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Where the land ends and the ocean begins.

Situated in the westernmost point of Europe, kissed by the brightest sun and the celestial Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has been nourished on this blessed land since its birth.

The landscape varies from north to south. The north is mountainous towards the interior with several plateaus indented by river valleys, whereas the south is characterised by rolling plains. In addition to the mainland in the European continent, the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores are scattered within the Atlantic Ocean. Geologically, these islands were formed by volcanic and seismic events. As a result, both islands boast exotic views.

Thanks to the long coastal line, Portugal’s exclusive economic zone is the 3rd largest in the European Union and the 11th in the world, granting an ideal condition for exploration and the use of marine resources.

Portugal beach

Climate

The mild Mediterranean climate favours this land, making it one of the warmest European countries. The annual average temperature in the mainland varies from 8-12 degrees in the north to 16-20 degrees in the south.

Known as the land bathing in sunshine, Portugal receives rainfall usually from December to May, with the north receiving more than the south. Snow is rare but still possible in the interior parts of the north and in the centre of the country in areas such as Guarda, Bragança, Viseu and Vila Real, particularly in the mountains.

Lisbon tram

Economy

Portugal is recovering from its recession and has become a flowerbed for entrepreneurs, investors and talents for its open attitude, social stability, safety, high-quality education and favourable policies. Most industries, businesses and financial institutions are concentrated in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto. Setúbal, Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra are also popular among businessmen and investors since they have direct access to talents from universities in those cities. This is good news for students seeking employment in Portugal.

Along with its traditional industries such as agriculture, grazery and manufacturing, its economic structure has become more diversified and taken more weight in service industries and high-tech industries such as electronic business, automobile business, tourism, energy industry, pharmacy, international trade, IT, and so forth. Its location connecting Europe, America, and Africa embraces the advantages of boosting its prosperity. The positive relations with Asia and the participation in the One Belt One Road proposed by China, also refuels fresh energy into its development.

Education

Portugal’s education enjoys a prestigious reputation worldwide. The system is divided into preschool, basic education (9 years), secondary education (3 years), and higher education (subdivided in university and polytechnic education). Public schools are generally free with private and international schools being another option. Normally for higher education, it will take three years to obtain a bachelor’s degree and 2 years for a master’s degree. Many of Portugal’s universities were established in the 1970s while the University of Coimbra has existed since 1290 becoming one of the oldest universities in the world. Educational resources are evenly distributed. Universities are located in almost every big city from the north to the south, such as the University of Minho in Braga, the University of Porto in Porto, the University of Aveiro in Aveiro and the University of Algarve in Faro. Polytechnic institutes are also widely available throughout the country. Graduates from Portuguese universities are well-liked by employers worldwide for their solid knowledge, market-oriented skills and mastery of at least one foreign language.

Safety

What’s more, Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world. It is also one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide. Having known the importance of safety to social stability and economy, the Portuguese government has increased annual capital into national security from 12 million euros in 2012 to 90 million euros in 2016 and plans to invest more in the near future. The harmony in society gives more reasons to visit, study and live in Portugal. Unlike many other European countries, Portugal has issued many favourable policies for migrants, investors and entrepreneurs as a way to counter its declining population.

Ribeira Porto
Portugal beach

Cost of Living

Portugal is a relatively cheap destination for students. Tuition fees are extremely affordable as are rents and the cost of transport, food and entertainment. Rents range around 250-350€ for a single room in Porto, 300-400€ in Lisbon and around 150-200€ in other Portuguese cities such as Braga, Aveiro, Guimaraes and Coimbra. Portugal is known as one of the cheapest countries in the world for coffee, with an espresso typically costing less than a euro. Likewise, prices for groceries, eating out and going out are some of the most affordable in Europe.

Portugal is a country you won’t want to miss if you are longing for a slow-paced lifestyle and a cozy place full of sunshine, clear blue water, music, historic spots, a passion for sports and smiling faces for both your visit and study. The friendly nature of the Portuguese make it easy to integrate into the Portuguese culture. You will find it so hard to say goodbye once you step foot onto this amazing land.

So are you ready to pack your bags and move to Portugal to study? Find out more about the different Portuguese universities by clicking here.