Study in Portugal offers an impressive variety of higher education opportunities. Students flock to this beautiful nation due to its rich culture and globally recognized university system; furthermore, Portugal boasts an extremely welcoming multicultural environment that makes for an ideal living experience.
In total, there are 50 universities and more than 80 polytechnics across the country. Universities typically focus on theoretical studies while polytechnics provide vocational programs.
Both types of universities charge tuition fees which depend on the institution and degree level. Private institutions generally charge more than public universities; on average students can expect to pay between EUR 900 (INR 75,000-INR 130,000) annually for undergraduate courses and around 6,000 (INR 6,18,000) annually for graduate programmes.
Portugal universities welcome applications from international students and EU nationals alike, beginning the admissions process by publishing the number of available vacancies and terms and conditions of study for EU students. They may even qualify for scholarships that reduce costs while studying there.
Most undergraduate courses are taught in Portuguese, so it is essential that students possess an in-depth knowledge of this language before enrolling for courses taught in it. Students without this language proficiency may take classes to improve their language abilities before applying.
At postgraduate level, many universities also provide English classes. It would be wise to inquire directly with individual schools as to their practices in this regard.
Bachelor’s degrees in Portugal typically last three to four years and provide students with a solid grounding in their chosen field of study. Some universities even provide internship opportunities that give students hands-on experience that may make them more marketable job candidates after graduating.
Graduates with bachelor’s or master’s degrees can participate in PhD programmes. To be accepted into such an intensive programme, candidates must write a research thesis and present it before an expert panel. Only the top performers typically secure employment within academia after successfully completing this step.
Portugal is part of the Schengen area and therefore does not require students from EU/EEA countries to secure a visa to enter. However, it is advisable that students carry their passport or ID at all times as it may be needed when entering certain sites of interest. As part of accessing Portugal’s national health service, EU and EEA citizens will require a healthcare card known as ‘Cartao do Utente’ – you should arrange this card before arriving in Portugal. With it comes free or discounted healthcare options. Non-EU citizens living in Portugal may apply for a residence permit upon arriving. As this process can be complex, it is wise to consult your embassy before considering moving here and seeking their advice as to any specific requirements they need to fulfill.