Page 1

Contacts: General Office Contact E-mail: Address: IPP School of Education (Porto) Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 602 4200-465 Porto Telephone: +351 225 073 474 Fax: +351 225 073 464

Contents 1 - Welcome to ESE/IPP 2 - Portugal 3 - Porto 4 - About ESE/IPP 5 - About GRI 6 - Useful information 7 - Notes

1 - Welcome to ESE/IPP We are delighted that you took interest in the study opportunities offered by the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (ESE/IPP). We are proud of our institution with its highly motivated students and staff and excellent infra-structures. We are committed to the international cooperation in the field of education and expanding and consolidating our relationships with higher education institutions in Europe and beyond. This brochure is intended to inform students from abroad about studies at ESE/IPP and student life in Porto. You might not find answers to all your questions here, so please do not hesitate to contact our International Relations Office. We wish you an enjoyable and memorable experience in Porto and all the best in your studies at our school.

2 – Portugal Portugal is located in the south-west corner of Europe and includes the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. So, Portugal’s Territorial Organization is formed by three territorial areas: the Archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira (autonomous regions) and the mainland (which has 18 districts). Mainland Portugal, located on the Iberian Peninsula in the south-western corner of Europe, occupies an area of 88,889 km2. It has 832 km of Atlantic coast and a 1,215 km border with Spain. CLIMATE In spite of Portugal’s small territory, its climate varies significantly from one region to another since it is influenced by the relief, latitude and proximity to the sea. Even so, it generally offers mild winters, when compared to the rest of Europe and hot and dry summers, particularly in the inland areas. Because of the sea’s influence, temperatures are slightly lower in the coastal areas. In spite of the mild temperatures, in the North region, particularly inland, it gets cold and there is some snowfall (mainly in Serra da Estrela Mountains, the highest point in Portugal). There are often warm and sunny days in autumn, especially in November – the so called "St. Martin’s summer" as this saint’s day is on 11 November.

2 – Portugal LANGUAGE Of Latin origin, Portuguese is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world and is the mother tongue of about 200 million people. It is also the official language in: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe (in Africa), Brazil (in South America) and East Timor (in Asia). RELIGION The majority of Portuguese are Catholic. However the Portuguese Constitution guarantees religious freedom, which results in the presence of different religions in Portugal: Christians (Protestants of various denominations and Orthodox), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews. Fátima is one of the greatest Catholic sanctuaries of the world. More information at Portugal’s Official Tourist Website CURRENCY Since 1999, the Euro (€) is the official currency in Portugal..

3 – Porto Porto is Portugal's second city and capital of the North region. The city is located in the estuary of the Douro River in northern Portugal. The largest city in the region, Porto is considered the economic and cultural heart of the entire region. The city, which has an estimated population of about 220,000, lies at the centre of the political Greater Metropolitan Area of Porto, with a population of slightly more than 1.7 million. The historic centre of Porto was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. One of Portugal's most internationally famous products, Port wine, is named after the city because it is produced along the Douro Valley. The country was also named after the Latin name of Porto, “Portus Cale”. Porto district is one of the most industrialised districts in Portugal.

3 – Porto Sloping steeply down towards the river with its remarkable bridges – one of them designed by Gustavo Eiffel – it has been an inspiration to a variety of artists. It has been visited over the years by many eminent people – making it one of the oldest tourism destinations in Europe. Many areas in Porto, well planned and landscaped, have been dedicated to leisure. Gardens, waterside esplanades, sophisticated and attractive shopping areas and excellent sports facilities are just some of the amenities available to enjoy yourselves during free time.

Clérigos Tower

House of Music

Foz Beaches

Porto Wine Cellars

4 – The School of Education of Porto

The School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal (ESE/IPP) articulating the dimensions of education, research and service to the Community, offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including 12 master degrees, and also post-graduation and specialization programmes mainly in teacher education but also in other convergent areas such as social education and heritage and cultural management for over 1500 students. ESE/IPP has been an active participant in UE programs since 1986 and is involved in all aspects of teacher education, having long established links with schools and HE institutions both regionally and internationally.

4 – The School of Education of Porto ESE UTCs (Technique-Scientific Units) Visual Arts and Artistic Technologies Education Sciences Physic Sciences, Life and Environment Language Sciences and Literature Sports Drama Special Education Cultural and Social Education Foreign Languages Mathematics Music Psychology Supervision ICT and Multimedia

4 – The School of Education of Porto ESE Bachelors Music Education Visual Arts and Artistic Technologies Basic Education Foreign Languages and Cultures Sports Sciences Social Education Heritage Management Translation and Interpretation of Portuguese Sign Language ESE Masters Pre-school Education Pre-school education and Teaching the 1st Cycle of Basic Education Teaching Music Education in the Basic Education Teaching Visual and Technological Education in the Basic Education Teaching English and Another Foreign Language Teaching the 1st and 2nd Cycles of Basic Education Administration of Educational Organisations Social Education and Intervention Special Education: Multi-disabilities and Cognition Problems (Kindergarten Educators and Primary and Secondary School teachers) Experimental Teaching of Sciences in the 1st and 2nd Cycles of Basic Education Studies in Heritage Management Teaching English to Young Learners Pedagogical Supervision in Early Childhood Education and Primary Education Translation and Interpretation of Portuguese Sign Language

