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Best Portuguese schools in Lisbon by category - student age group, value for money

TOP Rated by
Students 18-30 years
Portuguese Connection
Students 18-30 years
4.8

Rating: 4.8

(9)
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Students 31-49 years
Portuguese Connection
Students 31-49 years
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(9)
TOP Rated by
Students 50+ years
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Students 50+ years
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
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Students all ages
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Students all ages
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
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Quality of teaching
Lusa Language School
Quality of teaching
4.9

Rating: 4.9

(12)
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Leisure programme
Lusa Language School
Leisure programme
4.1

Rating: 4.1

(9)
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Value for money
Study & Live in your Teacher's Home
Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5

(2)
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Location of school
Portuguese Connection
Location of school
5.0

Rating: 5

(30)

8 language schools in Lisbon from 95€ for a 1 week Portuguese course

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Lisbon ratings & opinions

How our students rated their experience in Lisbon

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Overall attractiveness of Lisbon
418 authentic ratings from students who reserved a course with us in Lisbon
Nightlife
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Friendliness of locals
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Interesing things to do
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Geographic setting
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Public transport
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Climate
4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Cleanliness
4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Affordability
4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Shopping
4.5

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Safety
4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

What our students said about Lisbon

Lisbon is a light-filled inviting wonderful city with many fantastic perspectives. Tejo and the proximity to the Atlantic are simply enviable. The openness, friendliness and warmth of the Lisboetas - despite the vast numbers of tourists - is deeply impressive. Only the bawling groups of bachelor parties of all sexes are unbearable! Let's hope that Lisbon does not turn into a cheap party mile... This city and the Lisboetas do not deserve that!

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Barbara Germany

A great city, with a very beautiful old town. Unfortunately, many others have already discovered this :-). It is very crowded. You can easily reach a lot on foot and everything else very cheaply by metro, bus, train or Uber. I really enjoyed living outside, close to the school, so I also got to know the "non" touristy Lisboa. I am still thrilled and it was definitely not the last time.

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Alexander Germany

Lisbon has a special soul and it can be found in every corner through the countless "pastelaria" and "jardim" with kiosks and seating options....Simply beautiful and cosy. The city is a mass of contrasts and offers so much to discover! I am thrilled!

4.0

Rating: 4/5

Chantal Morocco

Lisbon is a beautiful city. There are just a lot of streets that go uphill and that can be a bit tiring after a while. Especially when it's 36 degrees.

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Ngangu Salvador Germany

Lisbon is an attractive and appealing place with a special flair. Here you can feel comfortable. The climate is still pleasant even in November.

4.0

Rating: 4/5

Manfred Germany

The best city I have visited !!! Small capital, full of charm, lots of things to do in the city and in the surrounding area. Amazing experience.

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Julia France

I know Lisbon from many previous visits, we have a flat nearby. That's why I'll skip this part of the evaluation.

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Jürgen Germany

Amazing place! Would now live there if had the chance. Locals so friendly, trusting and helpful

5.0

Rating: 5/5

Nadia England UK

Lots of fun, and interesting, but expensive (none of the museums and galleries are free).

4.0

Rating: 4/5

Ailbhe England UK

it is a very exciting destination, there are so many things to do and see

4.0

Rating: 4/5

Federica Italy

What school directors said about Lisbon

Alexandra Borges de Sousa

Lisbon is one of the world's great historical cities. With a mild climate it´s an ideal destination with a wide variety of landscapes and heritage. Lisbon is Western Europe's least expensive capital with one of the most vibrant nightlives in Europe.

Alexandra Borges de SousaDirector of CIAL Centro de Linguas, lives in Lisbon since 1969

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Lisbon

Portuguese Connection

I found the teachers very welcoming, a really nice atmosphere. I also found the teacher in my course particularly professional, very varied and very good material.

15 July 2024
Course: Intensive Group Course - 1 week
Student age: 54 years

4.9

Rating: 4.9

| 32 reviews
CIAL Centro de Linguas

The test in advance got me exactly into the course, where I did well. All school staff, teachers and administration knew who they were talking to at all times, it was very familiar and I felt comfortable.

6 June 2024
Course: Standard Course + Workshop - 1 week
Student age: 60 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 326 reviews
Portuguese Connection

Super nice staff and teachers/ great atmosphere and good organisation of the groups

5 April 2024
Course: Intensive Group Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 62 years

4.9

Rating: 4.9

| 32 reviews
CIAL Centro de Linguas

I would have liked to give a sixth star for the quality of the teaching. Both in the mornings (lessons from the book) and in the afternoons (consolidation, communication), the teachers were of the highest standard. The exchange with the other students (from Canada and France) was also very interesting.

