Portugal

Cities

Located in the South of Portugal, Faro has been the capital of the sunny Algarve region since the mid-16th century.  Famous for its warm climate, long impressive beaches, water sport facilities and golf courses, its historical Moorish legacy is seen in the gleaming white villages.   It has over has 300,000 inhabitants.

Faro

Faro

20 year ago, Faro was just a sleepy provincial town.  Today, it displays all the facilities of a modern European town, with an attractive shopping area, some decent restaurants and a “real” Portuguese feel in contrast to many nearby resorts.  Excellent beaches, too, are within easy reach, and in summer there’s quite a nightlife scene, as thousands of travelers pass through on their way to and from the airport, 6km west of the town.

Though it has a long history, Faro was sacked and burned by the Earl of Essex in 1596 almost all of the city’s buildings were destroyed by the Great Earthquake of 1755 and most of its finest buildings are comparatively modern. There are traces around town of a few historic buildings, the most interesting being the Baroque Igreja do Carmo near the central post office on Largo do Carmo. A door to the right of the altar leads to a macabre Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), its walls decorated with bones disinterred from the adjacent cemetery.

Faro

Faro

Some of its most fascinating buildings are all in the old, semi-walled quarter on the south side of the harbor, centered around the majestic Largo da Sé and entered through the eighteenth-century town gate, the Arco da Vila. The Largo is flanked by the bishop’s palace and the Sé itself, a collection of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles, remodeled after the Earthquake. More impressive is the nearby Museu Arqueológico, installed in a fine sixteenth-century convent. The most striking exhibit is a third-century Roman mosaic of Neptune and the four winds, unearthed near Faro train station.

Faro was liberated from Moorish domination in 1249 and a bronze statute of King Alfonso III stands in the main  square. The old quarter of town is still surrounded by parts of the ancient defensive walls and is worth exploring.

Faro is more than just beautiful architecture, history and beaches. Blessed with a festive nightlife, the Algarve offers an outstanding range of nighttime options. From pubs to clubs to discotheques, the region has it all, and most of it is can be found at Albufeira – the heart of the region’s nightlife – with its narrow downtown streets harboring numerous restaurants, pubs and clubs.

The vibe of Rua do Prior is reminiscent to Bourbon Street in New Orleans. Located in the heart of town, it has dozens  of night cafes, pubs, and discos that rock from around 10:30pm till dawn. Visit this street after noon for insights into the hard-drinking, hard-driving nature of this hot southern town. The Upa Café & Bar of rua Conselheiro Bivar 51 draws a medley of visitors and locals to its popular precincts. Tables overflow onto the spacious patio.

Elsewhere in Olhos de Água and Aldeia da Oura have much to offer while the Vilamoura region, with its marina and casino, provide a slightly luxurious set of options. Faro, Tavira, Lagos and Portimão – especially the Praia da Rocha – are towns that has strong reputation as top night spots — night in, night out, your list of wonderful choices will never disappoint.

Schools Facilities:

CIAL Centre: is located in the heart of the city within walking distance of shopping and business areas. It has 8 well equipped classrooms, and internet access.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is the country’s most important city, home to approximately 1.5 million inhabitants. It is situated on the coast at the extreme west of Europe, and at the mouth of Portugal’s largest river, forming an extraordinary harbor.Today’s Lisbon has kept an easy-going, human pace and scale, with little of the underlying violence of most cities and ports of its size. It showcases a vibrant, cosmopolitan identity, with large communities of ex-colony Brazilians, Africans (from Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde) and Asians (from Macao, Goa and East Timor). Many came over to work on two major urban development projects in the Nineties: the preparations for the European City of Culture in 1994 and the Expo 98.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is older than Rome – older, in fact, than any other western European capital. Many parts of it remain curiously provincial, wooden trams from before World War I clank up outrageous gradients, past mosaic pavements and Art Nouveau cafes, and the medieval, village like quarter of Alfama hangs below the city’s castle. Here, the traditional and trendy lives harmoniously together: wide shady avenues and the streets and alleys of picturesque old districts; monuments and museums together with skyscrapers.

The Alfama district, with its narrow passageways, wrought-iron balconies, and fresh laundry hung out to dry is a wonderful place to wander aimlessly. Or hit the cosmopolitan beach resorts of nearby Estoril and Cascais for everything from shopping to nightclubbing to sailing. The town of Sintra, approximately 18 miles northwest of Lisbon in the mountains is one of Portugal’s oldest towns and a classis example of a historic European village.

