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7 Best language schools in Lisbon (ranked based on student reviews)

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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.
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Most recent student reviews of language schools in Lisbon

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 2 reviews

Teachers and teaching were very good and efficient. I learned a lot. There could have been more varied activities organised by the school instead of just a dinner once a week usually in a expensive restaurant considering there are many really good authentic Portuguese and not expensive ones to choose from.

20 November 2019
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Sofia
Finland

Rating: 5

5.0 | 12 reviews

Besides the friendly enthusiasm of the teachers, I also enjoyed the relatively high-paced learning - I managed to learn a lot in only 2 weeks! Much more than expected.
I wholeheartedly recommend this school!

25 March 2019
Course: Intensive Group Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 29 years

Lasse
Denmark

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

Nice atmosphere
Important to have the right timing for course start date and exam

3 December 2018
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 66 years

Olof
Sweden

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

Good teachers, small groups, interesting leisure activities
It was a lot of fun!

30 November 2018
Course: Group + Workshop - 2 weeks
Student age: 59 years

Manfred
Netherlands

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The teachers
This is the second time I attend the course. My agency had not informed me about e.g the exam that took place on the third day. If so, I would have chosen to start the course a week earlier and could have moved to a higher level. Alternatively, I would only have taken individual lessons. There was no information about this from the agency. They could have asked what I felt I needed and what I had done in terms of my language learning since last year. Mondays at school will be half-hearted as new students arrive late in the groups after completing the level test. One day was cancelled because it was a holiday. It should have been clear when I booked. So, compared to last year I got a lot less this year. One day out of ten missed was something I was not prepared for. Messy Mondays where students came and went. The agency should know how the courses work and that the courses are per month.

28 November 2018
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 57 years

Karin
Sweden

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

Very friendly and excellent teachers.
Social activities were great but were cancelled about 50% of the time.

27 November 2018
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 58 years

Allison
England UK

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The teacher and its dedication.
The extra activities were very interesting, I recommend to join them, although unfortunately they are done in English, so they are not useful to practice Portuguese. You need to ask the teacher to use more Portuguese. The detection of the student's level in the school is not accurate (level tests only for some people, when everybody should take them) and sometimes the student remains in a too low level class; it is difficult to get the change of level; I need to complain several times to get the change.

6 November 2018
Course: Group + Workshop - 2 weeks
Student age: 32 years

Raluca-mihaela
Romania

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

Great atmosphere, super enthusiastic, motivated teacher! With a passion for her profession

28 August 2018
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years

Nancy
Belgium

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The teachers explain the material well and are ready to work with each student to achieve maximum progress.
Awesome! I'm planning to come back!

20 August 2018
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Tatiana
Russia

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The friendly atmosphere and the right pace of teaching

26 July 2017
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 58 years

Christa
Austria

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

meeting other students
I wanted useful phrases, learning that emphasized speaking, and using Portuguese. This class was only grammar, homework, and book learning. I'm very disappointed.

17 July 2017
Course: Standard Course - 3 weeks
Student age: 64 years

Timothy
United States

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

the friendly service by Dora at the reception, the historical explanations by the teacher Paolo
I could improve my grammar, and learned a lot of new structures - but unfortunately hardly practiced or consolidated. Because the class is exclusively frontal; the classmates speak very little, if so then only one with the teacher, while the others listen/wait. Communicative and effective ways of working as group or pairs did not exist in my courses (2). Instruction is focused on tests. Practical learning objectives were neither formulated nor planned for. A didactic formation of the teachers would be advisable. In addition, I was assigned due to the placement test a B1 course . When I explained that I have been completed A1, I was assigned to an A1 course. After long explanations why A1, the padagogic manager finally admitted that there was no place in the A2 course and that I should be patient until next week. All in all, unfortunately I didn't learn as much as I planned and how it would have been possible.

24 March 2017
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 50 years

Thomas
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The quality of teaching and the proposed activities

14 February 2017
Course: Group + Workshop - 4 weeks
Student age: 26 years

Mathilde
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

The well organized, systematic and friendly teacher + the small class (between 8 and 6 students) that I got to know well and with whom I had a nice coffee break every day in the café around the corner.
Fine correspondence between what you promised and what I got.

12 December 2016
Course: Standard Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 69 years

Dorte Stig
Denmark

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

well organized, all material to follow the course and answer particular questions (books, photocopies...) were given out by the teacher

8 November 2016
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 42 years

Oscar
Spain

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 303 reviews

Pleasant atmosphere, to the point, no time loss
I found that there was little difference between the classes in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. The workshop allowed more interactive for me.

30 September 2016
Course: Group + Workshop - 1 week
Student age: 29 years

Kaat
Belgium

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.

Emir Basic

Lisbon has soul and heart, culture, party, history, nature and the sunniest days in Europe.

Key Facts about Lisbon

Quality of life was ranked in recent report of Mercer in position 37 (2019).

Population: 518,000

Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)

Region: Lisbon, Lisbon

Currency: EUR (1 EUR = 1.1887 USD)

Name of city in Portuguese: Lisboa

Lisbon quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (359 reviews by our former students)

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.

universities: 33 (rankings of universities in Lisbon)

High season: August

Low season: January

Average course price per week: 357 €

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:56* (45% cheaper than New York)
  • Student 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):3.84 € (20% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type C
  • Plug Type F
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Public transportation in Lisbon

Weather in Lisbon

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What to do in Lisbon

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
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Arrival Airport

Lisboa / Portela (LIS) - 7 km. from Lisbon city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 5 minutes, 2,00 €, 20 minutes.

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

Every 15 minutes, 5,00 €, 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: 10 €, 6 minutes drive to city center of Lisbon

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester
  • USA: Boston Logan International, Miami International, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Philadelphia International, Washington Dulles
  • Ireland: Dublin
  • Canada: Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Toronto Pearson International

    FAQ about schools in Lisbon

  • Portuguese Connection has received the best overall rating in Lisbon.
  • Lusa Language School, located in Rua Nova do Carvalho, 66, 2º esquerdo, Cais do Sodré has been voted as the school with the best location in Lisbon.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Lisbon is Lisboa / Portela (7.2 km from city center). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Lisbon.
  • In Lisbon the following courses are offered specifically for business Portuguese: Business Portuguese Private.
  • Schools in Lisbon offer specific preparation courses for the following exams: Cambridge First.

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