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Editorial Are you an exchange student in Portugal or planning to come to Portugal? On behalf of Erasmus Student Network(ESN), I welcome you to one of the best experiences of your life! I sincerely hope that by the time your exchange experience is over the idea of living to Portugal comes up in your mind at least once. The mission of ESN PT is to foster and promote student mobility in Higher Education. We are students helping students; this is what ESN is all about. In Portugal we have now 6 sections throughout the country supporting you during your stay, which is a small number compared to the 372 sections across 34 countries where ESN is present. This booklet was first created by the ESN LISBOA section in January 2010. Now in its third edition a strong effort has been made to rewrite this guide in order to better meet your needs. On one hand we have invited each section to produce more material and on the other hand we invited partner universities to include useful information about each institution.

Contact and Publishing Information ESN PORTUGAL Version: 3.0 / August 2011 Print Run: 12 000 Editors: ESN Portugal Authors of 3.0 review: Gonçalo Carvalho, ESN Lisboa, ESN Porto, ESN UTAD, ESN Aveiro, ESN Évora, ESN Coimbra. Official Review: Dr. Pedro Almeida - Language Craft, André Cardoso Sponsorship Contact: Tomás Amaro, Design: Cátia Pereira and Tomás Amaro, ESN Porto Copyright: ESN LISBOA/ ESN Portugal /ESN Switzerland. All photo are either owned by ESN local sections or from wikipedia commons, under respective copyright license. Photo from front page by: Jure Šućur

Content Welcome History of Portugal Geography and Political System of Portugal Madeira and Azores Islands Language and Religion Portuguese Culture Planning a Trip in Portugal

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Finding a Place to Stay - Hints & Tips Working in Portugal Financial Matters. Health Care In Portugal Getting Around in Portugal Services (Mobile / Post) Portuguese Food and Beverages News Portals / Internet Things to do & Going Out Supermarkets

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Erasmus Student Network (ESN) ESN Structure Erasmus National Meeting Buddy System, Tandem and ESN Card Join the ESN Team Local ESN Sections Lisbon Porto Aveiro UTAD Évora Coimbra

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Exchange Student Dictionary Glossary Notes

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Welcome to Portugal Bem-vindos/ Welcome to Portugal You are about to experience an exciting term or year abroad. This booklet will prevent you from wasting precious time searching for information. You will find answers to all the key questions that may arise during your stay in Portugal.

Content of the Booklet This survival guide is based on ESN Switzerland guide. The first chapter is dedicated to general information about Portugal. There you will find historical facts and useful information to help you discover your host country. The second part includes survival tips, such as how to find a job or house in Portugal, where to buy the cheapest food and much more. The third part focuses on information about ESN, how it works, its Portuguese sections and partner institutions. The fourth and final part gives you some Portuguese phrases and useful phone numbers.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

ESN Portugal

The aim of ESN Portugal is to make your stay an unforgettable experience. ESN activities take place all year long. These gatherings offer you the best opportunity to meet locals and other incoming students, to get to know new places as well as Portuguese traditions and of course to have lots of fun!


‌Exchange your life!


Portuguese portals University Information

Welcome to Portugal History The name Portugal comes from the Roman name Portus Cale. These are some of the highlights in Portugal’s history:

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5th century: The Roman empire; 5th – 8th century: Germanic invasion; 8th century: Occupation by the Moorish; 1128: Portugal’s independence with its 1st king Afonso Henriques;


t 1415: 1st colonies overseas: Ceuta (Morocco) as a prosperous Islamic trade centre;

t 1418-1431: Colonisation of Madeira & Azores; t 1500: discovery of Brazil and beginning of Portugals colonialism era;

t 1580 1640: union of the crowns of Portugal and Spain, the Portuguese dynastic crisis;

t 1755: Europe’s most devastating earthquake

Portuguese - Flag

destroys Lisbon; the entire downtown (Baixa) was rebuilt afterwards under the government of the ruling minister Marquês de Pombal;

t 1910: revolution ends the monarchy, followed by economic problems and social instability;

t 1932 – 1974: Estado Novo, the dictatorship ruled by António de Oliveira Salazar;

t 25.4.1974: “Carnation Revolution”, bloodless left wing military putsch that resulted in Portugals democracy and independence for its colonies

t 1986: Portugal joins the European Community




Welcome to Portugal Geography Portugal is divided into following 18 districts: 1 | Lisboa 2 | Leiria 3 | Santarém 4 | Setúbal 5 | Beja 6 | Faro 7 | Évora 8 | Portalegre 9 | Castelo Branco

10 | Guarda 11 | Coimbra 12 | Aveiro 13 | Viseu 14 | Bragança 15 | Vila Real 16 | Porto 17 | Braga 18 | Viana do Castelo

Government in Portugal Democracy Portugal is a democratic republic based on the Constitution of 1976 and has Lisbon as its capital. The constitution grants the separation of powers among legislature, executive, and judiciary branches. Portugal, like most European countries, has no state religion, making it a secular state.

Structure of the Portuguese Government The four main governing components are the President of the Republic, the Parliament, known as Assembleia da República, the Government, headed by a Prime Minister, and the courts. President: Aníbal Cavaco Silva, PSD (social democratic party), since 2006


Prime minister: Pedro Passos Coelho, PSD (social democratic party), since June 2011

Government Parliament Supreme Court of Justice

Welcome to Portugal Madeira & Azores Islands The two Autonomous Regions of Portugal are the Azores and Madeira. Together with Continental Portugal, they form the whole of the Portuguese Republic. As established by the Portuguese Constitution and other laws, this Autonomous region possesses its own Political and Administrative Statute and has its own Government.

Lagoa das Furnas - Azores Madeira Tourism Office Azores Tourism Office

Azores The Azores are located in the Atlantic Ocean, about 1,500 km from Lisbon and about 3,900 km away from the east coast of North America. There nine major Azorean islands and the eight small Formigas. All of the islands have volcanic origins, although Santa Maria has also some reef contribution.


Typical Cottage - Madeira

Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island being the only inhabited ones. Madeira is an archipelago with volcanic origins from a Hotspot, so it’s not geographically part of a specific continent. It is a popular year-round resort, famous for its Madeira wine Vinho da Madeira, flowers, and embroidery artisans, as well as its New Year‘s Eve celebrations. The spectacular fireworks shown at that time of the year are considered to be the largest in the world according to the Guinness World Records. 7

Welcome to Portugal Language Portuguese is the official language of Portugal. It is a romanic language that had its origin in what is now Galicia (Spain) and Northern Portugal, coming from the Galician-Portuguese language. It comes from the Latin spoken by the Pre-Roman inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula about 2000 years ago. In the 15th and 16th centuries, it spread worldwide as Portugal established itself as a colonial and commercial empire (1415–1999). As a result, Portuguese is also officially spoken in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Guinea-Bissau, and East Timor. These countries, plus Macau Special Administrative Region (People‘s Republic of China), make up the Lusosphere, a term derived from the ancient Roman province of Lusitania, which currently matches the Portuguese territory south of the Douro river. Mirandese is also recognized as a co-official regional language in some municipalities of northeastern Portugal. It retains fewer than 5,000 speakers in Portugal (a number that can be up to 12,000 if counting second language speakers).

Fernando Pessoa Famous Portuguese Poet Instituto Camões


The Lusoshpere

Welcome to Portugal Religion Church and state were formally separated during the Portuguese First Republic. However, Portuguese society can be defined as Roman Catholic, with 84.5% of the population considering themselves as such. Many Portuguese holidays, festivals and traditions have a Christian origin or connotation. Although relations between the Portuguese state and the Roman Catholic Church were generally amiable and stable since the earliest years of the Portuguese nation, their influence weakened over time. The growth of the Portuguese overseas empire made its missionaries important agents of colonization having played an important role in the evangelization and teaching of all inhabited continents. The country is home to a variety of small religious communities, like Protestant, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, Christian Orthodox, Baha‘i, Buddhist and Jewish.

Temple of Fátima


Christ the King Sanctuary www. Fátima Sanctuary

Welcome to Portugal Portuguese Culture Culture The Portuguese nation has its roots in the prehistoric Lusitanians, which through the centuries got influenced by the Romans, the Germanics and the Moorish people. The golden age of Portugal’s history took place between the 15th and 16th century, when Portugal was a world power, conquered the oceans. The Portuguese are due to their former success still wallowing in the past and proud of their history. Compared to other European countries they are more partial towards the Atlantic Ocean and were, during a long period, geographically marooned because of the former antagonism with Spain. Also the closeness to Africa is remarkable in their mentality. Nowadays they can be considered as typical Mediterranean people, which are familial, traditional, welcoming and peaceful. Their positive lifestyle is characterised by get-togethers in cafes, restaurants and bars.

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Portuguese culture is also affected by the big number of immigrants from former colonies (e.g. Brazil and West African countries), which results in a varying multiculturalism and causes a quite cosmopolitan atmosphere especially in bigger cities.


Welcome to Portugal Architecture Traditional architecture is distinctive and includes the Manueline (also known as Portuguese late Gothic), a sumptuous, composite style of architectural ornamentation dating from the early decades of the 16th century and incorporating maritime elements and representations from the Portuguese Age of Discovery. Modern Portugal has given the world renowned architects like Eduardo Souto de Moura, Álvaro Siza Vieira and Gonçalo Byrne.

Wine Portuguese wines have deserved international recognition since the times of the Roman Empire and have recently won several international prizes. Some of the best Portuguese wines are: Vinho Verde, Vinho Alvarinho, Vinho do Douro, Vinho do Alentejo, Vinho do Dão, Vinho da Bairrada and the sweet: Vinho do Porto(Port Wine), Madeira Wine and the Moscatel from Setúbal and Favaios. Port Wine is well known around the world and the most widely known wine type in the world.

Music Portuguese music encompasses a wide variety of genres. The most renowned is fado, a melancholy urban music, usually associated with the Portuguese guitar and saudade, or longing. Coimbra fado, a unique type of fado, is also noteworthy. Internationally famous performers include Amália Rodrigues or Mariza. One of the most notable Portuguese musical groups outside the country, and specially in Germany, is the goth-metal band Moonspell. 11

Usefull Links

Welcome to Portugal Planning a Trip in Portugal Please don’t hesitate to contact the local ESN section if you are planning a trip to another city. They will be glad to provide you with information or help you plan your trip the best way possible.

