Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions? We are here to answer them.
- Is there a Registration fee or any additional costs?
No, at our school you don’t have to pay a registration fee and there are no additional costs. The total amount to be paid is just the cost of the course. It includes all the didactic material used during the lessons and also the homework's book.
- How can I apply?
The application process is easy. Simply click “Apply” at the bottom of the page for each course and fill out the form with your contact information, your course choice and your linguistic background.
- How far in advance do I need to book?
There is no deadline for booking a course; you can apply until the starting date of the course. However, there is a maximum of 6 students per class, so if you want to ensure you have a spot, we strongly recommend applying at least 2 weeks before the starting date.
- When do I have to pay?
It depends on when you apply. If you apply less than 2 weeks before the starting date, you can pay on the first day of class.
If you apply more than 2 weeks before the starting date, we ask you to pay 20% of the total amount as a deposit and the remainder on the first day of class. The deposit aims to reserve your spot in the class.
- How can I pay?
We accept 3 methods of payment: cash, bank transfer and Paypal.
If you pay on the first day of class, it would be preferable if you paid with cash.
You can pay the deposit or for the entire course through a bank transfer or Paypal. Please note that we do not pay any of the commissions for payment through Paypal.
- Can I pay in installments?
No you can’t pay in installments. We ask you to pay the total amount or the balance (if you have already paid the 20% deposit to reserve your spot) on the first day of class.
- Do I need to pay a deposit?
You only need to pay a deposit if you enroll more than 2 weeks before the starting date. In this case, we ask you to pay 20% of the total amount as a deposit.
- When can I start my course?
It depends on your level of Portuguese.
If you are an absolute beginner, you can only start when a new module begins. You can find all starting dates for each course online!
If you have elementary knowledge of Portuguese, you can start at any time. We’ll assess your level of Portuguese and place you in the best course, according to your needs. For private lessons, you can just tell us when you would like to start.
- How long do I have to study for?
There is a minimum but not a maximum number of modules that you can take for the different courses. The minimum of each course is 1 module:
Intensive Course: two weeks;
Extensive Course: four weeks;
Summer school: two weeks;
Conversation Club: two weeks.
- Can I extend or change my course?
Of course you can extend your course! Once you finish your first module you can continue with other modules of the same course or you are welcome to change to a different course.
Ex. 1: Often students will start a module in the intensive course and then continue on to some modules in the extensive course.
Ex. 2: Often students will take some modules in the extensive course and, then, they attend the conversation club.
- Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?
Yes, you will receive a certificate indicating the total number of hours studied and the level achieved.
- Can I postpone my course?
Yes, you are able to postpone the starting date.
- Do you offer accommodation?
Yes, we offer private rooms in an apartment shared with Portuguese people, where you can experience a total immersion in the Portuguese language.
- Can I miss class?
You can miss a class only when you tell us well in advance that you won’t be present in class for certain days; in these circumstances you can recover the classes.
- How many levels do you offer?
We offer all levels from absolute beginner (A1) to highly advanced (C2).
- How many students are in one class?
Our classes are really small; the maximum number of students is 6. In this way our students receive more attention from the teacher get more practice.
- How much homework am I expected to do?
The teacher gives you one or two pages of homework per session. We recommend you to do them in order to practice and memorize the content explored in the classroom.
- What is the average age of the students?
We have a wide range of students. Usually the students are between 20 and 45 years old, but there is no maximum age!
- Do I need to buy a book?
Yes, we strongly recommend that you buy the homework book, the cost is 15€. All other didactic materials are free.
- Does the school have a social program?
Yes, we organize social/cultural events (for example dinners in typical restaurants, theatre night and Fado night) and we offer free historical tours, during which our guide will show you and explain many things about Lisbon.
- May I take a combination of different courses?
Of course, please send us an email describing your choices and we will arrange your personalized program.
- What is the CAPLE Exam?
CAPLE means “Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira”. It is the only official exam of Portuguese language. There are 5 levels: CIPLE (initial – A2), DEPLE (elementary – B1), DIPLE (intermediate – B2), DAPLE (advance – C1) and DUPLE (superior – C2).
- Do you offer preparation for CAPLE Exam?
Yes, we offer preparation for all of them. There are 5 levels: CIPLE (initial – A2), DEPLE (elementary – B1), DIPLE (intermediate – B2), DAPLE (advance – C1) and DUPLE (superior – C2).
- Is there any entry test of my Portuguese level?
Yes, you can complete the online test to assess your level (you will find it on our website). Our secretary will then send you a personalized assessment. Moreover, if you are in Lisbon you can meet with our pedagogical coordinator in order to assess your communication skills.
This is the ideal way to place you in the class that best fits your level!