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Once it was the home of pioneering explorers who set off to discover unknown lands. Now it’s home to countless expats from every corner of the globe seeking a high quality of life, an easy lifestyle and plenty of sun. It’s easy to see why Portugal, and its capital Lisbon, is a favourite of global citizens.

If you’re considering moving your family to Lisbon, you’ll need to find an international school for your children. Let us tell you everything you need to know!

The Portuguese school system has four stages; Basic Education Cycles (Ensino Basico) 1, 2 and 3 from ages 6 - 10 (Cycle 1), 10 - 13 (Cycle 2), and 13 - 15 (Cycle 3). This is followed by Secondary Education (Ensino Secundario) from ages 15 - 18. Ensino Basico is mandatory, but Ensino Secundario is optional.

Many international schools in Lisbon cater for children based on these age ranges and cycles. They may offer classes only for Ensino Basico, only for certain cycles, only for Ensino Secundario, or for every stage.

The school year follows a similar format to most of Europe. It kicks off in September and finishes in June, with breaks for Christmas and Easter holidays. The school day runs from around 8.30am to 4pm, although this varies from school to school.

Typically, applications are open from the end of each school year for children who will begin attending when the following school year begins in September. However due to increased demand, many international schools now accept year-round applications.

Just like most of Europe, the standard of education in Lisbon’s international schools is very high. All the usual perks like extensive extra curricular programmes, small class sizes, native speaking teachers, and an array of curricula are on offer here.

As for school fees, despite the high quality available Portugal’s international schools are at the cheaper end of the scale in Europe. If you want the benefits of expat life in a major European city like Rome, Brussels or Paris, but without quite as much of a financial hit, then Lisbon is a worthy choice.

Like other Southern European countries, Portugal has a long tradition of Catholic schools. The same can be said for Lisbon’s international schools, many of which follow a Catholic or Christian ethos. This doesn’t mean you must follow a Christian faith for your child to attend - it just plays a part in their approach to education.

There is a wide choice of international schools in Lisbon and its suburbs. But there are even more schools an easy commute away, particularly around Cascais and slightly further north towards Sintra. International schools outside of the capital will usually offer transport services.

Lisbon is a laid back place to live, but it’s still a big and busy city. If you’d rather get away from the hustle and bustle then it’s worth taking a look at these close by alternatives.

Below, we have compiled our top 10 international schools in Lisbon. However, there are another 14 schools to choose from in the city. You can find the best international school for your child by personalising your results. Just fill in your search criteria, and we will calculate a personal score for every international school in Lisbon based on your requirements.

Best 10 International Schools in Lisbon

Out of a total of 24 International Schools in Lisbon.

Based on the aggregated preferences of our users in the last 30 days.

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The British School Lisbon

There are many reasons why The British School of Lisbon stands out from the crowd. The main one being its community of staff, parents, and students. However, it does not stop there, it’s also the setting - the building, the grounds, the location.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €10,545
to: €13,110
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(2 reviews)
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Carlucci American International School of Lisbon

Carlucci American International School of Lisbon is a student-centered educational community in which the school challenges itself and each other to do its best and to makes positive contributions to our diverse and ever-changing world.
Curriculum
IB, American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €8,896
to: €18,856
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Oeiras International School

Oeiras International School is committed to promoting a respectful community of independent and passionate lifelong learners who are aware of their roles and responsibilities in an ever-changing world. To this end, OIS offers a variety of learning experiences within a supportive and challenging environment of rigorous academic programmes.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
6 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €9,225
to: €18,270
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St. Dominic's International School

St. Dominic’s International School is a highly respected and well known international school, and is the only school in Portugal authorised to offer all three programmes of the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Curriculum
IB
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €10,000
to: €18,700
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International Preparatory School

Small, friendly, professional, very international and supportive PTA. Happy children are very easy to work with!
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 11
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €9,710
to: €13,505
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International Christian School of Cascais

Our students are taught in love and discipline. They are treated as individuals, each with their own characters. We grow together as a family, learning to accept and show tolerance for each others differences. Respect is very important. Aside from our staff, our Student School Council is always available to encourage and help other students. As a school we have a lot of interactive activities (like a sports day, international day, etc), which also helps with bonding.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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(1 review)
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United Lisbon International School

In establishing the United Lisbon International School, a strong passion for families and the younger generation combines with long-standing experience and a successful track record in international education. This is deeply embedded in our philosophy to nurture the individual learner: by providing a rich environment of opportunities to grow academically as well as personally; working towards globally acknowledged IB diploma that open doors to university or other higher education institutions; already gathering real-life experiences and entrepreneurial skills to make a difference in tomorrow’s world; and being able to forge positive personal relations in a globalized society.
With our vision “to empower and inspire the younger generation for a sustainable world”, United Lisbon will provide rigorous academic programs, a strong focus on the skills and values our children will need to be successful in tomorrow’s world, the 21st century and beyond, as well as its commitment to the purpose of a sustainable and equitable world. Our modern pedagogy creates a student-centered learning ecosystem that instils relevant skills through guided-inquiry, collaborative learning, and seamless integration of technology, to strengthen and further personalize the learning experience of each individual student.
Curriculum
American
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2021/2022
from: €9,800
to: €20,600
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(3 reviews)
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International Sharing School Taguspark

International Mindedness, Multilingual Education, Multicultural Environment and Open-Minded Students
Curriculum
IB, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
1 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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Greene's Tutorial College

Founded by Edward Greene in 1967, Greene’s is Oxford’s oldest tutorial college and has seen approximately 15,000 international students pass through its doors. Our individualised programmes are rooted in the tutorial system, a method of learning synonymous with the University of Oxford. We have remained true to this educational philosophy for decades, which allows us to design courses of individual tuition for all students, regardless of their background.
In 2017, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Greene’s opened a sister College in Portugal and became the first educational institution to bring the tutorial system to the country.
Whether face-to-face, online or blended, students all over the world can benefit from the highest-quality tuition, which has always been the hallmark of a Greene’s Oxford education.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
14 to 18
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €16,800
to: €16,800
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Aprendizes

Aprendizes is an inclusive active learning school in Cascais, Portugal.
To be a safe space in which students experience teaching excellence on a daily basis. An approach that encourages individuality, and helps them to develop to their full potential.
We seek to develop balanced human beings to transform society in a collaborative way. We believe that in this way we can contribute to a better world, a society of conscious, responsible, respectful and free individuals.
Curriculum
British, Portuguese
Languages of instruction
English, Portuguese
Ages
3 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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