Lisbon

Lisbon

Lisbon is home to several outstanding monuments, the April 25th Bridge, which spans the Tagus River near the ship’s terminal and looks amazingly similar to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Both had the same builder and are sister bridges. The Christ the King monument that stands on the far bank was a gift from the people of Brazil, a replica of that country’s Christ the Redeemer.

At one end of the Baixa , the central city grid, opening onto the River Tagus, is the broad, arcaded Praça do Comércio ; at the other stands Praça Dom Pedro IV, or the Rossío , merging with the Praça da Figueira and Praça dos Restauradores . These squares, filled with cafés, occasional street musicians, tourists and streetwise dealers, form the hub of Lisbon’s daily activity.

Lisbon really comes to life at night, offering a range of activities, which far exceeds many larger European cities. At night, the city bustles with nightlife second to none, offering an amazing range of options, from traditional ‘fado’ houses to the most sophisticated clubs, restaurants and discotheques beckons tourists.

The district of Bairro Alto was the traditional heart of Lisbon’s nightlife was, until the start of the 1990s. Located high above and to the west of the Baixa, and best reached by funicular (Elevador da Glória) or the great street elevator (Elevador Santa Justa), built by Eiffel disciple Raul Mésnier de Ponsard. East of the Baixa, the Castelo de São Jorge , built by the Moors in 719 before becoming home to many of Portugal’s kings, crowns the city’s highest hill, with the Alfama district – the core of the medieval city – sprawled below.

The Bairro Alto with its ‘fado’ houses, restaurants, bars and discos known for their underground and dance music, features venues that are officially open until 2am, but the party often goes on long after dawn.

At night, one may shift focus to the Docas , a new ultra-modern dockland area full of  clubs and one of the capital’s best restaurants and bars. There is a lot of action at the Avenida 24 de Julho, Docas district and, since the exhibition, the Parque das Nações. There you will find a wide range of clubs and restaurants tempt night owls, while in the Docas district, bars, restaurants and clubs occupy a row of converted warehouses with a crowded promenade and tables out front.lisbon-rooftops

In the city’s east side, most of the restaurants, bars and clubs that were built for Expo ’98 are still open for business. Those who prefer to stay outside the city limits can travel some 30km to the resorts of Estoril and Cascais, where there are plenty of nightspots to while away the hours after dusk.

 

Schools Facilities:

CIAL Centre: is located near the picturesque Eduard VII Park which is both residential and commercial in feel. There are 4 different facilities with a total of 20 classrooms, each within easy walking distance of each other, cultural centers and tourist points of interest. The school facilities are modern, and well-equipped with televisions, videos and computers.

Porto is one of Portugal’s most beautiful cities, and the country’s second-largest metropolis. A UNESCO-recognized “city of world heritage” and the European Capital of Culture 2001, Porto is the perfect setting for a language course. It is full of historical monuments and places of interest ranging from the 12th century cathedral to the ultra modern museum of contemporary art – the most visited museum in Portugal. But its true glory lies in the incidental details: the old fashioned street cafés, the markets, the bookshops and restaurants tucked away down side streets, the simple pleasures of a tram journey along the river front or of spending the afternoon by the beach: Porto is a marvelous city to explore.The climate in Porto is Mediterranean, which means warm, dry summers with a average temperature between 15 – 25 °C and mild but rainy winters with temperatures between 5 – 15 °C.

Porto

Porto

Now that you have enjoyed the wine, let’s explore the city!

Enjoy the evening out with friends. There are many beachside restaurants that feature the best in northern Portuguese cuisine and excellent wines. Plus, you can listen to some poetry in a local cafe, or take in some jazz with drinks on the other side of the river.

The historic neighborhood, the Ribeira, has several taverns along its steep streets that are great hangouts, while the city’s industrial zone houses many of Porto’s discos and clubs where you can party into the night.

The city has excellent shopping facilities, restaurants, golf courses and a fabulous nightlife catering for all tastes. It is a wealthy industrial city and home to many multinational companies with an award winning modern airport offering daily flights to a host of international destinations. The people of Porto are proud of their reputation for hard work. But it is their hospitality and good nature that visitors will notice most. InLingua Centre:

Porto

Porto

is located in the historic city centre of downtown Porto (“Baixa”) in a beautiful art deco 1940’s building near Rua Santa Catarina, and offers great conditions for studying:

7 comfortable, air-conditioned classrooms – each with natural light and double glazing; free wi-fi in all rooms; a computer room with computers for student access; a café/bar area for students to socialize and take a break between lessons; a smoker’s veranda; a small library for student use (books, DVDs); excellent transport access (bus, metro, train, car parks); cafés, restaurants, shops and supermarkets all within 5 minutes walk or less.

