Erasmus and other mobility programmes

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. 

Erasmus+ provides students with the opportunity to study or do an internship at a partner school of their home institution in another eligible country for full academic credit.

Iscte currently holds Erasmus+ agreements with 350 higher education institutions in Europe.

There are also other student mobility programmes in which Iscte participates, such as the Santander Universities Scholarship Programme, the Study in Portugal Network or the Almeida Garrett Programme (national mobility).

The International office of your own institution can give you more specific information about these exchange/mobility programs, (possible) scholarships and application procedures.

Students coming from one of our partner institutions must be selected by their home institution and nominated to the International Relations Office of Iscte.

Erasmus Mundus (Degree Mobility)

Funded by the European Commission, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of European universities and universities in third countries.

Applicants wishing to participate in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course must enroll in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course directly from the consortium that coordinates it. Students at the Master's level worldwide can apply.

Iscte is the coordinator of the following Erasmus Mundus programs: MFamily and Global - MINDS. The university is also a partner of the NEW Erasmus Mundus MSc Tourism Development and Culture (TourDC), beginning September 2019 (Coordinator: Glasgow University).

Bilateral Agreements

Apart from specific externally-funded programmes, Iscte also cooperates on a bilateral basis with more than 150 higher education institutions outside Europe in order to develop joint initiatives or strengthen existing contacts. The main purpose is to create teaching and research mobility opportunities for students and staff with Third Country higher education institutions.

Visiting Students

Both international students from Iscte partner universities who have already had the opportunity to engage in academic mobility and students from non-partner universities have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at Iscte as Visiting Students (or Free Movers). To attain this status, participants must be able to present proof of their student condition, issued by the student's university of origin.

Visiting students have the possibility to choose subjects from all the courses offered by the four Iscte Schools, but they will have to pay a fee, which varies according to the number of ECTS credits to be attended.


The home institutions of students applying for an academic mobility period are responsible, in cooperation with the Iscte International Relations Office (IRO), for the administrative aspects of the student admission process.

Students will have to be nominated by their universities within the stipulated deadlines:

  • For 1 full academic year or 1st. Semester: March 1 to June 1.
  • For the 2nd. Semester: September 1 to November 1.
Academic Calendar

Generally, classes for the first semester begin in the first week of September and those of the second semester in the first week of February. You can check the dates of the academic calendar here.

Curricular Units Offered in English

A wide variety of curricular units taught in English or taught in Portuguese with tutorials in English in each semester.

To find out which curricular units are offered in English in this academic year please refer to the documents below:

For the courses taught in English at the Business School, please go directly the Iscte Business School webpage.

Highlight for the new sets of curricular units: 

To find out which bachelors, masters and doctorates of your choice are fully taught in English, please go to the Study menu.

Assessment and ECTS Grading System

Under the Portuguese system, grades are given on a scale from 0 to 20, the minimum passing grade being 10.

Foreign students take the same type of examination as Portuguese students, who are continuously assessed in a variety of different ways. These may include formal examinations at the end of each semester, participation and class attendance, group projects and the presentation of case studies or essays. 

Even in some courses in Portuguese, foreign students will be allowed to do their reports and written examinations in English or other foreign languages, but this will have to be agreed upon by teachers on a case-by-case basis before arrival or at the very beginning of classes.

The official Transcripts of Records is issued according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) grading scale. The transcript is sent directly to the International Relations Office of the incoming student's home institution up to 1 month after the end of his/her exams at Iscte. 

Find out more about assessment and ECTS grading system in Assessment & ECTS Grading System.

Other Useful Information - The Arrival Book

We strongly advise all international students to consult the Arrival Book (below), which contains more information about studying at Iscte and living in Lisbon, namely regarding visas, insurance, health, housing, language courses, cost of living, etc.

Erasmus Mobility for Teachers

The mobility of teachers is one of the key activities in inter-university cooperation, which aims to contribute to the promotion of the European dimension and the quality of higher education.

This programme allows teachers to carry out a short-term teaching assignment in a partner university. This activity is a priority among Iscte activities, as it contributes to the consolidation and development of the university's links with other Higher Education Institutions and to the preparation for future academic cooperation projects. It also provides the teacher himself or herself with an opportunity for personal and professional development.

The Teacher must have a contract with Iscte for teaching purposes, namely the teaching of curricular units within official study cycles.

The mobility will have a minimum duration of 2 days (and 8 hours of teaching) and a maximum of 2 months (please read the Regulation), and will take place at a university with which Iscte has a cooperation agreement, located in one of the countries participating in the Programme, which include: EU Member States, Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.

Before applying, please carefully check the following documents (below):

  • Regulation.
  • List of Erasmus+ partnerships (that provides vacancies for mobility for teachers).
  • Individual Support Table.
  • Travel Contribution Table.


The application is open until 25 October.

Teaching periods are allowed up to 31 May 2019.

To formalize the application, please send to the following documentation:

  • Application Form (filled and signed);
  • Invitation from the host university, already with the expected dates for the expected mobility (an email is enough).

The application form and the invitation must be sent within the application deadline.

You may find all the above mentioned documents below (only available in Portuguese language).

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