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Instituto Cultural IdiomaSalvador, Brazil

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Rating: 4.0/5.0

Overall school rating of Instituto Cultural Idioma, Salvador
Ranked #1 of 0 Portuguese schools in Salvador
Location of the school

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 3.2/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0

Quality of teaching

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 4.2/5.0

What we like about the school
  • IStudy Global Awards winner: Language School of the Year 2017/2018.
  • Free capoeira, dance and caipirinha lessons once a week.
  • Rooftop terrace
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: Instituto Cultural Idioma Salvador is located in Salvador, Brazil, between the Tropic of Capricorn and Ecuador, on Brazil's northeastern coast. The city is one of the sunniest cities in the world and has over 50 kilometres of beaches! The school is housed in a colonial-style building, in the heart of the city's Barra neighbourhood, one of the trendiest and most popular neighbourhoods of the city, within walking distance of shopping centres, restaurants, supermarkets and the beautiful Porto da Barra and Farol da Barra beaches.

Social and Cultural: As a cultural and language centre, the school has many extracurricular activities and excursions to offer. Whether you are looking to tour the local islands, take some diving instruction or wish to learn about the local history through some walking tours, Instituto Cultural Idioma can assist you with all excursions and activities, ensuring a memorable and comfortable time during your trip.

Salvador is steeped in history, serving as an important port to Africa and Asia for the Portuguese colonies, the diverse art, cuisine and natural beauty, really emphasise the city's diversity.

School facilities: The school's facilities include a library, a garden, fridge and microwave use for students, a movie room, a rooftop terrace, free parking, and free water and coffee. All classrooms have natural light and air conditioning, ensuring a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for all.
  • The language school Instituto Cultural Idioma was founded in Salvador, Brazil in 2002.
  • Tax registration ID: CNPJ21 845 747 0001 10

Portuguese Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity

Information for all courses offered by Instituto Cultural Idioma

Lesson duration
50 minutes
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 25 € per course level.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 12 Feb 2024, 13 Feb 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 May 2024, 30 May 2024, 08 Jun 2024, 02 Jul 2024, 15 Nov 2024, 08 Dec 2024, 25 Dec 2024.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up
Please note that this school reserves the right to reduce the number of lessons if the minimum number of students is not reached.
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.

Our price includes

  • 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 Instituto Cultural Idioma, Salvador 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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Instituto Cultural Idioma

Accreditations and Quality seals
Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal
Portuguese teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
90% 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 8:00
Student gender mix
60% male / 40% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Instituto Cultural Idioma and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoEurocard - logoJCB - logoDiners Club - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school facilities

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Rooftop terrace

  • Balcony / terrace

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Self-study areas

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Tourist information

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in most classrooms

    • Air conditioning in some classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 5
    Number of public PC workstations: 2

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 25
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 20
Junior courses - In summer: 2
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 1
Minimum age of students
18 years
9 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 7
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 3
Average age of students
In summer: 27 years
Throughout the year: 34 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Salvador International Airport, Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes:
45 € one way
80 € return (both ways)
More information about airports around Salvador and how to get from the airport to Salvador on your own here on our Salvador page.

Visa Documents

Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
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)

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Not offered.

Adults - Paid activities

- Visit of churches and museums
- Candomblé ceremonies
- Tour of the most traditional bars and restaurants
- Musical events
- Folk music presentations
- Percussion lessons
- Surfing lessons
- Diving lessons


Ratings of Instituto Cultural Idioma compared to ratings of all schools in Brazil

 Instituto Cultural Idioma SalvadorAverage of all other schools in Brazil
Overall school rating4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.1/5.0

Location of the school4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0


Rating: 4.6/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 3.8/5.0

Social activities3.3

Rating: 3.3/5.0


Rating: 3.5/5.0


Rating: 4.0/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 4.3/5.0

Value for money4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0


Rating: 3.9/5.0


Rating: 0.0/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Shared flat0.0

Rating: 0.0/5.0


Rating: 4.2/5.0

Student opinions about Instituto Cultural Idioma, Salvador

Great, experienced teachers, who respond to their students individually and pay attention to their progress. They also manage this in the group. The lessons are very lively. I can definitely recommend the school. I have learned a lot here and can use my new knowledge in everyday life. Muito obrigada.
Overall rating

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money

Rating: 5/5.0


Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: Standard Portuguese Course - 4 weeks
14. Mar. 2023


Rua Florianopolis N 96, Jardim Brasil - 40140320 Salvador
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Questions and answers about Instituto Cultural Idioma

  • If the student is not complete beginner, it is possible to start another day of the week, not only Mondays. However, this depends on availability.
    Lisa, Administration from Instituto Cultural Idioma, Salvador - Mar 15, 2023
  • SIM cards can easily be bought at the center Mall, at C&A store, located 5 minutes walk distance from the school. Price is around 20 Reais (about EUR 4). There is no special requirement. The school can help.
    Lisa, Administration from Instituto Cultural Idioma, Salvador - Mar 15, 2023
  • ICI offers group lessons with 20 lessons per week, private lessons, or a combination of group lessons with private lessons.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 19, 2023
  • A test to assess your exact language level takes place at ICI on the first day of the course.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Oct 20, 2023
  • The school can organize samba, forró, salsa, pagode baiano, Afro dance, or capoeira. Lessons can be organized at the language school or the dance school.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 11, 2024
  • The program includes 1 dance lesson per week.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 11, 2024
  • Yes, it's possible to book extra lessons on the spot.
    Ana Carolina Dos Santos, LanguageCourse.Net - Feb 11, 2024

FAQ about Instituto Cultural Idioma,

  • All our accommodation is within walking distance of the school and the beach.
    Eva, Employee from Instituto Cultural Idioma - Feb 01, 2024
  • It is also possible to get meals. However, these would have to be organised and paid for directly with the family.
    Eva, Employee from Instituto Cultural Idioma - Feb 01, 2024
  • The shared flat is designed for a maximum of 3 students who share the flat with a Brazilian family. The students are normally all from our language school.
    Eva, Employee from Instituto Cultural Idioma - Feb 01, 2024
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Instituto Cultural Idioma varies from 1 students (Evening Course) to 8 students (Standard Portuguese Course)
  • 100% of teachers at Instituto Cultural Idioma hold a university degree. 90% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Instituto Cultural Idioma comes from Germany with a 25% representation, followed by students from England (20%) and Switzerland (15%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Instituto Cultural Idioma offers courses from 17 years to 99. Average age is 27 during the summer and 34 for the rest of the year.


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