Portuguese Tourist Office

Winter Portugal is a beautiful country, with amazing beaches. This doesn’t mean you can‘t have fun in winter. As long as there is snow, winter sports are available in Serra da Estrela. Additionally we suggest a visit to the islands. Madeira is one of the most famous. With tropical weather, it has become a famous destination among erasmus since low-cost companies started flying there. Surf is available all year round, with excellent weather conditions, giving you more challenging waves and cold water also cheaper prices on renting surf material in one of the best surf spots in the world. Check with your local ESN activities activities during Winter.

Summer If you like the sun, you are in the right country. Summer usually starts in the end of May and lasts until the end of September. When the temperature reaches 25ºC, the Portuguese start going to the beach. Erasmus students are not that demanding and you can start seeing some North European students on the beaches as soon as temperature reaches 20ºC. Although the Algarve is the most touristic place, it does not mean it has the best beach. Peniche, Costa da Caparica, Figueira da Foz or Porto Covo have also some of the best beaches in Portugal. 12

Welcome to Portugal Planning a Trip in Portugal Cultural Activities You can find many open air festivals held across the country, throughout summer. Every two years, Rock in Rio invades Lisbon with a week of internationally renowned performers. Most of the student cities have their own student parties more than once a year. Coimbra holds one of the biggest student parties in Europe every year, known as Queima das Fitas. You can also find big student parties in Porto, Aveiro, Lisboa, Minho, Évora etc.. Also in summer time many cities and villages have festivals dedicated to their patron saint. In Lisbon, the Santo António festival, in June, is the biggest city party, where most inhabitants fill the streets of the capital.

Social Integration Portuguese people are normally helpful, hospitable and friendly. Erasmus can lead you to meet a lot of international people, disregarding the locals. So it is also up to you to make an effort to meet locals. The best way to get in contact with the local population is to join an association, dance club, sports club or even school. This could be a sports club, gym, student organisation, like ESN. Once you have a Portuguese friend you can rely on him/her.


Survival Guide Finding a place to stay - Hints & Tips Get Help Getting an extra help from a local or a formal Erasmus would ease your mission in finding a house. Not that this should be a “mission impossible”. Does your university or ESN section have a buddy program? Does your university has the record of students who did Erasmus in the year before? If you don’t get help, don’t despair, you can also do it on your own!

Where to look for a room? t t t t t t

Asking your university is a good way to start; Your ESN Section Website; Your University Website; Student Association Website; Onlince Classifieds; Newspappers (Correio da Manhã, Ocasião).

Here is a checklist of points you should consider when seeing a house/room: Contract: it is very hard to find accommodations with contract. A contract would make the agreement legal and you would have some responsibilities covered by law. There is in Portugal some tendency to run away from taxes, although this tendency is more noticeable in the north of the country. Does the room have a window?: It is illegal to rent rooms without windows, so try to avoid this kind of rooms also for your own mental health.



Survival Guide Price, what does include?: Get a clear picture of what is included in the price. Normally, all expenses are included in the monthly rent of your room, but it is also possible to find rooms where you pay the expenses separately. Household appliances: Consider that availability of many appliances (e.g. a dishwasher) has an influence on the price you may afford. Location: The location of the apartment has also influence on its price. If you are not planing to go out much, you can afford to live further away from the city centre. Flatmates: Avoid living with people from your own country, this will limit your erasmus experience. Nevertheless, keep in touch with them. Having Portuguese flatmates can be interesting. Number of toilets/showers: Take into account the number of toilets and showers available in the flat, according to the existing number of rooms. Internet: Can you live without internet? Can I bring a friend?: Some landlords/landladies are quite strict when letting visitors in. Check this with them before renting a house, especially if you are planning to have many visits during the semester. Parties and noise: Old houses will be prone to more noise since. This will definitely be important when throwing a house party/dinner. Enjoying friendly relations with your neighbours will also allow you more time before someone calls the police.



Survival Guide Working in Portugal Visa and Work Permits

Temporary work

EU nationals are not restricted from finding work within Portugal and are granted a six month period to find employment with no visa. It is important to note that EU members do not require a work permit but can require a residency permit to be employed. These are routinely given out with easy applications and acceptances. Usefull links

Other nationals working over three months must first obtain a resident visa. To live more than six months in Portugal, all foreigners must obtain a residence card. This enables them to use government services like health care if their employment is contributing to Portuguese social security taxes. Work permits are renewable on six month contracts.

Types of Jobs in Portugal Portugal offers the same types of jobs as most of the other European countries. Please note that for nearly every job you will need to speak fluent Portuguese. Work opportunities as an English teacher (or as a teacher of another language) and jobs in tourism are exceptions to the rule and therefore hard to come by.


Survival Guide Financial Matters Currency Portugal belongs to the euro zone, so if you come from a country that uses the euro you won‘t find any problem. If you come from outside the euro zone you can convert your currency at the airport or at any bank.

Banks There are several banks in Portugal, including international ones, but they are all bounded to the national bank system. As a student you can open a bank account for free in most banks, and many universities have special agreements with banks. Withdrawing money might make you pay a high fee (depending on your home bank) when using your home country bank card, especially if it is not from the Euro zone.

Payment All bills and payments are connected to the Portuguese ATM system, meaning you can pay them at every ATM. Gas, electricity, water, internet, insurances, car fines and even taxes, you pay all that in an ATM machine. However, in order to be able to do this you will need a Portuguese bank account. Mobile phones are also topped up using the ATM.


Survival Guide Financial Matters Should I open a bank account ? This is a tricky question. If you don’t pay any fees to withdraw money in Portugal using your home banking card, then you may skip this section. However, if you pay something or if there are currency conversions it may prove to be very beneficial for you.

Why open a bank account? t you can top up your mobile phone everywhere; t you can use debit card basically anywhere, since

international cards are not accepted everywhere;

t cheaper restaurants and stores often don’t accept international cards;

t it is safer, since there is no need to withdraw big amounts of cash each time.

Suporter Bank:


Survival Guide Financial Matters BPI the ESN PORTUGAL partner bank BPI stands for Banco PortuguĂŞs de Investimento, and is the ESN PORTUGAL partner bank for the year of 2011/2012. ESN negotiated special advantages for International Students in Portugal with BPI which provide you with:

t free bank account and temporary debit card; t no need for Portuguese TAX id when opening your bank account (EU address necessary);

t internet banking in English; How to open a BPI bank account  Check if there are suggested BPI branches in

your city. They should be well informed about the BPI/ESN PORTUGAL offer;

Suggested BPI Branches in ESN cities These are suggested branches of BPI bank. You should be able to go to any branch to open an account using the conditions that ESN has prepared for you. Lisbon BPI Branch Chiado Largo do Chiado, 24 BPI Branch IST Av. Rovisco Pais (Inside IST university) Porto BPI Branch Praça Carlos Alberto, 40/44 Aveiro BPI Arcada Rua Viana do Castelo, n.º 1 - 6

 Go to the suggested branch or to any other BPI

Coimbra BPI Sofia Rua da Sofia, 41

 Tell the bank employee you are looking for a

Évora BPI - Giraldo Praça Giraldo, 52

branch and let them know you want to open a bank account; “ NON RESIDENT BANK ACCOUNT�. The form exists in English, French or German;

 In order to benefit from all these advantages it

is extremely important that the bank employee is aware that you are looking for the “BPI PROTOCOL NUMBER 2577�;

 Inform the bank you want to receive bank

letters in Portugal, and provide the bank with your current address in Portugal;


Vila Real BPI - Miguel Torga Av. 1Âş de Maio, 40

Survival Guide Health Care in Portugal The EHIC card European citizens who are travelling within the European Economic Area for private or professional reasons are entitled to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which simplifies the procedure when receiving medical assistance during their stay in a member state. The EHIC entitles the holder to the same treatment at the same cost as a national of that country. Beware that dental is most of the times not covered.

Non-EU or Non-EEA students Students from countries outside EU-EEA should ask for further information in their own countries before travelling to Portugal. If they fall outside the system mentioned above, students must get a health insurance, which will provide them with health care during their stay in Portugal. Without one of these, should they need medical assistance during their stay in Portugal, students will have to pay for the respective health treatment.

Civil Liability Insurance This cost effective insurance is not compulsory, but is recommended, since health insurance policies and the CESD (European Card of Insurance on Illness) do not cover civil liability (damage caused to third parties) of your daily activities (except University activities, which are covered by School insurance).


Survival Guide Health Care in Portugal Personal Physical Accidents Insurance This insurance is not compulsory, however, it is recommended. Besides covering personal physical accidents in your daily life, this insurance often provides you with repatriation insurance, in case of sickness or accident (depending on the insurance policies).

Claiming in Portugal with an EHIC card Doctors and dentists: To benefit from treatment go to the nearest Health Centre (Centro de SaĂşde), show them a passport or EHIC card and ask to be treated under the EU arrangements. A non-refundable fee will be charged that is. Under the state health program in Portugal, dental treatment is limited and it is most likely that a non-refundable fee will be charged. Prescriptions: Medication is paid in part by the patient (between 30 and 80 percent). Medicines prescribed for serious illnesses are free of charge. Hospital treatment: Hospital treatment is most of the cases, free, however any secondary examinations such as X-rays and laboratory examinations will need to be paid for. Health Care 24h In cause of any doubt check this website 808 24 24 24


Survival Guide Railway

Getting around in Portugal Overview

Bus - (Intercity)

Public Transportation in Portugal varies a lot from region to region. But it is specially developed in the big cities, like Lisboa and Porto. Furthermore, trains generally run on time.

Lisboa Porto



Most of the rail infrastructure is maintained and operated by the state-owned REFER. CP is the company that runs all regional and inter city trains. Rail infrastructure shows higher developments in the centre and northern cost line.


Buses / Tramways Most cities offer bus routes inside the city managed by a a state/municipal/private company. At district level, each district has its own company. At national level you can find Rede Expressos or Renex. Buses are usually cheaper and with more routes to every city; however, trains can offer a good price/comfort option for popular destinations. Discounts are available for students.

