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ISAL - Institute of Tourism, Administration and Languages - Portugal
Description organisation:

ISAL is a non integrated Private Polytechnic establishment of Higher Studies. Its genesis dates back to 1971, a period when other institutions of Teaching and Professional Studies were created in Lisbon and which developed synergies that were determinant for the organization and functioning of ISAL in Madeira. In 1984, the Regional Secretary of Education of the Autonomous Region of Madeira granted the needed permission for this Institute to function. This way, the very first private institution of pos-secondary studies was born in the Region. The creation and functioning of ISAL were authorized by the adequate Ministry that in 1989 recognised the ISAL, being CENIL – Centro de Línguas, LDA, its Title Entity (Decree n.º 801/89), approved its study plans for the private and higher teaching and proceeded to recognising the diplomas issued by the courses learnt at ISAL The ISAL also develops, together with the higher studies of tourism and management, several complementary or connected activities to that level of studies, namely in the areas that allow the perfecting and counselling in management and tourism. We value our performance as a positive one once it has allowed to surpass some national and regional gaps, as officially stated by the Regional Secretary of Education and the Regional Secretary of Tourism and Culture, namely in what concerns the need of these degrees in Madeira Autonomous Region. Among the several goals of ISAL we name: Forming managers and high level technicians, scientifically and technically prepared to work in the enterprise and other organisations; Promoting the constant perfecting of managers and technicians who are already working in enterprises and other organisations, through the conception and execution of short and long length courses and of formation programmes within the enterprise and other organisations, prepared in accordance with their real and specific needs; Making fundamental research to suit the domains of sciences and management techniques and tourism also; Revealing the knowledge and scientific innovations in the area of management. As to make possible the goals above stated, the ISAL adopted the following guide lines: The constant perfecting of its activity in the areas of research, of teaching and of permanent formation in the areas of management and tourism, as to enlarge and consolidate its nature of upper studies school of management and tourism, in direct and dynamic connection with the enterprises and other organisations; The human, scientific and technical preparation of its students and other participants in sessions and formation studies developing in them a spirit of innovation and open mind in what concerns the change and capacity to interpret and critically intervene in the community where the enterprise or organisation is settled and to whom they will render their activity. The integration of our students in the active life is another goal that has guided our performance. Therefore, all the courses provided by ISAL, include a curricular training in its study plan. Nowadays, ISAL offers degrees, adequate to Bologna and several post-graduations.
Address: Rua do Comboio, nº 5
Funchal 9000-053, Madeira
Contact person: Sancha de Campanella

To prepare adequate professionals to work in the world of tourism and hotel management, with a high level of insertion in the labour market. To develop the capacity to answer to the occasional and structural alterations that characterise the touristic sector of nowadays. To know balanced forms of management of the economical resources, considering the challenges made to this company sector. To provide the hotel industry market with specialised human resources which will contribute to the improvement of the quality of the services offered. The future professional activities correspond to the several working needs in the various departments of the hotel industry, namely in the Direction, Management and Administration Departments. Besides lodging companies, future professional activities may also include: Tour Operators, Central and Regional Departments of Tourism, Sea and Air Transport Companies, Rent-a-car, Management of Touristic Enterprises, projects specialised in the area of the entertainment industry, organisation of events, public and private entities of touristic promotion.

Under Graduate:


Hotel Management, Management, Turism

Post Graduate:

Number of students: Approx. 350 students
Main teaching language: Portuguese
Other teaching language:


Students facilities and other practical information

ISAL has excellent facilities for the development of its activity.

Computers: ISAL has an informatics class with computers for the students

Students can have free Internet access (Wi-Fi) in the building
ECTS: ISAL operates with the ECTS system

Insurance: All registered students will be covered by personal accident insurance
Term dates:

The academic year is divided into two semesters, each with assessments per subject. Usually starts in the beginning of October and ends in the last week of June.

Students's accomodation

ISAL has a structure that supports all international students to obtain accommodation in the Island of Madeira according to the options of each one. Students can decide for the ISAL academic residence accommodation, which is just a few meters from the campus, thus avoiding additional transportation costs. Our residence has: cozy, family friendly atmosphere priority and special prices for ISAL students double or triple rooms separation between female and male includes bed and bath linen Includes internet wi-fi, cable tv, water, electricity and gas regular cleaning of common spaces wide area of study individual study area

Research interests

Research and public intervention in the fields of Management and Tourism. Goals: Scientific articles and their submission to publication in national and international journals; Other publications, namely books, book chapters, working papers; Participation and presentation of communications in national and international conferences and meetings; Organization of seminars, lectures and conferences; Intervention in the media.

Key words:
  • Management;
  • Hotel Management
  • Tourism
  • Tourism planning and development
  • tourism economics
Modification date: Friday, 03 May 2019

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