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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal

Among the Top 20% most popular Portuguese schools in Portugal in the last 12 months

What we like about the school

  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults
  • Excellent rating of student apartments

CIAL Centro de Linguas

The language school CIAL Centro de Linguas was founded in Lisbon, Portugal 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 school address is: Rua Actor Taborda 55 - 3rd floor, 1000-007 - Lisbon, Portugal (See on map)

Accreditations and Quality seals

EAQUALSIALC Preferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalInstituto Camões, EAQUALS

School Size:

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

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For adult courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 75
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 35

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years

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):

21
9
8
4
2
8
6
7
6

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Lisboa / Portela:
50 € pick up
100 € return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 25.Apr.2018, 01.May.2018, 31.May.2018, 13.Jun.2018, 15.Aug.2018, 05.Oct.2018, 01.Nov.2018, 25.Dec.2018
School policy regarding bank holidays:
Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Group classes not.

Portuguese Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 0 20 Additional Week
Price in € 475 452 950 903 1425 1354 1652 1570 2478 2355 3304 3139 4130 3924 4200 3990 8050 7648 7680 7296 350 333
Price in US$ 523 1046 1568 1818 2727 3636 4545 4622 8858 8451 386
Standard course + Afternoon Workshops focused on a different topic each day: Grammar, Vocabulary, Conversation, Listening, Presentations, etc.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jan.2018, 08.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 26.Nov.2018
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 12 0 20 Additional Week
Price in € 285 271 570 542 855 813 992 943 1488 1414 1984 1885 2480 2356 2520 2394 4830 4589 4560 4332 210 200
Price in US$ 314 628 941 1092 1638 2183 2729 2773 5315 5018 232
CIAL's teaching approach can be described as eclectic, as it combines various approaches and methodologies in structured lessons with clear aims.
All skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing - develop naturally with gradual learning of grammar, lexical and phonetic concepts through practice. Course levels are linked to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and learning objectives for each course are expressed in 'can-do' statements.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jan.2018, 08.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 26.Nov.2018
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 780 741 1560 1482 2340 2223 2880 2736 3600 3420 4320 4104 5040 4788 5760 5472 7200 6840 8640 8208 720 684
Price in US$ 859 1717 2575 3169 3962 4754 5546 6338 7923 9507 793
Intensive one-to-one training. Perfect option for people wishing to study Brazilian or African variants. Specific materials and experienced teachers of Brazilian and African origin or background available.
Available options: 1 to 7 lessons/day. Up to 60 lessons, price= €39/lesson. More than 60 lessons, price= €36/lesson.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 833 792 1666 1583 2499 2375 3332 3166 3940 3743 4728 4492 5250 4988 6000 5700 7500 7125 9000 8550 750 713
Price in US$ 917 1834 2750 3667 4336 5203 5777 6602 8253 9903 826
Ideal for students who want to work on further improving oral skills, review the work done in the morning lessons or work in a specific professional field.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jan.2018, 08.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 26.Nov.2018
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 638 607 1276 1213 1914 1819 2552 2425 3190 3031 3828 3637 4256 4044 4864 4621 6080 5776 6840 6498 570 542
Price in US$ 702 1404 2106 2808 3510 4212 4683 5352 6690 7526 628
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jan.2018, 08.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 26.Nov.2018
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in € 443 421 886 842 1329 1263 1772 1684 2215 2105 2658 2526 3101 2946 3544 3367 4430 4209 4860 4617 405 385
Price in US$ 488 975 1463 1950 2438 2925 3412 3900 4875 5348 446
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Jan.2018, 08.Jan.2018, 22.Jan.2018, 05.Feb.2018, 19.Feb.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 15.Oct.2018, 29.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 26.Nov.2018
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 13:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 470 447 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 518 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Organised to coincide with school breaks, these courses offer students a chance to focus on oral communication with intensive practice.
Starting dates
2018: 26.Mar.2018, 17.Dec.2018.
Absolute beginners start on: 26.Mar.2018, 17.Dec.2018
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 550 523 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 606 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course designed for native and non-native teachers of Portuguese as a Foreign Language in public and/or private institutions.
Starting dates
2018: 12.Feb.2018, 07.May.2018, 10.Sep.2018, 05.Nov.2018.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in € -- 738 702 -- 1270 1207 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 813 -- 1398 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Standard Portuguese Course + 5 Surf lessons every 2 weeks.
Fee includes transportation, equipment and insurance. Each surf lesson is one afternoon long (approx. 3 hours)

Alternatively, you can choose to have a total of 15 surf lessons over 4 weeks for 1410 EUR.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
Absolute beginners start on: 02.Apr.2018, 16.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 14.May.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 18.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 20.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 17.Sep.2018
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 50 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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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 mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 50 minutes
Individual classesSingle 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.
Comments about courses:The school also offers:
- Individual lessons and private group lessons in Portuguese for Special Purposes and Brazilian & African Portuguese courses.

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

Examples of Special Purposes: Banking, Business Portuguese, Computer Science, Hotel Industry, Insurance, Interpreting, Law, Medicine and Translation.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week
Price in € 150 300 450 600 150
Price in US$ 174 348 522 695 174
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Weekly change of linens and bath towels.
Price extra night:
30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
13 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in € -- 280 420 560 140 100 40
Price in US$ 325 487 649 163 116 47
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates
Fully booked on: 05.Aug.2018 - 31.Dec.2018
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week Deposit (refundable)* One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in € 155 310 465 620 155 100 40
Price in US$ 180 360 539 719 180 116 47
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Apartment located very close to the school.
Shared rooms also available: 130€/week. The school will allocate rooms.
Price extra night:
30 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
12 minutes walking (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 18
  • Prices for hotels close to the school (from 2* to 5*) available upon request.
    Special prices in apartments and hostels managed by external partners.

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
 Social Activities (PDF)
 Social Activities (PDF)

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 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.9/5.0 
Other
3.9/5.0 
Students liked about CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon
The new layout, the quality of the teaching and the overall welcoming feeling.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
3.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
5.0/5.0
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
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
2.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: lack of computer access
CIAL is like a home, comfortable and friendly
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
n/a
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Be next and spend all time with new students and visit all pretty places in Lisbon
Good teachers, very qualified and enjoyable lessons!
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Other
3.0/5.0
The quality of teaching and the proposed activities
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Lisbon Student House
4.0/5.0

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