Study in Portugal

Study in Portugal

About Portugal

Study in Portugal: Portugal is an attractive and accessible destination for international students looking to study abroad in Europe. The higher education system in Portugal is divided between public and private institutions, universities, and polytechnics and has a general focus on theory and research. Portugal offers a modern urban lifestyle and beautiful scenery, making it the perfect place for international students to live and study. With a history of higher education spanning centuries, Portugal is experienced in offering high-quality degree programs. The welcoming culture and country of the Portuguese people make it the perfect destination for an international student to pursue a degree.

Portugal’s higher education system is represented by 105 universities with 2,663 study programs. Additionally, there are 1,200 undergraduate courses in 102 universities, 1,011 postgraduate courses in 98 universities, and 452 doctoral courses in 54 universities.

Why Study in Portugal?

Some of the important reasons for studying in Portugal:

Cost of living: Portugal is an affordable country in Western Europe. The cost of living and fees are very reasonably priced. Students can get 50% off on the costs of museums and historic sites with their student IDs.

Education: Portugal is a signatory to Bologna Process and offers world-class education. 

Excellent Universities: Universities have excellent track records and reputation which provides quality broad education with low budget.

Food: The food in Portugal is exquisite. Their ‘Portuguese tapas’ are very fashionable.

Study and Work: International students are allowed to work part-time in Portugal during their studies. The students can work 40hours during the semester. They are also allowed to work more hours during holidays and summer. Students should get authorization from SEF/NIF to work, which may cover some of the living expenses. Students can also work without authorization when the university acts as a tax representative for the student.

Method of teaching: The academic system works very well. The student can control over which classes one wants to take. They are allowed to choose one class per semester, the class will be within the same faculty.

What to study in Portugal:

Education is divided into three cycles:

  1. Bachelor’s (Licenciado) – duration of three and four years
  2. Master’s (Mestre) – one or two years
  3. PhD degree (Doctor) – up to three years

Institutions or universities that provide higher education are categorized as:

Public universities: fees are lower

Private universities: tuition fee is higher

Polytechnics provide vocational and professional based training.

Public universities do not offer many courses. Private universities offer courses taught in English, but those are expensive.

Subject To Study In Portugal:

  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Applied sciences and Professions
  • Arts, Design and Architecture [2 Masters]
  • Business and Management [5 Masters]
  • Computer science and IT [1 Masters]
  • Education and training
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Environmental studies and Earth sciences
  • Hospitality, Leisure and Sports
  • Humanities [2 Masters]
  • Journalism and Media [1 Masters]
  • Law
  • Medicine and Health
  • Natural sciences and Mathematics
  • Social sciences [3 Masters]

Short courses/ Summer courses

This courses may last from a week to six weeks. In this short and fixed period they offer various variety of subjects. It is useful for students who do not have access for long-term study oppurtunities. It also helps in student’s research or to learn a language etc.

Universities in Portugal:

Catholic University of Portugal

Catolica Lisbon school of Business and economics

Egas Moniz- Cooperativa de Ensino Superior,  CRL

Escola Superior de Enfermagem do Porto (ESEP)

Instituto Politecnico de Braganca

Instituto Politecnico de Coimbra

Instituto Politecnico de Lisboa

Instituto Politecnico de tomar

ISCTE- University Institute of Lisbon

ISEC Lisboa – Higher institute of Education and science

NOVA University of Lisbon

The Lisbon MBA
Universidade Aberta

Universidade Europeia

University of Algarve

Top Universities in Portugal:

University Rank
Catholic University of Portugal 351-400th
NOVA University of Lisbon 401-500th
University of Porto 401-500th
University of Lisbon 501-600th
University of Beira Interior 601-800th

Study in Portugal Cost:

The tuition fee is higher in private education institutions than the public education institutions. The Ministry of Education sets a minimum tuition fee in public education institutions which is equal to 1.3 times the minimum national wage rate. On an average of 950-1250 EUR per academic year is charged for bachelor’s and master’s students. For PhD programs, the average tuition fee will be 2500-3000 EUR per academic year. Private institution’s fees range from 3000-3900 EUR per year for any degree level as they can set their own tuition fees.

