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Why Study in Portugal?!

Excellence Universities

Since Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe and its capital being Lisbon which is a city older than Rome, it is interesting to know that  Europe’s oldest university is in “Coimbra” the 3rd largest city in Portugal and it is house’s  over 20,000 students.

Lisbon offers students a qualified network of both public and private universities and research centers, promoting close collaboration with higher education institutions of international standing (such as MIT or Carnegie Mellon). The Lisbon MBA was created through a partnership between the Nova University of Lisbon, the Catholic University of Portugal, and the MIT Sloan School of Management, considered the 52nd best in the world by the Financial Times ranking. The city also offers several other top executive programs. Universities and research centers in Lisbon intensively encourage exchange between teachers, students and researchers through various international cooperation programs, especially Erasmus.

All over the country there are universities with excellent track records and reputations. Just to count a few: the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa earned a place in the QS ranking of the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years old, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) has a world-class Masters in Management, and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) has been a leading European architecture school for decades and also University of Minho in the north which is one the high ranked Universities in Europe.

A big scene for International Students

There is a great support system for international students in Lisbon. You can connect with ESN Lisboa (if you are an Erasmus student) or with Study in Lisbon, and you will get help with your integration process. You can even apply to have a “mentor” through the Buddy Program, which means that you can have at least one friend from the moment you set foot in Lisbon.

Plus, you get to attend a lot of student events (check an eye on the Lisbon’s section to stay updated about the events), thanks to the city of Lisbon being such an important academic city. This is sure to make your stay unforgettable!

Tuition Fees

The annual tuition fees of universities for bachelors is: between 2,000 to 9,000 and for the master’s degree are between 2,000 and 9,000 euros and for the PhD level is 2,750 euros, which is also obtained in installments throughout the year from students (the possibility of obtaining scholarships, especially for doctoral degrees, but there is no guarantee, but the academic competence and resume of the student is decisive). Fees vary between subjects and universities.

Work Permit during your studies

Portugal permits PHD and master students like other Portuguese citizens to work full time without preconditions, which is not the case in any European country such as Spain, Italy and France! However, the student needs an authorization from SEF. Also EU/EEA students are allowed to work in Portugal without any restrictions or time limit. Students from outside the EU/EEA can take up part-time employment (up to 20 hours/week) or in full-time employment during vacations

Citizenship and Permanent Residency

The main advantage of Portugal over other European countries is that in Portugal, after 5 years of temporary/student residency, applicant can achieve a permanent residency, and after the end of the 6th year of the full period of residence, applicants will be eligible to apply for Portuguese citizenship (passport). However, in countries like Spain and Italy applicant needs 10 years from the start of temporary residence in order to be eligible to apply for permanent residency.

Without IELTS or TOEFL

Obtaining admission without a language certificate is also a possibility.

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