Portugal is a hospitable country, with good opportunities to live and study!
With about 10 million inhabitants, is one of the oldest nations in the world, being independent since 1143.
Result of its history, Portugal is a country of many singularities shaped by Roman, Visigothic and Suevas, Arab, African influences as well as an entire world that crave to discover in the fifteenth century.
It was in this unique period in its history, in which “Gave new Worlds to the World” that Portuguese navigators traveled through the western and eastern coasts of Africa, opening up sea routes to India, Brazil, China, and Japan, making the Portuguese one of the most spoken languages and of the Portuguese people one of the more open-minded to new cultures and civilizations.
European Union member since 1986, Portugal is a modern country, endowed with good infrastructure and well connected to all other European countries, offering itself as an ideal gateway to Europe.
Simultaneously, it continues to invest and upgrade its vast artistic and archeological heritage. With a rich cuisine and a vibrant cultural life, Portugal is the testimony throughout its long history.
Portugal, a meeting place of distant cultures maintains its own identity as a hospitable people, peaceful and friendly!
Welcome to Portugal!
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Cost of Living
Take a glimpse at the average monthly cost of living for a student from the IPLeiria.
|City||Accommodation (Residence Hall)||Canteens||Public Transport|
|Leiria||146 €||200 €||15,25 € (monthly concession card)|
|Caldas da Rainha||146 €||200 €||22 € (80 trips)|
|Peniche||146 €||200 €||14,95 € (monthly concession card)|
Outside the Campus
|City||Accommodation (Outside the Campus)||Food/Shopping||Public Transport|
|Leiria||Between 150€ and 260€ (private Residence Hall /Flats downtown)||150€ – 300€||15,25€ (monthly concession card)|
|Caldas da Rainha||Between 120€ and 200€||150€ – 300€||22 € (80 trips)|
|Peniche||Between 120€ and 200€||150€ – 300€||14,95 € (monthly concession card)|
How to Get Here
Portugal’s privileged geographic situation makes it a point of entrance in Europe and a scale point of many foreign air companies.
From Lisbon you can arrive at Leiria, Caldas da Rainha or Peniche by car or by bus:
- Lisbon – Leiria (aprox. time: 1H30);
- Lisbon – Caldas da Rainha (aprox. time: 1h15);
- Lisbon – Peniche (aprox. time: 1h00);
More information: http://maps.google.com
From General Humberto Delgado´s airport, Lisbon, you can use one of the three options:
- Lisbon’s metropolitan ( Metro Aeroporto Station – Sete Rios Metro de Lisboa
- Direct bus to Sete Rios o AEROBUS
- Taxi to the Bus Terminal of Sete Rios (Rede Nacional de Expressos) in Sete Rios.
Bus Terminal of Sete Rios:
- Bus from Lisbon – Leiria (aprox. time: 1h45);
- Bus from Lisbon – Caldas da Rainha (aprox. time: 1h15);
- Bus from Lisbon – Peniche (aprox. time: 1h30);
More information: http://www.rede-expressos.pt/
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In public telephone booths, it can be used coins and special cards that are for sale in Telecom Portugal shops, post offices, and in some kiosks and tobacconists (each one properly identified).
If you already have a mobile phone you can use roaming or buy a prepaid SIM card. You may also do a contract. SIM cards are available in major Portuguese mobile telecommunications operators:
When opening a bank account, in any Portuguese bank, you must submit the following documents:
- Tax Identification Number (TIN) issued by the Portuguese Tax Offices;
- ID document (passport);
- Proof of residence;
- Proof of survival means or scholarship.
With the opening of a bank account, you will be entitled to a debit card that will allow handling the account in agencies or electronic boxes or and also make payments and purchases.
Banks are opened on Monday through Friday, from 8:30 to 15:00, and closed on weekends and public holidays.
- January 1st – New Year’s Day
- March / April (optional) – Carnival
- March / April – Good Friday and Easter Day
- April 25th – Freedom Day
- May 1st – Labour Day
- June 10th – Day of Portugal, Camões, and the Portuguese Communities
- August 15th – Day of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
- December 8th – Immaculate Conception
- December 25th – Christmas Day