Thanks to its unique combination of location, climate, history, safety, cost of living and the quality of its universities and infrastructure, Portugal offers an unparalleled location for study abroad for international students.
Why study in Portugal?
1. Wide selection of institutions, disciplines and courses
Portugal has a long tradition in higher education, being home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290. Higher education in Portugal is divided into university education and polytechnic education, both public and private. The national network comprises around 140 higher education institutions, offering a wide range of courses and opportunities for students from around the world.
2. Enjoy a relaxed, affordable and safe lifestyle
Portuguese people are well known for being welcoming and friendly, and enjoy a relaxed, sociable lifestyle. Living costs in Portugal are also relatively low compared to other countries in Western Europe - Lisbon is one of the cheapest cities in the EU – ranking 2nd and 6th in the years 2010 and 2011, among 35 cities polled. And Portugal is also one of Europe’s safest countries, rated as the 18th safest country in the world (2014 Global Peace Index).
3. Experience a vibrant history and culture
Portugal exhibits a unique blend of Old and New World charms. From Lisbon’s picturesque cobbled streets and yellow trams to Porto’s unique blend of modern and Baroque architecture, there is plenty to explore and experience in Portugal.
4. The Portuguese language can open doors around the world
Portuguese is the world’s fourth most spoken language. It also has one of the highest growth rates as a second language in the internet, social networks and learning as a foreign language. Currently there are 250 million Portuguese speakers, representing about 3.7% of the world’s population and holding approximately 4% of the total wealth.
5. Part of the Europe Union and the European Higher Education Area
Portugal is signed up to the Bologna accord and its higher education system is now divided into three cycles of studies: Licenciatura (1st cycle), Mestrado (2nd Cycle) and Doutoramento (3rd cycle). Portuguese universities use the ECTS grading system and credits can be transferred between institutions in different countries.
For more information on Portuguese Higher Education and studying in Portugal, see the Study in Portugal website: http://www.studyinportugal.edu.pt/