Portugal Information

HOLIDAYS 2015
New Year's DayMardi Gras/ Carnival - Shrove Tuesday - ChristianGood Friday - Christian

Anniversary of the Revolution - Portugal

May Day / Labor Day

Corpus Christi - Christian

National Day - Portugal

Assumption Day - Christian

Holiday - (Faro) Portugal

Republic Day - Portugal

All Saints' Day - Christian

Independence Day - Portugal

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Christmas - Christian

January 1stMarch 3rdApril 18-20

April 25th

May 1st

June 19th

June 10th

August 15th

September 7th

October 5th

November 1st

December 1st

December 8th

December 25th

Visa & Travel information for Portugal

For a short term stay (within 90 days), visa is not required for nationals of the EU, Schengen countries and others listed below:Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, Estonia, Guatemala, Holy Sea, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Turkey, Poland, Romania, San Marino, El Salvador, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.Schengen countries are Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Sweden.Citizens of other countries must apply for a visa to enter Portugal.

If you need more details on obtaining a visa to enter Portugal click here

Low Priced Airlines

These airliners provide inexpensive flights to and from Portugal between other Europe cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into Portugal in order to locate a lower cost trip.

• ETN (List of Low-Cost Flyers): www.etn.nl

• Easyjet: www.easyjet.com

• Ryanair: www.ryanair.com

• Transavia: www.transavia.nl

• Basiqair: www.basiqair.com

• Germanwings: www.Germanwings.com

• Monarch Airlines: www.monarchairlines.com

• Buzzaway: www.buzzaway.com

• Bmibaby: www.bmibaby.com

• KLM: www.klmuk.co.uk

Airport

Faro Airport (FAO/LPFR), is a modern terminal building with an agreeable, wide and colorful structure, fitting perfectly into the local climate. It is located only 4 kilometers from downtown, and has undergone a series of improvements in order to increase the quality of services provided to passengers and simultaneously contribute to development of the Region and of tourism in general.

Lisbon Airport (LIS/LPPT) Portela – This is the country's most important airport, and plays an important role in the city's economic development and that of the entire Lisbon Region. In 1998, Lisbon Airport posted the world highest passenger growth rate. The increase in airport capacity, the efficiency and quality of services provided are evident to all its users. Currently, passengers have a modern, functional and handsome terminal at their disposal with a vast array of services and facilities, guaranteed to satisfy their needs.

Oporto – Francisco SA Carneiro Airport (OPO/LPPR) - Visitors arriving by air at the "Invicta" (an epithet of the City of Oporto) find a modern and functional airport, ready to welcome them in the best of manners. The Terminal has a wide and pleasant public hall for passengers and their parties.

The airport is under improvements, in order to meet the needs of passengers who, whether on business trips or on vacation, come to the City of Oporto.

Taxis

Taxis are beige (the older ones are black with a green roof) and have small green lights on top, indicating availability. All journeys are metered (starting at 1.50€ plus 0.50 € for each item of luggage carried), and a short hop should rarely cost more than 10€. They can be found quite easily by day, especially around the main squares, but at night they're dearer (from 2€) and more difficult to get hold of – if you're leaving a bar or club it's usually best to arrange for one by phone; try Rádio Táxis (tel 21 811 9000) de Lisboa or Teletaxis.

From Lisbon Airport to Lisbon Center, Taxis to the center of Lisbon should cost under 10€ but it is always best to fix a price before you depart.

Bus & Train

TRAIN TO SALAMANCA, SPAIN

From Lisbon to Vilar Formoso (for Salamanca and Spain; 1 daily; 6hr 30min).

TO PORTO

From Lisbon to Oporto (10-13 daily; 3hr 30min-4hr)

TO FARO

From Lisbon to Faro (2 daily; 5hr 30min-6hr)

TO LISBON

From Oporto to Lisbon (14-15 daily; 3-4hr)

TO MADRID

From Oporto to Madrid (2 daily; 12hr);

LISBON METRO SYSTEM

The vastly improved metro now covers most of the city and it by far the fastest way of getting around; tickets cost 0.65 € each, 5,10 € for a block of ten or 1,05 € for a day pass. The Lisboa Card gives unlimited travel on all the city's public transport, entry to 26 museums and discounts on a host of tourist-related activities. The cards cost 8.80 € for 4 days, 12.45€ for one week, 20.20€ for one month and are available from any Carris kiosk or metro station.

