MBA in Portugal
Considering Portugal as your study destination?
Portugal is the most Western country in Europe, famed for its idyllic beaches, Mediterranean climate and long, storied history. It is one of the oldest nations in the continent and its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites convey the depth of natural beauty throughout the country. Tourists have long flocked to the Algarve region to the south whilst major cities Lisbon and Porto are attracting an increasing number of expats and students every year. They are no doubt tempted by the warm climate, affordable cost of living and highly-regarded universities.
To study an MBA in Portugal is to enjoy a truly international experience. The country’s level of English is ranked amongst the best in Europe (according to the annual EF English Proficiency Index*) and that reflects in the increasing number of English courses available to international students. The University of Coimbra is the oldest university here and remains one of the most prestigious, whilst the Nova School of Business & Economics and the Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics are two leading European business schools. Portugal’s blend of teaching excellence, quality of life and post-graduation job prospects make it an unbeatable international study destination.
- Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world and an official language in nine countries across four continents
- The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world having been founded in 1290
- In March 2018 Portugal reached a notable landmark – renewable energies alone powered the country for more than four days
- Livraria Bertrand in central Lisbon is officially the oldest bookstore in the world that is still in operation. It opened its doors in 1732!
- Portugal is notable for producing several global leaders such as António Guterres, United Nations secretary-general; José Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission and Diogo de Freitas do Amaral, former president of the UN General Assembly
Graduate Schools in Portugal
Top MBA Programs in Portugal
5 things you need to know
What do I need to know if I want to study in Portugal?
How much will it cost to live and study in Portugal?
Those who study in Portugal are likely to pay less than other Western European nations. In the two main cities of Lisbon and Porto monthly rent will cost between €300 and €600 depending on your living situation (shared apartment, university residence or private apartment). The cost of studying for a Master in Business Administration in Portugal ranges from €20,000 to €40,000 depending on the business school.
Do I need to get a VISA to live and study in Portugal?
Portugal is part of the European Union and so EU/EEA citizens will not need a visa to study in Portugal. However, they will need to apply for a certificado de registo from the local council office if the stay is over 90 days. People from outside the EU will need a visa to study in Portugal. You can find out more information on the Study & Research in Portugal website.
How reputable are universities from Portugal?
Some of the most prestigious universities in Portugal include the University of Lisbon, the University of Porto and the University of Coimbra. The Lisbon MBA, a joint venture between Nova School of Business & Economics and the Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, is ranked by the Financial Times as one of the top 20 in Europe.
What is the job market like for graduates here?
Average salaries in Portugal are below the European average. It is undoubtedly a competitive job market but with the country facing skills shortages in the likes of IT, communications and tourism, there remain opportunities here for skilled graduates. Having a strong command of Portuguese and English is a great way of getting ahead of other candidates.
Are there a lot of international students in Portugal?
There are 50,000 international students in Portugal and they make up 7.8% of the total student population. That proportion of international students is higher than Spain (3.5%) and Italy (5.6%) but some way short of European leaders Switzerland (17.7%) and the United Kingdom (18.3%).