Considering studying in Portugal?

on 8:05 pm

Well, might as well be useful and tell you what you need to study in Portugal, in case you decide to move here from abroad. Of course the information I'm going to give applies to people moving from Canada before the Bologna reforms, since that is the only experience I have on the matter (and I moved here as a Portuguese national, so I didn’t have to face all the bureaucratic hassles).

Of course, before moving here you'd better think long and hard on what you objectives are, what you'd have to gain, and what you have to lose.

If you're planning on using the Portuguese experience as a stepping stone to the rest of Europe, or if you want to help take Portugal out from the economic crapper, and enjoy great food and weather while you’re at it, then go for it!

What you need:
  • Official transcripts from your high school
  • Official transcripts from your university or college.
  • Course descriptions (if you plan on applying for course equivalences, so you don’t have to repeat them)
  • A letter from the Ministry of Education of your province that declares that the college or university that you attended is official recognized by the government as authorized to grant academic degrees (in order to avoid people with mail-order degrees)
  • Up-to-date vaccines
  • A valid Canadian passport
  • Residence study visa from the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate 
  • Knowledge of prerequisite courses, otherwise you may to take entrance exams
  • A reasonably good understanding of the Portuguese language (real-world experience is the best teacher!)
  • Money

And remember folks, in Portugal, the more official looking the document the better!

Here’s a link to get started.

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