LISBON TRAIN STATION

Long-distance trains use the Santa Apolónia station (for international train information), about fifteen minutes' walk from the waterfront Praça do Comércio, or a short ride on buses #9, #39, #46 or #90 to Rossío. Local trains from Sintra emerge at the heart of the city in the Rossío station , while trains from the Algarve and south terminate at Barreiro, on the far bank of the river, from where you catch a ferry (6am-2am; around 1.50 € depending on destination) to the Fluvial station next to the Praça do Comércio. For train timetables , visit the information office on the ground floor of Rossío station.

BUSES

TO FARO

From Lisbon to: Faro (5-10 daily; 4hr).

TO PORTO

From Lisbon to Oporto (hourly; 3hr).

TO LISBON

From Lisbon Airport (Portela)

• It is just twenty minutes' drive to the center, local buses #44 and #45 (1€) run from the road outside the airport to Rossío and Cais do Sodré (train station for Cascais; tel 800 203 067).

From Lisbon Airport to Lisbon Center

Aerobus (#91; every 20min 7am-9pm; 2.50€), which leaves from right outside the Arrivals Hall and runs to Praça dos Restauradores, Rossío, Praça do Comércio and Cais do Sodré.

From Faro to Lisbon (5-10 daily; 4hr 20min).

TO SEVILLE, SPAIN

From Faro to Sevilla (2 daily; 5hr).

LISBON BUS AND TRAM SYSTEM

The bus and tram networks operate from around 6am to midnight and the metro until 1am. Trams and buses (www.carris.pt) are also a good for getting around the city- tickets for either are valid for two journeys (0.90 €); alternatively, there are Passe Turistico bus/metro/ elevador passes , valid for four days (8.60€) or seven days (12.25 €).

LISBON BUS STATION

The new main bus terminal (24hr national bus information, www.rede-expressos.pt for timetables) is at Arco do Cego (metro Saldanha) and handles most international and domestic departures, including services to the Algarve and Madrid. The new terminal, Gare do Oriente, also has some international and domestic departures.

Ferries

Ferries are particularly useful in the summer for short trips to reach various points on the other side of the Tagus river. These scenic trips typically cost between 0.50€ and 1.75€ and will save you waiting in long traffic jams when the masses descend on the beaches south of Lisbon. Most cross-Tagus ferries are operated by Transtejo and arrive at Belém, Cais do Sodré and Terreiro do Paço.

CP (Portuguese Railways) runs the ferry link from Barreiro (where the CP trains terminate) to Praça do Comércio; for rail travellers the fare is included in the ticket price.

There are also 24-hour water taxis , operated by Taxitour, which depart from a number of clearly marked points along the river.

Maps

www.EUnet.pt/Lisboa

PROGRAMS

Our Portuguese programs feature high quality Portuguese language teaching, combining flexibility, competence and friendliness. Our programs aim to provide students with a full cultural and language experience. Teachers are  friendly yet highly professional. Refresher courses are held regularly to bring staff up-to-date in techniques and materials.

The method places specific emphasis on language for communication. It can be described as structural/functional, the grammar and structures being taught and learned naturally, through practical usage.

Students are encouraged to use audio, video and library facilities in order to practice language skills.

Portuguese Language and Culture Group Courses are organized in modules of 4 weeks. Every month Groups start at all levels (from Beginner to Advanced). Courses are progressive from the starting dates, but apart from absolute beginners who must begin on the starting dates, students can join a group at any time if vacancies exist at the suitable level.

Beginners start: Jan 7 & 21 , Feb 4 & 18, Mar 4, May 6 & 20, Jun 3 & 17.  Jul 1 & 15, Aug 5, Sep 2, 16 & 30, Oct 14 & 28, Nov 11 & 25, Dec 9.

Groups have a maximum of 6 participants so that monitoring and assessment are continuous and personalized.

The entire General Portuguese course consists of 6 levels (Beginner, Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Pre-Advanced, Advanced) of 60 hours each.

There are certificates offered for courses taken at all level.

  • Attendance Certificate - At all levels and courses.
  • Level Certificate -          At all levels, after Test.
  • Intermediate Diploma -  After Exam after the Intermediate level.
  • Advanced Diploma -      After Exam after the Advance level.

International certificates

  • Exams for CILP Certificate / Universidade Caxias do Sul (Brazil)
  • CEDILLES Exams (International Certificates and Diplomas of Latin Languages for Specific Purposes)
  • Exams for CAPLE Certificates and Diplomas / Lisbon University

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

Portuguese Online (via Skype)

Individual lessons using distance learning (via Skype) for students with some previous knowledge of Portuguese. Lessons are split into 1.5 hour sessions:

- 1 hour of interaction with the teacher and 30 minutes for practicing writing skills using a chat program (with the teacher).

