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Welcome to Portugal

Portugal is a southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Its Oceanside location influences many aspects of its culture – salt cod and grilled sardines are national dishes, the Algarve's beaches are a major tourist destination and much of the nation’s architecture dates to the 1500s-1800s, when Portugal had a maritime empire.

Capital: Lisbon,  Dialing code: +351,  ISO code: PRT,  Currency: Euro,  Population: 10.46 million (2013) World Bank,  

Higher Education in Portugal

Higher education in state-run educational establishments is provided on a competitive basis, a system of numerus clausus is enforced through a national database on student admissions. However, every higher education institution offers also a number of additional vacant places through other extraordinary admission processes for sportsmen, mature applicants (over 23 years old), international students, foreign students from the Lusosphere, degree owners from other institutions, students from other institutions (academic transfer), former students (readmission), and course change, which are subject to specific standards and regulations set by each institution or course department.

Higher Education is divided in to three cycles – Cycle one is Bachelors, Cycle two is Masters and Cycle three is Doctorate

Admission Information for International Students:

  • Fill Application online on Talent Xperts Portal and attach all academic documents for assessment http://www.talentxperts.co.uk/student_form.php
  • Application form completely filled and signed by the applicant.
  • Submission of following documents
  • Academic documents - 10th, 12th and Degree Certificate if applicable.
  • Passport copy
  • CV
  • IELTS if applicable.
  • Other documents as applicable depending on the choice of the course.

Application fee:

Euro 300.00 (Non-Refundable) Payable to Talent Xperts UK Ltd.

Visa Requirement:
Please check your local Embassy or look at our Study Visa Blogs.

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Education System

The educational system is divided into preschool (for those under age 6), basic education (9 years, in three stages, compulsory), secondary education (3 years, compulsory since 2010), and higher education (subdivided in university and polytechnic education). The total adult literacy rate is 99 percent. In addition to being a destination for international students, Portugal is also among the top places of origin for international students. All higher education students, both domestic and international, totalled 380,937 in 2005. Portuguese universities have existed since 1290. The oldest Portuguese university was first established in Lisbon before moving toCoimbra. Historically, within the scope of the Portuguese Empire, the Portuguese founded the oldest engineering school of the Americas (the Real Academia de Artilharia, Fortificação e Desenho of Rio de Janeiro) in 1792, as well as the oldest medical college in Asia (the Escola Médico-Cirúrgica of Goa) in 1842. Universities are usually organized into faculties. Institutes and schools are also common designations for autonomous subdivisions of Portuguese higher education institutions. The Bologna process has been adopted, since 2006, by Portuguese universities and poly-technical institutes. Portugal has entered into cooperation agreements with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other US institutions to further develop and increase the effectiveness of Portuguese higher education and research.

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Student Life

Student Life in Europe is amazing, being part of Schengen country you are free to visit countries and in your vacation and explore massive collections of cultures and diversity in Europe, a Rich history and integration.

Work & Study: Almost all countries give you permission to work at your free time, hence you can be at your own and find work as internee or expert depending what back ground you are coming from.

Tuitions Fees

Public Portuguese universities and polytechnics are free to decide the amount of tuition fees (called "propinas") students have to pay. However, the Ministry of Education establishes a minimum amount that varies each year depending on the minimum national wage rate. The Average fees for International student ranges from 2500 to 5000 Euro per academic year.


Most of the universities are providing accommodation in dormitories, however you are free to find your own in City, which is very cheap.


Food plays an important role in Portuguese culture. Traditional Portuguese dishes are often made from simple ingredients, based on regional produce with an emphasis on fish. The former colonies in Africa, India and the Far East have influenced Portuguese cuisine making it very different from the nearby Mediterranean countries. Many herbs and spices such as pepper, saffron, ginger and coriander were introduced into Europe by the Portuguese, as were coffee, pineapples, potatoes and rice amongst other ingredients.

Portuguese recipes are characterised by their use of a wide variety of spices, for example, piripiri (a spicy chilli pepper), vanilla, cinnamon and saffron. Southern Portuguese cuisine has Arab and Moorish influences and an old tradition of almond and fig sweets.


Compared to other major EU countries such as France or Germany, Portugal does not offer a great many government-funded scholarships to its own students, EU students or international students. Scholarships that it does provide are chiefly funded through the DGES, theDireção-Geral do Ensino Superior, or for foreign students through theInstitutoPortuguês de ApoioaoDesenvolvimento or theInstituto Camões. Portugal is a long-standing member of the EU, so it participates in all EU-derived scholarships, such as the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Although EU regulations prevent Portugal charging different fee structures to students from other EU countries, or refusing fee-payment grants, they may refuse support-scholarships to individuals not already resident in Portugal. The majority of scholarships provided by overseas institutions, public or private, for foreign study, can of course also be used to study in Portugal.

There are also a number of private and semi-private foundations and institutes which provide scholarships for study in sciences, technology, Portuguese language and Portuguese culture.


Academic year is divided into semesters and holiday periods. The beginning and end of an academic year and a semester as well as holiday spans are established by each school of higher education individually. In summer students are entitled to at least one month uninterrupted holidays.