Learn Portuguese in Porto, Portugal!
Learn Portuguese in Porto, Portugal’s beautiful second city, to see a different side of Portugal. Wandering around the city is like taking a trip back in time. Narrow, medieval streets wind down towards old, vividly-coloured waterfront buildings, passing ornate churches and grand governmental buildings en route. By the riverside you will find the lodges where the city’s famous port wines are stored and aged, attracting millions of tourists each year. Enjoy a glass of port with your dinner, before heading out to sample Porto’s vibrant nightlife. You could even practice your Portuguese with the friendly locals!
The course was good with excellent teaching methods. My host family was wonderful.
The school in Porto was small, which enabled the teachers to adapt the classes to the specific needs of the different students. My stay at the school was a real pleasure and I would love to return there again.
The quality of the course itself was very high, with a school staff very friendly and professional. The accommodation was excellent and the family very welcoming and friendly too.
I enjoyed the course, the tutors were very helpful and friendly. The accommodation was good, and the host family whose appartment it was, were friendly.
The course and school staff were excellent, professional, their kindness and warmth made it great experience.
The teachers were good and the course content and topics covered were also very relevant and good.
I had a great course, the teachers were very flexible and taught me well. I also had some interesting trips too and the family I stayed with were marvelous.
Our school in Porto
From our school, you can reach the sparkling waters of the Douro in just a few minutes, and, going away from the waterfront, one of Porto’s best shopping areas is only a short walk away. Facilities at the school include five spacious classrooms (all with audio and visual equipment), a multimedia library, student lounge, computer room, free Internet access, microwaves and coffee machine.
|Lesson length:||50 mins|
|Number of classrooms:||5|
|Average class size:||6|
|Course materials included:||Yes|
|Average number of students:||Summer (15) per week|
|Affiliations:||Portuguese Government Authority DGERT which is the Portuguese member of European Quality Assurance in Vocational Education and Training (EQAVET). *German States of Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Hessen , Rheinland-Pfalz, Schleswig-Holstein for Bildungsurlaub. *Brookhaven College for USA’s students University Credits.|
|Included in fees:||Placement test, student kit, course materials, certificate.|
|Typical activities:||Visit to local places of interest, wine tasting, school parties|
|Paid activities:||Entrance fees and food will be paid by the student|
|School closed on:||01/01, 04/03, 18/04, 25/04, 01/05, 10/06, 24/06, 15/08, 08/12, 25/12|
There are two types of Portuguese course at our school - group lessons and private lessons. All lessons last 50 minutes and run at different levels, from beginner to advanced. Our native Portuguese teachers are well-qualified, patient and experienced - and they know how to make learning fun!
In your classes, you will study with a maximum of just five other international language students. Students interact with each other in Portuguese, helping you get to know other students, as well as the Portuguese language! Our Super Intensive course gives you 30 Portuguese lessons a week, 10 more than the Intensive course of 20 lessons per week. With a maximum of four other students in the class, you get lots of personal attention from teachers, helping you to make real progress with your knowledge of the language.
If you need to learn Portuguese even more quickly, our Private Lessons are perfect. Choose our Intensive course of 20 individual lessons a week, our Super Intensive course of 50 lessons, or our Executive Private Lessons, which offer you 30 lessons, concentrating on business vocabulary, every week. Both the Super Intensive Private Lessons and the Executive Private Lessons course include lunches with your teachers. Let them introduce you to the world of Portuguese cuisine!
Our school also realises that your accommodation plays a major role in your enjoyment of your Portuguese course. That’s why we offer a range of accommodation options, all within easy reach of the school. Staying with a Portuguese host family is the most popular choice. Experience Portuguese home-cooking, customs and traditions, and practice your language skills all the time! Have half-board accommodation or just breakfast with your host family. Our school takes great care when selecting families and also checks accommodation regularly, ensuring that you’ll be comfortable with your family. If you’d prefer your own space, the school can arrange accommodation for you in apartments, hotels or pousadas (lower cost hotels).
Our school in Porto organizes a varied activities program, showing you everything that Porto has to offer and allowing you to become acquainted with other students. You will usually be offered the chance to see the picturesque Ribeira district of Porto, the majestic Cathedral, the exquisite Stock Exchange Palace and much, much more! You could also take a river cruise along the Douro, indulge in some fine port wine or experience the haunting melodies of fado music. With such a varied activities program, you’re sure to have a great time!
How to get there
For an extra fee, our school will pick you from the airport on arrival, and take you back to the airport when you depart.
When in Porto...
Porto is without doubt one of the most lively, vibrant cities that I’ve ever been to. It’s not just architecturally beautiful, but is also a university city with amazing nightlife and very interesting traditions!
I was there at the start of the academic year, and I was amazed by the way the university students, dressed in the university’s customary black capes, gather in the main square and listen to the “tuna” (university band) singing Fado to the lovely sound of the Portuguese guitar – a wonderful local tradition, that helped me realise that my time in Porto was going to be something special!
Another amazing place that I soon discovered in Porto was the “Ribeira”, located in the old part of city. There are traditional restaurants, cafés and nightclubs, all with amazing views over the river Douro. It’s a part of the city that never sleeps! I often went there in the evening, with other students from the school.