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10 great reasons to study in Portugal

Crossing borders through sea and sky is a challenge available for those who dare to go further for seeking knowledge, finding new cultures and living defining experiences. Portugal is, more and more, the perfect destination for those who are eager to embrace the world...



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A gateway to Europe

Located in the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is the most occidental country of Europe. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, the continental territory has an extensive coast line and it is bordered by Spain on the East. With little more than 92.000 sq. km, you can travel the country North to South or even fly to the archipelagos of Madeira and Azores at very affordable prices.
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A permanent history lesson

Between 1415 and 1543, Portuguese people were pioneers in the exploration of the world: Henry the Navigator began the epic journey of discoveries by conquering Ceuta, in Africa; Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope, that connects the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans; Vasco da Gama reached India and Pedro Álvares Cabral discovered Brazil. The first circumnavigation ever was completed by the explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
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A language for the five continents

The most widely spoken language in the South hemisphere is Portuguese and it is a mother tongue in the five continents, an achievement matched only by the English language. According to the “Economic Potential of the Portuguese Language”, Portuguese is the 4th most widely spoken language in the world (with 261 million speakers), the 5th most used language in the Internet and the 3rd most used in Facebook. Portuguese is also the first foreign language in teaching systems all over the world.
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Keywords: security and living expenses

Published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Global Peace Index 2016 has analysed the levels of security of 163 countries and Portugal holds the 5th place in the ranking of the safest countries in the world, before Switzerland, the Czech Republic or Canada. At the same time, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries to live in Western Europe; the cost of living is quite accessible. Consumer Price Index places Portugal in 56th place of the cost of living index.
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The most friendly nation in Europe

Inside the territory, Portuguese people are known for their hospitality and authenticity. And abroad, they have been recognised as the most friendly European people for foreigners. When you arrive in Portugal, you soon realise how easy it is to communicate, live and make affective bonds with the Portuguese. According to a study of InterNations, who has interviewed 14 thousand people in 191 countries, Portugal is the 10th most friendly nation in the world.
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Climbing the world ranking of competitiveness

Portugal was the second country to rise in the world competitive ranking of the Institute for Management Development (IMD) the most. Among the 61 countries evaluated in the World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015, Portugal is in 36th place, after climbing seven positions when compared to the previous year. Economic performance, government efficiency, infrastructures and the efficiency of companies and businesses are the main criteria assesses to establish this international ranking.
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The home of sports champions

"“If you want the visit the country of European champions, visit Portugal." These are the words of José Mourinho, one of the best soccer coaches in the world, after the Portuguese national soccer team won the finals of the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Eusébio, Rosa Mota, Joaquim Agostinho, Luís Figo, Nelson Évora, Telma Monteiro, Ticha Penicheiro, Ricardinho or Cristiano Ronaldo are only some of the athletes who cast the light on Portuguese sports on a global scale.
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A mosaic of World Heritage

Portugal is all about cultural richness; so, it must not come as a surprise that it has 15 items classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Aside from the historic centres of Angra do Heroísmo, Évora, Porto and Guimarães, there are monuments and landscapes in this list, e.g. Alto Douro wine region and the prehistoric art sites in the Côa Valley. Fado, the mediterranean diet, the polyphonic singing of Alentejo (“cante”) and the manufacture of cowbells were recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage.
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Food & Wine | Sun & Sea

No one resists these iconic features of Portugal when they step on Portuguese soil. The tradition of good food is complemented by the best nectars, extracted from the hills of Douro, Dão, the defined region of White Wines or right from the middle of Alentejo. There are routes and gastronomic events all over the country that will make everyone addicted. The temperate Mediterranean climate makes Portugal the ideal spot for sun and sea lovers, more appealing for surfers every day.
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The postmark of Saudade

One of the most prevalent words in Portuguese literature, “saudade” reminds us of a nostalgic state of mind, where memories cause melancholy for the absence of certain people, objects or actions. Its meaning dates back to the era of discoveries, reminding us of the solitude of the Portuguese in unknown lands, far from their loved ones. “Saudade” is a word that cannot be translated into other languages, but is surely is memorable for those who venture across Portugal.
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