Ever thought of taking your ATPL course in Portugal?

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Portugal is one of Europe’s most appealing destinations. It has a beautiful coastline, rich history and culture… And a great student life! Portugal offers a unique set of advantages for learners including:

  • Low tuition costs
  • Affordable living
  • Safety (4th safest country in the world)
  • Wonderful weather

Just imagine feeling like you are on a vacation while studying to become a pilot. It doesn’t take much effort to figure out why over 50,000 students from all around the world have already decided to study here. Let’s dig deeper into their reasons:


Living Costs

Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Western Europe making it easy to have a comfortable lifestyle for a relatively modest price. Just as an example, living in Lisbon is 45% cheaper than living in London!

Food is relatively cheap throughout Portugal and should cost you no more than €100. Fresh fish, chicken, fruits, and vegetables are all reasonably priced. An average restaurant meal costs around €7.

Accommodation is not expensive either. You can get an apartment for less €600 or a room for €300 even in built-up city areas. Shared apartments and rooms can be even cheaper.



Tuition in Portugal is low compared to other European countries. That said, the courses are aligned with the widely recognized Bologna Process and the license you earn is recognized across all European countries.


Portugal: A Great Country To Study In

If you want to have a well-rounded, quality education while living in a beautiful country and, perhaps, learning a new language, studying in Portugal is a no-brainer. Especially so considering the added bonus of being able to enjoy great food and wine!

Becoming an Airline Pilot in Portugal

If flying is your dream, at Global Flight School, we can take you from having no flight experience to having an ATPL which you can use to knock on European airlines’ doors.

As part of the process, you will go through up to 241 hours of practical training including up to 210 hours of actual flight time. You will also attend ground school, in Lisbon, where you will learn all the theory from communications and flight planning, through aviation law and operational procedures, all the way to meteorology and navigation.

Certifications and Qualifications You’ll Earn
  • Private pilot license with a single-engine piston (land) rating
  • Night rating
  • Single-engine instrument rating
  • Multi-engine (land) rating
  • Multi-engine instrument rating
  • Team cooperation certificate
  • Aeronautical degree credits
  • UPRT (Upset Prevention and Recovery Training)
  • “Frozen” ATPL
Eligibility Requirements
  • Be able to legally reside in the EU during the training
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of license issuance
  • Complete secondary (or equivalent) education
  • Clean criminal record
  • Class 1 medical certificate

…and passing a selection process that includes:

  • English, mathematics, and physics tests
  • Psychometric test
  • Individual interview

Why Should You Take the ATPL Airline Pilot Course?

Getting an Airline Pilot License (ATPL) is the fastest way to achieve your dream and launch into a promising career.
  • Takes 20 or 22 months, depending on which of our courses you choose
  • Taught by a team of veterans, ready to lead you to success
  • Gets you multiple certifications and qualifications allowing you to start your pilot career with confidence

Did you know? When it comes to becoming a pilot, going to university is not the best option…

If you choose to get a university degree you will need at least 36 months to complete it (60, if you choose a master’s degree). What’s worse, after completing it, you will still need to get an ATPL license to be a pilot. The early bird gets the worm, so, if your goal is to be a pilot, an ATPL course should be your top option.

Why Choose Global Flight School?


Up to 100% financing (little to no out-of-pocket payment)

4 different ATPL programs (choose the best for you)

Courses taught by industry veterans

Personalized approach

State-of-the-art equipment

Exciting place to study

Global Flight School is the perfect place for you to take the first step toward your new jet-setting life.

Interested in becoming an airline pilot in Portugal?