Practical Information

Accommodation

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. 

VISA

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

  • Hold a valid visa 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 intended period of stay.
  • Not be registered in the SEF Integrated Information System or the Schengen Information System. 

Health insurance

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.

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, 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.

Orientation Programme

Each semester, the IRO organizes an Orientation week for exchange students, the main objective of which is to present ISCTE-IUL 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

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