This course runs in blocks of a minimum of 10 lessons (15 hrs). Each teaching hour lasts for 50 minutes.

Plats: All

Portuguese Semi Standard

Group instructed 10 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. It is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Portuguese culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Portuguese cultures surrounding it.

Location: Lisbon

Portuguese Standard

Group instructed 15 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. It is recommended for students who wish to combine language learning with a real life experience of the Portuguese culture, thus, it allows enough time for students to get fully acquainted to the city and the Portuguese cultures surrounding it. Classes challenge students apply their knowledge of theory by means of various methods ranging from situation and role-playing activities to debates about current issues.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

Portuguese Standard Plus

Group instructed 15 hours/week + 5 hours/week of individual classes of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

Portuguese Super Standard 

Group instructed 15 hours/week + 10 hours/week of individual classes of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas. It is of similar nature to the classes described above.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

Portuguese Intensive

Group instructed 15 hours/week + 15 hours/week of individual classes of Portuguese Language from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who desire extra training or attention on specific subject areas. It is of similar nature to the classes described above.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

Portuguese Super Intensive

Group instructed 25 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who wish to learn as much Portuguese in a short time.

Location: Faro, Lisbon

Portuguese Intensive Plus

Group instructed 30 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Courses are available June through September. Designed for people with little time and the need to practice even more in little time, thus, the courses encourages quick progress in Portuguese communication. Beginners start, June 1, July 6, Aug 3, Aug 31

Location: Faro, Lisbon

Portuguese Super Intensive Plus

Group instructed 35 hours/week of Portuguese Language and Culture from Monday to Friday. Especially for highly motivated students who wish to learn as much Portuguese in a short time.

Location: Lisbon

Individual (One to One) Portuguese/Private Group

Individual are course followed by one person, while Private Group are course followed by two persons. 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 hours/week. Tailor-made private classes for highly motivated persons who need to advance rapidly in a specific area of study but in little available time. You decide how many classes you want and what you wish to study. These courses aim at providing students with a further spoken and written language practice while exploring a specific field. Themes:

- Banking

- Translation

- Law

- Interpreting

- Medicine

- Business Portuguese

- Insurance

- Computer Science

- Hotel Industry

These courses are programmed according to the students' specific requests including different professional and cultural themes if requested. Students are welcome to bring any kind of documentation they may need to work on.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

Combined Cities

This program attracts the voyagers in students. It allows for students to choose from the list of courses that we offer in our schools and distribute the learning experience among the different locations. By combining a course from among these different cities, one will learn Portuguese  and have the opportunity to know the rich variety of Portuguese cultures at the same time. Plus, it makes for great city hopping.

Location: Faro, Lisbon

Group Programs

There are 2 ways that you can benefit from a Group travel experience:

  1. For groups of 5 our more persons traveling together on the same package to the same destination, please contact our Group Department for a group discounted price quote at: group@nik-las.com
  2. With a group of 5 or more persons, you may organize a program that fits your interests and trip desires. Contact our Group Department for more information.

FOCUS PROGRAMS

Portuguese For Teachers [Ensino de Portugues Língua Estrangeira (EPLE)]

Course designed for native and non-native teachers of Portuguese a Foreign Language in public or private institutions in or outside Portugal. . 2 weeks' duration with 6h/day of lessons. We may organize an EPLE course on any date for a minimum of 4 students.

Dates of commencement:    Feb. 11, May 19, Sep. 15, Nov. 10

Location: Faro, Lisbon

Business Portuguese

If you want to work in a Portuguese-speaking work environment or aspire to an international career, then, this is a good course for you. Course designed for students in the business world. You will familiarize yourself with the relevant jargon, increase your knowledge of the field and learn specific skills of the trade. It is Group instructed 3 hour/day classes of Standard Portuguese + 1 individual class per day of business Portuguese from Monday to Friday.

Location: Faro, Porto

EASTER & SUMMER Course

Theses 2-week program consists of 3 hours of Group classes per day in Portuguese language and culture and is held only during the holiday period of Easter and the Summer. Group courses features a maximum of 12 participants. It is good ways to get to know and to enjoy the way the Portuguese celebrates these dates, while you practice your Portuguese.

Dates of Easter commencement: March 17

Dates of Summer commencement: July 28

Location: Faro, Lisbon

African Portuguese

The course focuses on Portuguese in Africa. It is either taught by Individual (One-to-One) lessons or as Private Group. Specific materials and experienced teachers of African origin or background.

Location: Lisbon, Porto

Brazilian Portuguese

This program is taught either as Individual (One-to-One) lessons or as Private Group. Taught with materials specific to the Brazilian Portuguese language and by experienced teachers of Brazilian origin.

