Students do not need to submit a special form in order to book accommodation. Rather, the International Relations Office (IRO) will provide all information and guidance needed for obtaining accomodation prior to the beginning of the semester, and will offer concrete assistance upon student arrival if necessary.
To enter Portuguese territory, all citizens coming from countries that are not members of the European Union must:
Students from the countries of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) are covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which allows them to benefit from the Portuguese social security system as Portuguese citizens do. To obtain these benefits, students should contact their Social Security Center and request the issuance of the EHIC card before traveling to Portugal. Students from outside the EU or EEA must make sure before they travel that they have health insurance which guarantees medical care during their stay in Portugal. Brazilian students who benefit from the Brazilian social security system may also apply for the PB4 form from the appropriate institution in Brazil, which allows them to benefit from the healthcare system in Portugal in the same manner as Portuguese nationals. For more information, see the file below.
The International Relations Office (IRO) has set up a tutoring system in which Iscte students offer their assistance and support to new international students, helping with arrival, accommodation, counseling on practical issues such as opening a bank account, buying 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.
Each semester, the IRO organizes an Orientation week for exchange students, the main objective of which is to present Iscte and its surroundings. During this programme, students participate in a variety of academic, informational, social and cultural activities. In this context, students get to know the IRO team, other foreign students, the group of Buddies and the city of Lisbon. This Orientation programme normally takes place 1 week before the beginning of each academic semester.
To better prepare for your integration, it is strongly advised that you read the Arrival Book below.
Portuguese Language Courses
Different levels of Portuguese Language Courses are offered to foreign exchange students who want to improve their Portuguese for academic or personal reasons.
Cost of Living
Living costs in Lisbon are lower than those in other European capitals. Foreign students should consider minimum basic costs per month to range from € 600 to € 700. Some reference values are:
Accommodation: € 250,00 to € 350,00 per month
Transportation: about € 35,65 per month
Meal in the university canteen: € 2,40
Meal at an inexpensive restaurant: € 7,00