Portugal has so many sides to be considered and evaluated when talking about study there. From one point, you enjoy amazing weather, beautiful beaches and landscapes and lovely cuisine.
Portugal very attractive for many students all over the world when choosing the host country for mobility programme or degree. From another point, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, with low living costs and it is far away easier for young people to find job, compared to Spain, for example Tuition Fees.
Why study in Portugal
There are two types of universities in Portugal – private and public. Generally public universities are cheaper, but some private universities from their behalf provide discounts up to 100% of the lecture fees according to the evaluation marks.One thing you should remember is that if you attend a public university, fees are payable annually and at most private universities you will have to pay a part of the total tuition monthly.
Cost of study in Portugal
- Tuition costs in public universities
Tuition fees in public universities are usually set according to the regulations set by the Ministry of Education in Portugal, which is a minimum fee equivalent to 1.3 times the minimum national wage rate.
Full time students enrolled on Bachelor and Master programmes pay between 950 and 1,250 EUR/year. For third level degrees (PhD courses), the average tuition fee can lead to approximately 2,500 – 3,000 EUR per academic year. An exception is Coimbra city, where tuition fees are smaller, around 700 EUR/year.
- Tuition costs in private universities
Most private universities are forming their tuition fees upon the number of credits each student obtain during the years. Average tuition fees in private universities range between 3,323 and 3,872 EUR/year for any degree level.
Besides tuition fees, some universities apply taxes for the matriculas which also varies from the university, the department and part or full time studying. Each student has to pay registration fee of about 25 to 30 EUR and annual insurance of less than 2 EUR.
Living Expenses for students in Portugal
Portugal is considered to be one of the cheapest countries in Europe. Of course living costs vary in the different regions, but compared to the other countries it is significantly cheaper.
Average living costs in Portugal vary between 650 and 850 EUR per month. These sums are meant to cover for all your expenditures: accommodation, food, public transportation and other costs.
Lisbon, the capital has the highest living costs, while in smaller cities like Coimbra and other; you can easily survive with a small budget of 500 – 600 EUR/month.
Accommodation costs in Portugal are pretty much in line with the international average, so especially if you choose or can get a place in halls of residence, you won’t spend a big amount on housing.
Here is a list of the most common housing options:
Students halls of residence – between 165 and 230 EUR/month for a single room.
Rent apartment – one-bedroom apartment is between 330 and 450 EUR/month.
Home stay – around 500 EUR/month, with breakfast included.
Hostel – 20 – 22 EUR/night for a dorm room.
Prices for food and drink are usually not so different throughout Portugal. For your monthly food bills you would spend on average 120 EUR, not including eating out in restaurants.
A one-way ticket for local transport is 1,3 EUR, while a monthly fare for public transportation for students in Portugal is around 35 EUR/month. Exception is the metro card, which in most cities costs 20 EUR/month. In some small cities in Portugal or depending on where you stay, you won’t have to pay for transportation, except for some rare occasions, as you can easily wander around and explore the city by foot.
English language requirement
There are very few courses with English as the language of instruction. For these, applicants are required to prove a sufficient level of knowledge of English. Although the expected level of command of English may vary in line with the study programme or course, the minimum average English language requirement is 550 points (paper-based TOEFL test), or 213 points (computer-based TOEFL test), or 79-80 points (Internet-based TOEFL test), or 5.5-6.5 score in the IELTS test