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Deciding where to take your study abroad program is not an easy task. There are many aspects that international students need to consider before pinning their destination on the map. So, we want to help them by explaining why choosing to study abroad in Portugal is one of the best decisions they can make in their life. Situated in southern Europe on the Atlantic Ocean, bordering Spain, Portugal’s culture stems from the ocean. International students rate Portugal as a very good study destination in Europe. check the following reasons:

The excellent universities

All over the country, there are universities with excellent track records and reputations. Just to count a few: the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa earned a place in the QS ranking of the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years old, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) has a world-class Masters in Management, and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) has been a leading European architecture school for decades.

The low cost of living

Portugal is by far the cheapest country in Western Europe, and Lisbon is one of the cheapest big cities in Europe. This means that if students are on a tight budget they are going to get by just fine here and if they are not, they get to live comfortably

Portugal welcomes international students with open arms

The Portuguese have a well-deserved reputation for being hospitable. International students are warmly received by the locals, and after a first meeting, it’s all hugs, kisses, food, and beer. Without discriminating tourists from workers, Erasmus students, or postgraduate researchers, this country looks at each visitor as a welcome guest.

It’s a small country, and proud of it!

Portugal’sbeing a small country has its own advantages. The beach is always nearby, for example – beach 20/30 minutes away from the Porto or Lisbon. If students get a free day from school, they can visit any city in the country for a day trip and be back in time for school the next day. Or they can get to know the country a lot better on a weekend.

Learn Portuguese – a global language

Even though Portugal is one of those rare countries in Europe where people make an effort to understand people in the street, whether they speak to them in English, Spanish, or even Russian, if they study in Portugal they will learn their way around some basic Portuguese. If students do learn Portuguese, they will be speaking the world’s sixth most spoken language: this is a great CV-booster `once they graduate and can help them build links with people in four different continents (South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia).

The weather!

The rain in Spain might stay mainly in the plain, but Portugal much prefers its sunshine. Most years we receive only around 90 rainy days across the country – and regions in the south of Portugal, like Alentejo and the Algarve, boasting more than 300 sunny days every year.