Study in Portugal

Study in Portugal

With a history of higher education spanning several centuries, Portugal has a wealth of experience in providing high quality degree programmes. Partner that with the welcoming culture of the Portuguese people and the country becomes the perfect place for an international student to pursue a degree.

Why Study in Portugal?

Adopting the Bologna Process, Portugal has worked hard to ensure that their higher education is of a high standard. You will find both public and private higher education institutions. These tend to be split into two types; universities and polytechnics. Universities are research focused and offer degrees such as medicine, natural sciences and law. Polytechnics provide vocational training for professions, such as nursing, accounting and teaching. Both types of institution offer three awards; Licenciado (bachelors), Mestre (masters) and Doutor (doctorate).Entry into Portuguese universities can be competitive, with all applicants having to sit an entrance exam. You will find 4 of Portugal’s universities in the 2019 QS World University rankings top 500, with the University of Porto ranked the highest at 328th place. The oldest university in Portugal is the University of Coimbra, and is ranked at 407th place.

About Portugal

Located in mainland Europe and on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is one of the oldest states in Europe. Portugal established the first global empire in the 15th and 16th centuries. This made them one of the world’s major economic, military and political powers. In 1910, a revolution deposed the monarchy, meaning that Portugal became a democratic state. Portugal’s exploration has left elements of their culture all over the world. Portugal is a member of the European Union and the United Nations, and was a founding member of NATO, the Eurozone and the OECD. It is a well developed country, with a high-income advanced economy and high living standards. It is renowned for being peaceful and stable, ranking highly in terms of democracy, social progress, moral freedom and prosperity, as well as many other desirable factors.

Study Costs

Portugal uses the Euro (€) as its currency. Institutions in Portugal are highly supported by the government. This means that tuition fees are lower than some other European countries. Both public and private institutions are allowed to set their own tuition fees, but a public institution will be less expensive. If you study at a private university, you will most likely pay monthly fees, and at a public university you will most likely pay annual tuition fees. EU and international students should expect to pay between €950 and €1,250 per year for bachelors and masters degrees, and between €2,500 and €3,000 for doctorate degrees. You may be eligible for a scholarship, check with your institution for scholarships on offer.

Living in Portugal

EU students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full time during the holidays, so you may be able to supplement your living costs. This should not be relied on to finance your studies however. If you wish to get a job, some knowledge of the Portuguese language would be helpful.

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