Tickets / Passes Each city has its own ticket system. If you use the bus or subway daily, a monthly pass is recommended.


Survival Guide Getting around in Portugal transportation discount With this card you can have 50% discount on monthly tickets for public transportation. To get this card, you need a declaration from your university; only then will the transportation company give you access to the 50% discount.

Renting a Car Renting a car in Portugal follows the same rules as everywhere else in the world, so you shouldn‘t have any problem in renting a car. Always pay attention to insurance coverage when you are renting the car. ESN has a partnership with a budget rental company, where you can rent cars from 6.99 Euro per day plus 10% discount with your ESN CARD.

Hitchhiking Hitchhiking can be quite hard in Portugal since it is not that common. It is not illegal, but most drivers are just not used to giving people a ride. People might be afraid of giving a ride, but you might get lucky, or find younger people that will take you. As a rule, no woman stops for a male hitch-hiker, so going in couples might increase your chances. Generally, it is quite easy to get a lift with males driving alone. Many people work in a city and live in a town nearby or in the suburbs. Male drivers usually pick up hitch-hikers because they want somebody to talk to.


Transport Informaton Car Sharing Car Rental

Survival Guide Services Mobile Phones

Mobile Phone Providers

Portuguese’s largest mobile phone companies are TMN, VODAFONE, OPTIMUS. All three of them provide a nationwide coverage with their networks. There are other providers that use the networks of the operators mentioned above, offering mobile prepaid offers at good rates. Before you choose a mobile phone or a subscription, you should check your ESN section for special deals with phone operators.

Postal Service Providers

Postal Services Portugal has a state-owned postal service, called CTT. There are many postal offices throughout the country. They are usually located in the city centre and/or near the train station. You also find many red mailboxes, where you can drop your letters. The market for parcels is privatised; therefore you have a choice between different companies if you want to send a package.






Survival Guide Portuguese Cuisine Portuguese cuisine is characterised by rich, filling, flavourful dishes and is closely related to the Mediterranean cuisine. The influence of Portugal‘s former colonial possessions is also noted, especially in the wide variety of spices used. Garlic is widely used, as are herbs such as coriander and parsley. Breakfast is traditionally just coffee and a roll. Lunch, often lasting over an hour is served between noon and 2 o‘clock or 1 and 3 o‘clock, and dinner is generally served late, around or after 8 o‘clock. There are three main meals, lunch and dinner usually include soup.

t Caldo Verde is a soup, containing potato, shredded cabbage and chunks of chouriço sausage.

t Carne de porco Alentejana is a

dish consisting of fried pork and clams. It is a popular dish with a misleading name, as itwas actually originated in Algarve.

t Cozido à Portuguesa is a dish

whose ingredients may depend on the cook, it may take beef, pork, salt pork, several types of enchidos (such as cured chouriço, morcela and chouriço de sangue, linguiça, farinheira, etc.), pig‘s feet, cured ham, potatoes, carrots, turnips, chickpeas, cabbage and rice.


Survival Guide Portuguese Cuisine t Bacalhau à Brás is one of the most popular ways to

prepare codfish in Portugal. It is made from thin strips of cod mixed with onions, and thin strips of potatoes bound by eggs.

t Francesinha is a Portuguese sandwich originally from Porto, made with bread, wet-cured ham, linguiça, fresh sausage like chipolata, steak or roast meat and covered with melted cheese and a hot thick tomato, beer sauce and served with fries.

t Tripas à moda do Porto consists of cow’s stomach

served with white beans. It is considered the traditional dish of Porto, whose inhabitants are informally known as tripeiros.

t Arroz Doce is the Portuguese version of rice pudding.

It is made with rice, sugar, milk, cinnamon and lemon. Depending on the region, it may have egg yok.

t Bolo Rei is a traditional Portuguese cake, usually eaten


around Christmas, until the Dia dos Reis (literally „Day of Kings“, a reference to the three kings) on January 6. The cake itself is round with a large hole in the centre, resembling a crown covered with crystallized and dried fruit. Partner: Pastel de nata is a small custard tart sprinkled with cinnamon. It is believed that pastéis de nata was created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns at the Jerónimos Monastery (Portuguese: Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) of Belém, in Lisbon. The Casa Pastéis de Belém in Lisbon was the first place outside the convent selling the original creamy dessert, after the monastery. There they are called pastéis de Belém, after the name of the area and its famous bakery 27

Survival Guide Portuguese Beverages Non-Alcoholic t Luso, one of the most well-known and oldest

brands of mineral water. Portugal is a rich country in terms of mineral water;

t Sumol is one of the oldest brands of fizzy juice,

with pineapple being the most popular of the four flavours

t Compal, also a very well-known and old juice

brand, is known specially for its multiple flavoured 100% fruit juices;

t Expresso is consumed by almost every Portuguese

and they usually drink one or more expressos per day. Costing around 60 cents, the most wellknown Portuguese brands are: DELTA and NICOLA.

Alcoholic t Wine is a very popular beverage in Portugal. You can find vineyards all over the country.

t Wines change consistently across the regions where

they are produced. Prices start around 1 euro/bottle.

t Port Wine is one of the most international alcoholic drink.

t Beer is a very popular drink for all ages, but mostly

among students. SuperBock and Sagres are the most well known brands.

t Spirits, there are several local spirits throughout the country.


Survival Guide News Portals / Internet Newspaper There are many different newspapers in Portugal. From general news and economy, to sports and tabloids. You can find the newspaper of your choice. If you look enough you may find international newspapers like Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, etc.



There are four terrestrial TV channels: Two public, two private. Public channels are RTP and RTP2. Private ones are SIC and TVI. RTP2 is a cultural TV channel, all the others are general channels. With cable TV you can have access to a great variety of Portuguese and international channels.

The radio market is not as restricted as the TV market; there are many different radio channels. Just explore them!


Newspapers Public Over-the-Air TV Private Over-the-Air TV Cable TV

Internet Internet access is available from ADSL/Cable/Mobile Phone Network. Prices start from 20 euros. Check with your section for special conditions with any service. Since you are staying for a short period of time, the main problem with most of the internet services is the duration of contracts that most services require upon installation.

Survival Guide Things to do & Going Out Ask your local ESN section about the best places to go in your town. Here is some general information:



Watching a movie in the cinema costs around 5 euros. Additional discounts or promotions might be available.

Especially in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra you can find regular concerts both from national and international bands. Concerts tend to be cheaper than in the rest of Europe.

Night Transportation

Night Clubs

There are night buses linking the main streets in most cities. Check local information for your city in order to obtain the night bus schedule.

Each city has its clubs, so check with your local section for a guide of nightlife. LUX in Lisbon is known as the best in the country. Usually, if you pay at the door you get one or more drinks included. Drink prices vary from city to city, disco to disco and day of the week.

Cinema Tickets



Survival Guide Supermarkets The best priced supermarkets are listed below.

• Continente/Continente Modelo/Continente • • • • • •

Bom Dia Jumbo/ Pão de Açucar; Feira Nova/ Pingo Doce Mini Preço Lidl SuperCor(El Corte Ingles) ACS

Continente, Jumbo and Feira Nova are the three big players in the Portuguese supermarket scene with a good reputation and country wide promotions. All of them exist in different concepts, changing in size. Mini Preco and Pingo Doce play a major role, especially in big cities. SuperCor is a high end supermarket, know for high quality products but also because of it’s higher prices, however you can find almost everything there. Lidl and MiniPreço play the main role in the discount market, however Lidl presents itself in a big supermarket concept while Mini Preço exists as small stores.



Erasmus Student Network What is Erasmus Student Network? The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is an Europewide student organisation supporting and developing student exchange. It is composed of over 2,500 members from more than 250 local sections in 34 countries working in Higher Education Institutes (Universities, Polytechnics and University Colleges etc). ESN is organised on a local, national and international level. Our network is in contact with almost 60,000 internationally-minded students. The aim of ESN is to promote the social and personal integration of exchange students. The local ESN sections offers help, guidance and other valuable informations to the exchange students hosted at their universities. Newcomers find their way in the new environment easier and they can utilise their time in the best way to get as much out of their exchange as possible.

ESN International ESN Portugal

Main Principles t ESN works on behalf of exchange students. t ESN is committed to improve the social and practical integration of exchange students.

t ESN represents the needs and expectations of exchange students on a local, national and international level.

t ESN provides relevant information about academic exchange programmes and ESN resources.

t ESN works with the reintegration of homecoming students. t ESN provides relevant information on academic exchange programmes and student mobility.


Erasmus Student Network PALLOMERI? PALLOMERI! PALLOMERI is Finnish and stands for the area filled with many coloured balls where kids can play, for instance in shopping centres - a ball pool. PALLOMERI within ESN stands for a mindset or even a life-style that you can experience as an ESN member or together with ESN. It is about being young, being surrounded by motivated, interested, international students. It is about friendship, travelling, learning and having fun connected with an international exchange. And, by the way: in ESN it is also an abbreviation for Paneuropean Association Leading Local Organisations Making Erasmus Richer Inside.




Erasmus Student Network International Level ESN International

International Board (IB)

ESN Portugal

The International Board consists of a President, a Vice-President, a Treasurer, a Network Administrator and a regular Board Member. The Board is the executive body of ESN. It can make decisions, except budgetary, strategic, and policy matters. The Board is supervised by CNR and AGM (see next page) while CNR represents AGM during the ESN year.

Council of National Representatives (CNR)

Council of National Delegates (CND)

The Council of National Representatives represents AGM during the ESN year. It is composed by a National Representative (NR) from each country. They meet every two months.

The Council of National Delegates is an enlarged CNR meeting, taking place in September every year. Every country is supposed to send two National Delegates to this meeting, along with the NR.


Erasmus Student Network International Events ESN International organises many international events throughout the year. In this events you can meet members of ESN sections from across Europe (and beyond!). The most important event and a highlight in the life of every active ESN member is the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Annual General Meeting (AGM) The AGM is held every March. During the AGM, sections from all ESN member countries come together to take decisions about the future of the network. A lot of discussions, voting, presentations, excursions and parties take place during this event.

Regional Platforms At Regional Platforms the section members from a certain region come together in order to share knowledge and to learn about new developments within the network.

