Why study in Lisbon?

We believe that we offer one of the most highly regarded courses available. We love running the courses and our trainers are experienced, dedicated and eager to keep growing as professionals.  They strive to be a model for you, as you enter the profession or hone your existing skills.

Lisbon offers an exceptional environment in which to take CELTA in Europe. The centre is a modern, purpose built school offering up-to-date technologies alongside extremely experienced and highly regarded tutors. Lisbon itself is one of Europe’s oldest cities and as a consequence it offers a rich history and cultural experience.  Our trainees often mention the kindness and hospitality of the Portuguese as one of the best aspects of spending time in this lovely city.

The centre is in a wonderful, calm location surrounded by bars, restaurants and gardens. Transport links at the location are excellent – less than five minutes walk from the Metro station and there are regular buses too. Our staff are supportive and offer honest feedback and solutions to help you improve on a daily basis. We strive to be the best at what we do and truly believe that we offer the best place to study CELTA in Europe.

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The Centre

100% of our candidates would recommend the centre. (May 2019)

The world is full of delightful and thrilling cities to visit, and Lisbon is one that should be on everyone’s list. It has everything, from galleries and museums to the beach and charming local villages. Lisbon is also very budget-friendly, making it simple to navigate and explore in depth. Below are a few more reasons why everyone should visit Portugal and its capital at least once in their lives.

I think this centre upholds the demands and prestige that comes with a Cambridge Certificate (Emma, January 2019).

Besides feeling we were very well prepared for the teaching world, you always made sure we felt supported (Constança, May 2019)

Apart from over 290 days of sun per year Lisbon offers some amazing food and drinks. Whether you love fresh seafood, amazing meat dishes or delicious fruit and vegetables, Portugal has it all. For those who have a sweet tooth, Portugal is the place for you. Everyone knows about the custard tarts (pasteis de nata) which originated in Lisbon, but Porugal offers a real myriad of desserts and sweet treats for all times of the day or night 🙂

TimeOut put together an article where they put together their 19 favorite dishes to try in Lisbon Click here 

Also the original pasteis de nata come from the Pasteis de Belem bakery which can be found here

100% of our students approved of the general course organisation. (May 2019)

Lisbon offers some beautiful architecture, culture and relaxation. Whether you enjoy some quiet time to reflect when you are not studying or perhaps some night life to keep you entertained Lisbon has everything and more. Around Lisbon are some wondrous places to visit, you have UNESCO sites within an hour, several beautiful, clean and safe beaches and some of the best wine grown anywhere in the world! All this on your doorstep.

Opodo have a BLOG entry showing some examples of the rich cultural diversity of Lisbon Click here 

Forbes magazine have given their top 5 reasons to visit Lisbon here


  • “An excellent experience from start to finish, the course was well organized, enjoyable and comprehensive”

    Rose, Ireland
  • “…with the methods and skills I learned with this course I feel confident every time I walk into the classroom"

    Therese, USA
  • "Taking CELTA at International House Lisbon was the best decision I could have made when I decided to change my career and go into EFL teaching. From start to finish, it was clear and comprehensive, giving a thorough scope of teaching methodology balanced with independent, self-initiated study. The tutors are amply helpful while still allowing trainees to autonomously discover the answers and internalize understanding of the methods taught. I'm so glad I found IH Lisbon and CELTA to start my new career!"

    Emma C. Parsons
  • "Taking my CELTA at IHTT was a great experience, the course is difficult and intense, but every day helped me grow my skills and by the end of the course I was confident to start my new career as an English teacher. Paula and Xana are excellent role models, teachers, and coaches. They help you improve and build your skills each day. The practical teaching experience was by far the best part of the course, you get ample opportunity to apply your training and experiment with new techniques—the teaching practice was extremely relevant to ‘real world’ experience. Within one week of completing my course I had multiple job interviews, and landed my first job. I would wholeheartedly recommend this school to anyone looking to break into the ESL teaching industry. IHTT also provides on-going professional development which is essential to anyone new to teaching. Thanks IHTT for the experience and on-going support!"

    MC Breadner
  • "The month spent in Lisbon at IH completing the CELTA has been one of the best of my life. It was impressively well structured and organised, with overwhelming amounts of information and up-to-date resources and led by extraordinary teachers and tutors, Paula and Xana. I have managed to include many of the things I learned in my on-line lessons, as well as the face-to-face ones. Besides the (very) hark work, I also had a lot of fun everyday, made friends and laughed. Just a few months have passed, and I am teaching at another IH school and continuing to develop as a teacher. Thank you!"

  • "I took my CELTA course in August, 2018 and it was an incredibly intense and rewarding experience.  This course has given me great confidence in my abilities as a teacher and it has made me want to take my teaching to the next level, which is why I am currently preparing for the DELTA module 1 exam. I wholeheartedly recommend this course. Yes, it is demanding! Yes, it means very hard work. Yes, it is stressful. But, the tutors are there to support you at every step and the other participants are of invaluable help. At least mine were. I am very grateful for everything that I have learned and I can sincerely say that my expectation were exceeded as far as quality and professionalism go." Flávia

  • "IH Torres Vedras Lisbon is the ideal place to take the CELTA. It's a demanding course, but it's delivered by highly experienced tutors who provide all the guidance and support you need. The school is well organised and the students are great. You'll be challenged, but you'll have fun. Plus you'll be in an incredible city!" Kieron

  • "This is perfect. The organization is very well planned and laid out. As a trainee this helped because it provided us with all the materials and requirements needed. Everything was properly timed."

    Samanta, Portugal
  • "IH Lisbon has got everything - fantastic, committed and professional tutors, excellent facilities and wonderful, supportive students! The structure and organization of the courses is also exceptional!"

    Prerna Mankad
  • "I find the course to be very relevant for the real-world, practicing with online teaching is just a a plus. Somehow i feel more confident to step into a classroom but also to teach online."

    Raluca, Romanian

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