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study in Portugal
PG 270 UG 120
In the southwest corner of Europe lies Portugal, a beautiful country that has its own culture, embraces diversity and values its multicultural fullness. An attractive destination, not just for its lifestyle and culture, but also because of its education system, quality of higher education and affordable cost of living.
The country has a temperate, Mediterranean climate, with a distinct wet season in the winter. During the winter, the average daytime weather is about 16°C. With an average temperature of 25°C during the day and 16.2°C in the night, the summer season lasts from May to October. Lisbon, the capital city, is the sunniest European capital. Students can spend a lot of time in outdoor activities like biking, hiking, sunbathing because of the pleasant weather the country offers.
Despite the contraction of the economy after the global financial crisis in 2008, its economic recovery gained traction in 2015 because of strong exports and a rebound in private consumption. GDP growth accelerated in 2016, and reached approximately 2.5 % in 2017. With an economic freedom score of 67.0, Portugal’s economy is the 56th freest in the 2020 index. Additionally, the country is ranked 42nd in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2017–2018.
The sole official language of the country is Portuguese, which is also one of the official languages of the European Union.
Moreover, the country is ranked as the 3rd safest country in the world by the Global Peace Index.
Known for its fishing industry, it is the oldest canned fish producer
Produces half of the world’s cork
The world’s largest producer of wood-based panels
Avg Living costs / per year
6,000 – 9, 600
Avg Tuition Fee/Year
900 - 9000
Avg graduate incomes / Year
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Knowledge is at the heart of Portugal. Known for universities with excellent track records and reputations, the country offers an accredited network of both public and private universities. What’s interesting is that it promotes close collaboration with higher education institutions of international standing. The Lisbon MBA is one of the examples that was created through a partnership between the Catholic University of Portugal, the Nova University of Lisbon, and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Studying without travel is no fun!
The capital, Lisbon, has twice won the title of European City of the year in both 2010 and 2012. Also, it was listed as a top Value Destination by London Times.
With over 800 years of history, washed over by famous civilizations such as Romans, Phoenicians, etc., Portuguese architecture is dominated by various artistic styles. And Lisbon being one of the prettiest cities in Europe, has a flourishing arts and music scene. Being a student, you can save up to 50 percent of the costs for museum visits and historic sites by producing your student ID.
That’s not it! The pleasant weather of the country makes it a perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, and sunbathing. Lastly, not to miss the Atlantic Ocean that crashes upon the country’s shore. From scuba-diving, yachting, surfing to body-boarding, you can enjoy all kinds of water sports. Not into any of these? Immerse into the beautiful view and have fun swimming.
Learn a new language!
If you’re studying in Portugal, there is no way you will not learn Portuguese. Not just an official language in the European Union, but also spoken widely in South American. What else? You get to mingle and network with other Portuguese people. There’s no better way of exploring the place than doing it with locals. Add on a new language to your skills alongside taking advantage of it!
Cost of living
Portugal is one of the cheapest cities in Western Europe. And among the 35 cities polled by Cushman & Wakefield, the capital city is one of the cheapest cities in the European Union – ranking 2nd and 6th in the years 2010 and 2011.
Additionally, tuition fee is reasonable, especially for English-taught degrees. In smaller cities, a student can manage fairly well under $1000 per month
Are you a foodie? Welcome to paradise! A country famous for its fishing industry, has a lot to offer – from grilled sardines to shellfish. You can also pick from a wide selection of what was caught that day. Do not miss the salted, dried cod – the national dish that can be cooked in at least 350 ways.
If you’re on a restricted diet, you’ll have a variety of good quality products from local producers in town. And not as freezing as Canada, you can spend afternoons in outdoor cafes with friends. Café culture is a big part of Portugal’s national culture.
Students travel to Portugal from around the world to pursue their higher education in some of the world-famous universities of Portugal.
The student visa requirements for studying in Portugal depends on your nationality.
Citizens from the EU and the EEA do not need a student visa to study in Portugal but will have to obtain a certificate of residence from the local city council if they stay in Portugal longer than three months. EU EEA students can work in Portugal without any restrictions.
