Practical Information


It is not necessary to fill in a special form for booking accommodation. The International Relations Office (GRI) provides all necessary information and guidance prior to students arrival and concrete assistance upon arrival. 


To enter Portuguese territory, all citizens coming from countries that are not members of the European Union must:

  • Hold a valid visa that is appropriate for the purpose of the visit. This visa must be requested at a Portuguese diplomatic mission or permanent consular post abroad.
  • Have sufficient means of subsistence for the period of stay.
  • Not be subject to any alert issued in the SEF Integrated Information System or the Schengen Information System. 

Health insurance

Students from the countries of the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) are covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which allows them to benefit from the national social security system as any Portuguese citizen. To benefit from this framework, students should contact their Social Security Center and request the issuance of this card, before traveling to Portugal. Students from outside the EU or EEA must make sure before they travel that they have health insurance to guarantee medical care during their stay in Portugal. In particular, Brazilian students, linked to Brazilian social security, may also apply for the PB4 form to the competent institution in Brazil, to benefit from health care in Portugal, under conditions of equality with Portuguese nationals. For more information see the file below.

Buddy Programme

The International Relations Office (IRO) has set up a tutoring system in which ISCTE-IUL students offer their assistance and support to new international students (arrival, accommodation, counseling on practical issues such as opening a bank account, buy a monthly transportation pass, etc.). Prior to arrival, each international exchange student will be assigned a buddy student.

If you do not wish to be contacted by a Buddy, please inform the IRO.

Orientation Programme

Each semester IRO organizes an Orientation week, specially dedicated to exchange students, whose main objective is to present ISCTE-IUL and its premises. During this initiative students participate in a variety of activities of an academic, informative, social and cultural nature. In this context students get to know the  IRO  team, all the other foreign students, the group of buddies and the city of Lisbon. This guidance programme normally takes place 1 week before the beginning of each academic semester.

To better prepare your integration, it is strongly advised to read the Arrival Book below.

Portuguese Language Courses

Different levels of Portuguese Courses are offered to foreign mobility students who want to improve Portuguese for academic or personal reasons.

Cost of Living

The standard of living in Lisbon is lower than in other European capitals. Foreign students should consider some minimum basic costs per month from around € 600 to € 700. Some reference values:

Accommodation: € 250,00 to € 350,0

Transport: about € 35,65

Meal in the university canteen € 2.40

Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: € 7,00

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