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This language school has offered comprehensive and high-quality teaching since 1959. Situated on the Rua Actor Taborda, it's very close to the gorgeous centre of Lisbon and 5 minutes’ walk from the handy Picoas metro station. All of the wonderful teachers hold a university degree and are experts in Portuguese language and culture. The 18 classrooms are spread over 2 buildings situated less than a 5-minute walk from each other. Students have access to a library, audiovisual material, a multimedia room and free internet access. During breaks and after classes, you can enjoy the large terrace and the vending machines for snacks and drinks. Both buildings are also accessible by lift.

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Key points

  • City with a rich cultural life
  • Renowned school with over 50 years of experience
  • Friendly atmosphere and qualified teachers

School facts

School size:
Minimum Age:
18 years old
Nationality mix:
Over 3 countries


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ESL schools guarantee the same excellent standards for accommodation as they do for teaching. We take great pleasure in helping you find the most suitable accommodation for you.

Host family


Host family accommodation is by far the best way to learn a language and discover a culture beyond a tourist's perspective. The friendly families chosen by CIAL live 15 to 30 minutes from the school by public transport. You will stay in a single room with breakfast provided, speaking Portuguese with your hosts in total immersion. There's no better way to improve your language skills outside of class!

Shared apartment

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Ideally located in a quiet residential area 15 minutes’ walk from the school, the shared apartment is for the exclusive use of CIAL students. It includes seven bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, 2 shared bathrooms, a living area with a TV and a balcony. Staying in a single or shared room, you will be near the beautiful Gulbenkian Foundation gardens and have access to a wide range of nearby restaurants, cafés and shops. There is free Wi-Fi, and bed linen and bath towels are provided. The apartment is cleaned once a week and there are laundry facilities on-site.

Home2students residence (minimum 2 weeks) (04.07-28.08.2021)


This modern residence is located only 10 minutes on foot from CIAL, in one of the most exclusive areas of Lisbon. A bus stop and two metro stations are close by and so are many nice bars, restaurants and shops. You will stay in a single room with a balcony, and all rooms have free Wi-Fi. The bathrooms are shared (2 bathrooms for every 3 students). You will also share the lounge (which includes cable TV and a pool table) as well as the laundry room and fully equipped kitchen. When the weather allows, you can sunbathe on the terrace or have a barbecue!

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