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International Schools Portugal

You will find below a list of the most popular international schools for expats in Portugal with fee information. The list includes nursery schools, primary and secondary (high) schools for you to find the right school to prepare for the International Baccalaureate and other accreditation in Portugal. Schools usually follow the American or UK curriculums with English-speaking programs, though there are German and French options.

Education in Portugal

Education in Portugal is compulsory and free, beginning at ensino básico from six to fifteen. It is made up of three cycles:

  • 1st cycle / 1º Ciclo - Four years
  • 2nd cycle / 2º Ciclo - Two years
  • 3rd cycle / 3º Ciclo - Three years 

Secondary education (Ensino Secundário) continues once students earn their basic certificate. It lasts three years from 10th to 12th grade. Schooling is usually specialized into artistic, technological or vocational training courses. General courses lead to the diploma de ensino secundário while technological courses lead to level three vocational qualification certificate in addition to this diploma.

Pre-school is also commonly available from four months until three years and is usually known as Infantário or Creche. State-run kindergartens are free and known as Jardins de Infância.

The school year starts in September and ends in June. It is divided into three terms. There are holiday breaks during Christmas, Carnival, and Easter.

International Schools

International schools can be the perfect solution for an expat student (primarily multinational corporation executives, children of diplomats, NGO staff) in Portugal. International schools provide similar standards of schooling around the globe, providing for an easy transition between schools whether they are in France or Vietnam.

There is usually local population, as well as an international student body. Schools may follow a curriculum model from the US, UK, France, etc. Primary instruction may be any language (and multiple languages are usually taught), but it is usually in English. Schools also provide internationally accepted accreditation such as the international baccalaureate. In Portugal, private schools may be certified by the Ministry of Education (primary and secondary education) or the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education (for higher education) or the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity / Institute of social Security (for pre-school education).

Admission and enrollment procedures vary from school to school. Space is often limited and preference may be given to students based on nationality. Tuition tends to be expensive based on local standards, but offers high standards of learning, boast smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities, and extracurricular. Boarding facilities are available at some schools, but most only provide day classes.

Accreditation & Membership

  • Council of International Schools (CoIS) is a non-profit association of international schools and post-secondary institutions which provides educational accreditation, teacher and leadership recruitment services, links to higher education, governance assistance and help with founding new schools.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA) is among the premier accrediting associations in the world.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is an official academic body responsible for the accreditation of public and private universities, colleges, secondary and elementary schools.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) is an independent, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization which connects and serves over 1500 public, independent, and international learning communities in the US and worldwide.
  • Council of British International Schools (COBIS) serves British International Schools around the globe, representing over 281 Member Schools in 79 countries and over 209 Supporting Member organisations.
  • European Council of International Schools (ECIS) has a vision with five key aspects to help member schools; attracting, promoting and retaining talented staff, making use of tangible and intagible assets, managing information and intelligence, safeguarding integrity and standards, and facilitating transformation of learning ecosystems. 

International Schools in the Algarve

Aljezur International School
Address: Apartado 80
8400-400 Lagoa, Algarve
Tel: 351 282 997 407
Tuition Rates: €6,000 per year

This international school offers English-language, UK-based secondary education for children between 10 and 18. At the end of Year 9, student choose subjects they will continue to IGCSE level preparing for their Cambridge exams.

Colégio Santiago Internacional (CSi)
Address: Praça Zacarias Guerreiro
298800-391 Tavira
Tel: 351 281 328 677
Tuition Rates: €4,044 - 6,360 per year

International co-educational school for students from 4 to 18 (year 1 to 13). The instruction is bilingual (English and Portuguese) and follows the National Curriculum of England model. CSi is located in the centre of Tavira in a XV century building. Students prepare for IGCSE and A Levels. Uniforms are required and transportation if available.

Eden Montessori Albufeira Algarve
Address: Estr. de Vale de Pedras
8200-317 Albufeira,Portugal
Tel: 351 289 513 294
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

An international school offering Montessori education for students from 3 to 6 years old.

Knightsbridge Schools International Algarve (KSI)
Address: Rua Dâmaso Encarnação
298700-249 Olhão, Portugal
Tel: 351 289 701 022
Tuition Rates: € 4,551 - 6,269 per year

A co-educational, English, international schoolfor students from 3-12 years old. There are a range of extracurriculars and modern facilities. Uniforms are required.

