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11 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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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.
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What our students said about Lisbon

Rating: 4/5

4.0

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

Manfred
Germany

Rating: 5/5

5.0

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.

Julia
France

Rating: 5/5

5.0

A fantastically beautiful city, with culture, history and great food.

Katinka
Hungary

Rating: 5/5

5.0

For me, who has traveled a lot, it is my favorite.

Montserrat
Spain

How our students rated their experience in Lisbon

4.7

Rating: 0.0/5.0

Overall city attractiveness
367 authentic reviews from students who reserved with us
Nightlife

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Friendliness of locals

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Interesing things to do

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Geographic setting

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Public transport

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Climate

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Cleanliness

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Affordability

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Shopping

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6
Safety

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Lisbon

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

I had a wonderful week of tuition at the school, everything was perfect for me and my needs. The staff at the school were very helpful and friendly and I felt well looked after every single moment. Thank you for the wonderful memories! I can definitely recommend the school.

7 March 2022
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

Julia
Germany

Rating: 4.9

4.9 | 17 reviews

Young team with a lot of drive and good humour.

4 March 2022
Course: Intensive Group Course - 1 week
Student age: 65 years

Elke
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

Staff, friendliness of administration, combination of standard course in the morning and conversation in the afternoon

6 December 2021
Course: Group + Workshop - 4 weeks
Student age: 64 years

Markus
Germany

Rating: 4.5

4.5 | 2 reviews

I loved the methodology and the teaching staff, I have learned a lot in the intensive course, I consider it very good, and I would continue if it were cheaper because it is worth it. I recommend this school, I am very happy with how much I have advanced, and how I have managed to speak so much in such a short time. In any case, it has market prices, as many other language schools costs the same or more, and it works very well because the groups are small and very interactive...
I would not go to another one because I have loved Lusa Language School.

26 July 2021
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 54 years

Montserrat
Spain

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

The quality of the teachers, some really incredible people, working methods and tools.
Paolo is the best teacher in the world.

13 February 2021
Course: Standard Course - 6 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Julia
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

I got homework advice by email.
There are no shops around the school, so if you have afternoon classes, you should prepare something to eat.

16 March 2020
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 20 years

Sana
Japan

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

Very nice people and good opportunities to get to know fellow students. Because of the small size, a good sense of belonging quickly emerges. I always find it particularly good to meet people from other countries and cultures.
Highly Recommended. Won't be there for the last time.

3 December 2019
Course: Group + Workshop - 2 weeks
Student age: 60 years

Manfred
Germany

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: 4.9

4.9 | 17 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 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 | 306 reviews

The leisure activities: well organized, interesting, mostly at least half in Portuguese.
So the teachers know a lot, which often leads to them talking more than the participants. There is a lot of input (grammar) but little practice and usage. Most of the employees, especially Dora from the reception, are very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately no library for participants. But always a free room where you can do your homework in peace.

26 February 2018
Course: Standard Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 51 years

Thomas
Germany

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 306 reviews

central location and pleasant class times, my lecturer Virgilio
Accommodation not rated, as I have not booked accommodation through CIAL

26 February 2018
Course: Standard Course - 1 week
Student age: 47 years

Christa
Germany

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.

Interesting information about Lisbon

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 = 1.0411 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.
High season: August
Low season: January
Average course price per week (High season): 367 €
Average course price per week (Low season): 340 €
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):4.39 € (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

Climate Table
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Water Temperature
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Rainfall
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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
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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

Other destinations that were popular to combine with courses in Lisbon

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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: Other exams.

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