Studying in Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon at a glance

Study abroad in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, a city older than London, Paris and Rome, and you will be provided with excellent academic training by some of the best universities in Europe. Pursue your dream study at any degree level in Lisbon - a green city with beautiful scenery, lively atmosphere, welcoming people, with one of the cheapest living costs in the EU.


Studying in Lisbon

Universities in Lisbon use mainly Portuguese as the language of instruction, especially for Bachelor’s programmes, but many English-taught courses are available for Master’s and PhD levels.

Study programmes that are taught in English are mainly in management, economics, chemistry, materials engineering, environmental studies, information networking and others. The rest of subject areas available for specialisations cover disciplines like: architecture, informatics engineering, economics, mathematics, health sciences, law, political sciences, management, and more.

Find diverse study diplomas, certificates and short courses covering diverse student needs and career goals.

Research centres promote a close collaboration with well-regarded international higher education institutions such as MIT. Universities in the city offer several other top quality MBAs and executive MBAs. Universities in Lisbon encourage exchange initiatives between teachers, students and researchers through cooperation programmes, such as Erasmus.


Career opportunities in Lisbon

Lisbon is a renowned global city, being an important hub for finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. Other growing industries, important for the local economy are: oil, textile mills, shipyards, automobile manufacturing and fishing. Most of the headquarters of multinationals in Portugal are located in Lisbon. Names of companies with local offices include: AutoEuropa, The Euronext Lisbon stock exchange, TAP Portugal, Portugal Telecom, Global Media Group, Accenture, Critical Software, Energias de Portugal, PwC, Siemens, InnoWave Technologies.

As a domestic or international student, you have plenty of internship opportunities in any field you may be interested in local companies.


Lisbon city life

Lisbon has an enchanting beauty and a magic atmosphere that mesmerises anyone’s heart. You can see so many places that you can’t include even in a tourist guide book. Lisbon is divided into several districts and each one has a unique vibe and flavour:

  • Alfama district, famous for fado, the typical Portuguese music style in restaurants and the streets as well.
  • Bairro Alto, the centre of nightlife, with numerous bars and pubs.
  • Belém - historical and cultural heritage sites
  • Chiado district, with museums and theatres
  • Estrela Basilica - the main attraction being Oceanário de Lisboa (Lisbon Oceanarium), the second largest in the world.

Other museums and beautiful places you can visit include:

  • The Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (National Museum of Ancient Art)
  • The Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
  • The Berardo Collection Museum (Modern Art)
  • The National Museum of Natural History and Science
  • The Museu do Teatro Romano (The Roman Theatre Museum)
  • Ponte Vasco da Gama – the longest bridge in Europe and ninth longest in the world

Lisbon hosts many festivals and fairs, including the Arte Lisboa – Contemporary Art Fair, the Festival of the Oceans, the Lisbon Village Festival, the Lisbon Book Fair, and more.

You should not miss taking a ferry to Cacilhas, a good opportunity to see Lisbon from the water, or trips in the city with the funiculars, as there are three of them.

International atmosphere in Lisbon

As a European capital and a popular tourist attraction due to its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, in Lisbon, tourists come all year round. Due to a high quality of life and low living costs, Lisbon is home to a large number of immigrants, particularly Ukrainians, Moldovans, Romanians and Bulgarians, as well as Brazilians and Venezuelans. Other minorities include British, German, French, and Dutch.

Lisbon is the political centre of Portugal, as the seat of Government and residence of the Head of State are located here, so many internationals and business people contribute to the multicultural atmosphere of this city.

Weather Lisbon

Lisbon has warm winters and dry summers. During winter season that lasts from December to February, the average temperatures are 15 °C (59 °F) during the day and 8 °C (46 °F) at night. Typically, summer lasts six months, from May to October, with highest temperatures during the day ranging from 26 to 33 °C (79 to 91 °F).


Accommodation costs in Lisbon

Options for student accommodation in Lisbon:

  • Student residences – The rent price varies between 300 and 500 EUR/month for one person, depending on facilities.
  • Private apartment – The price for rent ranges between 550 and 820 EUR/month for a one bedroom apartment.
  • Home-stay – The average price for home-stay is 900 EUR/month, usually with no meals included.
  • Hostels and guest houses – Prices start from 20 EUR/night for a single, private room.

Living costs in Lisbon

For a European capital, Lisbon has quite a cheap cost of living, one of the reasons why students choose to study here. The average sum of 800-900 EUR/month should take care of all your expenses (accommodation, food bills, social activities, local transportation and other small expenses). For monthly groceries from the supermarket you would spend around 120 EUR. A monthly public transportation student pass is 35 EUR.

Universities in Lisbon

The NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) is the School of Statistics and Information Management of the New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa). With a reputation for excellence in various levels of education, NOVA IMS creates managers trained to lead and guide the compilation, analysis, exploration and use of information in order to improve the decision-making process in organizations.

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IHE Delft is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and is based in Delft, the Netherlands. The Institute confers fully accredited MSc degrees, and PhD degrees in collaboration with partner universities.

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InnoEnergy Master’s School is the go-to-destination for tomorrow’s energy professionals. With seven two-year programmes to choose from, the Master’s School enables you to add to your technical knowledge, develop your creative engineering skills, and acquire the necessary understanding of the related business, entrepreneurial and innovation management issues that the energy industry requires.

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Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) is the largest private university in Portugal and is legally maintained and managed by the Cooperativa de Formação e Animação Cultural (COFAC c.r.l.).

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