ICI is open year-round. We only close for national and regional holidays. New groups are put together every Monday.

We offer group courses, individual courses, and preparatory courses to take the CELPE-Bras. We also offer pronunciation workshops and special classes on Brazilian culture.

Each session lasts 50 minutes. The group classes are arranged in 4 sessions, from Monday to Friday. Individual courses can be arranged for 2 (two), 4 (four) or 6 (six) sessions per day. In addition, we also offer a package of “light” courses that offer greater scheduling flexibility – the student can choose, depending on course availability, which days and times they would like to take classes.

Group Courses

Group courses: maximum of 8 students, minimum of 3, 20 sessions per week, from Monday to Friday.

Schedule – Morning: 9:00 am – 12:40 pm

Break: 10:40 am – 11:00 am (20 minutes)

Group courses are very dynamic and interactive, and focus on conversation practice.

Note: If there is only one student registered in a group, the schedule will be from 9:00 am – 10:40 am (2 sessions); if there are only 2 students, the schedule will be from 9:00 am – 11:50 am (3 sessions).

Combined (COMBO) Courses

This is a good option for those who wish to spend time with other students in the group classes, but who also want to have individual classes, in order to be able to clear up individual questions, or get more conversational and phonetic practice.

There are two types of combo courses:

COMBO 1 – 4 sessions per day, from Monday to Friday, in group in the morning + 1 individual session in the afternoon.

COMBO 2 – 4 sessions per day, from Monday to Friday, in group in the morning + 2 individual sessions in the afternoon.

Individual Classes

Individual classes are a good option for those who prefer to learn at their own pace, or who need to learn more quickly, or even for those who want to learn specific vocabulary, such as Portuguese for Business.

Classroom material can be discussed with the instructor, allowing the student the opportunity to choose topics that interest them, or to adapt instruction so that it is more efficient and pleasant for the student.

The following options are available: “Light” individual courses – two daily sessions, from Monday to Friday, normally in the afternoon between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm (morning classes are subject to classroom and instructor availability) Regular individual courses – four daily sessions, from Monday to Friday, from 8:50 am to 12:30 pm, or from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Intensive individual courses – six daily sessions from Monday to Friday.

Four sessions from 9:00 am to 12:40 pm, and then two afternoon sessions from 1:30 pm to 3:10 pm. Classes in the evening or on Saturdays

Evening or Saturday classes can be individual or group classes, if registered together. These courses are made-to-measure for those who want to learn Portuguese on a different schedule due to working or studying during the day.

The package of evening classes includes 10 sessions of individual lessons, 2 sessions for each meeting, and the student can choose on which days of the week (from Monday to Friday) they would like to take classes.

The package of Saturday classes includes 16 sessions of individual or group classes, 4 sessions for each meeting.

Course schedule:

Evening Classes: Between 5:00 and 7:00 pm

Classes on Saturdays: from 8:50 am to 12:30 pm

Classes in the evening and on saturdays

They can be held individually or in groups, if the students are registered together. This builds the option for those who could not attend normal classes because of work or studies.

The option to have classes in the evening consists of 10 individual classes, 2 hours every class. The student can choose on which day inside the week he will show up( monday to Friday).

The classes on saturday consist of 16 individual classes, 4 hours every class.


Classes in the evening: between 5pm and 7pm
Classes on saturday: From 8:50am until 12:30am

Online classes using Skype

Online classes are the perfect option for those who, for whatever reason, cannot come to the school. They are dynamic classes that focus on conversation practice. The classes are generally in the afternoon, from Monday to Friday, using Skype, and can be organized according to availability for the student and our instructors. We offer a package of a minimum of 10 sessions, depending on the availability of our instructors, and the students can choose what days and how often during the week they would like to take classes.

Before beginning the course:

  • * You should make sure that your connection is adequate for using Skype.
  • * You need to be familiar with Skype’s operation and functions.
  • * You need to have a good microphone.
  • * Webcam use is optional.

Courses in Portuguese as a Foreign Language for Children and Teens

To begin this course, the student has to visit the school with their parent or guardian, who has to carry out the registration for the student and sign a parental authorization form for them. Our instructors are experienced in teaching children, and will create a specific course for these students. The classes can be either group or individual, depending on student and instructor availability. We offer flexible scheduling for morning or evening classes. We aim for our students to start their studies using scenes from daily life for young people of their age. The instruction is pleasant and motivating, using fun educational activities like role-playing, games and excursions.

Courses in Portuguese for Expatriates

This course was created for foreign business executives or their families that have been relocated to Brazil. These can be group or individual classes, and they can be held at the school or at the business that has requested the classes. This course is put together to meet the specific needs of the student. It can be focused on business, and cover general topics.

Pronunciation Workshop

The objective of our pronunciation workshop is to teach our students to distinguish between the sounds of their native language and correctly pronounce the sounds of Portuguese. We also practice enunciation and the rhythm of speech during the course. This workshop is provided on request, 10 sessions over a week, from Monday to Friday, with between 2 and 6 students per group.

Preparation Course for the CELPE-Bras Exam

The objective of this course is to prepare students for the proficiency certificate exam for Portuguese as a second language, in Brazil. The exam was created by the Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), in cooperation with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE). It is internationally recognized, and evaluates speaking and writing ability, in various situations of daily life. The student must have a minimum level of Intermediate II to be able to start the preparatory course. The course takes a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 4 weeks to complete. The levels of classification in the exam are the following:

– Intermediate

– Upper Intermediate

– Advanced

– Upper Advanced

Exam data:
The exam is held twice a year, at the end of April and at the end of October at the Federal Universities of Brazil. Registration for the exam must be made by the interested student, through the website: http://portal.inep.gov.br/celpebras

Note: Registration start date and exact exam data are not disclosed in advance.
Applications are open in February and August.