The Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal at sunset.

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Study Portuguese Abroad in Portugal

Interested in exploring Portuguese history? Beleza! Prefer to spend time soaking up the sun on a panoramic beach? Por que não? How about a metropolitan experience complete with museums, art galleries, and restaurants? Com certeza!  

The benefits of learning Portuguese in Portugal

  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the country
  • Practice in real life the Portuguese you learn in the classroom
  • Absorb language, vocabulary and anchor your learning quickly
  • Build confidence by using your Portuguese with other learners
  • Combine language learning with tourism, exploration and discovery
  • Benefit from insider knowledge and pre-booked tickets via your school

Program Info

Tuition Fees Around $500/week including accommodation
Language levels Beginners and up
Location ?


In-country classes are when you travel overseas to study the language in a country where the language is spoken natively.

Minimum age 18
Frequency Start almost any Monday

Group Size

Average 7

Course Timings

Duration Usually from 15 hours per week

Choose where to learn Portuguese in Portugal

We have two superb Portuguese locations for your language travel adventure. We’ll be here to answer your questions and help you to become a language traveler.

Portuguese in Lisbon

The Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal at sunset.
The Torre Belem in Lisbon, Portugal at sunset.
  • Located at the mouth of the Rio Tejo in southern Portugal
  • Tour the Torre Belem, the 16th-century fort protecting Lisbon
  • Taste the gustatory delights of Lisbon, a food lover’s haven
  • Visit Sintra National Palace or Quinta da Regaleira and wander through a thousand years of history
  • Meander through the many public parks and gardens and enjoy the calming green spaces within the bustle of the city

Portuguese in Faro

A view of Faro, Portugal over looking the Atlantic ocean with the coast of Africa in the distance.
A view of Faro, Portugal over looking the Atlantic ocean with the coast of Africa in the distance.
  • Located on the southern coast of Portugal overlooking the Atlantic ocean
  • Take a Surfing & Portuguese class
  • Visit the Algarve Rock Brewery to get insight into micro brewery life
  • Wander through the Arco da Villa to the cobbled streets of Old town
  • Take a tour of the Benagil cave where the cliffs meets the clear waters of the Atlantic

“I very much enjoyed the school, the classes and the experiences. I couldn’t ask for more: it was the best part of being here.”


Program Info

Tuition Fees Around $500/week including accommodation
Language levels Beginners and up
Location ?


In-country classes are when you travel overseas to study the language in a country where the language is spoken natively.

Minimum age 18
Frequency Start almost any Monday

Group Size

Average 7

Course Timings

Duration Usually from 15 hours per week


Choose your course type

Our study abroad partner school in Portugal will offer different range of program formats to choose from:

International group classes

This is where one of the big benefits of studying Portuguese in Portugal becomes clear – your fellow classmates will be native to other countries. The common language in and out of the classroom is Portuguese.

Your teachers in Portugal will all have learned to teach Portuguese using the same methodology – one which lends itself to using Portuguese every moment of your time together.

That may seem daunting at first, but because your classes will be at your level of Portuguese, you really have nothing to worry about. Even if you’re a complete beginner, your Portuguese teacher will make you feel comfortable and confident. And then the fun starts!

Extra private Portuguese lessons in Portugal

While you will usually attend group classes, it is generally possible to add a handful – maybe 5 or 10 per week – of private Portuguese lessons where you’ll pay extra to have your own personal Portuguese tutor.

Just like the private Portuguese classes we offer at ILI, you’ll be able to use that private time to boost your learning, focus on a troublesome area of language, or prepare for a specific event or situation which can’t be covered easily in a group context.

Portuguese + activity & combination courses

Some schools have packaged together their Portuguese courses with popular activities, so that each week you take part in activities around your chosen theme, for example:

  • Portuguese Language and Culture programs for over 50s
  • Portuguese Language, Culture & Gastronomy
  • Portuguese + Surfing
  • Portuguese & Business Portuguese

If you’re not sure which option is best for you, please contact us and we can discuss this with you.

Package options

Our partner school will help you with the whole package – everything you need to think about to get you from where you are now, to sitting in a sunny classroom somewhere in Portugal, learning Portuguese!

We know it can seem like a big leap, which is why we help you with all the moving parts:

Airport transfer (additional fee)

Your school can provide a customized airport transfer service for your convenience, ensuring a smooth journey from your arrival at the airport.

Should you require it, they can also arrange transportation back to the airport on the day of your departure.


They’ll advise you on the most popular accommodation options in each location, and they’ll do everything they can to support any special requirements you have.

Our colleagues at the school will then have you complete their forms to book you into the accommodation of your choice. It’s really that easy. Before you leave for Portugal, they’ll be in touch with all the contact details you need, along with clear instructions on how to find your accommodation, and travel between the accommodation and the school.

The lichen covered stone pillared and tree shaded entrance and cobblestones drive to the Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The entrance to the extensive grounds and buildings of the Quinta da Regaleira, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


One thing is certain, there will always be plenty to do when you’re studying Portuguese abroad in Portugal. Sure, you’ll have your Portuguese lessons each day from Monday to Friday, but that won’t generally take up the whole day, unless you book a very intensive Portuguese course.

Most afternoons the school in Portugal will put on activities and excursions for you. Many will be low-key social activities in and around the school, such as city walking tours, film nights and trips to a local bar or restaurant. However there will also be the opportunities to sign up to extra paid field trips – to visit local art galleries and museums, a palace or castle, or other famous monument during the week.

Then on the weekends, there will frequently be full-day excursions to neighbouring cities to consider, maybe a trip to a big soccer match, an exhilarating concert, moving piece of theatre,… you get the idea!

And of course, if all that sounds like too much, these activities are optional. You can kick back, go find a beach or a quiet cafe, and watch the world go by.

The Algar de Benagil, a maritime cave in the Algarve only accessed by boat.
The Algar de Benagil, a maritime cave in the Algarve only accessed by boat.

If you require a different course duration or a different class time to usual, please get in touch and we’ll tell you what’s possible and provide you with a quote.


Frequently Asked Questions

We’re certain that you’ll have plenty of questions ahead of booking a Portuguese in Portugal language program, and that’s why we’re here to help.

Here are some of the questions we get asked the most. Please use the form below to get in touch, and we’ll be right back to you.

Selected FAQs

Yes. Many of our partners offer Language + Activity type of courses. Here are some example courses: Spanish and cooking; French and wine tasting; Italian and fashion; Portuguese and surfing and many more combinations.

We are accredited by the International Association of Language Centres (IALC) and have created great partnerships with other small language schools around the world.

We have sent students to a number of schools and in exchange we receive a commission on the student’s tuition for the recommendation at no extra cost to you. We put this money towards our Free English Program for Immigrants and Refugees. This helps close the gap on funding we receive from the state of Massachusetts and what the program actually costs to run.

Most of our partner schools have a minimum of one week requirement for their language travel program so you can go for a week or more!

Most of our partners offer homestay, shared or studio apartments options.

Some of our partner schools have campuses in different ciites and allow students to spend part of their time in one location and continue their studies in another one as they follow the same curriculum.

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Ready to get started with a Portuguese program abroad?

Booking a Study Abroad experience through ILI couldn’t be easier! Simply follow the steps below to get started:

  1. Complete our online form.
  2. We’ll be in touch if you need help narrowing down your destination.
  3. We’ll put you in touch with our partner school for additional details and clarifications.
  4. You book your chosen program directly with them!

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