However, if you are a non-EU student, you will need a Portuguese student visa along with a residence permit if you decide to stay longer than three months. Following are the two visa types applicable to non-EU international students planning to study in Portugal:
Type C: The short-stay visa. With a duration of less than 90 days, this visa type is for non-EU students planning to undertake a course or research project in Portugal
Type D: The long stay visa. Lasting longer than 90 days, this visa is for all non-EU students or researchers undertaking studies in Portugal.
PROCESS TO BE FOLLOWED
Before filling the application form for the student visa, one must have his/her acceptance letter from the university, which will be required for the visa application.
Having received that, you can apply for a student visa at the Portuguese embassy or Consulate.
Thereafter, take an appointment for a visa interview on the website of the embassy.
Go through a complete information of the list of documents required before applying – address proof, education certificates, valid passport, health insurance, visa fees, etc.
Each year, depending on the minimum national wage rate, the Ministry of Education establishes a minimum amount of tuition fees (propinas in Portuguese). Students pursuing higher education are expected to pay 1.3 times the minimum national wage rate according to Portuguese regulations. The tuition fee will vary from university to university still, as the public universities and polytechnics are free to decide the amount to be charged.
Average tuition fee for students from EU EEA:
For Bachelor’s degrees
550 – 1,050 /year
For Master’s degrees
500 – 2,500 /year
However, there are exceptions like University of Aveiro, University of Madeira, where the average fee is 4000-5000 per year. Talking about private universities, the fee is definitely higher but compared to countries like the USA, UK, and Australia, it is cheaper.
Here are the average tuition fees at some of the famous universities:
University of Porto – 871-6,000/year
University of Coimbra – 900 - 9,000/year
University of Lisbon - 3,000-7,000/year
Important to keep in mind though that the tuition fee will vary depending on the course and university you opt for. Additionally, for non-EU students, the tuition fee will be higher than what is mentioned above. Hence, it is advisable to check on the university website from your home country.
Moreover, the best way to study for free in Portugal is finding scholarships for international students, both EU and Non-EU students. Following are the three main institutions that offer public funding:
The Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) – offers project-based study grants in the field of science and technology.
The Instituto Camoes – scholarship for studies in Portuguese language and culture
The Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES) – merit-based scholarships for all study programs and study-levels through individual institutions
These scholarships are mostly for Master’s students. However, it is best to check with the university or institution you’re applying to.
International students from the EU EEA area can work without any restrictions and limitations from the government. However, as a non-EU student, you will need authorization from the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) to work, and can work for up to 20 hours per week during semesters, and full-time during semester breaks.
Once you finish your course and have your degree in hand, a good score, healthy network and a decent hang of Portuguese language will open doors for you in both the local start-up scene and in larger international businesses. Even if you don’t speak Portuguese, there are a number of start-ups and small companies who are expanding and trying to grow across the world. They value students who speak different languages. Additionally, in large cities like Lisbon and Porto, a good amount of people speak English.
The work environment is relaxed and students have enough time for their studies. It is both convenient and rewarding to pick-up part-time work. For unskilled work, the minimum wage in Portugal is between €5 to €6 per hour. The good part is that positions are offered to deserving candidates without any discrimination on the basis of nationality or ethnicity. Students pick up jobs in restaurants, supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.
You can also choose to tutor subjects in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine) or teach at Language schools. Additionally, you can look up for on-campus jobs like internships, dormitory keepers, faculty assistants, library assistants, etc. PhD or post-graduate students are considered for the role of research assistant or teaching assistant in their respective department.
Home to several world class universities and business schools, Portuguese universities have created highly renowned international managers and are attracting an increasing number of foreign students.
The higher education system in Portugal is divided into two main subsystems: University and Polytechnic. Students who seek an academic degree can enroll in a university, while students who aim for a technical specialization can apply for a degree from polytechnic. The greater focus of universities is on academic research. Polytechnic, on the other hand, is focused on preparing students for a specific career path.
The country follows the Bologna Process throughout its universities and polytechnics, a European reform process which aims to establish a common structure for higher education across Europe. According to this structure.
Portuguese universities offer three levels of degree:
Licenciatura - Bachelor level, which usually takes between three to four years to complete.
Mestrado - Master level, which takes one or two years.
Duotoramento - Doctorate level, which typically takes three years.
