CIAL - Centro de Linguas


About us

CIAL is a company with over 50 years of experience, founded in 1959 as a language school for the Portuguese people.

We offer a wide range of services in areas connected to languages and language teaching, providing innovative solutions for international communication. The quality of our services is verified by national and international entities.

We promote the knowledge and self-development of our clients, both on personal and professional levels, through the excellence of the services rendered and the commitment of a highly qualified and experienced team of collaborators and teachers.

Some of our Clients:

AIG Europe, AXA Portugal, Barclays Bank, Banco de Portugal, Banco Mundayl, BASF, Bayer, BP Portugal, Boehringer Ingelheim, Credit Suisse, CTT, EPAL, GALP Energia, IBM, Instituto Camões, Instituto de Defesa Nacional, L´Oreal Portugal, Proctor & Gamble, Repsol, Samsung, SAP, TMN, UBS Bank, Unicef, Vodafone


CIAL offers two main possibilities of accommodation:

Private Home Accommodation

Private Home Accommodation helps students gain familiarity with the language by speaking to their host. CIAL's carefully selected homes offer accommodation and breakfast as well as a family environment. Students are placed in single rooms and will be the only native speaker of their language in the house. The school is reached either by foot or by public transport, never more than a 15-30 minute ride.

Shared Apartment Accommodation

In our Lisbon and Faro Shared Apartments, students can choose to stay in single or shared rooms and will benefit from a more independent accommodation, ideal for longer stays, but also for the short stay. Apartments are fully equipped, with cable TV and wifi. Bathroom, kitchen and living room are shared with other CIAL students.

In both cities, the schools are within walking distance.

When students prefer a different option, CIAL is happy to help find a suitable hotel, hostel or self-catered apartment accommodation.

Please ask for a list of places that offer special rates to our students.


A transfer service is available for students who wish to be met at the Airport (or train/bus station). Students are welcomed by a member of CIAL staff and taken, usually by taxi or private car, to the accommodation of their choice.


CIAL has a Student Service that will advise and help students not only in case of problems or doubts related with the Course, the Accommodation or the Social and Extra-Curricular Programme but also with any other aspect of their stay in Portugal. Students should get in touch with the person in charge of this service directly, or through the receptionists or teachers.



CIAL - Centro de Linguas

Rua Actor Taborda, 55-1º Esq.
1000-007 Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 21 794 0448


Rua General Humberto Delgado, 5
8000-355 Faro, Faro District, Portugal