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Portuguese school in Porto: Fast Forward Institute

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Rua de António Pedro 24 - 2º andar - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Central location with restaurants, shops and historic sites all within walking distance.
  • Top rated social activities (4.3/5.0)

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.

Portuguese Courses

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Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 15:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
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  - 12:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Student comments

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Gordana: "Great school, small classes, dedicated teachers."
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Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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This course consists of 20 group lessons and 10 individual lessons per week.
Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 15:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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This course consists of 20 group lessons and 15 individual lessons per week.
Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
General course schedule
7 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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in US$ 468 936 1404 1872 -- -- -- -- -- -- 468
This course consists of 20 group lessons and 5 individual lessons per week.
Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
Every Monday.
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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 14:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Online Courses
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Private
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Price in US$ 1157 1916 2874 3832 4790 5748 6706 7664 8622 9580 11496
Starting dates
Every Day.
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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 15:40
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Price in € 700 665 1400 1330 1740 1653 2320 2204 2900 2755 3480 3306 4060 3857 4640 4408 5220 4959 5800 5510 6960 6612
Price in US$ 771 1542 1916 2555 3194 3832 4471 5110 5748 6387 7664
Starting dates
Every Day.
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  - 12:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Student comments

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Katharina: "Very nice and good teacher. She could have prepared more exercises about the week points, I would have appreciated that. I would book her again in any case and let her know my expectations more clearly."
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Starting dates
Every Day.
General course schedule
8 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  - 12:50
Afternoon: 14:00  - 17:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Language Plus Activity
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The surfing lessons will take place on the Praia de Matosinhos, 20 minutes to the west of the centre of Porto. 5 group lessons per week from Monday to Friday, in the afternoons, or on weekends, mornings and afternoons. The lessons are 1.5 hours long. Maximum of 6 students per instructor. Board, wetsuit, insurance and a hot shower are included in the price. The course is available all year round.
Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
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  - 12:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Wine lessons and lecture sessions are in the afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 2 hours each for one week program and 1 hour each for two week programs. The programme includes visits to local wine cellars and wine stores.
Starting dates
For all levels except of absolute beginners:
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  - 12:50
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Fast Forward Institute

    • 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 cities 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 travelers 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.

      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.

      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.

      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
      • Covid-19 Status: School currently open
      • Average number of levels
        • Adult courses In summer: 6
        • Adult courses Throughout the year: 6

Accreditations and Quality seals

Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

Portuguese teacher qualifications

  • 100% hold a university degree

Average number of students

  • In summer: 20
  • Throughout the year: 8

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 16 years for specific Junior courses

Average age of students

School Size:

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

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

Course material:

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

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro (OPO).

Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport:
45 € pick up
90 € return (both ways)
Additional school information
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Days without class

In 2021 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2021, 02 Apr. 2021, 04 Apr. 2021, 25 Apr. 2021, 01 May 2021, 03 Jun. 2021, 10 Jun. 2021, 15 Aug. 2021, 05 Oct. 2021, 01 Nov. 2021, 01 Dec. 2021, 08 Dec. 2021, 25 Dec. 2021, 02 Apr. 2021, 24 Jun. 2021.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

Accommodation

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Price in US$ 186 371 557 742 928 1113 1299 1484 1855 2226 186
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
You are issued your own front door key. Bed linen is changed every 2 weeks.
Price extra night:
27 € (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
24 minutes by public transport (average reported by 40 former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Student comments

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Katharina: "It was all fine. My guestfather was a really nice and helpful person. That is why my overall rating is 5 stars. I can throughly recommend him. The place is nice, not very near to the school though. "

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Gordana: "Great host, good Wi-Fi, clean room, friendly environment, just too far away from the center - 10 minutes walking to the Metro station then 20 min to another metro station then 5 minutes walking to school."

Leisure activities

activity possible
Dancing
Football (soccer)
Golf
Horse riding
Mountainbiking
Music
Sailing
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Volleyball
Windsurfing
Yoga

Reviews

4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9
Organisation

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Facilities

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Social activities

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 2.0/5.0

2.0
Porto (155 students from all schools in Porto)
Overall city attractiveness

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Nightlife

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.7
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Public transport

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Climate

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.1/5.0

4.1
Affordability

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Shopping

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Safety

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6

Brochures

Fast Forward Institute School Brochure
Fast Forward Institute School Brochure
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Language plus Sports / Activities (PDF)
Fast Forward Institute School Brochure
Fast Forward Institute School Brochure
 Cultural Program (PDF)
Cultural Program (PDF)
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Language plus Sports / Activities (PDF)
Portuguese and Wine Brochure
Portuguese and Wine Brochure
Portuguese and Surf Brochure
Portuguese and Surf Brochure

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    Rating: 4.5/5.0

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    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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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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