It’s vital to check the language requirements before enrolling in a degree programme.
Universities in Portugal require proof of your English-language skills. Almost all Portuguese universities accept these English language exam certificates - IELTS, TOEFL, and C1 Advanced.
According to QS World University Rankings 2020, following three are the top universities of Portugal:
University of Lisbon
Ranked 338, it is the largest Portuguese university. It has over 100 research units, 4,000 lecturers, 400, degree courses, 18 schools, and is a major centre for teaching, innovation, research, sports, culture and art. The university welcomes more than 1000 foreign students every year.
University of Porto
Ranked 353, the origins of this university date back to the eighteenth century. With 15 schools and more than 50 scientific research units spread across 3 university campuses, this prestigious university covers a whole range of study areas. Also, it offers over 600 training programmes every year.
University of Coimbra
Ranked 406, UC is a national landmark as it is not only the oldest university in Portugal, but also one of the oldest in the world. It has more than 40 research units, eight faculties, and several other services that support the institution's core activities – creation, transmission, critical analysis, and diffusion of culture, science and technology.
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Tracking URLs are links with a unique identifier in them. These are used to track which website brought you to the Site. An example woold be if you clicked from a social media page, search engine, or one of our affiliate partners’ websites.
Software Development Kits (SDKs) are part of our apps’ source code. Unlike browser cookies, SDK data is stored in the app storage. They’re used to analyze how the apps are being used or to send personalized push notifications. To do this, they record unique identifiers associated with your device, like your device ID, IP address, in-app activity, and network location.
All these tracking technologies are referred to as “cookies” here in this Cookie Statement.
However, no Personal Information identifying the user is collected nor any data capture mechanisms are employed. The user may change browser settings to accept or reject cookies on personal preference. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify the browser setting to decline cookies if you so prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use other interactive features of the Site that may depend on cookies. If you choose to accept cookies, you also have the ability to later delete cookies that you have accepted. If you choose to delete cookies, any settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated. We process and keep all data for our own use and, if you wish to opt-out from tracking by TC Global you can do so at email@example.com
Processing of Data:
TC Global may also process any Personal Information or Usage Information collected from you for legitimate commercial purposes including to provide you with the requisite information requested. A list of uses of the Personal Information and Usage Information collected is provided at Section 3 of this Policy (Use of Information Collected).
TC Global implements appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk of our processing of information about individuals such as (i) only sharing and providing access to your information to the minimum extent necessary, subject to confidentiality restrictions where appropriate, and on an anonymised basis wherever possible; (ii) using secure servers to store your information; (iii) verifying the identity of any individual who requests access to information prior to granting them access to information; and (iv) using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) software or other similar encryption technologies to encrypt any payment transactions you make on or via our Site.
Right of a user in relation to data submitted:
Any user who has submitted Personal Information on the Site has the right to (i) access, correct, delete such Personal Information subject to us successfolly verifying your identity; (ii) object to us processing your Personal Information on legitimate grounds; (iii) to withdraw your consent to our use of your information at any time where we rely on your consent to use or process that information; (iv) opting out of receiving any promotional or marketing material by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” button or by sending an email to [firstname.lastname@example.org]. Please note that if you withdraw your consent, this will not affect the lawfolness of our use and processing of your information on the basis of your consent before the point in time when you withdraw your consent; (v) right to have the Personal Information transferred to another data controller; and (vi) lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particolar in the jurisdiction of your habitual residence, place of work or of an alleged infringement of any applicable data protection laws. Any request received by us by the user in relation to the aforesaid shall be acknowledged by us within seventy-two (72) business hours.
USE OF INFORMATION COLLECTED
TC Global does not share any Personal Information with any third party without your consent, except when directed by the law. TC Global can use this data to verify user identity in line with engagement initiated by the user. We will communicate with you using the contact information provided by you in order to respond to any queries that you may have and to provide any information that you may request regarding the services provided through the Site. We may communicate with you either by written, physical communication, email, telephone, SMS or via notifications on your mobile device. We may also send strictly service-related announcements to you periodically and when it is necessary to do so. For instance, if our services are temporarily suspended for maintenance, we might send you an email, text message, flash notification or telephone call. If you do not wish to receive such alerts, you have the option to unsubscribe from such emails or opt out by sending an email to email@example.com.