Location: Lisbon, Porto

Gastronomy Portuguese

Learn how to make popular authentic Portuguese dishes. Get to know Portuguese cuisine. Typical dishes, wines, sweets and cheeses. Learn how to cook them, do it and eat them with your colleagues. There are 8 hours of class offered per week.

Location: Lisbon

Work & Study in Portugal

This Work & Study program combines a Portuguese course (3 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal regions of Portugal.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Portuguese culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Portuguese language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in a 4 or 5 star hotel.

After your Portuguese course (Standard), you will have the opportunity to work, allowing you to practise your Portuguese while financing your stay in Portugal.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to to nationals from: ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, HOLY SEE, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MEXICO, MONACO, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, U.S.A, HONG KONG (SAR), MACAO (EAR) and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania).

Age between 18-35 years. Participants are expected to be motivated, independent, flexible and open-minded.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases

1st: Minimum 3 weeks of Standard Portuguese language (available in Faro, Porto, or Lisbon).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more (available only in Coastal areas of Algarve, Madeira, Lisbon).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Portuguese Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post.  With a higher level of Portuguese, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting position. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

II Part: The Work Placement Period

You may work in the coastline of Algarve, the Portuguese island of Madiera, and Lisbon. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. Work placements are in the hospitality industry.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, room maid, Assistant (Runner), Hostess, reception, laundry personnel, animator, maintenance staff, general assistant, restaurant employee, etc.

The work period will be: 2 months to 3 months.

Minimum wage: 200€-400€ including full board accommodation in the hotel

Start Dates: March - November

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $130 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Program Fee: $975 USD

Location: Madiera,  Lisbon

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Within the broad range of educational opportunities at home and abroad work internships, provide one of the best ways to learn about the job you hope to have. An internship will acquaint you, in a practical way, with the career options in your field of study and offer first-hand opportunities to test your knowledge and examine your career plans.

The traditional view of business education for both students and professional is under the microscope as Universities and companies world-wide look for the most effective ways to train people to work in today's global markets. The rational Higher Education program alone cannot fully prepare you fro what you will face on-the-job. International business skills and second language competency are now a necessity.

Whatever your area of study might be, through the NIK|LAS organization you may have the opportunity to gain real-life experience abroad. You will experience for yourself the very different Portuguese business protocols, learn to do business in a completely different culture, and gain fluency in both formal Portuguese/Castellan as well as local and profession-specific jargon. These factors which may well mean the difference between business success and failure.

Objectives of the Internship Program

The principle objectives of the combined language and internship program are twofold. (1) To promote acquisition of high-level Portuguese language skills and (2) to provide candidates with professional working experience in a full immersion Portuguese-speaking environment. Another feature of our program is highly important: to provide students the most realistic experience possible. All aspects of the program are real-life. Entrance requirements are high and each step is competitive with high-levels of performance expected.

Structure of the Program

The Internship Program consists of 2 phases:

1st: minimum 3 weeks of Standard Plus Portuguese language (in Faro, Porto, or Lisbon).

2nd: the internship placement, lasting 3 months (in Lisbon).

I Part - Course

The length of the Portuguese-language portion will depend on your starting point and how quickly you can acquire the needed fluency. Written skills test and additional ones will be used to monitor your progress administered to judge readiness for the work period. In order to qualify for the internship placement you must have a high intermediate level of fluency. The minimum length for the Portuguese course is 3 weeks.

Location: Faro, Porto and Lisbon.

II Part: The Internship Period

Professional practice internships are offered in private sector companies, governmental organizations, NGO's, schools, colleges, and universities. The work period will be of 3 months. It may be possible to extend placement if both the employer/sponsor and the inter are in agreement and if there are no legal considerations that would discourage the extension. Placement is made and progress is monitored through our program office. The internship portion of the program may not combine different companies or different cities.

Location: Lisbon

Company Assignment

The most important factor is language skills. The more limited the student's language abilities, the flexible s/he will have to be in terms of placements.