Cultural Medley

ESN International

The Cultural Medley is an annual event in which a section, a city or a country presents itself culturally to the rest of ESN through many exciting events and activities. Cultural Medley 2010 and 2011 were organized in Lisbon. 35

ESN Portugal

Erasmus Student Network National Level National Board (NB)

National Representative (NR)

The National Board is responsible for the communication between sections, as well as between communication with partners and institutions outside ESN. Furthermore the National Board looks after the knowledge management, the organisation of National Events and the support of the local sections.

The National Representative is responsible for the contact between the sections of the country and the International level.

National Platform At the National Platform the members of the different Portuguese sections meet and discuss current topics concerning ESN Portugal. Even though these are work meetings, the fun and social parts like a party on Saturday night. It’s the time for Portugal ESN members to connect and make new plans.

National Events for Exchange Students National Events give exchange students (that is you!) the unique opportunity to explore the most interesting places in Portugal as well as to connect with exchange students of other Portuguese universities. National Events take place several times throughout the year. Fun is guaranteed, so look for them! The events are promoted by each section. ESN International ESN Portugal Local Sections


Last year ENM took place on a 4 star resort, near the Albufeira beach. Everybody enjoyed the Sunset Party, the Coyote Ugly Party with happy hour all night long and a Foam Party at the crazy Kadoc Disco. During the day there was plenty activities by the pool and the beach, such as karaoke and several sports, and an amazing day at the biggest water park in Europe



Erasmus Student Network What the heck is... ...Buddy System / Mentoring? The Buddy System gives exchange students the possibility of “having a local student of their own”. Exchange students who apply to the Buddy System get a “Buddy” who shows his city to the foreigner, helps with problem solving and tries to be a good friend. The Buddy programme is a great opportunity for exchange students to connect with locals. Its not only popular among exchange students, many Portuguese students like to care for a “foreign godchild”. You can get information about the ESN Buddy System of your host university on the homepage of the local section or as always: just ask the ESN guy/girl passing you in the aisle of the university.

...Tandem? Tandem is a system of learning foreign languages with another student during individual meetings. That way you can learn or improve a foreign language for free. Besides, you and your partner can choose where to meet and the frequency of your meetings based on your own preferences. It is also an easy way to gain first-hand knowledge about another country. Not from books, but through a person like you.

ESN International ESN Portugal


Erasmus Student Network ESN Card Should you get an ESN Card?

ESN International

The ESN card is the magic key for many ESN activities. It gives you cheaper access to trips, parties and other activities organised by ESN sections. There are many special deals for ESN card holders. In Lisbon for example you get free entrance into clubs and cheaper drinks with your ESN card. For further details on discounts check the homepage of the according section. Take a look into our partners discounts for each section and at national level.

ESN Portugal

ESN Community

Where Can I Get the Card?

Owners of an ESN card can also enjoy the benefits of the online ESN community. If you register your ESN card on the ESN international homepage ( you will be able to access information about career opportunities, travels and discounts across Europe.

Being an exchange student, you have the opportunity to get an ESN card from the ESN section of your host university for a small amount. Most of the Portuguese sections in Portugal work with the ESN CARD.



Erasmus Student Network Join the ESN Team Do you want to keep in touch with the international environment after your exchange experience is over? Then we recommend you to join your local ESN section after you return to your home university. If there is no ESN section in your city yet, nothing is easier and more challenging than starting a local section with your friends and other former exchange students.

Advantages for Members Besides being in contact with an international environment, the commitment as an active ESN member gives you many possibilities such as:

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Managing independently successful projects Personal development Trainings and conferences Practice of foreign languages At times ECTS credits granted by your university Easier entrance in the job market Influencing EU policy makers in the area of education Offers through ESN Card - discounts, prizes... New friends from around Europe Fun events

How to Set Up a New ESN Section Firstly check under section.php  if there is not already an ESN section at your

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university. If there is none, go to become_section.php where you can find all information needed to set up a new section. 40

Helpful information for Exchange Students in Lisbon



Erasmus Student Network Lisboa ESN LISBOA What is ESN LISBOA ? ESN LISBOA is the Lisbon section of the Erasmus Student Network. ESN LISBOA is a non-profit organisation born in September 2008 by the hand of a small group of Portuguese Erasmus students that had just come from their Erasmus.

ESN LISBOA started as an informal student group and organized activities in the first semester of 2008/2009 with no more than 150 IST exchange students. In 2009/2010 ESN Lisboa took a crucial leap and started offering its support and activities to all exchange students in Lisbon. More than 50 different activities were organized throughout this year, targeting almost 2000 exchange students. Nowadays ESN Lisboa is formed by voluntary Portuguese and international students from various universities in Lisbon and it is considered the biggest section in Portugal in number of organised activities and exchange students.


Who are we ? ESN LISBOA as voluntary non-profit association is made by mostly Portuguese voluntary students, however international students are starting to play an active role in the association as well.


Erasmus Student Network Lisboa What do we do ? ESN LISBOA has as its main goal the integration of international exchange students in Lisbon and in the portuguese culture; ESN achieves this objective through a different set of projects:

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students helping international students;

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to different destinations across Portugal;

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students with the opportunity to watch Portuguese movies with english subtitles; Sport Events - ESN has organized football tournaments between exchange students and the possibility for exchange students to attend to radical sports activities, like SkyDiving; Cultural days - Providing free visits to museums and monuments across Lisbon; Day Trips - Trips to close locations or cities to visit relevant monuments or events, lasting no more than one day; Punctual Events - Punctual events like barbecues or wine tastings; Parties - Parting is part of the Erasmus life, we do not try to hide this we think party is important.

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Can I Join ? Feel free to join us at one time you want to foster the exchange students in Lisbon! If you are communicative, outgoing, open-minded, ready to help and up to experience a great time? Then you are a perfect person to help us in several projects! Send your application to: and propose potential tasks you could take over! How to get to ESN OFFICE?



Where to find us? ESN Office

Catch a Metro until Baixa/Chiado (blue and green line), get out at the upper exit; Keep on following the tram tracks going up the hill, after crossing the square Largo de Camþes; Take the first upleading street on your right (Rua da Atalaia); After 5 min. climbing you will find our office on the left side of the street, located inside a building owned by the city’s town hall (Câmara Municipal).

Our Office is located in the heart of the city center in the bustling famous quarter called Bairro Alto: address: Rua da Atalaia, 157b.

MusicBox Known as a paradise for emergent musics and DJ’s, it is a small concert hall and club located in the center of Lisbon (Cais do SodrÊ). It This is where ESN LISBOA organizes its Erasmus Tuesdays Parties.

ESN Website The ESN Lisboa website gathers all information regarding the activities, parties and projects.

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Facebook “Erasmus Lisboa 2010/2011 - ESN LISBOA� is the name of the group created for this year for the exchange students in Lisbon. 45

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa ESN CARD in Lisbon The ESN Card is the membership card of ESN Lisboa . With it you get:

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European Valid ESN Card Discounts in our Trips and other Activities Access to our Parties Drink discounts in our partner bars Car rental discounts Promotions in other ESN sections


Car Rental

The ESN CARD gives you special prices in ESN partner bar in Bairo Alto.

Interrent is one of the cheapest car rental companies in Portugal. You can rent a car from as low as 6.99€ a day. Check ESN Lisboa Website for info.

Gym - Ginásio Clube Português - GCP Looking for a Gym and can’t find one without a contract that makes you stay more than six months? Check ESN Lisboa Website for more info.

Toolani Toolani is an internet based phone operator and international partner of ESN. For 5€ free balance check this address: 46

Apolo Bar Travessa da Cara nº 8, Bairro Alto Interrent Santa Apolonia Train Station GCP Toolani

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa The City The History Lisbon was founded in the mists of antiquity being at least a thousand years old when first ruled by the Romans. It has been the capital of Portugal since it was taken from the Moors in 1147, becoming the capital of the kingdom in 1255.

In the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries Lisbon was the starting point for the discoveries made by Portuguese navigators, which rapidly changed the city into an international trading centre for the merchandise that came from the newly discovered colonies. Over the centuries Lisbon naturally grew and changed. However, in 1755, Europe’s most devastating earthquake destroyed about two-thirds of Lisbon and killed more than 90,000 people. The ruling minister, Marquês de Pombal, was responsible for rebuilding Lisbon’s city centre, creating what is presently known as Baixa Pombalina (downtown). This was Lisbon’s darkest moment in history. Nowadays, Lisbon is one of the most beautiful capitals of Europe and a popular destination for travellers and students, while still maintaining the marks of its early glorious history.



Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Lifestyle One of the best ways to get a feel of the Portuguese every day life is to find a cosy, preferably Art Nouveau café (there are thousands, almost one in every street corner) and sit outside at a pavement table and watch the world go by. Lisbon has its own unique café style and it’s one of the best things about daily life, just sitting, whiling away half an hour and watching everything around you.

Urban Image Europe’s westernmost and sunniest capital is situated on the north banks of the river Tagus (pt. Tejo). The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past and its surprising contrasts: twisting, narrow streets in the older quarters, spacious avenues close to the centre, famous UNESCO monuments and bleached limestone buildings. Lisbon is rich in architectural styles with Romanesque, Gothic, Manueline (Portuguese late gothic) Baroque, Traditional Portuguese, Modern and Post-Modern buildings mixed throughout the city. Not only because of that, in 1994, Lisbon was the European Capital of Culture and further organised the Expo ‘98. As it is also one of the rare European cosmopolitan cities that faces the ocean, it uses water as one of the features that define the city, which helps a lot when you’re trying to guide yourself through some labyrinthic neighbourhoods. 48


Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Where to Go? What to visit? Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, with evidence of human settlements dating back to 1200 BC. It was ruled by several Germanic tribes, the Romans, then the Moors and finally the Portuguese, but it was nearly destroyed by an earthquake in 1755, where only 15 % of the buildings survived.

