WELCOME NOTE BY ESN PORTUGAL Dear International students, On behalf of the board of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal and all the members across the country, I welcome you to Portugal! Every year we invest more and more time and effort to give you the best experience possible and to make you feel at home apart from home. The Erasmus Student Network - or ESN, as you will remember it afterwards - is an international organisation made by and for students on a voluntary basis. This shows that everything is done with pleasure, commitment and above all, with the love of doing it so that we can help you! The Survival Guide is a tool we create every year to help your integration in Portugal.You will find a checklist of what to do and visit across the country where an ESN section is present. Feel free to contact them since they will be happy to assist you! Also, within this guide,you will find general information about transportation, communications and many others, so explore it as much as you can and make sure to use all the discounts that we have for you. Do not forget to also explore the website of each ESN section as they have plenty of opportunities to give. You will also find all the international projects of ESN and the national events we organise every year for you, such as the ESNOlympics and the Erasmus National Meeting (ENM). You will have lots of fun, meet new friends and even have the opportunity to share your culture! You might not know it but you are in the country that was last year awarded as the best country in the ESN network, which we only earned thanks to you! We want to keep on improving so we count on your support to keep on getting better. We hope that by the end of your exchange programme you will feel “saudade”, a Portuguese-only word that expresses the bittersweetness of wanting to live again moments that can no longer be lived. Welcome to Portugal!
João Costa, President of the Erasmus Student Network Portugal
A guide for every exchange student having their mobility period in Portugal.