We try very hard to match the students' educational background, professional experience, and professional plans, to the internship placement. We contact the student (by e-mail or in person) with one or more possibilities, and descriptions of those internships, and ask the student for comments and to rank the possibilities in order of preference. This helps us ensure appropriate placement. The interviews can take place during the time the student is studying

Minimum required Portuguese level: intermediary - high

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $130 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Program Fee: $915 USD

Services Include

  • Portuguese Course (minimum 3 weeks): Standard Plus

  • 3-Month Internship

  • Requesting and receiving background information on all internship candidates providing guidelines for the preparation of the professional résumé in Portuguese, interviewing each candidate, and drawing up a list of possible internship placements;

  • Conferring with the candidates via e-mail or telephone to confirm area of interest and counsel on professional experience options;

  • Approaching the sponsoring institutions and achieving placements;

  • Maintaining contact with both the candidates and the sponsoring organizations to ensure that the internships run smoothly;

  • Intervening to resolve any difficulties or misunderstandings between the clients and the corporate sponsors, to assure mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé in Portuguese. (Example Provided)

  • Short essay (1-2 pages): the student has to focus on the kind of experience he/she wants to have, what he/she wants to learn, what kind of internship the student prefers, and why.

  • The student has to send the documents by e-mail to: intern@nik-las.com

  • Deposit of $250 USD

  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

Please, make sure your medical insurance covers you during your stay in Portugal.

 

Gastronomy Portuguese

Learn how to make popular authentic Portuguese dishes. Get to know Portuguese cuisine. Typical dishes, wines, sweets and cheeses. Learn how to cook them, do it and eat them with your colleagues. There are 8 hours of class offered per week.

Location: Lisbon

Work & Study in Portugal

This Work & Study program combines a Portuguese course (3 weeks minimum) in several NIK|LAS destination with a job placement after your course in the coastal regions of Portugal.

We offer young student travellers the opportunity to experience the Portuguese culture firsthand. Learn or improve your Portuguese language skills with an in-country course, and later put your new skills to good use while you work in a 4 or 5 star hotel.

After your Portuguese course (Standard), you will have the opportunity to work, allowing you to practise your Portuguese while financing your stay in Portugal.

Candidate's Profile

This program is opened to to nationals from: ANDORRA, ARGENTINA, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI, CANADA, SOUTH KOREA, HOLY SEE, ICELAND, ISRAEL, JAPAN, LIECHTENSTEIN, MEXICO, MONACO, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, REPUBLIC OF CROATIA, SAN MARINO, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, U.S.A, HONG KONG (SAR), MACAO (EAR) and citizens of THE EUROPEAN UNION (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania).

Age between 18-35 years. Participants are expected to be motivated, independent, flexible and open-minded.

Structure of the Program

The NIK|LAS Study & Work Program consists of 2 phases

1st: Minimum 3 weeks of Standard Portuguese language (available in Faro, Porto, or Lisbon).

2nd: The Work placement may last 2 months or more (available only in Coastal areas of Algarve, Madeira, Lisbon).

I Part - Course

The program is designed to help improve your effectiveness as a Portuguese Speaker, so you can be more efficient in your work post.  With a higher level of Portuguese, you’ll be more likely to land a more interesting position. Arrangements can be made to take extra courses before you start your work placement. In order to qualify for the work placement you must have an upper intermediate level of fluency.

Location: Faro, Lisbon, Porto

II Part: The Work Placement Period

You may work in the coastline of Algarve, the Portuguese island of Madiera, and Lisbon. The area's mild climate is the root attraction that makes it possible to enjoy the beaches and a wide variety of outdoor activities year round. Work placements are in the hospitality industry.

Type of Positions: Bartender, Waiter/Waitress, Kitchen assistant, room maid, Assistant (Runner), Hostess, reception, laundry personnel, animator, maintenance staff, general assistant, restaurant employee, etc.

The work period will be: 2 months to 3 months.

Minimum wage: 200€-400€ including full board accommodation in the hotel

Start Dates: March - November

On-site Language Skill exam fee: $130 USD (For non-beginners, who skip the language course phase)

Program Fee: $975 USD

Location: Madiera,  Lisbon

APPLICATION: required documents

  • Résumé either in Portuguese or English. (Example Provided)
  • Short essay (1 page): Detailing specifically the kind of experience the student wants to have, what kind of work placement is preferred, and why.
  • Enrollment Form
  • Send the documents by e-mail to: info@nik-las.com
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment )
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date

EXCURSIONS

Various activities and excursions are offered during the year at the various locations. A monthly program of activities is available to the students including visits to museums, monuments, evening outings to live music concerts, bars, and Saturday half-day visits to points of interest. These activities are included in the course fee, and are subject to a minimum number of inscriptions.   Also available are full-day Sunday excursions and typical dinners, at an extra cost, to be paid locally, also subject to a minimum number of inscriptions. Students are accompanied by monitors who turn all these activities into pleasant experiences of Portuguese culture. You may even decide to develop your own excursion plans to close by cities such as

From Lisbon: Faro, Madrid, Seville, and even to Morocco.

