Study in Portugal
Portugal has long been most well known as a sun tourist hot spot. And although this is true, Portugal has far more to offer than wonderful beaches and great climate. Portugal is a country with a rich culture and a fascinating history, dating back to the 13th century. In the Middle Ages, Portugal was a great power largely responsible for opening up the Americas for the rest of the world. Today, the country of Portugal is an up and coming member of the European Union, willing to prove its capabilities in more than just tourism. Higher education just happens to be one of them.
Portugal in short facts and figures
Official language: Portuguese
Government: Unitary parliamentary, constitutional republic
Area: 35,603 square miles/ 92,212 square kilometers
Population: 10.7 million
Calling code: +351
Education plays an important part in Portuguese history. The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, was one of Europe’s first universities. Following this, education in Portugal was reserved for only the most privileged Portuguese for a long period. Due to this elitist system, Portugal has long had a struggling education system, and previously had among the lowest rates of education in Europe. However, since the 1960’s, this trend has changed and a much larger percentage of the Portuguese population are earning not just secondary school diplomas, but also higher education degrees.
Since 2000, Portugal has worked in accordance with the Bologna convention to increase international recognition for Portuguese degrees, and also to facilitate movement of students on an international basis. More and more international students choose Portugal as their study abroad destination, although due to the main language of instruction being Portuguese, most are still originating from other Portuguese speaking countries such as Brazil, Mozambique and Angola.