - but unfortunately hardly practiced or consolidated. Because the class is exclusively frontal; the classmates speak very little, if so then only one with the teacher, while the others listen/wait. Communicative and effective ways of working as group or pairs did not exist in my courses (2). Instruction is focused on tests. Practical learning objectives were neither formulated nor planned for. A didactic formation of the teachers would be advisable. In addition, I was assigned due to the placement test a B1 course . When I explained that I have been completed A1, I was assigned to an A1 course. After long explanations why A1, the padagogic manager finally admitted that there was no place in the A2 course and that I should be patient until next week. All in all, unfortunately I didn't learn as much as I planned and how it would have been possible.
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
24. Mar. 2017
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Great atmosphere, super enthusiastic, motivated teacher! With a passion for her profession
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Standard Course [Portugees] - 2 weeks
28. Aug. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The leisure activities: well organized, interesting, mostly at least half in Portuguese.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss the Jantar Fado (dinner + fado), the Museu de Agua (former water reservoir with aqueduct), the Casa do Alentejo (great building + nice waiters, good food). Miguel, in function as guide of the leisure activities.
Overall rating
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
2.0

Rating: 2/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments So the teachers know a lot, which often leads to them talking more than the participants. There is a lot of input (grammar) but little practice and usage. Most of the employees, especially Dora from the reception, are very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately no library for participants. But always a free room where you can do your homework in peace.
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
26. Feb. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The quality of the teachers, some really incredible people, working methods and tools.
Disliked
No heaters.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Class time goes from 3 hours to 1.5 hours of lessons if there are no other students enrolled.
Other comments Paolo is the best teacher in the world.
Course: Standard Course - 6 weeks
13. Feb. 2021
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The new layout, the quality of the teaching and the overall welcoming feeling.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks
1. Oct. 2009
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Experienced teacher, well organized, interesting and personalized content.
Disliked
Lots of theory, lots of content within short time, sometimes not enough room for questions.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The teacher training is intense with lots of content, but also interesting, a little theoretical sometimes. The organization is better than at other language schools with lower prices.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: online lessons
Course: Online Lessons - Individual - Teacher Training (20 lessons) - 5 weeks
24. Jun. 2021
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The extra activities, Dora the receptionist and professors Ana and Miguel
Insider tips about what future students should not miss I would recommend one intensive week and then as many one-to-one lessons as you can afford.
Overall rating
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Value for money
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments You should be able to switch or choose your teachers if you want or need, spending that kind of money. It's difficult to learn from someone if you don't like them or their style of teaching.
Course: Group + Workshop - 3 weeks
29. Dec. 2015
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Established. Experienced teachers. International. Near metro station.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Practice, practice, practice!
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Other comments Thank you for organising Brazilian buffet night on Friday! My classroom in a separate block was noisy (traffic outside).
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
2. Aug. 2016
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Very personal atmosphere, competent teaching staff, challenging
Disliked
The classrooms were very, very cold in November
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course + Workshop [Portugiesisch] - 2 weeks
27. Nov. 2023
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Central location and pleasant class times, my lecturer Virgilio
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Other comments Accommodation not rated, as I have not booked accommodation through CIAL
Course: Standard Course (3 Gruppenlektionen/Tag) - 1 week
26. Feb. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The quality of the teachers and the friendliness of the staff.
Disliked
After-school activities.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Shared Apartment
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: Standard Course [Portugais] - 3 weeks
3. Jul. 2023
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Good teachers, small groups, interesting leisure activities
Insider tips about what future students should not miss The leisure activities give the opportunity to get to know participants from other courses
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Other comments It was a lot of fun!
Course: Group + Workshop - 2 weeks
30. Nov. 2018
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The friendly atmosphere and the right pace of teaching
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Course - 1 week
26. Jul. 2017
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
Good teachers, very qualified and enjoyable lessons!
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: General
23. Mar. 2004
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
The quality of teaching and the proposed activities
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Student Residence
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: Group + Workshop - 4 weeks
14. Feb. 2017
Verified student who booked this course with LanguageCourse.net.

Ratings of CIAL Centro de Linguas compared to ratings of all schools in Portugal

 CIAL Centro de Linguas LisbonAverage of all other schools in Portugal
Overall school rating4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.9

Rating: 4.9/5.0

Facilities3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Social activities4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Organisation4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Quality of teaching4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Value for money4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Homestay4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Shared flat4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

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.”
Alexandra Borges de Sousa
– 
Alexandra Borges de Sousa
Director of CIAL Centro de Linguas
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
Student gender mix
41% male / 59% female
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
Year of school foundation
1959
Legal name / parent company
Sousa e Coimbra Lda | Tax registration ID: PT500275378
Abbreviated name of school
CIAL Lisbon

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • 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

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • 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 drinks.

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

Information for all courses offered by CIAL Centro de Linguas

Lesson duration
50 minutes
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Comments about courses

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

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 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 25 Apr 2024, 30 May 2024, 10 Jun 2024, 15 Aug 2024, 01 Nov 2024, 25 Dec 2024.
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.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Lessons needed per Portuguese language level
Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

Airport transfer

Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport:
50 € one way
100 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).
More details about airports near Lisbon and how to travel independently from the airport to the city on our Lisbon page. For flight comparisons to Lisbon, we recommend using skyscanner.com.

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
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
South America: 90 €
,
Africa: 90 €
,
Asia: 90 €
Free shipment via regular mail
Yes
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)
Video about leisure activities at CIAL Centro de Linguas Lisbon
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
CIAL Centro de Linguas cultural programme.
CIAL Centro de Linguas cultural programme.

Accommodation

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 what our students report about their stay at CIAL Centro de Linguas.

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Questions and answers about CIAL Centro de Linguas

  • 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, LanguageCourse.net - Jan 25, 2022
  • The minimum required level to book the Teacher's Training Course is B2 - Upper-intermediate.
    Ana Carolina, 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
  • No, the school is closed on bank holidays and group classes that are missed due to bank holidays are not refunded.
    Louise Granath, LanguageCourse.Net - Nov 18, 2022
  • At the time of writing, CIAL does not offer a Junior Programme for students under 18. The minimum required age to book a course is 18 years old.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 12, 2023
  • I have good news for you! CIAL does indeed offer classes for Brazilian Portuguese in Lisbon. However, these are always private lessons as there is not much demand for them.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 09, 2023
  • Currently, the school offers accommodation in a shared flat, but not entire appartments.
    Teresa Margarida, Administration from CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon - Jul 03, 2023
  • Unfortunately, this is not possible. The host families only offer breakfast. Also, cooking for yourself is (unfortunately) not permitted.
    Tanja, LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 04, 2023
  • For longer stays, we strongly suggest our Shared Apartment option. The apartments are managed by Cial and are exclusively for Cial students. Apartments are located around 10 minutes walk from the school.
    Teresa Margarida, Administration from CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon - Dec 04, 2023
  • Current status May 2024: If students books the Workshop they are not able to go to the surf lessons. Students usually go at 14:00 and the workshop ends at 14:40.
    Teresa Margarida, Adminstration from CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon - May 02, 2024

FAQ about CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon

  • Portuguese courses at CIAL Centro de Linguas start at 238 € for Easter and Christmas Course course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of CIAL Centro de Linguas
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (50 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at CIAL Centro de Linguas varies from 1 students (Online One-to-One Lessons) 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 USA (6,6%) and Germany (28%).
  • 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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