From Faro: Cadiz, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Madrid, Seville, and even to Morocco.

PICK-UP

Bus Station, Train Station, Airport

This optional service is offered at a cost for One-way from/to arrival or departure spot in Portugal. A representative meets and takes the student to/from accommodation chosen. Please forward travel information at least 3 weeks in advance

Location: All

STUDENT SERVICES

At the school there is 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 Program, but also with any other aspect of their stay in Portugal.

Location: All

LODGING OPTIONS

NIK|LAS offers lodging options during your stay in Portugal while you are taking part in one of our courses. The school is reached either by foot or by public transport, never more than a 20 min. ride. Shopping facilities are a short distance away. Electricity, gas and water are included.

Single Room (SR) - Private room.

Double Room (DR) - Shared Room between two students traveling together.

Suggestions: Take extra care with your behavior; moderate noise to a low level at night; respect host family schedule and customs. In short, demonstrate self- responsibility.

Shared Apartments

Apartments are furnished in simple Portuguese style with a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, living room with television, iron and 1 or 2 bathrooms. There are no telephones available in apartments. These 2, 3, or 4 Bedroom apartments are shared with other international students and/or locals so students can cook their own food and manage food budget. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries. Room in an apartment shared with Portuguese people, with access to all communal areas of the house (kitchen, bathroom and living room) and, together, keep the place clean. Single or double rooms options.

Location: Faro, Lisbon

Homestay/Host Family

Staying with a Portuguese Family is rewarding, in that, it encourages the natural use of every-day Portuguese. This helps to improve your language skills. Private home accommodation is an important part of most students' stay. Carefully selected homes will offer you much more than just accommodation and breakfast. Living in a Portuguese home will help students gain familiarity with the language. Your host may be a family or individual. Students are placed in individual bedrooms and will be the only native speaker of their language in the house. Bed linens are provided. However, you will need to bring towels and own personal toiletries.

Location: All

"Where foreigners make friends"

'Intercambios Connection' is a place where native speakers and foreigners meet to share language and culture in a friendly atmosphere. It is an effective and fun way to learn or better your knowledge of any foreign language, meanwhile making new friends with persons from different parts of the world.

This program connects you to locals at your travel destination, who wish to meet foreigners for language exchanges in social setting. It is an additional opportunity for you to practice the foreign language that you may be studying.

QUESTIONS

What is an Intercambio?

An intercambio is a language exchange for two or more people who speak different languages practicing each other's language. You get to practice their native language in exchange for language practice in your native language. It is also a good way to get properly introduced to your travel destination and the hidden gems they have - you may also learn about the DO NOTs of that destination. An Intercambio may serve as a vital source for information on things to do around the city.

How does it work?

The most typical form is that you are provided with 1 - 5 persons that are interested in language exchange. After signing up, you are given the contact information for a few interested locals, such as, email, name, etc. You may then contact them by email, telephone, Skype, Messenger, Facebook, or Whatsapp to get to know them before meeting.  Some suggestions on where to meet: Coffee shops, Pubs, Restaurants,  Beach,  Museums, or other social activities.

In a few locations, the program is orchestrated as a weekly Meetup, at a local spot. Upon arrival, a session of 30 minutes or more is arranged with a person that speaks your chosen language. In that timeframe, you are expected to converse in your language as well as the language of your partner for the evening. The format is flexible, so you may talk as little as 30 minutes or as long as 2 hours if you wish to, and about any topic that comes to mind. You may break out in groups to discuss the designated theme or you may have different individual partners for each session, so you can meet others, and improve your ability to understand the language you wish to practice when speaking with different persons.

What will I gain from this experience?

After several encounters you will notice an improvement your conversational language skill. Plus, the experience also gives you the opportunity to meet and establish bonds with someone very familiar with your travel destination.

What language level is needed to participate?

Don't worry! Everyone who participated in the Intercambios Connection is there to learn. Studying a bit before attending each session will help a lot.

What languages are exchanged?

There are participants from across the globe, so you can find speakers of all every popular languages. You may practice French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Spanish, English, etc.

How long are each Intercambio session?

That would depend on yourself and your practicing partner. You may arrange for 30 minutes, or longer. Many times, a session may last up to 2 hours or more. Some may choose to meet for coffee, or visit a museum, or you may get invited to go to the beach, join an all-day excursion, visit an interesting site in a close by city, attend a barbeque, join your Intercambio and his/her friends for a night out, etc.

Location: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

APPLICATION:

How to Join? Send contact information, details of languages that you speak, and the one you wish to practice, along with your location. Send email to intercambios@nik-las.com

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to let us know.

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