The old Lisbon Alfama - is thus one of the oldest surviving parts of the city where it is still possible to see Roman and Moorish influences. It is a place dominated by narrow streets, a result of Moorish influence; Saint Jorge’s Castle - sits in one of the highest points in the city. It was originally owned by the Moors, but was taken in 1147. Its towers, walls and beautiful gardens sport a wonderful collection of views over Lisbon, which makes it a must see; Chiado - A commercial zone for noble goods. In the 25th of August 1988 it was struck by a huge fire engulfing 17 buildings. Restored several years later it is now a good place to find book stores, fashion houses, hotels, theatres, museums and restaurants. Praça do Comércio – or “Terreiro do Paço” is one of the most majestic squares in Lisbon. It is the site of an old palace that was almost completely destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The Square has two main features: a great 19th century triumphal arch leading to Augusta Street, an important pedestrian shopping area, and in the centre an equestrian statue of King José I. 49

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa The New Lisbon Parque das Nações – is a new area of Lisbon built from scratch for the World Expo of 1998. The area it rests on was originally occupied by storage container parks, slaughter houses, and other pollutant industries, and is now, home to a wonderful system of seaside leisure parks and commerce area. Visitors can still visit several pavilions that are still open to the public. Oceanário – It is the second greatest marine biology museum in the world. It is located in “Parque das Nações”, and houses an impressive array of live species including birds, mammals, fish and other sea dwellers. One of its major attractions is the 4 million litre central tank, which can be seen throughout the visit.

Belém Torre de Belém – Classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO (1983), this fortress was originally built (1514-1520) for the defence of the Tejo river entrance. This fortress is riddled with beautiful Manuelline decoration, with ropes and knots carved in stone, armillary spheres and crosses of The Order of Christ.


Mosteiro dos Jerónimos – is a monumental testimony to the wealth of the Portuguese Discoveries period. It is located relatively close to Torre de Belém; this monastery is considered to be the epitome of Manuelline architecture. In 1983 it was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Nightlife Bairro Alto’s popularity emerges from the density of bars (about 200), as well as the unique way of going out: Having a pre-drink (or as the Spanish would say Botellón) before going to one of the clubs in the surroundings. Cheap prices are usual: 1l beers are affordable for just 2€, 1/2l Caipirinha for 4€ and a shot starting from 1€. Bairro Alto – Portugal’s most popular district The neighbourhood of Bairro Alto (upper district) is situated at one of the hills in Lisbon’s historical centre. Nowadays, it functions as a residential, shopping and entertainment district. It is one of the oldest districts of the city. Dozens of fado singing clubs animate the area along with nearly fifty bars and restaurants.

The Beach On sunny weekends there is always a wide variety of students, travellers and jumble sellers gathering at the closest beaches around. You can either get a train to the west at the station Cais do Sodré (direction: Cascais) and get out at one of the stops (e.g. Carcavelos, Estoril) or go by bus (from Praça de Espanha) to Costa da Caparica in the south, where the more beautiful and less crowded beaches are.


Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Shopping Lisbon remains the Western Europe’s least expensive capital and it’s a true shoppers’ paradise! In the center of downtown you can find traditional and specialist shops, many of them are even worth going into just for their distinctive decoration. Portuguese designers are based in Bairro Alto and Chiado. Bairro Alto is also popular because of it’s alternative fashion set, with club and street wear shops. Most of those only open in the mid-afternoon and remain open all the night. In the Chiado quarter you will also find luxurious international brands from Hermés to Cartier along with popular modern retailers like Zara, H&M, United Colors of Benetton, Foot Locker, and some quaint traditional old shops and bookstores. For high fashion head to Avenida da Liberdade, home to well-known international names such as Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Burberry or Escada.



Since your exchange can’t only be based on tourism, try to enjoy some sport activities. For a gym, check the agreement that we have for you with the ESN CARD, you probably won’t find better price/quality ration. For group sports, most universities have their own team, so it should not be very hard to find a club or team willing to accept you. You can also take a look at the big sports complex in the Cidade Universitaria called Estádio Universitário de Lisboa.

Shopping Malls Colombo (largest shopping mall in Europe), Metro:Colegio Militar/Luz; Armazéns do Chiado (in the very center, Rua do Carmo 2), Metro: Baixa/Chiado El Corte Inglês (Av. Antonio Augusto Aguiar, 31) Metro: São Sebastião. Sports complex

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Surfing in Lisbon Surf is definitely a “not to miss experience” among exchange students during their stay in Portugal. Originating from the Polynesian islands,surf is now an extreme sport that challenges the power of waves and defies our balance, making us slide on the crest of the wave standing on a surfboard. ESN Lisboa developed its own surf course with a Surf School, offering special conditions to practice surf in the amazing beaches of Costa da Caparica. Classes will help you get on the surf board faster and much safer than by doing it by your own. Check out the ESN CARD conditions for this surf school. ESN LISBOA organizes frequently free surf tryouts. In the region of Lisbon beyond some of the best beaches to surf are “Costa da Caparica”, “Carcavelos”, “Praia do Guincho” and “Praia Grande”.



Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Getting Around inside Lisbon Lisbon has a subway, bus and train network to get around in most of the city. You can get a monthly pass or a combined subway-bus pass at the ticket office in any subway station, this card is called Lisboa Viva. Subway works from 6:30 am to 1:00 am of the following day in most stations. Bus passes are sold at all post offices. There are several night bus services. Train or train-subway passes are sold in any train station. For your convenience here are some locations to get passes and/or tickets: Subway: Restauradores metro station (very close to Rossio train station) Train: Central do Rossio, Rua 1 de Dezembro, Lisboa. Bus: Papelaria Santo Ant贸nio, Rua Marquesa de Alorna, n潞 19 B (close to Alvalade subway station).


Usefull links: Subway Bus Train

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Learning Languages Partnerships, Protocols and Portfolio

ESN Lisboa partnered in 2010 with LanguageCraft language school to offer Portuguese courses to exchange students with one of the best price/ quality ratio.

Language Craft Languages, Arts and Culture is an institute accredited by the Portuguese Ministry and its main objective is language training, as well as strengthening cross cultural learning. We are located in Central Lisbon and as part of our school we have a vegetarian cafĂŠ, which serves our students.

Special prices for ESN card holders. Courses for the preparation of the PLE National Examinations – Testing and Certification System of Portuguese of a Foreign Language (5 Levels) - CIPLE (Level A2) / DEPLE (Level B1) / DIPLE (Level B2) / DAPLE (Level C1) / DUPLE (Level C2)

Since we have many university students with us, we have established many partnerships and protocols with some universities: University of Lisbon (covering 9 faculties); Technical University of Lisbon and Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon. Also as part of our portfolio, we have participants of various international exchange programmes, multinational companies especially oriented for young people who are looking for better qualifications in the labour market (training programmes), as well as Embassy staff members. Contacts: Rua Alexandre Herculano, 39, R/C Esquerdo, 1250-009 Lisboa Phone: 213 153 396/7

Language Curricula Framework for teaching and pedagogical procedures All our curricula is designed according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) and European Language Portfolio. Specifically in the case of the Portuguese as a foreign language our programmes cover practical training and cultural awareness during/after the language learning process. LanguageCraft has developed its own teaching material focused on the needs of the participants and adapted to a wide range of different linguistic backgrounds. 55

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa Universities and Institutes in Lisbon Universidade  Aberta R.  da  Escola  PolitÊcnica  147,   1269  Lisboa

Universidade  Autónoma  (UAL)

http://www.universidade-­ Coração  de  Jesus,  1150  Lisboa

Universidade  Católica  Portuguesa    Palma  de  Cima  1649-­023  Lisboa

Universidade  de  Lisboa  (UL)  Campo  Grande,  1600  Lisboa

Universidade  Lusíada  de  Lisboa R.  da  Junqueira  188,  1300  Lisboa

Universidade  Lusófona Campo  Grande,  376,  1749  -­  024  Lisboa  

Universidade  Nova  de  Lisboa  (UNL) Campus  de  Campolide,  1099-­085  Lisboa

Universidade  TÊcnica  de  Lisboa  (UTL) Alameda  Santo  António  dos  Capuchos,  1 1169  -­  047  Lisboa

ISCTE  -­  Instituto  Universitårio  de   Lisboa  

http://iscte-­ Av.ª  das  Forças  Armadas   1649-­026  Lisboa

Instituto  Superior  de  Agronomia Tapada  da  Ajuda  1349-­017  Lisboa

Instituto  Superior  de  Ciências  Sociais   e  Políticas

Rua  Almerindo  Lessa  –  1300-­663  Lisboa

Instituto  PolitÊcnico  de  Lisboa (VWUGDGH%HQÂżFD %HQÂżFD

Instituto  Superior  de  Contabilidade  e   Administração  de  Lisboa Av.  Miguel  Bombarda,  nº  20 1069  -­  035  Lisboa

Instituto  Superior  de  Engenharia  de   Lisboa Rua  Conselheiro  Emídio  Navarro,  1 1959-­007  Lisboa

Escola  Superior  de  Enfermagem  de   Lisboa Av.  do  Brasil  53 1700  Lisboa

Instituto  Superior  de  Ciências  Policiais   e  Segurança  Interna Rua  1º  de  Maio,  3   1349-­040  Lisboa








Erasmus Student Network Porto ESN PORTO What is ESN PORTO? ESN Porto is the oldest ESN Section in Portugal. Founded in 1991, this section receives around 2.000 exchange students per year.

Where are we? Our office is located in the rectory of the Universidade do Porto, on the top floor; address: Praça Gomes Teixeira. During the reception week we are open every day.

What do we do? Parties ESN Porto organizes a theme party every week, usually on Thursdays. The bars and themes vary as much as possible, so expect something different every week. We also hold cultural visits to museums and other important places in the city.

Trips Remember that we are not travel agents, we are students like you trying to help you the best way we can, having fun and meeting people from other cultures. We are not professionals organizing trips but volunteers with considerable experience, which means that we became proficient at doing it. We don’t profit from our trips, so you cannot find a lower price anywhere. Usually transportation, accommodation, visits, parties and dinners are included. 60

ESN Section Facebook ErasmusStudentNetworkPorto University Tourism / Town Public Transport

Erasmus Student Network Porto Our activities t Eurodinner: Cook typical dishes from your country and share them with everyone;

t Pubcrawl: 1 night, 6 different bars and lots of drinking games and fun;

t CinEsn: An exclusive cinema session for you; t Portuguese night: Come and taste traditional flavours of Portugal and watch a Fado concert;

t Café lingua: If you either want to learn or teach a new language, this is the perfect event for you;

t Football tournament: Time to show us your football skills;

t Surf course: You’ll be living near the sea, so no t

excuse for not learning how to surf. ESN provides you a 8 lesson surf course for half the price. Latin dances course: Put on your dancing shoes and come learn some salsa, bachata, merengue or cha cha cha

Weekend Trip calendar: t Trip to Lisbon– Mid October and March

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– 3 days – We will show you everything you need to see in Lisbon from the monuments to the nightlife, all of these in the company of 120 erasmus. Snow Trip - Early January – A weekend in Serra da Estrela with snow sports and parties; Extreme weekend- June- One weekend with nature and adrenaline; Trip to Algarve –March– Lots of sunshine and beaches – 4 days in Praia da Rocha, one of the top places in the Algarve.


