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Porto at a glance

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southwestern Europe. Porto is located along the Douro river estuary in Northern Portugal.Under the Celtic-Latin name Portus Cale, Porto is extremely welcoming with international students and universities’ offerings cover numerous programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate degree. Universities in Porto promote quality education and focus on individual vocations and labour market needs as well. Universities are also looking to become internationally recognised as European centres in excellent teaching and research. Explore this city in your spare time and get inside the Portuguese culture.


Studying in Porto

Universities in Porto cover a huge palette of study degree programmes, for Bachelor’s and Master’s level and for PhD. You will have the option to enrol in courses that are taught in either Portuguese, English or Spanish. In whatever language you choose to follow your studies in, you must deliver evidence of language proficiency, as follows:

  • for Portuguese: DAPLE or DUPLE
  • for English: TOEFL or IELTS
  • for Spanish: DELE

After you enrol, you can also take Portuguese language courses within your university.

Choose from disciplines like: architecture, arts, computer science, engineering, law, criminology, languages, journalism, medicine, design, media, business, psychology, MBA.

You can also apply for university short courses, related to fields like business, arts, law, education, or psychology, and some distance degree courses are available; these are mostly dedicated to students who want to specialise in biochemistry, information science or international relations.


Career opportunities in Porto

The economy of Porto is continually developing and seeking new foreign investment opportunities. The most internationally famous local product is the port wine, exported all over the world and one of the city’s major sectors. Other growing industries are: service sector, manufacturing (textile, pottery, machines, furniture).

Some of the biggest companied located in Porto are: Millennium Bank, Sonae, Cerealis, BPI, Petrogal, Critical Manufacturing, Accenture, Deloitte, Nokia, Mazars.

International students will find plenty of internships in local companies and they are highly encouraged by universities to gain practical experience, especially in their field of study.


Porto city life

Porto is a stunningly beautiful city, where you can stroll around the narrow streets, relax in numerous cafés, check out the beach, admire modern architecture and taste the famous and fabulous Porto wine. A must see is the historical centre, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Other popular attractions in Porto include:

  • Porto Cathedral
  • The gothic Igreja de São Francisco (Church of Saint Francis)
  • Palácio da Bolsa
  • The National Museum Soares dos Reis
  • Port Wine Institute
  • City Hall
  • Torre dos Clérigos (Clerics' Tower)
  • Casa da Música (House of Music)

Have a lovely walk and admire a traditional market of fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, the Mercado do Bolhão, on Rua (Street) Formosa.

See a play or dance performance at the historical São João National Theatre, the Rivoli theatre, or Casa da Música.

Porto can satisfy sport fans, as well, as many sport events take place, centred around cricket, tennis, or football.

Night life in Porto is pretty dynamic, so go out and enjoy the great atmosphere in one of the local dance clubs, bars and pubs. Do try port wine and some of the Portuguese dishes, like the Francesinha, or Gomes de Sá Bacalhau.

Attend one of the festivals held in Porto, like St. John (São João Festival), or Queima das Fitas.

Whenever you feel like seeing other places of Portugal, you can go to Aveiro and Guimaraes cities, both around half an hour away, or to Vila Real, around 45 minutes away by train or by car.

International atmosphere in Porto

The multicultural atmosphere of Porto city is highly sustained by the large international student population, coming from all over Europe.

As far as the foreign-born residents, these are comprised of Africans, Eastern Europeans (mainly from Ukraine and Croatia), Brazilians and Asians.

Many multinational companies have also placed a local office or agency in Porto.

Weather Porto

Weather in Porto is generally warm, with dry summers and mild, rainy winters. Precipitations are frequent, as Porto is one of the wettest cities of Europe. However, summers are usually sunny with average temperatures between 16 °C (61 °F) and 27 °C (81 °F), sometimes getting as high as 38 °C (100 °F). During winter, temperatures range between 5 °C (41 °F) and 15 °C (59 °F) and no snowfall is recorded.


Accommodation costs in Porto

What will make a big difference in how much you spend living in Porto is the cost of accommodation. For example, rent on a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre can be as much as 500 EUR/month.

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Living costs in Porto

Porto if very affordable for students, with living costs between 550-870 EUR/month. 

Universities in Porto

Welcome to the University of Porto , one of the 150 best universities in Euro... Okay, you must already know that at this time. What you probably do not know is all there is to discover in a beautiful Country with such unique history, in a City that is a top European tourist destination.

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FEP is the School of Economics and Management of the University of Porto. University of Porto is one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in Portugal and Europe, and highly ranked worldwide. Within its 14 schools and research units, the University of Porto has over 32,000 students – of which 19% are international students - and about 2500 teachers and researchers.

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