Top-notch education on the west coast of Europe
Portugal is located next to Spain in South-West Europe, and it borders the Atlantic Ocean. The ocean has influenced its’ culture greatly, and in the past, the country had its’ own maritime empire. The warm climate, colourful culture, history and scenery make it a popular tourist destination year round.
The higher education system of Portugal is made up of two main subsystems: polytechnic education and university. These two include public and private universities and university institutes, polytechnic institutions and other types of higher education institutes. The main difference between the two systems is that the university system places more of an emphasis on theory and research, while the non-university system focuses more on practical training and is mostly profession-oriented.
All higher education institutions have a number of extraordinary admission processes for international students which can vary based on the institution and course department.
Compared to other European countries, the cost of studying is slightly lower on average. Both public and private institutes charge a tuition fee from their students, which the institution is free to set itself. In general, public institutions tend to be more affordable, with a fee of around 1000 euros per year.
Balancing out tuition fees is the fact that Portugal is one of the cheapest European countries to live in, and with the addition of the various student benefits, the country is a very good choice for international students.
For leisure time, Portugal offers everything from vibrant city life with many fantastic restaurants, shops and nightlife to experiencing the beautiful scenery. And of course, with its’ long coastline, there are plenty of beaches to spend a relaxing day or two and enjoy some of the freshest fish-based dishes you’ll ever have!
Top 3 reasons to study in Portugal
- The opportunity to learn a language spoken by 273 million people
- Great cuisine and wines
- The locals are open and welcoming
Did you know this about Portugal?
- Within the scope of the Portuguese Empire, the Portuguese founded the oldest engineering school of Latin America in 1792.
- Portugal was the first colonial power to abolish slavery.
- Portugal’s national dish is bacalhau, dried and salted cod, and there are reputed to be 365 different ways of cooking it – one for each day of the year.