Erasmus Student Network Porto ESN Card in Porto With your ESN Card you can participate in every activity that ESN Porto organizes, including free entrances in our weekly party. Also you get discounts in laundries, gyms, hostels, car renting or parties not organized by ESN. For more information check the ESN Card discount section in our website.


Free Bank Account

Portuguese Mobile SIM Card

There are two good reasons for you to open a Portuguese bank account: -You can withdraw money for free in every ATM (most international cards have fees). -You can charge your phone for free, if you do it in a Payshop you’ll be charged 0,30 euros. You can open a free bank account with no maintenance costs with your ESN card in BPI at Carlos Alberto. Also you don’t need any Portuguese documents to do it. For more information check the FINANCIAL MATTERS section of this guide.

ESN has partnerships with most of the Porto Universities so you’ll receive a printed version of this guide together with the free Optimus TAG SIM card, upon your arrival at the international office.


ESN gives you a free week’s trial at the Bom Sucesso Health Club, all you need to do is show your ESN CARD at the front desk. Also if you wish to continue there are special conditions for ESN Cards.

Where to open a Bank Account BPI at Praça Carlos Alberto

Erasmus Student Network Porto Events you shouldn’t miss in Porto Queima das Fitas (1st week of May): Its the biggest student party in Portugal! Every year all students gather at Queimodromo to celebrate the end of the year and their graduation. One week of pure madness, concerts, party and lots and lots of drinks, with around 80,000 people each day. ESN has its own drink stand so you can celebrate with all your Erasmus friends. Serenata (Sunday) Its one of the most symbolic and important moments of the academic life, where freshman’s are allowed to wear their black suit (the Harry Potters strange look :P) for the first time. This serenade opens the party week at 00:01 of the first week of May and it happens in front of Cadeia da Relação on Cordoaria (near Reitoria). Cortejo Queima das Fitas (Tuesday): In the student promenade, over 30,000 students envade Porto’s downtown during this event. SÃO JOÃO’S FEST (June’s 23rd): This is the biggest festival on the Porto’s calendar, and one of Europe’s liveliest street parties. It’s the night where literally Porto comes to the streets. Loud music pumps up from huge amplifiers set up on the main squares, the smell of sardines being grilled on makeshift barbecues fills the streets, lit up balloons eerily go up in the summer evening sky, and boats ply the river with their loads of merry locals and tourists keen to get the best spot for the main event - the spectacular fireworks display.


Erasmus Student Network Porto The City Overlooking the Douro River, Porto is one of the most ancient European cities. It was born and developed from the northern bank of this river during the Middle Ages. One of the most significant aspects of Porto and its historical centre is its landscape, combining harmony with the urban structure and presenting a frame of rare beauty. The city was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1996. When discovering Porto, you will find many surprises. Besides its welcoming and conservative environment, Porto is also contemporary and artistic. This is shown not only in the streets, architecture, monuments and museums but also in the terraces, restaurants, leisure and shopping areas.

Night life Porto is a city with an intense nightlife. Nights usually start late and last until dawn. A typical meeting point for Portuguese students is Piolho, close to reitoria. There you’ll see lots of people outside just chilling and drinking. Erasmus normally meet at Adega Leonor (on the corner next to piolho). You can also check Rua Galerias Paris where you’ll have the same exquisite atmosphere, but with slightly older people. After that, you can try one of the Bar/discos downtown. Pitch, Gare, Maus hábitos, Tendinha or Plano B are some suggestions. Monday’s night is one of the best Erasmus evenings, at Ribeira(close to the riverside), famous for offering two drinks for the price of one. After Ribeira everyone goes to La Movida disco club. If you’re more into big warehouse clubs there’s an industrial zone where you can find lots of clubs to enjoy. You’ll also be able to get to know some of the best clubs in town by attending to ESN parties, where the entrance is free for ESN card holders. 64


Erasmus Student Network Porto Moving Around In order to ride Porto’s public transportation system you will need to buy an “andante”, which is the general ticket requested in all public transports (metro, train and buses). The price depends only on the itinerary you choose. So if you want to go from a place to another, you pay the same whether you catch 3 different buses or only one. An one-way ticket costs 1€, and you can buy it at any subway station. If you already have an andante you only have to recharge it, you don’t need to buy a new one. Make sure you validate your andante before you get on the vehicle, and every time you switch lines you need to validate it again. For a monthly student ticket you pay 16,75€ or 11,17€ if you aged under 24 years old for Z2 (only center) and 21,65€ for Z3(covers 3 zones) you can get your monthly ticket at Trindade station. The subway is open from 6.00 am till 1.00 am. Buses, depending on the line, can run only during the daytime or all night long. Metro: Bus: Trains: General Info:


Erasmus Student Network Porto Finding a Place To Stay Finding a place to live in Porto is generally the first concern of Erasmus students, but this doesn’t mean it’s the easiest thing to do. There are two options for you, regarding this matter: you can either apply for one of the residences destined for mobility students or try to find an apartment/room in private houses.

Private Housing Porto’s real estate market is a little bit different from most European cities, as most Portuguese don’t live in the centre. This is good news for erasmus students because the houses in the centre become a little bit cheaper. Prices vary depending on the place and conditions of the house: 150€-250€ are the “normal” prices for a room in Porto. Usually, rent prices don’t include gas, electricity or Internet. We understand that your knowledge of the Portuguese language is probably not the best at the time of your arrival and, in top of that, some landlords do not speak English. You are always more than welcome to drop by ESN office and we will do our best to help you out. Additionally, if you already found a place but you need someone to share it with, you can leave your contact at our office and we’ll help you find someone. Where to find adds:

Buddy Program We strongly recommend you to join the Buddy program from ESN Porto. Your Portuguese Buddy can be a great help in finding you a nice place to live.


Register for a Buddy: To join the buddy program go to our website, buddy section

Erasmus Student Network Porto The University - Universidade do Porto The University of Porto is the one of the largest higher education and research institutions of Portugal and one of the top 200 European universities. With it’s origins dating back to the 18th century, it’s one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Portugal. Today, about 28,000 students (11,000 postgraduate) attend the courses provided by the one of the U.Porto’s fifteen schools (13 faculties, a biomedical sciences institute and a business school, each one with a considerable degree of autonomy). The University buildings are grouped in three main sites (called ‘poles’). In the city centre lies Pole 1; Pole 2 (Asprela) is a campus in the northern end of Porto; Pole 3 (Campo Alegre) is located in the western part of the city, over the river Douro bank.

Residences There are residences available for exchange students from the University. The rent per month is 105.00 EUR (for undergraduate students) and 155.00 EUR (for post-graduate students). Cleaning, internet access and linen are included in this price.


With your UP student card you can eat in every canteen of the University of Porto. The price is 2,15€ and includes soup and dessert. At night there are only three canteens open FEP, FLUP and FBAUP.


UP Faculties: -Faculty of Architecture, FAUP -Faculty of Dental Medicine, FMDUP -Faculty of Economics, FEP -Faculty of Engineering, FEUP -Faculty of Fine Arts, FBAUP -Faculty of Law, FDUP -Faculty of Arts, FLUP -Faculty of Medicine, FMUP -Faculty of Nutrition and Food Science , FCNAUP -Faculty of Pharmacy, FFUP -Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, FPCEUP -Faculty of Sciences, FCUP -Faculty of Sport, FADEUP -Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, ICBAS -Porto School of Management, EGP


Erasmus Student Network Aveiro ESN AVEIRO ESN Aveiro is the Aveiro Section of the Erasmus Student Network. This association is formed by a group of volunteer students that once participated in exchange programs, such as ERASMUS and Campus Europae. ESN Aveiro is ruled by the principles of the Erasmus Student Network and, just like the other ESN sections, it is a non-profitable organization. ESN Aveiro fully cooperates with the International Office of the University of Aveiro, aiming to help with the integration and improve the quality of life of exchange students in Aveiro.

What is ? ESN AVEIRO is a non-profitable organization and it was officially approved as an ESN Section on the 4th of July, 2010. Since then, ESN Aveiro has worked in the benefit of more than 500 exchange students, having organized almost 20 activities since its foundation. As this document is being written, Aveiro is still the youngest section in the country.

ESN Aveiro Tel. 00351 96 677 4000


Erasmus Student Network Aveiro What does it do? ESN Aveiro aims to promote the social and cultural integration and reintegration of exchange students coming to Aveiro, either to participate in a mobility program, or Portuguese students returning from such an experience. Another goal of this organization is to promote the mobility programs between the students, who haven’t yet participated on any exchange programs.ESN Aveiro achieves these objectives through a different set of projects:


t Buddy Program – a project in which exchange

students are assigned a local student from Aveiro’s University who is intended to offer the newcomer direct help by providing useful tips about the city, welcoming the student on his first days, presenting the university and helping him/ her to find a place to live, among others;

t Trips – the best way to get to know the country that you will be living in and to create or strengthen friendships with your Erasmus colleagues;

t Sport Events – every year ESN organizes the

Erasmus Aveiro Football Tournament, but other sport activities, like radical sports or water sports may spontaneously occur;

t Parties – because we know that Erasmus students

have a very strong will to go out, make friends and relax, we usually organize several parties throughout the year;

t Cultural Days – events for you to get to know the culture and the tradition of Portugal;


Erasmus Student Network Aveiro Where to find us? ESN AVEIRO doesn’t have an official meeting point at the moment. However, we are allowed to use “Sala de Traduções”, a room in the rectory’s main building. We use it for the reception weeks and occasionally to register for ESN activities. You will be informed every time this place will be used by ESN.