Accommodation costs:

– student hall of residence 150-250 EUR/month

– rent one-room apartment 200-800 EUR/month

– rent a room in a shared apartment 100-550 EUR/month

Tuition fees at top-ranked institutes:

University of Lisbon – 2,400 EUR/year (average tuition fees)

University of Coimbra – 1,600 EUR/year (average tuition fees)

University of Aveiro – 4,850 EUR/year (average tuition fees)

University of Porto – 4,000 EUR/year (average tuition fees)

Scholarships for International students is provided by both government and higher education institutes. Individual higher education institutions also provide Scholarships based on financial needs or previous academic results. The Portuguese government offers several scholarships such as 1-month Schol

Career/Jobs After Studies in Portugal:

There is a hard-hitting financial crisis and record-breaking unemployment rate in Portugal. There is huge competition in the job market as no. of graduates is growing and it may find difficult to find a job. The tourism industry, hotel, catering, and call center industry provide good opportunities and part-time jobs for multi-lingual workers. The automotive trade and repair sector and construction showed some job growth. One also can make a future by initiating startups and small companies.


Not only the cost of living but also salaries are low in Portugal. According to Eurostat’s statistics,  Portugal’s minimum wage is EUR700 which is very low compared to the minimum wage in France or Germany EUR1500.

Application Process To Study In Portugal

Visa process : Student must need Visa if the study course is longer than 3 months Student course longer than 3 months:

  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: Student Visa and residence permit is required.
  • EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens: Student Visa is not required

Student course shorter than 3 months:

  • Non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: People from countries such as US., Australia, and Canada can enter  Portugal with their passports for up to 3 months
  • EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens: Student Visa not required

Student Visa requirements:

-Valid Passport or Travel document -Acceptance letter from University -Tuition fee and Scholarship document proof -Two Passport size photos -Portugal Student Visa application form -Financial Proof to sustain your stay (bank statement, scholarship, sponsorship, financial aid) -Accommodation Proof (rental contract or letter of invitation from family member/friend with whom student will live in portugal) -Certificate of criminal records -Proof of travel health insurance

Application Process To Study In Portugal:

  1. Letter of Acceptance from University
  2. Submit your application in the website of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  3. Schedule an appointment/interview with the embassy
  4. Fill the Portugal student visa application form
  5. Collect all the documents needed
  6. Pay the student visa fee via online, bank transfer or cash
  7. Submit your documents (mail them if the embassy is in other countries) on the date of appointment
  8. Wait for the Visa to be processed
  9. Once the visa is received, you can travel to Portugal
  10. After you arrive, schedule an appointment with the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) to get a residence permit, renewal is done after 1year.

Why Take Admission Through Us?

RMC Elite constantly assists students with entrance, scholarship availability, placements, and other services.

Counseling and Mentoring

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College Profiles

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College Search Tools

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Test Planning

The team is dedicated to assisting you in preparing for international language exams and clearing screening tests such as TOEFL, IELTS, and others using the most up-to-date practice and curriculums.

The Application Procedure

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Frequently Asked Question

Students are pleased with low cost of studying and good quality of student accommodation in Portugal. Students really enjoy exploring and experiencing as the country is filled with culture and history.

Portugal is one of the safest and peaceful countries in the world. Universities offer some of the most affordable courses and degrees in Europe.

Medicine (Pharmacy, dental, Nurtitional) Sciences (IT, Biotechnology, applied Mathematics) Social sciences Business studies

Many of Indian nationals relocate from India to Portugal because it is famous for its quality of life and low cost of living and is a destination where many Indians decide to invest and work in

The small country in Southern Europe is famous for its warm climate, the Atlantic ocean, mountains nearby, a low crime rate, low cost of living, well-developed medicine and education and residents are offered tax exemptions.

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