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Discover why you should consider to study in Portugal. Enjoy a full experience of high-quality education and a fantastic destination!

Many students are being attracted to Portugal, to the scientific, technological, engineering and mathematics areas. Portugal is offering world-class teaching since its higher education institutions are being increasingly world-recognised.

Portugal is a country with a vast history, culture and a relaxed and modern lifestyle that offers security, good climate and reasonable living costs. Thus, it will be a good option if you want to study in Portugal to add value to your resume!

Growing number of students looking for Portugal

More and more students are looking for Portugal to study. Nowadays, most of the foreign students are mainly from Brazil, Portuguese-speaking African countries and from others countries, but want to learn Portuguese (since it’s the 4th largest spoken language in the world).

Some students, after registering in Portugal, take advantage of the Erasmus Programme to do a part of the course at a higher education institution in another European country – this is an important gateway to Europe.

Reasons to study in Portugal

Accommodation

When studying in Portugal, you need accommodation and its prices will depend on the location and conditions of the accommodation.

Usually the most cheap accommodation is the Student residences, that part of the institutions of higher education offers in various locations of the city. There are few residences for students on the university campus.

Another form of accommodation consists of renting a room or a flat. Rooms are often in private homes and renting a flat mean sharing it with other students. These two options can also be cheap solutions.

The offer of rooms and flats can be found on notice boards on the universities and polytechnics premisses or on the Internet, either on generalist sites such as olx.pt, remax.pt, era.pt or on specialized websites for students, such as uniplaces.com, Home-4-students.com.

Health Care 

In Portugal there is the Sistema Nacional de Saúde (SNS) (National health Service), which consists of a network of public services (involving hospitals, health centers, etc.) that provides health care to the population. To Use SNS services:

  • Portuguese students must have the National Health Service user card;
  • European Union countries students need to have the European Health Insurance card;
  • Non-EU countries students must have residence permits for more than 90 days or be from a Country of origin who has bilateral agreement with Portugal.

The students who have health insurance can also access medical care in Portugal.

In case of emergency: free call 112 – National Emergency Number.

Money and Banks

Special arrangements between banks and universities are common. Therefore, to raise money, as a rule, it will be more economical if you open an account and use cards from Portuguese bank, than if you use cards from banks based abroad.

To open a bank account, you usually need to present: your address in Portugal; the Passport/ID Card and the Portuguese Taxpayer Card. These documents can be obtained from a Citizen bureau.

More Information about Portugal

You can find more useful information about Portugal, such as transportation, timetables, restaurants, museums and others at the end of this page.

Requirements for study in Portugal

The main requirements for studying in Portugal are:

  • Students from European Union countries whose stay is more than 90 days, need to obtain a residence permit. Obtained the Residence card, which is valid for 1 year and can be renewed for equal periods;
  • Students from non-EU countries, before travelling to Portugal, need to have a study visa (obtained in the country of origin at the Portuguese Consulate). When they arrive in Portugal, these students must inform the Foreigners and Borders Service of the time they will study in this Country.

Within the Schengen Area students can move if they have a study visa, allowing them to travel and meet new countries.

More information: At the Foreigners and Borders Service (www.sef.pt).

What’s the best university for you?

Choosing a higher education establishment is a very important decision for your academic and professional future.

STRUCTURE OF Higher Education in Portugal

Higher education in Portugal is structured as follows:

  • According to the principles of Bologna, in university education and polytechnic education;
  • The institutions that teach the courses can be public, private or cooperative;
  • The academic qualifications obtained are Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (taught by universities and Polytechnics) and PhD (taught by universities).

PORTUGUESE UNIVERSITIES AMONG THE BEST IN THE WORLD

Quacquarelli Symonds-2018 analyzed 3,500 universities according to criteria, such as academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations by professors, relationship between professors and students. According to the analysis, the following classification was obtained:

  • 301 place – Universidade do Porto;
  • 305 position – Universidade de Lisboa;
  • 361 place – Universidade Nova de Lisboa;
  • 401 and 410 place (in the range) – Universidade de Coimbra;
  • 501-550 position (in the range) – Universidade de Aveiro;
  • 651 and 700 place (in the range) – Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon);
  • 651-700 position (in the range) – Universidade do Minho.

Did you know that… the Universidade de Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world? It has been operation since 1290.

Top Universities by teaching Areas

According to the aforementioned study by Quacquarelli Symonds), by teaching areas, the following universities stand out:

A. Arts & Humanities

  • Architecture: Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho;
  • History: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto and Universidade do Minho;
  • Modern Languages: Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon) and Universidade do Minho;

B. Engineering & Technology

  • Civil and Structural Engineering: Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Minho, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Instituto Superior Técnico (in Lisbon);
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho;

C. Life Sciences & Medicine

  • Medicine: Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho.
  • Agriculture and Forestry: Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Lisboa,Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon), Universidade de Aveiro and Universidade de Évora;

D. Natural Sciences

  • Mathematics: Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho;
  • Chemistry: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho;

E. Social Sciences & Management

  • Accounting and Finance: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon), Universidade do Porto, Universidade do Minho and Universidade de Coimbra;
  • Economy: Universidade do Porto, Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon), Universidade do Minho, Universidade de Coimbra and Universidade de Lisboa;
  • Law: Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade de Lisboa, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Universidade do Porto and Universidade Católica Portuguesa (in Lisbon);

F. Other Higher Education Institutions – in these or other areas

In Portugal, we also highlight the ISCTE – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI), Universidade do Algarve, Universidade dos Açores and Universidade da Madeira.

Polytechnic Education Institutions

There are several higher education establishments of the polytechnic subsystem spread throughout the Country, of which we highlight the Instituto Politécnico do Porto, Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Instituto Politécnico de Viseu, Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal and Instituto Politécnico de Beja, among others.

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