TO STUDY IN LISBON
Lisbon is an unforgettable destination for all students who want a unique experience in terms of university lifestyle, hospitality, gastronomy, culture, and leisure.
1 | Excellency in Education
Lisbon offers students a qualified network of both public and private universities and research centers, promoting close collaboration with higher education institutions of international standing (such as MIT or Carnegie Mellon). The Lisbon MBA was created through a partnership between the Nova University of Lisbon, the Catholic University of Portugal, and the MIT Sloan School of Management, considered the 52nd best in the world by the Financial Times ranking. The city also offers several other top quality MBA and executive programs. Universities and research centers in Lisbon intensively encourage exchange between teachers, students and researchers through various international cooperation programs, especially Erasmus. In 2010 / 2011, Lisbon received approximately 3400 Erasmus students.
2 | Affordable Tuition and Cost of Life
Lisbon is one of the cheapest cities in the European Union – ranking 2nd and 6th in the years 2010 and 2011, among the 35 cities polled by Cushman & Wakefield.
The cost of higher education is low (tuition can be paid annually or in installments, reaching the approximate total value of 1000 Euros/year/graduation).
3 | Accommodation and Housing
Lisbon offers around 72 students residences, principally located in the city center, with easy access to the various campuses around the city. Lisbon also boasts numerous internationally acclaimed hostels; offering high-quality accommodation at reduced prices, which have received several awards.
4 | Sporting Opportunities and Great Climate
Lisbon was considered the 23rd World’s Best City to Live by Monocle Magazine (July / August 2011).
The sun shines approximately 239 days a year! Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is known for its unique light. It’s a city with a diverse offering of restaurants and bars with excellent cuisine. The fact that Lisbon is the sunniest capital in Europe offers the opportunity to practice sports such as jogging, biking, hiking, golf, horse riding, football or skateboarding. Its closeness to the river and the sea also allows for rowing, canoeing, surfing, sailing or kitesurfing. Two of the most spectacular coastal sites of Europe are situated in Guincho (25 min. away) and Ericeira (35 min. away), the latter being the largest surfing reserve in Europe.
5 | Friendly People and a Welcoming City
Lisboners are friendly and spontaneous. 42% speak two foreign languages and at least 23% speak three. The most spoken foreign languages are English, French and Spanish. Lisbon is home to numerous communities from Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Ukraine, India and China, among others.
6 | Culture and Creativity
History is present at every corner when we walk through Lisbon’s old neighborhoods of Baixa, Alfama and Castelo. At night, you can easily find places to hear Fado, Lisbon’s typical musical genre, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity in 2011. There is always something happening in Lisbon, from major concerts to film and music festivals. Lisbon has a wide range of cultural facilities, shops and places of leisure with strong links to the city’s traditional neighborhoods. It is a truly creative city with a variety of cultural events and over 75 museums and galleries.
7 | Safety
Security is one of Lisbon’s strengths, being the safest capital in Europe (Eurostat – 2010 report). Lisbon also ranks among the top 50 cities with respect to personal security (MERCER – Quality of living worldwide city rankings 2011).
Portugal has low indicators for violent crime, being rated as the 13th safest country in the world (Global Peace Index).
8 | A Green City
Environmental sustainability is one of Lisbon’s strong points. The city has a network of station points to supply electric cars and of cycle paths (http://lisboaciclavel.cm-lisboa.pt/) connecting residential areas to services and green areas. Besides the city’s major green areas – Monsanto Forest Park and the Bela Vista Park (site of the Rock in Rio music festival) – there are also several parks and gardens of historic and artistic interest, where you can relax and enjoy the city.
9 | Leisure and Entertainment
Lisbon hosts events (many of international notoriety) throughout the year for a diversity of audiences (E.g.: the Rock in Rio festival, the Volvo Ocean Race and The Tall Ships Races all took place in Lisbon in 2012). Along the Tagus waterfront are numerous places to dine, drink or dance, such as the Alcantara Docks. The area of Bairro Alto, home to the city’s original Fado houses, is now full of bars and small restaurants.
10 | A Cosmopolitan City Open to the World
Lisbon is not only Europe’s Atlantic hub, but also that of Africa and the Americas. Portuguese explorers set sail from the Tagus river in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to give “new worlds to the world” (Luis de Camões, in “Os Lusiadas”). Lisbon has always welcomed new people and cultures, lending its inhabitants a spirit of great openness towards foreigners, as evidenced by the many favorable testimonies of those who work or study here.
“…A city that has the ability to turn a bad day into a magical one, getting rid of all problems and leaving you with a giant smile on your face…”
“…Living in Lisbon is like living in a postcard…”
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