Study in Portugal

Why Study in portugal ?

Portugal is the westernmost country in Europe and its borders are constituted by the Atlantic Ocean (West and South) and Spain (North and East). The country is small maybe not so much when you think in European standards – but it is very rich in culture and nature.

Portugal has an interesting history and it is amazing to think that such a small country had such a successful Age of Discovery for the Kingdom of Portugal from 1415 to 1542.

But speaking in recent facts, why should you consider Portugal when looking for a country to study abroad?

1.) Portugal has one of the oldest universities in the world, dated from 1290. The university is in Coimbra and its Law, Sociology and Philosophy courses are considered one of the best in the world;
2.) The Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES) – Centre for Social Studies/Coimbra and Lisbon – is very respected and offers PhDs in many fields. As well as many job offers for young researchers from time to time
3.) Porto has a famous school of architecture that mix modernism with the local/old architecture and the most known names of this current are Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura;
4.) Lisbon has its tradition related not only with the Social Sciences but also with Engineering;
5.) Évora, located on the beautiful region of Alentejo, has also a strong tradition with Social Sciences;
6.) Another important point: Portugal is still a cheap country compared with others in Western Europe. So if money is an issue for you to study abroad, Portugal is a place that you really should consider
7.) Although you can attend to courses in English you will have the possibility to learn Portuguese. And Portuguese is a language that is spoken today by nearly 273 million people and it is the official language for nine countries (Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe).
8.) By learning the language you might be able to enjoy the music. The “Fado” can be sad or nostalgic in the beggining but give a little time and we are sure that you will be able to appreciate.
9.) If you enjoy sightseeing Portugal can be a little box full of big surprises. You will have the stunning landscapes from the D’Ouro Region on the North to the beaches on the South that will leave you speechless, and in the middle, the Serra da Estrela, highest mountain in Continental Portugal. Not to mention the Azores and Madeira Island, far from the continent, close in the warm way to treat people. And there are still the historical sights in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Palmela, Évora and historical forts turned into villages like Almeida.
10.) And the last, but not least: the gastronomy. Food and wine are serious things in Portugal. The “bacalhau” (cod fish) is by far the most famous ingredient in the country and portuguese people say that there are 1001 ways to prepare it. But not only cod fish makes the Portuguese cuisine special. With its coast it is obvious that fish is an important part of their menu but pork and goat are very easy to find on restaurants as well. And the wine? Well, each area says yours is better. There are the world famous Port Wine and Moscatel from Setubal, but the wine list is infinite… Maybe you will need to go in person, spend some time, and try for yourself .

General Information

Applications for student visas must be submitted to the nearest Portuguese Consulate. Once processed, the request if forwarded to the immigration authorities in Portugal for consideration. Visas are issued once final approval is received from the immigration authorities. This process may take from 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the case.

Documents to Be Submitted arranged in the following order:

Visa application form should be primarily filled out thru the following link:

1.Fill out the application form; sign twice (nº. 37 and bottom of page). If the applicant cannot appear in person (if residing more than 2 hours away by car), the signature on the visa form must be notarized by an American Notary Public. Please indicate a daytime phone number.

2.A recent color photograph must accompany the application form.

3.Certified copies of passport or official travel document valid for at least 3 months beyond date of intended stay in Portugal. The original document must be submitted once visa is approved.

4.Documents confirming enrollment, stating type and length of courses to be taken in Portugal.

5.Confirmed Accommodation: from the inviting institution if on campus or confirmed hotel reservations, stating name, address and telephone number of the hotel, including confirmation number.

6.Proof of financial support; Bank statements (electronic print outs are accepted);

7.Criminal Record Certificate (for applicants older than 15
8. Proof of medical insurance valid for Portugal.

9. Airline tickets or reservations.


  • The majority of Portuguese Higher Education Institutions offer accommodation in Student Residences. These are usually spread out around the city/town. Higher Education Institution campuses which include housing facilities are rare in Portugal.
    Although the easiest and often cheapest option for students is to stay in Students’ Residence, you may want to rent your own room/flat. If so, check:
  • local newspapers (e.g. Ocasião)
  • Internet (e.g. EasyQuarto; BQuarto; Erasmus Lisboa, OLX, etc.)
  • Pin-walls inside Higher Education Institutions buildings’

Sharing a flat with other students is very common in Portugal. Prices vary significantly depending on the city (Lisbon is e.g. more expensive than other Portuguese cities) and the area (living in the outskirts is, obviously, less expensive than living in town centre). Prices range roughly from 150€ up to 350€ depending on location, facilities, and the landlord’s common sense!