14 Portuguese Language Schools in Portugal - Ranking 2023

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14 Best language schools in Portugal (ranked based on student reviews)


Most popular destinations

Rating: 4.7

377 reviews
Top Destinations: Lisbon (city thumbnail)

Rating: 4.7

172 reviews
Top Destinations: Porto (city thumbnail)

Rating: 4.3

94 reviews
Top Destinations: Faro (city thumbnail)

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Interesting information about Portugal

Located in the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal offers sun-kissed beaches and amazing cliffs, a surfer´s paradise. The capital, Lisbon, with its medieval atmosphere and its narrow lanes, inspired artists such as Fernando Pessoa. Lisbon was also the place where Vasco de Gama's journeys began. In the northern part of the country there is Porto, the second largest city, famous for the its wine, called Vinho do Porto in the local language.

Key Facts about Portugal

Population: 10,282,000
Capital: Lisbon
Time zone: GMT +1
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0895 USD)
Telephone country code: +351
Largest cities in Portugal:
  • 1. Lisbon: 520,000
  • 2. Porto: 250,000
  • 3. Amadora: 180,000
  • 4. Braga: 120,000
  • 5. Setubal: 115,000
Visa: 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.
Visa requirements data last updated on Dec 01, 2022 (Source)
For the most up-to-date visa information please consult with the embassy or consulate of Portugal in your country. List of embassies and consulates of Portugal on the official website - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal.
Largest international airport in Portugal:
Lisbon Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS): 7 km. from Lisbon city center
Cost of Living:
  • Big Mac price (Portugal average): 4.38 €
    (7% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

Most popular regions in Portugal for language travel

Questions and answers about Faro

  • Generally, all courses start on a Monday unless otherwise specified. You can take many programmes for as little as one week for as long as you wish. There are many General Portuguese courses available for beginners to complete proficiency.
    Fraser Provan , Area Manager English from LanguageCourse.Net - Dec 07, 2022

FAQ about schools in Portugal

  • inlingua Porto has received the best overall rating in Porto.
  • Portuguese Connection, located in Praça do Príncipe Real 23, cv esq., Príncipe Real, Lisbon has been voted as the school with the best location in Portugal.
  • Lusa Language School was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Host Family' at Oficina de Portugues is the best rated accommodation in Portugal.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations.
  • At the end of the course, regardless of the school you attend and the number of weeks you book, the school will give you a certificate/diploma of attendance indicating that you have taken a course with them and your language level, only if you attend class regularly. Please be aware it is not an official title.
    Rubén De Haro, Area Manager - Spanish from LanguageCourse.net - Aug 23, 2022
  • The minimum age for our group courses is 16yrs and so, unfortunately, we will not be able to accept this student onto this type of course. However, any of our individual programs are suitable and the student can start any Monday. The Crash Intensive Programme (CIP) is a good option. Included in the program is access to our online learning platform for study and practice between lessons (hundreds and hundreds of exercises and activities) which could be super useful in this case.
    Alex Bone, from inlingua Porto - Aug 09, 2022
  • Yes, of course! Please note, however, that it is not 100% certain that the school can then confirm the request, especially at some specific times of the year. That is why we recommend that you always place your request at the time of enrolment, and if it is no longer needed you can cancel it within 48/72 hours of receiving the course confirmation email.
    Antonio, Area Manager Italian from Portuguese Connection - Aug 04, 2022
  • Yes, for the most part the courses and accommodations offered will be the same. What is good to know is that at the end of the year we (Languagecourse.net) always update all of the school profiles for the next year. During that period we will publish the new course starting dates, prices & accommodation/course options, if there are any. If you see a course you'd like to book for next year, we recommend that you send us an email so we can check with the school if they can honour this years prices for your course starting next year. Additionally, most schools tend to offer their best accommodations to those who book early.
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, from Languagecourse.net - Oct 04, 2021
  • Not at all, free cancellation means free cancellation, so you do not have to give us any reason should you choose to cancel. Just remember to check when the last day of the free cancellation is, so that you do not inform us too late and risk cancellation fees from the school. If you book accommodation via the school, make sure to check the cancellation policy for the accommodation as well as for the course.
    Louise Granath, Area Manager from LanguageCourse.net - Jul 29, 2021
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