Visas for Indians in Portugal
António Costa announces simplification of visas for young people, scientists and entrepreneurs who want to go to India and Indians who want to come to Portugal.
Prime Minister António Costa announced today that during his state visit to India, agreements will be signed to simplify entrance visas for young students, members of the scientific and business communities of the two countries.
This agreement was put forward by António Costa before starting next Saturday a six-day state visit to India, starting in Delhi, passing through Bangalore, ending in Goa, former Portuguese colony and homeland of the prime minister's father , Orlando Costa.
City of Porto has won the award for best destination 2017!
The City of Porto has won the award for best destination 2017!
See link: http://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-of-europe/european-best-destinations-2017/
The majority of Portuguese Higher Education Institutions offer accommodation in Student Residences. These are usually spread out around the city/town. Higher Education Institution campuses which include housing facilities are rare in Portugal.
Although the easiest and often cheapest option for students is to stay in Students’ Residence, you may want to rent your own room/flat. If so, check:
- local newspapers (e.g. Ocasião)
- Internet (e.g. EasyQuarto,BQuarto, Erasmus Lisboa, Uniplaces, OLX, etc.)
- Pin-walls inside Higher Education Institutions buildings’
Sharing a flat with other students is very common in Portugal. Prices vary significantly depending on the city (Lisbon is e.g. more expensive than other Portuguese cities) and the area (living in the outskirts is, obviously, less expensive than living in town centre). Prices range roughly from 150€ up to 350€ depending on location, facilities, and the landlord’s common sense!
- Try to see the room in person before renting it. Pictures on the internet are often misleading.
- If possible, contact other students of your institution to get advice on how to find a room to rent in the city where you plan to study next. If you are lucky, he/she will even offer you his/her room for the following semester.
- Bear in mind that in Portugal it is still very common for old people to rent a room in their own house/apartment. If you want to avoid this kind of accommodation, look for flats ‘sem senhorio’ (without landlord).
Portuguese Higher Education
Portugal is home to one of the oldest Universities in Europe, the University of Coimbra, founded in 1290. In Portugal, before the 1960s the attendance of Higher Education Institutions was very low and usually restricted to members of middle and upper class families. However, during the last decade of the Estado Novo regime, secondary and university education experienced the fastest growth of Portuguese education\'s history. Today Higher Education is generalised and many secondary education students enroll in Higher Education.
Portuguese Educational System
The portuguese educational system comprises three levels: basic, secondary and higher education. Pre-school education is optional and is for children between the ages of three and the age of entering basic education. Basic Education is universal, compulsory and free and comprises three cycles, the first cycle lasts for four years, the second lasts for two years and the third lasts for three years. Secondary education is compulsory and it comprises a three year cycle (corresponding to 10th, 11th and 12th year of schooling).
The Higher Education System
The Portuguese Higher Education system has been undergoing a profound reform, in accordance with the European-wide strategy for the modernisation of Higher Education promoting the knowledge-based economy and society. A series of measures have been introduced in the last years for the accomplishment of what is known as the Bologna Process, namely with the aim to widen access to Higher Education, particularly for new publics, guaranteeing quality evaluation, modernising and internationalising Higher Education.
Higher Education is divided into three cycles of studies. Generic qualification descriptors were also defined for each of the cycles of studies, based on acquired competences, as well as the structure for the first and second cycles of study in terms of typical ECTS intervals.
Higher Education Institutions
Higher Education in Portugal is divided into two sub-systems, university education and polytechnic education.
The network of public Higher Education Institutions comprises 14 Universities, 20 Polytechnic Institutes and 6 institutions of military and police Higher Education.
The network of private Higher Education Institutions comprises 36 Universities and 64 Polytechnic Institutes.
TRAVEL & LEISURE IN PORTUGAL
Lisbon\'s extensive underground system is operated by Metropolitano de Lisboa, while trams and buses are provided by the Companhia Carris de Ferro de Lisboa (Carris). The city\'s suburban rail lines, operated by Portuguese Railways, are useful for covering longer distances and Transtejo ferries ply the Tagus. Porto also has an underground (Metro de Porto), trams and buses. Tickets: Pre-paid booklets (7 Colinas, in Lisbon and Andante, in Porto) and Monthly Cards are the cheapest way of getting around in cities. Taxis are cheap and readily available in major cities. No wonder that they are one of the most common means of transport in Portuguese cities. Taxi drivers are not generally tipped, but passengers commonly round up the fare.
Air Domestic flights are operated by:
- TAP - Air Portugal: between Lisbon, Oporto, Faro, Funchal (Madeira) and Ponta Delgada (Azores).
- SATA: mainly operating between the Azores archipelago and Madeira.
CP - Comboios de Portugal, the Portuguese railway company, offers a vast rail network covering mainland Portugal.
There are a number of railway options:
- Alfa Pendular trains offer the fastest and most comfortable rail link between Lisbon and the Algarve and, in the north, Oporto or Braga, with stops in Coimbra.
- Intercidades or Intercity service covers the Lisbon-Oporto-Guimarães, Lisbon-Guarda, Lisbon-Covilhã, Lisbon-Évora-Beja and Lisbon-Faro routes.
- A vast network of regional, inter-regional and suburban trains covering the country.
As already mentioned, traffic drives on the right. There is an adequate system of roads all around the country. Travel by motorway is subject to a toll according to the distance covered and the type of vehicle. Petrol stations are generally open 7am to 8pm, although some are open 24 hours.
- Bus: There are frequent coach services between all Portuguese cities. For further information, contact Rede Nacional de Expressos.
- Car hire: Available from major and local providers in main towns and airports, with or without driver.
- Regulations: The minimum age for driving is 18 (but drivers must be at least 21 to 25 if hiring a car). Cars may be imported for up to six months. Traffic signs are international. Speed limits are 50km/h (30mph) in built-up areas, 90km/h (56mph) outside built-up areas and 120km/h (70mph) on motorways.
Why Civil Engineering?
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First Reason: The program. Master Degree in Civil Engineering is english-taught and will prepare you to find solutions related to structures, hydraulics and environment, road design, planning, and transportation. In the second year accordingly to your career goals, you may undertake a Project, investigative research or an internship.
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