Nobel International School Algarve
Address: Barros Brancos
EN1258401-901 Lagoa – Portugal
Tel: 351 282 342 547
Tuition Rates: €4,308 - 15,459 per year

Nobel International School Algarve is the oldest private school in southern Portugal. There are two campuses and classes for students from age three to 18 years old. The International Section is divided into Primary School (ages five to ten) and Secondary School (ages 11 to 17). English is the language of instruction with support for English as a Foreign Language. The curriculum focuses on preparing students for IGCSEs and A Levels. Nobel provides southern Portugal’s only boarding programme.

Vale Verde International School (VVIS)
Address: Estrada de Burgau, Senhora da Luz
Algarve Portugal 8600-120 Luz
Tel: 351 282697205
Tuition Rates: €5,625 - 10,395 per year

Vale Verde International School is a bilingual (Englisn & Portuguese) international school from pre-school to year 13. Preschool and Primary classes up to year 4 are taught 50%  in English and 50% in Portuguese.  All secondary classes, with the exception of foreign language classes, are taught in English. Students prepare for their A-levels. After school, there is art, music language, dance, and math clubs. 

Vilamoura International School
Address: Sitio das Quintinhas
8125-911 Loulé, Portugal
Tel: 351 289 303 280
Tuition Rates: €5,170 - 9,785 per year

An international, co-educational day school from nursery to year 13. It follows an English and Portuguese curriculum up to IGCSE, AS and A Level Cambridge exams and a National section where Portuguese is taught as a first language and the National Curriculum is taught. There is a house system, extracurriculars, and sports facilities.

International Schools in Lisbon

Astoria International School
Address: Avenida Almirante Gago Coutinho nº 73
86 e 88, 1700-031 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: 351 21 158 3551
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

Colégio Europeu Astoria is an international school offering bilingual (English/Portuguese) and trilingual (English/German/Poprtuguese) education. There are classes from nursery til 4th grade. Transportation is offered and there is a range of extracurriculars.

British School of Lisbon (BSL)
Address: Rua de S. Paulo 89
1200-427 Lisboa
Tel: 351 215 560 836
Tuition Rates: €3,400 - 4,200 per term

British School of Lisbon is a new international preparatory school from Nursery to Year Four. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum provided by the British Department for Education (DFE). BSL also runs sports, music, arts and drama programmes. There is a house system and uniforms are required.

Carlucci American International School Of Lisbon (CAISL)
Address: Rua António dos Reis 95
Linho 2710-301 Sintra, Portugal
Tel: 351 21 923 9800
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

CAISL is an international school with an American-based curriculum from pre-school to high school years. It is the oldest American school in the Iberian Peninsula and the only U.S. State Department school in Portugal. English is the language of instruction in all classes except Portuguese (for fluent speakers and as a foreign language) and in French, Spanish, and Chinese as foreign languages. CAISL operates as a dual American and International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and graduates also earn the American high school diploma. It has a 450-seat theatre and art gallery, as well as gymnasium and sports fields. It is accredited by NEASC and CoIS.

International Christian School of Cascais (ICSC)
Address: Avenida de Sintra 1154
2750-494 Cascais, Portugal
Tel: 351 214 842 279
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

ICSC follows an English-language, faith-based curriculum. Transportation is offered.

International Preparatory School (IPS)
Address: Rua da Lagoa 171, Bicesse
2645-344 Alcabideche Portugal
Tel: 351 214 570 149
Tuition Rates: €2,100 - 4,000 per term

International Preparatory School is just north of Cascais. It is a English-language primary school for children three to 11 years (nursery to year 6). It is a member of ECIS, COBIS, and the Portuguese Associação de Estabelecimentos de Ensino Particular e Cooperativo (AEEP). It is recognised by the British Service Children's Educational Authority (SCEA) and by the United States Department of Defense (DOD) and the US State Department.

Oeiras International School (OIS)
Address: Quinta da Nossa Senhora da Conceição
Rua Antero de Quental, Nº 72730-013 Barcarena, Portugal
Tel: 351 211 935 330
Tuition Rates: €10,000 - 16,800 per year

OIS is a an English-language IB World School for students from 10 to 18 years old (grades 2-13). The campus is on a 17th-century palace known as the Quinta de Nossa Senhora da Conceição.