ESN card in the city With ESN Card you can get a variety of different discounts and promotions, including special prices at bars and discos, dance classes, car rental, etc. The ESN Card is also a must-have in almost all ESN activities, granting you priority at registering, as well as the best prices and deadlines. Statistically, more than 75% of Erasmus Students are ESN Card subscribers. As we are frequently establishing very dynamic partnerships and protocols, we advise you to visit the branch ESN Card on our webpage, where you can find an up to date list of ESN Card benefits. Promotions are not restricted to Aveiro, covering other cities in the country and in Europe, wherever an ESN section exists.


Erasmus Student Network Aveiro The City The city of Aveiro dates back to the 10th Century (at least). Its name derives from the Latin Aviarium, which literally means “the gathering place of birds”. The Moors invaded and occupied it until the 11th century, after which it became a very popular city among Portuguese royalty. Aveiro is called “The Portuguese Venice”, because of its canals and traditional boats (moliceiros)  that resemble the Italian city Venice. Aveiro is well known in Portugal for its traditional sweet, ovos moles, made of egg yok and sugar. Its convenient location near the Portuguese coast, just an hour away from Oporto and two hours from Lisbon (by train), makes it a very nice city to live in. Aveiro has a good nightlife with most of its bars and clubs situated in the main square, called Praça do Peixe (fish market/square) but a couple of other nice spots spread around the city. Some points of interest in or around the city may include: Theater t Teatro Aveirense Museums t Museu da Cidade t Fábrica de Ciência Viva Beaches t Costa Nova t Barra t São Jacinto.

Other places of interest:

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Paços do Concelho Mosteiro de Jesus Jardim e Parque Municipal D. Pedro

Erasmus Student Network Aveiro Moving around Being a very popular city among tourists (specially during the summer), Aveiro has an endless number of touristic resources. Visitors can, for instance, enjoy a tour of the Ria de Aveiro in the typical boats, moliceiros, or simply tour around the city using the already-famous free-usage bicycles (BUGA – Bicicleta de Utilização Gratuita de Aveiro) that can be “rented” (for free) in specific spots in the city. Additionally, there are regular buses to the beaches of Costa Nova and Barra, from which you can reach other beaches by ferry-boat (from Barra only) Reaching other Portuguese cities is easy and quite affordable, by train. The trains to the main Portuguese cities (Lisboa, Porto, Coimbra, …) run regularly (usually at least one per hour, sometimes more).


City Bus Train Intercity Train

Erasmus Student Network Aveiro Finding a place to stay Rooms at the university‘s halls of residence are scarce and are assigned with priority to students with special needs. In consequence, you may have to stay a couple of nights on a guest house, while you are looking for a definitive place to stay. To help you, ESN usually establishes a partnership with a hostel to accommodate you cheaper during these days. About the place for you to live during the semester know that in Aveiro, it is common for students to use the living room as a bedroom, to lower the price per person in the apartment. Common student neighbourhoods are Bairro do Liceu, Vila Jovem and Alboi. Landlords may tell you that places such as Forca, São Bernardo, Esgueira and Verdemilho are at walking distance from the University, but in our opinion they are too far from the University and the bar zone. ESN has developed an online platform where we upload a list of rooms and apartments, which you can consult. Buddies will offer assistance particularly on this aspect. As you are new to this country and culture, you may face a situation where landlords try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge about the renting system in Aveiro. Also, most of them don’t speak English. For these reasons, we strongly recommend you not to lose contact with your Erasmus Buddy and to follow his/her advices. However, as the Erasmus Buddy Program is based on voluntary service, we can not guarantee that every student will provide you all the help that you may need, especially on the first days. Nevertheless, remember that you will always have the ESN team as a last resource.


Erasmus Student Network Aveiro The University of Aveiro

The University of Aveiro, created in 1973, is considered one of the most dynamic and innovative universities of Portugal. It is consistently ranked as one of the best in Portugal, mainly in science, engineering and high-tech, according to recent national and international ranking. In 2009, it was ranked in the 38th in Europe and 137th in the world in the area of Engineering In 1994, the top national search engine, SAPO, was created in this university. UA has seventeen Academic Departments which work together in an inter-disciplinary manner according to their academic and research affinities. The Campus “Universitário de Aveiro” is a small town in the city of Aveiro with facilities like canteens, sports hall, a post office, a bank branch and some other important infrastructures.  The University of Aveiro currently participates in various mobility programs, such as ERASMUS, CAMPUS EUROPAE and ERASMUS MUNDUS for students all over the world. Additionally there are several bilateral agreements with universities from other countries such as Brazil, Canada, Angola, Mozambique, China and India with more than 50 students participating every year. International office of the University of Aveiro University of Aveiro Student association



Erasmus Student Network UTAD ESN Section What is ESN UTAD ? ESN UTAD is the Vila Real section of the Erasmus Student Network for the “Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro”. It is one of the newest sections in the country, created only in 2009, and working with up to 170 exchange students.

Who are we? ESN UTAD, as all ESN sections in Portugal, is a non-profitable organization pulled through by the solid work of volunteers, mainly ex-Erasmus from UTAD and incoming Erasmus students. ESN doesn’t profit from the activities organized.

What do we do? ESN UTAD develops several projects to enhance the life quality of each international student: t Buddy Program – Providing a mentor/tutor for each international student; t Tandem Program – Providing you easier access to learning Portuguese; t Trips – Trips around the most famous places of Portugal with a huge load of fun and adventure; t Sport Activities- Volleyball, Basketball and Football competitions, pub crawl and city games; t Cultural Events – Visits to close-by museums, theatres and palaces, wine tasting with exquisite refinement, among others; t Parties – Being an important part of the Erasmus experience we organize parties, to improve the fellowship among exchange students. 78


Erasmus Student Network UTAD The City The History Vila Real is an enriched historical city with a lot of interesting characteristics both within and outside its boundaries. It is located in a 450m height plateau, by the side of Corgo river, affluent of Douro river, surrounded by the mountains of Alvão and Marão. The city shows unquestionable signs of having been inhabited since the Paleolithic. The present city, was created by D. Dinis in the year of 1289 and holds now approximately fifty thousand people.

Landscape and urban image Vila Real’s geographic location enhances greatly its natural beauty. A few kilometres away from the city there is the National Park of Alvão where, apart from the great diversity of fauna and flora, you can find very typical and ancient small villages, such as Ermelo and Lamas de Olo, definitely worth visiting. Gorgeous waterfalls can be seen all across the mountains, such as the famous “Fisgas de Ermelo”. Night life Vila Real is also known for its enthusiastic academical environment. The life of an Erasmus student in Vila Real comes to complete change when the sun goes down. A place certainly not to be missed is the main square, called Pioledo where you can either have a normal coffee or taste the excellent Portuguese beer. Take your time with your friends, meet new people and relax. 79

Erasmus Student Network UTAD The University The Vila Real Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1973, was transformed in 1979 into the Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro University Institute and, in 1986 became a fully-fledged university. Despite its relatively short history, the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (UTAD) has already developed considerable national and international prestige. Today, after over 23 years of commitment to high quality teaching, research and community extension, UTAD has earned its rightful place among the new generation of Portuguese universities, and is striving to make its name at both national and international levels as a centre of academic excellence and innovation. One of the University’s key challenges in the upcoming years will be to adapt its current portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to the Bologna Declaration proposals and to the rapidly changing requirements of the labour market, to the shifts in economic and social priorities at national and EU levels, and the teaching and research opportunities provided by new technologies. The campus, built on the site of a number of adjacent former farm estates, or quintas, is 10-minute walk from the city centre and has bus connection to any city corner. There are also two academic units closer to the centre - the ex-DRM building, which houses the Department of Economy and Sociology, and a complex containing CIFOP (the Education Department), the Department of Arts and Crafts and the Department of Physical Education and Sports. UTAD also has installations in Chaves.

University Socrates/Erasmus Address: Quinta de Prados, Apartado 1013, 5001-801 Vila Real Phone :+351 259 350439 Fax: +351 259 350 629 E-mail:



Erasmus Student Network Évora ESN Section ESN UÉvora was created in March 2009 and is highly integrated in Evora University Students’ Union. The major task is to give all the support needed to the integration of foreign students in University of Évora: helps in finding accommodation, learning the languages and having fun. The ESN Section organizes events like parties, meetings, trips, system tandem meetings, cultural and sport events. We have a more specific guide if you will stay/study at Évora, please check our website.

The City Évora is a Portuguese city in the municipality of Évora. As of 2004, it has 41,159 inhabitants. The city is composed of the parishes of Santo Antão, São Mamede, and Sé e São Pedro in the historical centre and the urban parishes of Bacelo, Horta das Figueiras, Malagueira, and Senhora da Saúde outside the great city walls Évora is ranked number two in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by Expresso. It was ranked first in a study concerning competitiveness of the 18 Portuguese district capitals, according to a 2006 study made by Minho University economic researchers. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

What else to see in Évora:

tÉvora Karting; tÉvora Aerodrome; tEscoural cave; tDams (e.g. Alqueva dam); ESN UEVORA website University Tourism


Erasmus Student Network Évora The University “Honesto estudo com longa experiência misturado” The University of Évora, the second oldest in Portugal, was founded in the 16th century (1559) by Cardinal Infante Dom Henrique (the future king of Portugal), and by the Pope Paul IV, and it was delivered to the Society of Jesus. The Jesuit college (Colégio do Espírito Santo) in Évora operated between 1559 and 1759. In this year and as a consequence of the Jesuit expulsion promoted by the Minister of the Kingdom Marquis of Pombal, it was closed. The Colégio do Espírito Santo became famed as a centre of learning and rivalled the University of Coimbra. Among its eminent theologians and philosophers were Luis de Molina (1535-1600), Pedro de Fonseca (1528-1599), St. Francisco de Borja, St. João de Brito, Manuel Álvares. Several prelates of the Portuguese Empire were trained at this university: D. Afonso Mendes, Patriarch of Abyssinia, and D. Pedro Martins, first bishop of Japan. The University of Évora resumed work in 1973 as a state-run university. Nowadays, the University of Évora’s organic structure divides it into schools. At the moment, there are: t Art School t School of Sciences and Technology t School of Social Sciences t São João de Deus Higher School of Nursing

Each organic unity divides into departments, which are located in diferents places of Évora and even in its surroundings.

