Why you should choose Portugal for Erasmus

Are you planning to study in Portugal? Every year, the Portuguese universities receive hundreds of international students from everywhere in the world. It’s one of the most attractive destinations to get a degree or participate in an exchange program such as Erasmus. Students leave with unforgettable memories and unique experiences. 

Here are a few reasons why Portugal is such a great place for you to study:


Good weather

The Mediterranean climate is great for outdoor activities, and you will find yourself spending a lot of time outside. In the south of Portugal, there are about 300 days of sun per year, and usually, the Summer season goes from May to October, so you’ll have plenty of time to go to the beach. 

Praia de São Rafael em Albufeira, Algarve, sul de Portugal.

São Rafael Beach in Albufeira.


Low cost of living

In the past few years, the cost of living has been increasing, but Portugal is still one of the cheapest European countries to live in. You can enjoy some free museums, coffee for 0.60€ and meals for 5€. In Lisbon, there is a flea market every Tuesday and Saturday, called “Feira da Ladra”, where you can find everything from handmade goods, to clothes, books and antiques.

Mercado dos Lavradores, no centro do Funchal, ilha da Madeira, Portugal.

Farmers’ market in Funchal.


Excellent food

Portugal is a complete paradise for a foodie! The dishes are numerous and very rich, and the desserts are simply delicious. If you like to cook, there are a lot of markets you can go to, where you can find good quality and fresh products. 

Fabrico de pastéis de nata, tradicional doce português.

Portuguese custard tart.


Great universities

Portugal has some of the oldest universities in the world, with hundreds of years of research and teaching experience. You will be able to attend some of the most famous and well-ranked European universities, and you’ll have the opportunity to learn Portuguese, an official language in nine countries, spoken by over 250 million people.

Universidade de Coimbra, a universidade mais antiga de Portugal.

University of Coimbra, the oldest university in Portugal. Photo by @gabimf.


Fun everywhere

If you love spending time outside there are wonderful beaches and gardens you can go to, and even more outdoor cafes where you can relax and spend time with your friends. Indoors, we have a lot of museums you to explore, and if you like to have a drink or two, there are a lot of bars with all kinds of atmospheres.

Surf na praia de Figueira da Foz, Portugal.

Surfing at Figueira da Foz beach.


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