Salesianos do Porto

International Relations Office

Foreign student admissions

The focus of the International Relations Office (IRO) is to welcome International Families to Salesianos do Porto. 

In our school, the integration of a foreign student also implies the integration of the family. We want the whole family to find in us a second home, where everyone belongs and has a place to be, a place where one’s heritage, story, language and culture are protected and nurtured.

What is the IRO strategic approach?

  • To welcome families and organize their visit to the school premises in a personalized way
  • To inform and guide the application process of foreign students, upon the arrival of the family
  • To provide close support in the adaptation and integration process
  • Create a working group with pivotal elements of the educational community linked to the foreign student’s studies and activities at school (Pedagogical Director, Head teachers, ArtiSport, Teacher of Portuguese as a Second Language and Educational Assistants), in order to be informed and constantly updated in a comprehensive way on the integration and adaptation process
  • Guide new students and their families in the adaptation processe, promoting a constant approach and dialogue, in order to align the family's experience in the city with the student's experience at school
  • Develop educational programmes, such as Portuguese language courses for Foreigners for families together with events and meetings with other foreign families and the Portuguese community
Development and Maintenance
  • Organize cultural sharing activities in the classroom, which can facilitate the promotion and dissemination of both culture and language of the foreign student, encouraging Portuguese student’s familiarity, harmony and respect
  • Promote the participation of Salesianos do Porto’s students, teachers and staff in international mobility programmes and networks

Where do our students come from?


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What our families say about us

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The Salesianos do Porto is a second home for our family where our children have been able to make friends from all over the world and where they feel safe and integrated. We thank the entire Salesian community for their interest and great welcome to our family!!!!

Silverio Justo

I am thankful for Salesianos because all the staff was very attentive to my children and helped them incredibly with the language barrier, communication and acceptance of the rules. They have made new friends, they already know how to speak Portuguese after only 10 months, and they love going to school. Thank you so much to all the staff at the school.

Maria Dyakonova

Salesianos is a very good school because there are a lot of people that can speak both English and Portuguese. The staff always care about the students and try to help everyone that has difficulties. The teachers teach very well and the students understand the concepts very well and fast. The teachers know everyone’s personalities, so it makes school way better.

Rika Kurihara