Usefull Links: Movie Club http://www.cineclube.


City Council



Erasmus Student Network Coimbra ESN in Coimbra Welcome! You are in one of the oldest universities in the world, where tradition is kept alive by the young spirit of students since 1290. The local department of Erasmus Student Network (ESN) in Coimbra are ESN Coimbra (also known as Associação Sócrates-Erasmus da Universidade de Coimbra [ase-uc]) welcome you. The organization were founded by volunteers (newly graduates, university students and former Erasmus students) with the aim to help the increasing number of foreign students as well as promote their integration in the academic life of Coimbra through activities such as, sports, cultural events, sightseeing trips and international parties. We are a non-profit organization and we are here to make your stay better, easier and provide you with a pleasant experience in Coimbra, the city of knowledge, the city of students.


ESN Coimbra Contact: Largo da Sé Velha Nº20-21 Phone: +3519155090 ESN IP-COIMBRA Contact Mobile n. 00351 910771217

Erasmus Student Network Coimbra Where are we? The ESN department is located in the oldest neighbourhood of the city: Largo da SĂŠ Velha, about 5 minutes walk from Polo I of the University. Once here, you can easily access anything you might possibly need as an Erasmus student.

What do we do? t Weekend / Day trips: visiting historic cities in

Portugal, snow and summer trips as well as some meetings with other Erasmus students studying either in Portugal or in Spain.

t Sports events: we organize a wide variety of

sports such as football, volleyball, paint ball, basketball tournaments and some radical sports too.

t Cultural events: tour guides to historic places, focusing on the most traditional culture of Portugal and Coimbra’s academic life.

t Parties: being part of the Erasmus life, we

organize some parties with many different themes of different countries and cultures (and drinks!) and sometimes involving other Erasmus students.


Erasmus Student Network Coimbra The City Coimbra, known as the city of students, is located in the centre of Portugal, about 2 hours from Lisbon and 1 hour from Porto. The city has a good transport facility which provides easy access to airports and beaches, for instance Figueira da Foz and Aveiro. The city has a lot to offer, including several important archaeological remains, fado sung by students, stories about forbidden love affairs and a very exciting nightlife. The daily life is marked by students, coming and going back from their lectures, stopping on the way to chat with friends, gossiping and discussing University issues in some of the Praça da República or Sé Velha´s pubs. Coimbra is divided into two main areas:

t Alta (upper town): is the older part

which consists of steep narrow cobbled streets, where the Repúblicas (typical communal student hostels) are to be found, as well as some of the city´s most important monuments: Sé Velha, Sé Nova and the University.

t Baixa (lower town): where most

of the city’s commercial activity is concentrated. By the Mondego River, the Monastery of Santa Cruz and several medieval churches can easily be found. 88

Erasmus Student Network Coimbra Top 5 Coimbra attractions 1. University of Coimbra It was founded in 1290 and also holds the famous University library, which is richly decorated with exotic wood in green, red and gold. The library now operates as a museum with an amazing collection of about 300,000 volumes. 2. Botanical Gardens They were created by the Marquis of Pombal and are generally regarded as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Portugal, covering an area of up to 13 acres. 3. Machado de Castro Museum One of the most important art museums in Portugal, containing Roman material from excavations, medieval sarcophaguses, Romanesque and Gothic sculpture in stone and wood, goldsmith’s work, furniture, tapestries, porcelain and paintings. 4. Sé Velha (Coimbra Old Cathedral) The Cathedral dates back from the reign of King Afonso Henriques and is based on Romanesque style, which was popular at that period in Coimbra. It is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Portugal. 5. Convento de Santa Clara a Velha Located on the left bank of Mondego River, it’s a beautiful representation of the Gothic style in Portugal.

What else to see?

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Mosteiro de Santa Cruz Portugal dos pequenitos Mondego River Quinta das Lágrimas Conímbriga ruins


Erasmus Student Network Coimbra University of Coimbra Coimbra University is a public university and its origins date back to the 13th century (as it was already founded in 1290 by Portuguese King Dinis I). Nowadays, it has students from 70 different nationalities; almost 10% of the students are foreigners, which makes it the most international university in Portugal. The University of Coimbra holds a great historical meaning in the Portuguese speaking world as well as in Europe’s higher education system. The University of Coimbra is an indisputable reference in higher education and research in Portugal, due to the quality of the courses and to the advances achieved in pure and applied research in various areas of knowledge. The University of Coimbra consists of 3 campus, called “Polos”. Polo I can be found at the top of Coimbra. The historic centre of the University is where we can find the “Reitoria”, the Administration, the Law Faculty, Languages, Pharmacy, Medicine, Psychology and Educational Sciences, General Library, the Archive, and the Botanical Gardens. Polo I also includes various departments of the Sciences and Technological Faculty (Anthropology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Botany, Earth Science, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Zoology), museums, canteens, accommodations and many other facilities. 90

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On Polo II, on the right bank of the Mondego River, located in the Pinhal de Marrocos, we have the departments of engineering of the Technology and Science Faculty (Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering), the Interdisciplinary Research Institute. On Polo III, we have the Hospitals of the University of Coimbra and the Health Sciences Campus, where the faculties of medicine and pharmacy are located.

The Polytechnique Institute of Coimbra (IPC) It was created in 1979 when Polytechnic Education was introduced in Portugal. Since then IPC has becoming today one of the largest Polytechniques in the country and one of the most important institutions of higher Education in Portugal. Today it represents one third of the 30 000 students studying in Coimbra. Several national famous persons have studied in IPC, including the current Portuguese Prime minister. In spite of the IPC´s recent history, it inherited the tradition and experience of the colleges which became part of it. Today it encompasses six different schools: t &4"$ $PMMFHFPG"HSJDVMUVSF  t &4&$ $PMMFHFPG&EVDBUJPO t &45(0) 0MJWFJSBEP)PTQJUBM$PMMFHFPG  Technology), t &454$ $PMMFHFPG)FBMUI5FDIOPMPHZ  t *4$"$ *OTUJUVUFPG"DDPVOUJOHBOE"ENJOJTUSBUJPO t *4&$ *OTUJUVUFPG&OHJOFFSJOH 


Erasmus Student Network Coimbra Traditions Queima das Fitas The “Queima das Fitas” of Coimbra is classified as the largest and oldest academic festival in Portugal. It involves not only the entire student community of Coimbra, but also countless people around the country who join in this extraordinary party. It has many attractions and people come for either the concerts, sports and cultural activities surrounding the event or for all the traditional and mystique parades it proudly holds. It is relevant to mention that “Queima das Fitas” is an event with a national and international context in which all the activities take place in a consecutive period of four months.

Festa das Latas The “Festa das Latas” began in the nineteenth century when the students loudly expressed their joy for their end of the academic year in May. Thus, using any object available that would produce noise, especially cans. They wear outfits according to their personal fantasies or with the “batina” reversed, carrying banners with critical messages, depicting the life which circles the school and/or national level without excluding international issues as well. The newcomers should follow in two parallel rows, with their academic godparents (doctors from the praxis) in the middle of what should be a performance worthy of a student of Coimbra, setting an example to the newcomers who are starting their Academic Praxe.


Erasmus Student Network Coimbra Nightlife The city´s large student population guarantees an active, sometimes raucous nightlife. You will find the pubs around the Largo da Sé Velha, packed with students, professors and locals who drink and enjoy themselves. Your favourite experience will definitely be hopping randomly from pub to pub.

Transportation When getting around in Coimbra it is always possible to go for a walk, as there are safe cobbled pavements everywhere. Also, there is an urban bus connection (in town) and it is easy to catch a bus to go to different parts of town. You can also use a bicycle but there are no designated cycle tracks and Coimbra is a city with quite a few steep roads which may make cycling complicated. The city bus is the only way to travel within the city; they run every 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the bus you take (except at weekends and bank holidays). For a monthly student ticket the price is 23 € or 17,5€ if aged under 24. There are also pre-bought tickets which cost 6, 10 € for one ticket with 11 trips or 2 € for one ticket with 3 trips.


Exchange Student Dictionary Random useful expressions Numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 30 40 50 100 1000

um dois três quatro cinco seis sete oito nove dez onze doze treze catorze quinze dezasseis dezassete dezoito dezanove vinte trinta quarenta cinquenta cem mil







Good morning

Bom dia

Good bye


Thank you


You’re welcome (Reply to “Thank you”)

De nada


Por favor

I’m sorry / Excuse me(to apologise)


Excuse me (if someone is in your way) Maybe


I want






I don’t understand I don’t speak Portuguese

Eu não percebo Eu não falo Português

Where is the...

Onde é a/o...



Train station

Estação de Comboios

Bus stop

Paragem de autocarro

I want to go to...

Eu quero ir para

One ticket to...

Um bilhete para

Could you repeat that? How much is it?


Com licença

Pode repetir? Quanto é?





Exchange Student Dictionary

Do you have an English Menu ?

Tem um menu em inglês?

What are the local specialities?

Quais são as especialidades locais?

I am vegetarian

Sou vegetariano

Can I use the bathroom?

Posso usar a casa de banho?

Ladies/ Women

Senhoras / Mulheres


Cavalheiros / Homens

Do you like this music?

Gostas desta música?

I want to go home

Eu quero ir para casa

Want to dance?

Queres dançar ?

Shall we go for a walk?

Vamos dar uma volta?

You are so cute

Tu és tão giro/gira

How old are you?

Quantos anos tens?

What do you study?

O que estudas?

Where do you study?

Onde estudas?

My name is....

O meu nome é ___

When did you arrive?

Quando chegaste?

I am learning Portuguese

Eu estou a aprender Português

Do you speak English?

Fala inglês?

Not too bad

Mais ou menos

See you later (same day)

Até logo

See you later (another day) See you soon (very soon)

Até amanhã Até já

I‘m not hungry

Não tenho fome

For more info, see


Glossary Useful Phone Numbers Pan European Emergency Police Fire Service Fire Brigade Toxicological centre Police Medical Emergency

Useful Links Government

Map of Portugal

Public Transport (train) (Portuguese airports)




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