Accreditations & Awards


Accreditations & Awards.

CIAL is the only school in Portugal that holds the major national and international accreditations and memberships available for language schools, which guarantee the quality of the teaching and services provided. To obtain these recognitions the school must comply with strict regulations relating to school premises and facilities, teacher qualifications, teaching quality, administration and welfare, and also pass the inspections/audits that these accreditations entail.
Recognition issued in 1969 for the teaching of languages.
Statute of Associated School since 2015.
Instituto Camões is the official body responsible for the teaching of Portuguese worldwide. It grants schools the statute of Associated School after a rigorous onsite inspection.
Certified training centre since 1998.
DGERT is the national body responsible for professional training. The certification is granted after a documental audit, and validated periodically.
Founding member of the association in 1983.
Association of private, independent schools that teach the language(s) of the country. All schools are committed to the highest quality standards, must follow the IALC Code of Ethics (link) and go through a full audit every 4 years.
Accredited Member since 2016.
Accredited Members have achieved high international standards and are committed to continuous improvement. All members must pass a comprehensive and rigorous quality assurance process, repeated every 4 years.
CIAL courses are eligible for Financial Aid for Study from the Swedish government.

Winner in the category "World Language School” in 2015. CIAL was also nominated in this category in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Study Travel Magazine is a leading business publication for the study abroad sector.
CIAL courses are eligible for Bildungsurlaub (paid study leave), in most of the German states.
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