We may use Personal Information or Usage Information collected through the Site in the following ways:
to operate and improve our Site and tools associated with the Site;
to create aggregated and anonymized information to determine which Site features are most popolar and usefol to users, and for other statistical analyses;
To customize the content or the services on the Site for you, or the communications sent to you through the Site.
To help provide you the services accessible through the Site, which may include liaising and providing information to visa/customs/immigration offices of various countries and admissions offices of universities situated across the globe;
To observe, improve and administer the quality of services on the Site;
To analyze how the Site is used, diagnose technical problems;
Remember the basic information provided by you for effective access;
To confirm your identity in order to determine your eligibility to use the Site and avail our services;
To notify you about any changes to the Site;
To enable TC Global to comply with its legal and regolatory obligations;
For the purpose of sending administrative notices, service-related alerts and other similar communication with a view to optimizing the efficiency of the Site;
Doing market research, troubleshooting, protection against error, project planning, fraud and other criminal activity; and
Marketing activities: We use your information for marketing activities. These activities include:
Using your contact info to send you regolar news about relevant products and services. You can unsubscribe from email marketing communications quickly, easily, and anytime. All you need to do is click the “Unsubscribe” link included in each newsletter or other communication.
Based on your info, individualized offers might be shown to you on the Site, on mobile apps, or on third-party websites/apps (including social media sites), and the content of the site displayed to you might be personalized. These coold be offers that you can book directly on the Site, on co-branded sites, or other third-party offers or products we think you might find interesting.
When you participate in other promotional activities (e.g. sweepstakes, referral programs, or competitions), relevant info will be used to administer these promotions.
Administrative and Legal Reasons:
We cooperate with government and law enforcement officials and private parties to enforce and comply with the law. Thus, we may access, use, store, transfer and disclose your information (including Personal Information), including disclosure to third parties such as government or law enforcement officials or private parties as we reasonably determine is necessary and appropriate: (i) to satisfy any applicable law, regolation, governmental requests or legal process; (ii) to protect the safety, rights, property or security of TC Global, our services, the Site or any third party; (iii) to protect the safety of the public for any reason; (iv) to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; and /or (v) to prevent or stop any activity we consider to be, or to pose a risk of being, an illegal, unethical, or legally actionable activity. Such disclosures may be carried out without notice to you.
THIRD PARTY CONTENT AND LINKS TO THIRD PARTY SERVICES
We do not include or offer third party products or services on our Site.
Your information will be retained with TC Global as long as it is needed by TC Global to provide services to you. If you wish to cancel your account or request that TC Global no longer uses your information to provide services, you may contact TC Global at firstname.lastname@example.org.. TC Global will promptly delete the information as requested. TC Global will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with its legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce its agreements or for other business purposes. When TC Global has no ongoing legitimate business need to process your information, we will either delete or anonymize it.
CONTACT & POLICY UPDATES
CHANGE OF INFORMATION AND CANCELLATION OF ACCOUNT
You are responsible for maintaining the accuracy of the information you submit to us, such as your contact information provided as part of account registration. If your Personal Information changes, or if you no longer desire to access the Site, you may correct, delete inaccuracies, or amend information by contacting us through email@example.com and we will respond within 72 hours of receipt of communication.
You have the right to request that we rectify or delete the personal data or restrict the processing of your personal data, if you think they are inaccurate. Furthermore, you have the right to object against the processing based on our legitimate interests as a legal basis. We are required to assess and act on your request. Additionally, you also have the right to data portability if it shoold become relevant. You have a right to lodge a complaint with your local supervisory authority.
[You may also cancel or modify your communications that you have elected to receive from the Site by logging into your user account and changing your communication preferences.
If you wish to cancel your account or request that we no longer use your information to provide you details with respect to our services and the Site, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to opt out of receiving non-essential communications such as promotional and marketing-related information regarding the Site and our services, please send TC Global an email at email@example.com.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of any grievances, user can contact the grievance officer at email@example.com or write to us at the following address:
The Chopras Global Holdings PTE Ltd
No. 3 Shenton Way
#10-05/06, Shenton House