International schools in Portugal are divided into private Portuguese schools and English-language international schools; private Portuguese schools aim to teach in Portuguese so that students can attend university. The academic standards at these schools are GCSE and PSAT/SAT.
Preschool education in Portugal lasts from 3 to 5 years and is optional, and there are public and private kindergartens. Public kindergartens in this country are free, private kindergartens charge fees. Primary education is an integral part of the state education system. Educational goals in this area include children’s emotional stability, development of social, intellectual and motor skills, health habits, dealing with deficits and inappropriate behavior in children, and the complementary role of family education.
Primary education in Portugal lasts four years and covers ages 6 to 10, while preparatory secondary education lasts two years and covers ages 10 to 12. Students who are able to attend a higher level remain in preparatory secondary education until age 14. Primary education is compulsory for all children who turn 6 by September 15 of the school year. Primary education is free in this country when it is part of compulsory state education, and no school fees are charged for it.
In the Portuguese education system, scholarships are awarded mainly for master’s and doctoral programmers. The tourism industry is very important in Portugal, and jobs related to the tourism industry are very good options for students; you can work in hotels and guesthouses.
The difference between public and international schools in Portugal
As in all countries, Portugal has a large proportion of schools that are both public and private. Portuguese public schools give priority to enrolling students who live in the surrounding area. However, in special cases, students who do not live in the area may be admitted. For enrollment in private Portuguese schools, you can enroll your child in any school, regardless of where you live. In Portuguese schools, both public and private, classes are taught in Portuguese, but for foreign students there are special Portuguese learning courses to learn Portuguese faster.
This type of school accepts Portuguese and foreign students. The curriculum follows the international curriculum, the language of instruction is English, and in some schools some lessons are taught in Portuguese to help younger students learn Portuguese better. These schools are more expensive than Portuguese schools because they offer high quality services. Services such as:
- Smaller classes with a smaller number of students and more privacy
- Better opportunities
- Numerous extracurricular activities
- A richer international space