4 – The School of Education of Porto General Contacts Address IPP – Escola Superior de Educação do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 602 4200-465 Porto, Portugal Telephone +351 22 507 34 60 Fax +351 22 507 34 64 Email

Academic Calendar 2012/2013 Winter Semester Teaching period –1st October 2012 to 19th January 2013 Christmas break – 21st December 2012 to 1st January 2012 Assessment period – 24th January 2013 to 31st January 2013 Summer Semester Teaching period – 18th February 2013 to 8th June 2013 Easter break – 25rd March 2013 to 1st April 2013 Assessment period – 17th June 2013 to 26th June 2013

4 – The School of Education of Porto HOLIDAYS 1st January – New Year’s Day 12th February– Carnival 29th March – Good Friday 31st March – Easter 25th April – Freedom Day 1st May – Worker’s Day 10th June – Portugal Day 24th June – Saint John (Porto City Holiday) 5th October – Implantation of the Republic 1st November – All Saints Day 1st December – Restoration of Independence 8th December– Immaculate Conception 25th December – Christmas Day

5 – The International Relations Office (GRI) The International Relations Office is a service directly dependent on the Institutional Coordinator, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto. Our mission is the internationalization of ESE/IPP and its community. As follows, GRI develops its course of action at the level of the following Programmes: Lifelong Learning Programme, including Erasmus and Leonardo da Vinci and Cooperation with Brazil. It also cooperates in international projects coordination in the scope of international Programmes such as Comenius, Erasmus Intensive Programme, Grundtvig, among others. In 2008/2009 academic year, GRI begins to coordinate the national mobility programme “Vasco da Gama”, that allows the exchange of students between Polytechnics of Portugal.

Contacts: General Office Contact E-mail: Maria Inês Pinho International Relations Responsible E-mail: Diana Kruma - Ferreira International Relations Secretary E-mail: Address: IPP – School of Education (Porto) Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 602 4200-465 Porto, Portugal Telephone: +351 22 507 34 74 Fax: +351 22 507 34 64

5 – The International Relations Office (GRI) What to send before departure     

Student Application Form (2 copies) Learning Agreement (2 copies) 2 Photographs Accommodation Form Portuguese Language Form

Application deadlines: Winter Semester: June 1st Spring Semester: November 15th Do not forget to bring the European Health Insurance Card.

The moment you choose to come to ESE/IPP As soon as you decide to come to ESE/IPP in Erasmus, please contact the International Relations Office (GRI). We will assist you in the organization and fulfilment of all necessary documentation. All the relevant information (dates, subjects, credits) will be provided. Before departure, please inform us about precise date and hour of arrival in Porto. Should you arrive during the weekend or after office hours (17:00), please make the necessary arrangements concerning accommodation and inform us beforehand.

5 – The International Relations Office (GRI) What to do upon arrival Please contact the GRI of ESE/IPP by email: or or by telephone: +351225073474. You should get the “Confirmation of Arrival” (whenever it’s required). A meeting with your tutor will be scheduled.

What to do before getting back Before getting back home, you should contact the International Relations Office and ask for the Transcript of Records and also, if necessary, for the Confirmation of Erasmus Mobility.

The ECTS The “European Credits Transfer System” is based on the total amount of work a student has to produce. Work produced during one year amounts to 60 ECTS. Having that as rule, one semester amounts to 30 ECTS. The use of this system makes transfers from foreign institutions easier. Language Courses At ESE/IPP, courses are given in both languages (Portuguese and English). That’s why ESE/IPP advices to its Erasmus students to attend an EILC Portuguese Language Course. For more information, please contact

6 – Useful Information How to get to Porto, Portugal By plane The most important international airports are at Lisbon, Porto and Faro. TAP Air Portugal is the national airline and it has multiple daily flights to Lisbon from Porto and Faro, and carriers operating scheduled international services. Airport Francisco Så Carneiro Pedras Rubras, 4470 Maia Telephone 229 432 400 Fax: 229 412 543 E-mail: Website Lisboa Airport Alameda das Comunidades 1700-007 Lisboa Telephone +351 21 841 35 00 Fax: 351 21 841 36 75 E-mail: Website

6 – Useful Information By car You can cross the Portugal-Spain border through several places from the north to south (Valença do Minho (E01/A3), Chaves (N532), Bragança (E82/IP4), Guarda/Vilar Formoso (E80/IP5), Elvas (E90/A6/IP7), Serpa (N260) and Vila Real de Santo António (E1/IP1)). There are no longer any border controls. By train Daily international trains run between Paris-Lisbon (Sud Express), crossing the frontier at Vilar Formoso; between LisbonMadrid, crossing the frontier at Marvão; and between Porto-Vigo, crossing the frontier at Valença. There are two standard long-distance rail journeys into Portugal. Both take the TGV.

