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Portuguese school in Porto: Fast Forward Institute


Rating: 4.5/5.0

Rua de António Pedro 24 - 2º andar - 4000-092 Porto - see on map
Fast Forward Institute - City tour

What we like about the school

  • Central location with restaurants, shops and historic sites all within walking distance.

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.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location: Fast Forward Institute is located in the extraordinary city of Porto. The school is housed in the city centre, in the heart of the city, with shops, restaurants and much of the city's historic architecture, all within walking distance. As the second-largest city in Portugal, Porto has become renowned for its architecture and blending of the past with the
present, finding itself on the "must-see" destination list of many students and travellers alike. Although the city is small, it has plenty to offer, with everything easily accessible by foot from the school, ensuring students can quickly get their bearings and explore this historical and friendly city.

Course selection General courses are readily available in groups or private lessons, with Executive courses and courses that run in conjunction with lessons in wine or surfing, also amongst the school's favourite choices.

Methodology: Creating a friendly and professional atmosphere, as well as building an effective and enjoyable learning environment for all students, is important to Fast Forward Institute in Porto. The school's focus is on communication, often working beyond books and written exercises, to stimulate conversation between students and teachers.

Social and Cultural: Students are never short of something to do whilst studying in Porto. The Fast Forward Institute like to continue their welcoming atmosphere from the classroom into the evening, with a variety of evening activities and weekend excursions readily available and promoted by the school. Amongst these activities you can find a massive amount of guided tours, informing you about the expansive history of the city, as well as visits to local museums, stadiums, markets and shops, all whilst tasting the finest in Porto's culinary treats along the way.
  • The language school Fast Forward Institute was founded in Porto, Portugal in 2004.
  • Legal name / parent company: Aprender Facil L F P Unipessoal Lda
  • Tax registration ID: PT508995450

Portuguese Courses

General Language
Online Courses
Language Plus Activity
Information for all courses offered by Fast Forward Institute
Lesson duration
50 minutes
School's administrative fee
50.00 €
Course material
Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 35 €. 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 2023 (including national and regional bank holidays):
21 Feb. 2023, 07 Apr. 2023, 25 Apr. 2023, 01 May 2023, 08 Jun. 2023, 15 Aug. 2023, 05 Oct. 2023, 01 Nov. 2023, 01 Dec. 2023, 08 Dec. 2023, 25 Dec. 2023.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
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)Level descriptionsLESSONS needed per levelWEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1BeginnerNo knowledge, or an understanding of only a very few basic words/phrases.A1 to A2804
A2ElementaryCan understand and speak about simple topics: i.e. family, shopping, hobbies.A2 to B11608
B1IntermediateCan speak about future and past events, give reasons and explanations for a situation.B1 to B21809
B2Higher IntermediateCan speak about abstract topics, produce clear detailed text on many subjects.B2 to C120010
C1AdvancedCan use language flexibly and effectively.C1 to C222011
C2ProfiencyCan express himself/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely.
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.

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 Language level placement test before arrival
Note: All courses offered by Fast Forward Institute, Porto can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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  • School entrance
    School entrance 2/19
  • Discussion
  • in the tram
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  • In the classroom
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  • On the balcony
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  • Lesson in progress
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  • Enjoying a meal together
    Enjoying a meal together 8/19
  • School building
    School building 9/19
  • Local restaurant
    Local restaurant10/19
  • Tour
  • Sharing a meal
    Sharing a meal12/19
  • Leisure
  • Group social interaction
    Group social interaction14/19
  • Majestic architecture
    Majestic architecture15/19
  • Excursion
  • Hapy group
    Hapy group17/19
  • Stunning views
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Fast Forward Institute

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
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 9:00
Student gender mix:
47% male / 53% female
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Fast Forward Institute and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Bank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Library

  • Lounge

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Printer for student use

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in some classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 5
    Number of public PC workstations: 2
    Paid parking (<500m)

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
In summer: 20
Throughout the year: 8
Minimum age of students
16 years
16 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Junior courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 30 years
Throughout the year: 35 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport:
45 € one way
90 € return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO).
More information about airports around Porto and how to get from the airport to Porto on your own here on our Porto page.

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)
100 €
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 possible
Football (soccer)
Horse riding

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Ribeira: The riverside Ribeira district is the most alluring part of Porto, a window onto the past with shadowed lanes, dark, cobbled passages and boats lined up along the quayside (now mostly for show, advertising for tourist jaunts). Jardins do Palácio de Cristal: This modest, leafy park named after a long-gone 19th-century crystal palace, is home to a sports pavilion, gardens and a pond, roving peacocks and a reasonably priced self-service restaurant. But pride of the place goes to the new, high-tech Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett. * Solar do Vinho do Porto: The finest place in Porto to drink Port is the Solar do Vinho do Porto, a posh bar with a river view terrace beside the Palácio de Cristal garden, where you'll find hundreds of varieties to choose from.

Adults - Paid activities

River Cruises 10 EUR
Estádio do Dragão: 15 EUR
O Palácio da Bolsa: 10 EUR




Rating: 4.5/5.0

Overall school rating of
Fast Forward Institute, Porto
113 authentic ratings from students who reserved with us
Overall city rating

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.9/5.0


Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 2.0/5.0


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Other Portuguese schools in Porto offering Portuguese courses: 
  1. inlingua Porto4.7

    Rating: 4.5/5.0

  2. Oficina de Portugues, City Centre4.7

    Rating: 4.5/5.0

More information about Porto including climate data and events on our Porto page with a list of all 3 Portuguese schools in Porto.

Questions and answers about Fast Forward Institute

  • Fast Forward Institute only works with host families, but we can always ask them if they know of an option that you might like that is close to the school.
    from Fast Forward Institute - Nov 29, 2022
  • The minimum age at the school is 16.
    Tanja, Area Manager German from Fast Forward Institute - Mar 09, 2023
  • The use of the kitchen is not possible for host family accommodation.
    Ernesto, Director from Fast Forward Language Institute PORTUGAL - Mar 29, 2023
  • Yes, this option is available on request.
    Ernesto, Director from Fast Forward Language Institute PORTUGAL - Mar 29, 2023

FAQ about Fast Forward Institute, Porto

  • We are able to provide the student with all the information except the OID. We have received students for Erasmus+ before and the students produced all the necessary paperwork and we signed some of the documents, including the Commitment of the Three Parties.
    Ernesto Pinho, Director from Fast Forward Language Institute PORTUGAL - Jul 01, 2021
  • Yes, we do have teachers for Brazilian Portuguese. Please note that Brazilian Portuguese courses are available one-to-one format only.
    Sabine Krafack, German Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.net - Aug 17, 2021
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (45 €)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Fast Forward varies from 1 students (One-to-One Online) to 6 students (Group Super Intensive)
  • 100% of teachers at Fast Forward Institute hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Fast Forward Institute comes from Germany with a 18% representation, followed by students from USA (17%) and England (9%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Fast Forward Institute offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 30 during the summer and 35 for the rest of the year.


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