Park International School
Tel: 351 213 026 318
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

Park International School offers English education and the Cambridge educational system. It is pursuing IB programs and is a member of ECIS. There are multiple campuses. Uniforms are required.

Redbridge School
Address: R. Francisco Metrass 97
1350-164 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: 351 21 052 2550
Tuition Rates: €600 - 800 per month

Redbridge School is a multilingual elementary school for children from 3 to 12 year old. The schools adopt pedagogical approaches. Uniforms are required and there are after-school programs.

St. Dominic’s International School
Address: Rua Maria Brown, Outeiro de Polima
2785-816 São Domingos de Rana, Portugal
Tel: 351 214 440 434
Tuition Rates: € 9,590 - 17,780 per year

St. Dominic’s International School was founded by Irish Dominican Sisters in 1954. It offers all three programmes of the IB organisation: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes for students from kindergarten to year 12. The school places a strong emphasis on the arts and it is a centre for the university admissions tests which include BMAT, PAT, MAT, and TSA. It is a member of CoIS, ECIS, and NEASC.

St. Julian’s School
Address: Quinta Nova, Av. Jorge v 374
2775-588 Carcavelos, Portugal
Tel: 351 21 458 5300
Tuition Rates: € 9,936 - 23,010 per year

St. Julian’s School is a British co-educational international school for students from three to 15 years old. Instruction is in English, although there is a small Portuguese section from Primeiro Ano to Nono Ano. The final two years of the school are given through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Thereare modern facilities and a range of athletic and artistic extracurriculars. It is accredited by CoIS, NEASC, and is a member of COBIS. There is a house system, transportation services, and uniforms are required.

French International School in Lisbon

Lycée Français Charles Lepierre
Address: Avenida Duarte Pacheco
321070-112 Lisbonne Portugal
Tel: 351 21 382 44 00
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

Lycée Français Charles Lepierre is a French internationational school 3 to 18. Instruction is in French and Portuguese the curriculum is approved by the French education department. 

German International School in Lisbon

Deutsche Schule Lissabon (DSL)
Address: Largo Willy Brandt
1600-891 Lisboa, Portugal 
Tel: 351 21 751 0260
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

The Deutsche Schule Lissabon (Escola Alemã de Lisboa, EAL; German School of Lisbon) is a German international school from kindergarten to secondary. It was founded in 1848 and is the oldest German school in the Iberian Peninsula. Instruction is in German and Portuguese classes start in the second grade as "PaF" (Portugiesisch als Fremdsprache / Portuguese for foreigners). After primary school, students may choose between Hauptschule, Realschule, or Gymnasium). The school ends with the Abitur, which is held at the end of the twelfth grade. There is a second campus at Estoril/Cascais 30 km outside Lisbon called Deutsche Schule Estoril.

International School in Madeira

International School of Madeira
Address: Calçada do Pico 5
9000-206 FunchalPortugal
Tel: 351 910 623 243
Tuition Rates: €250 - 330 per month

The International School of Madeira is an international primary school. Students attend from age four to grade 4 and instruction is in English and Portuguese.

International School in Porto

International College of Porto (CLIP)
Address: Rua de Vila Nova
10714100 - 506 Porto, Portugal
Tel: 351 226 199 160
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

CLIP offers English and Portuguese-language instruction from pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The school has equivalence with the Portuguese educational system, and all local students study the official curriculum in the subjects of Portuguese language and Portuguese History (Forms 5 to 9).

French International Schools in Porto

Colégio Luso-Francês
Address: Rua do Amial
4424200-054 Porto
Tel: 351 228 347 150
Tuition Rates: Inquire at the school

This is a Catholic international French-language school. Curriculum is approved by the French education department.

Lycée Français International (LFIP)
Address: R. Gil Eanes 27 
4150-348 Porto, Portugal
Tel: 351 226 153 030
Tuition Rates: €1,545 - 1,793 per term

Lycée Français Internationalis for students from pre-school through the 12th grade. Instruction is in French and Portuguese. Students prepare for the Baccalaureate exam and follow official French curriculum. Transportation is offered.