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Education in Portugal

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From the mountains of the north to the rolling plains of the south Portugal is characterized by an eclectic spectrum of natural beauty and urban spaces, and to top it all off boasts a sumptuous Mediterranean climate. An education in Portugal gives you the opportunity to explore the nation’s bounty of bygone treasures, color-laden landscapes and breath-taking stretches of beach that lure sunbathers even in the winter.

Portugal - The Facts & Figures

Capital

Lisbon

Language

Portuguese

Population

10.3 million

Area Size

92,212 km²

Students

15,000 international

Academic Year

September - July

Currency

Euro (€)

Calling Code

+351

Time Zone

WET (UTC)

More about Portugal

Portugal has had a profound cultural influence across the globe, including a legacy of 300 million Portuguese speakers, political significance as a member of the United Nations and the European Union and historical importance as one of the founding members of NATO and the eurozone. Traditionally a land of knowledge and innovation, Portugal is also a nerve-center of educational institutions. The higher education system has recently undergone profound reform aiming to modernise higher learning – an education in Portugal offers a wide selection of state of the art institutions, disciplines and courses that welcome international students.

The first ruler of a global empire, Portugal was one of the world’s major economic, political and military power-players and pioneered maritime exploration during the Age of Discovery. In the last century, Portugal has deposed their monarchy, had their government superseded by an authoritarian regime and restored democracy. Each chapter of Portugal’s eclectic and expansive history has left its mark on the nation – here you can contemplate stone carvings made 20,000 years ago in the Vila Nova de Foz Côa, gaze upon mysterious megaliths outside Evora and hike amid the granite peaks of Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês.

In the 21st century, Portugal is a developed nation with with an advanced economy, high living standards and progressive politics – the nation is continually a champion of LGBTQ rights and in 2001 became the first nation to decriminalize drugs to the effect of significant public health gains. The higher education system was ranked 35th in the world and the country’s universities feature five times in the QS World University Rankings 2018, making an education in Portugal a popular choice for international students. 


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