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:
  • Registration Deposit of $250 USD (Registration cannot be accepted without this payment ) 
  • Send documents at least 2-3 months before arrival date



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