15 January 2024
Course: Standard Course + Workshop - 1 week
Student age: 63 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 326 reviews
CIAL Centro de Linguas

Very personal atmosphere, competent teaching staff, challenging

27 November 2023
Course: Standard Course + Workshop - 2 weeks
Student age: 66 years

4.2

Rating: 4.2

| 326 reviews

Information about Lisbon

Why Lisbon? Lisbon, the capital of Portugal and also called the city of the seven hills, can be seen as the white city, mother of sailors and explorers of seas, equally seven in number. Seen from the river Tagus- one of the city's many great viewpoints - Lisbon is an impressionist picture of low-rise ochre and pastel, punctuated by church towers and domes. Lisbon has an Atlantic climate, with Mediterranean influences. Due to these characteristics, Lisbon has lots of sunny days even during the winter.
What we like about Lisbon
  • Reasonably priced for a European capital city.
  • Excellent choice of sandy and clean beaches close by.
  • Great number of bars and restaurants to try the local cuisine.
  • Interesting culture and history to learn about.
What we dislike about Lisbon
  • Petty crime is ripe in popular tourist areas.
  • Slow and unreliable public transport.
Population: M  518,000
Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)
Region: Lisbon, Lisbon
Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.0931 USD)
Name of city in Portuguese: Lisboa
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 04 Jun. 2024 (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.
High season: August
Low season: December
Average course price per week: 342 €
Cost of Living:
* 100 = prices in New York
  • Price index excluding rent: 56* (45% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index including rent: 45* (55% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:47* (53% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (Portugal average): 4.36 €
    (7% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz
Climate Table
Legend:
Midday Temperature
Night-time Temperature
JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 °C5 °C10 °C15 °C20 °C25 °C30 °CTemperature in °C
Hours of Sunshine
5669101112119865
Water Temperature
57.2 °F57.2 °F57.2 °F59 °F60.8 °F62.6 °F64.4 °F66.2 °F66.2 °F64.4 °F60.8 °F59 °F
Rainfall
97mm90mm51mm65mm56mm17mm6mm7mm29mm80mm107mm122mm
Best time to take a language course in Lisbon
July
Music Festival “Nos Alive”
Music Festival “Nos Alive”

11 July 2024 - 13 July 2024Amazing music and arts festival in Oeiras, a municipality of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. Three days and several stages with some of the best artists in modern music today.

Fado Museum
Fado Museum
Jeronimos Monastery
Jeronimos Monastery
Campo Pequeno Bullring
Campo Pequeno Bullring
Sao Jorge Castle
Sao Jorge Castle
Alfama Quarter
Alfama Quarter
Sao Pedro de Alcantara Viewpoint
Sao Pedro de Alcantara Viewpoint
Tram 28
Tram 28
Baixa
Baixa
Bairro Alto
Bairro Alto
Alfama
Alfama
Lisbon Humberto Delgado (LIS) - 7 km. from Lisbon city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 5 minutes, 20 minutes.

Main stops: Aeroporto, Moscavide, Olivais, Bela Vista, Alameda, Saldanha + Saldanha, Picoas, Marques de Pombal, Rato

Every 15 minutes, 25 minutes.

Main stops: Lisbon Airport, Pote de Agua, Hosp.Julio Matos, Campo Grande, Entrecampos, Campo Pequeno, Saldanha, Marques de Pombal, Rua Joaquim Antonio de Aguiar

Taxi: 6 minutes drive to city center of Lisbon

Q&A - Questions and answers about Lisbon

  • Yes absolutely, it is possible to start your course at the beginning of June. Subject to availability.
    Melanie Besnard, LanguageCourse.Net - May 12, 2023
  • Lessons at the schools in Lisbon are taught in Portuguese from the very beginning. They are designed to be intuitive, so that you can get to grips with the language right from the start. In extreme emergencies, individual things are explained in English.
    Lisa Schiwy, LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 17, 2023
  • In Lisbon you can study and live in your teacher's home with the Study & Live organisation. This is one of the best possible options for learning a language quickly. You stay with the teacher and his/her family, allowing you to practice the language throughout the day. Even when you eat, as all meals are included. You can choose the number of lessons per week, and all lessons are private lessons with your teacher. So you can fully focus on your interests and make yourself even more powerful in mastering the language.

    If this is not an option for you, perhaps we can look at schools in Lisbon with a higher average age in general Portuguese courses:
    CIAL Centro de Linguas, for example, has an average age of 25 during the summer months and 35 during the rest of the year.
    Portuguese Connection, for example, has an average age of 26 during the summer months and 30 during the rest of the year.
    What you can also do is a mixed group course in the morning and some private lessons in the afternoon that you can really focus there on what you need.
    Let us know if we can help you decide!
    Robin Rebecca Pietersma, LanguageCourse.Net - Jan 02, 2023

FAQ about schools in Lisbon

  • Only Home Language International offers the junior summer camp in Lisbon, and it's a one-to-one instruction while living in a teacher's home
    Susan Wang, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - Mar 13, 2023
  • All of our teachers are native English speakers and it is possible to arrange individual lessons for an 8-years old student.
    Just let us know what your requested dates are and we will be happy to send you a personalized quote.
    Teresa Margarida, Registrar from CIAL Centro de Linguas - May 31, 2022

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