Study in Portugal

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Portugal has long been most well known as a sun tourist hot spot. And although this is true, Portugal has far more to offer than wonderful beaches and great climate. Portugal is a country with a rich culture and a fascinating history, dating back to the 13th century. In the Middle Ages, Portugal was a great power largely responsible for opening up the Americas for the rest of the world. Today, the country of Portugal is an up and coming member of the European Union, willing to prove its capabilities in more than just tourism. Higher Education just happens to be one of them. Portuguese university programs are extremely affordable. Thousands of foreign students study in Portugal every year under the European Union's Erasmus student exchange program. That means there are lots of degree programs and courses taught in English, covering a wide range of subjects.

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  • Living expense in Portugal

    Although the cost of living has risen considerably in the last decade, Portugal remains less expensive than most other Western & Northern European countries. In particular, rents, food & primary goods, and entertainment are reasonably cheap.

    The National Health Service (SNS) in Portugal has a network of bodies and services which provide complete healthcare to the whole population, through which the State guarantees peoples' right to health.

    The SNS is made up of all the public entities that provide healthcare - hospitals, local health units, health centres and family health units, or groups of health centres.

    Considering accommodation, food, telephone, local travel and leisure costs, students should consider a monthly budget of 300 - 400 euros depending on the location.

    After study options in Portugal

    Non-EU nationals can only obtain a work permit if offered a secure job contract by a formal employer. If an expat does manage to find a job offer, the hiring company starts the process by applying to the Portuguese Labour Authorities for the work permit with a copy of the contract. Once completed, the expat applicant must apply for a Portuguese work permit at their local Portuguese Embassy. As a non European or EEA national, If you possess specialized skills that are hard to acquire, then you have a greater chance of getting an offer of employment. One of the requirements of obtaining a work permit may be proficiency in the official language.

    There are several documents that need to be submitted in addition to the work permit application:

    Valid passport
    Evidence of financial means
    Work contract
    Means of transport
    Health insurance
    The work permit application process in Portugal can take up to eight months. Permits are usually granted for six months, and are renewable.

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