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Target Audience

  • General public, over 18 years.
  • Who never learned the language;
  • Whoever learned it many years ago and never practiced it again;
  • Who wants or needs to travel;
  • Who needs to start or develop language skills to exercise your profession.

General objectives

The ISTA CIPLE EXAM PREPARATION OURSE is specifically designed to prepare you for official CIPLE exam (Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira). The CIPLE exam (level A2) is a mandatory test and the minimum level required in order to obtain Portuguese citizenship. To become a permanent resident or citizen of Portugal, you must pass this language test.marks the beginning of learning Portuguese in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR.

Specific objectives

CIPLE Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira CIPLE corresponds to level A2 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The description for this reference level presents the social domains of communication, the communication situations, the types of written and oral texts, the communication strategies, the speech acts, the themes, the specific and general notions that are expected to be necessary the use of language in the communicative activities described below.
CIPLE demonstrates a basic general ability to interact in a limited number of predictable everyday communication situations. It is also foreseen that in the professional and study areas CIPLE users will be able to interact in communication situations that require a very limited use of Portuguese, which is not different from a general use of the language.
The components of this exam are three: Reading Comprehension and Written Production and Interaction, Oral Comprehension and Oral Production and Interaction. Source and more info:


  • Reading Comprehension and Written Production and Interaction
  • Listening
  • Oral Production and Interaction
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ISTA is recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education, (Final Authorization No. 14, under the order of 17 September 2004), which is the highest official recognition attributed to private schools in Portugal. Thus, at ISTA you have the possibility to attend Language Courses that are officially recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education, exempt from VAT. The CIPLE exam will be held at the University of Algarve which will issue the certificate after passing the exam. These certificates are internationally recognized, according to the standards of the ALTE Association (Association of Language Testers in Europe), which brings together, among others, institutions such as the Goethe-Institut, Instituto Cervantes, and the University of Cambridge.

General information

Would you like to learn European Portuguese at Home?
Our online Portuguese courses are the perfect choice if you want to learn Portuguese for the first time or reach a higher level of proficency. Now you can learn Portuguese without leaving the comfort of your house. With many levels available you can make fast progress and in precisely the right level class for you! Students study online using our Zoom classrooms, which allow teachers to share their screen and also create break out rooms for students to practice their Portuguese in small groups. We use interactive games such as Kahoot and Babadum. The platform also allows all the students to see each other, making this experience the next best thing to being actually in the classroom! What does ISTA have to offer?

  • Experienced Teachers
  • Classes on Zoom platform
  • See your classmates from around the world
  • All digital materials included

Lessons operating method

Online Course (E-Learning), in synchronous mode(Live lessons). As a trainee, you will have access to synchronous group classes at the Zoom Virtual Room, complemented with asynchronous and interactive activities on ISTA's Online Platform that you can do when it suits you, within the course deadline.

Enrollment Fee                            35.00€

Course fee                     495.00€  450.00€


45€ discount on full payment.

Monthly fee                                165.00€


UAlg Exam Fee                           72.00€

Payment details

Bank transfer

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