Best 10 International Schools in Lisbon

International Education in Lisbon

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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 11 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 21 International Schools in Lisbon.

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

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TASIS Portugal

TASIS Portugal is the fourth campus and most recent addition to the TASIS family of schools. TASIS Portugal aspires to be a world-class school that transforms students’ lives through a love of learning, truth, beauty, and goodness.
Curriculum
American, International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €9,800
to: €15,090
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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. But we grow together as a family, learning to accept and show tolerance for each others differences. Respect is very important.
Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
5 to 18
This school does not make their fees public.
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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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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 diplomas 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 instills 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
International
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 15
Yearly fees - 2020/2021
from: €9,310
to: €17,670
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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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British School Lisbon

Our school’s mission is to be “A World Leading School,” which means nothing less than having the highest of standards in everything we do. We are unashamedly ambitious with the education we provide, ensuring our children thrive not just academically, but also personally and socially. Every child who attends our school is uniquely special to us and we endeavour to instil, not only a love for learning, but the values and experiences that will remain with them throughout their lives.
Curriculum
British
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 9
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €10,200
to: €12,600
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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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Curriculum
American, Christian
Language of instruction
English
Ages
4 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €5,000
to: €6,000
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St. Julian's School

St Julian's School is a private co-educational school founded in 1932 with a strong record of academic achievement and extra-curricular activity. St Julian's has three sections, each with its own Principal: the Primary School, the Portuguese Section, and the Secondary School.
Curriculum
IB, British, Portuguese
Languages of instruction
English, Portuguese
Ages
3 to 18
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €9,936
to: €23,010
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Lisbon Montessori School

LMS offers holistic Montessori education, which orients the student toward the path of independent learning endevours. Students work individually or in small groups and are guided through their choices of resources and presentations. LMS classrooms have the abundance of a wide range of Montesori learning materials, which cover most areas of life and science. The materials are available to students at all times. Montessori education is preparation for life as an aid to life.
Curriculum
Montessori
Language of instruction
English
Ages
3 to 12
Yearly fees - 2019/2020
from: €7,670
to: €7,670
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