How to get to ESE/IPP The Metro (urban train) Station closest to ESE/IPP is Hospital de S. João Station. From there you can walk to ESE/IPP. The Trindade Station has connection with the rest of the urban train network From the city centre Bus: 300 or 305. The fastest way is by Metro (urban train): Line D (Hospital S. João).

6 – Useful Information From the airport Line E (Violet) connects the Airport Station to the Estádio do Dragão Station. The Airport Station is located right in front of the Arrivals of the International Francisco Sá-Carneiro Airport. Nevertheless, pedestrian access is guaranteed by an underground passage extending from the inside of the Airport to the Station itself, which is simple and practical to find with the help of clearly visible signs. Connection Airport-City centre If you want to go from the Airport Station to the Bolhão Station get on at Line E. Connection Airport-ESE If you’re in the city centre, get on at Line D at the Trindade Station. If you’re in the Estádio do Dragão Station (Campanhã) get on one of the 4 Lines and a change in Trindade Station is required. In Trindade Station, change to line D (Yellow) and take the direction of Hospital de S. João.

More Information at: Metro of Porto ( and STCP (

6 – Useful Information Contacts ESE/IPP Students’ Union (AEESEP) AEESEP - Associação de Estudantes da Escola Superior de Educação do Porto Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n 4200-465 Porto, Portugal Telephone/Fax: +351 22 550 74 79 General Email: President: Sports Area: Cultural Area: Accommodation University Residence Worldspru Porto Campanhã Interface de Campanhã Rua do Monte da Estação - Porta B 4300-342 Porto Telephone: +351 22 519 87 00 Fax: +351 22 510 45 04 Email: Hotel Ibis S. João Porto Rua Dr. Plácido Costa 4200-450 - PORTO - PORTUGAL Telephone: +351225513100 Fax: +351225513101 Transports Bus The name of Porto Bus Company is STCP (Porto Collective Transports Services). It offers an extended and modern network. A ticket and information office is located in front of Hospital S. João. You can see itineraries and timetables at

6 – Useful Information Train CP (Portuguese Trains) is the national railway company. You can find itineraries, timetables, prices and other informations at 10VgnVCM1000007b01a8c0RCRD&lang=en Library Serviço de Documentação e Publicações - Biblioteca Central Rua Dr. Roberto Frias Tel. +351 225 571 000 Fax. +351 225 020 772 Email: Website: Pharmacies Farmácia Vales Rua da Arroteia, 254 Pedrouços, Maia Telephone: +351 229039033 Farmácia Cortes Avenida Conde, 6175 S. Mamede de Infesta Telephone: +351 229010029 Farmácia Pedra Verde Rua da Mainça, 50 S. Mamede de Infesta Telephone: +351 229010949 Fire Brigade Associação Humanitária dos Bombeiros Voluntários de S. Mamede de Infesta Telephone: +351 229016309 / +351 229010017

6 – Useful Information Hospitals Hospital de S. João (Porto) Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro Telephone: +351 225512100 Hospital Pedro Hispano (Matosinhos) Rua Dr. Eduardo Torres Telephone: +351 229391000 Hospital de Sto. António (Porto) Largo Prof. Abel Salazar Telephone: +351 222077500 Hospital Joaquim Urbano (Gaia) Rua Câmara Pestana, 153 Telephone: +351 225899550 Airport Francisco Sá-Carneiro Airport: Located 11 km from Porto, in an important commercial and industrial area, Francisco Sá-Carneiro Airport is a modern infrastructure fully equipped to meet the demands of today’s air traffic. Bus lines to the centre of the city: Aerobus, 601; 87; 76 Metro (urban train) - Line E (Violet) Telephone: +351 229416231 Cybercafes Laranja Mecânica Rua de Santa Catarina, 274 Porto Telephone: +351 222010576 e-Learning Café Polo Universitário Porto email:

6 – Useful Information Swimming Pools Piscina São Mamede Infesta Rua Igreja Velha São Mamede Infesta Telephone: +351 229013289 Piscina da Constituição Rua Almirante Reote do Rego Porto Telephone: +351 225073300 Health Clubs Fitness Worx Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) Rua Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida, 431 4200-072 Porto Telephone: +351 961 779 601 E-mail: Health Club São João Tv. Dr. Barros, 170 Porto Telephone: +351 225507236 Health Care Centre Rua Godinho Faria, 371 S. Mamede de Infesta Telephone: +351 229060222 Post Office Rua da Arroteia S. Mamede de Infesta

Contacts: General Office Contact E-mail: Address: IPP School of Education (Porto) Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 602 4200-465 Porto Telephone: +351 225 073 474 Fax: +351 225 073 464

Folheto GRI  
Folheto GRI  

Folheto Informativo do Gabinete de Relações Internacionais