Can I follow the program online?
Yes, participants can fully participate in the program online, using the link that the organization send when the registration is done. For each session there will be participants online and participants in the room. Each time there are practical exercises, there will be at least two teachers – one teacher with the online group, and one teacher with the group in the university

Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, participants will receive a certificate of completion upon successful conclusion of the program.

Should I bring a computer?
Yes, please do bring a small personal laptop computer or tablet; it will be helpful for online research, group work, and presentations.

Can I use Wi-Fi at the university?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available free of charge at all locations of the university

Is there any language requirement?
At present, there is no minimum level examen requirement. All courses are conducted in English. In order to be able to follow courses, a certain level of English proficiency will be necessary.

What is the dress code?
While there is no formal dress code for the program, we would appreciate it if you could refrain from wearing flip-flops and tank tops during class time. It might feel cold in airconditioned environments, so we recommend a light sweater.

How can I plan my trip?
You can choose to travel directly to Porto or arrive in Lisbon by plane and travel to Porto by train or bus (prices between €25 and €32).

When should I arrive in Porto?
When you arrive and depart is completely up to you. You just need to be on time for class. However, it is advisable to arrive at least two to three days before the start of the Summer School to minimize any potential effects of travel interruption and jet lag.

How can I stay connected with friends and family at home?
Portugal has several digital providers networks. SIM cards and data packages are sold freely (bring your passport) at the airport, convenience stores, and specialist retailers all over town. Rates are very reasonable, and an initial SIM card with a data package can cost you as little as Euro 15.

Can I participate with a student visa card?
If you are an exchange student coming from outside of the European Union you are required to obtain a visa for your period of stay in Portugal.

Students participating in study programs, student exchange, training, unpaid internship or volunteer work purposes should apply for a temporary stay visa.

Temporary stay visas allow entry and stay in Portugal for less than a year. They are valid during the entire stay and allow for multiple entries.

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto, has no specific support service regarding visas.

For visa related matters, we suggest you contact our partner institution through and refer your status as a registered student at Católica.

How much does it cost to live in Porto?
A foreign student in Porto should take into account the following average living costs:

  • Housing: 350€ / month
  • Bread: 0,20€
  • Bottle of water (small): 0,50€
  • Coffee (expresso): 0,70€
  • Beer: 1,20€
  • 1 dish meal: 12 €
  • Fast food/Salads: 7,5€
  • Pizza: 10€
  • Movie ticket: 6,60€ (students can benefit from special discounts)
  • Bus ticket: 1,20€ (bought in advance) or 1,95€ (at the bus)
  • Monthly transportation card: 22€ / 2 zones with a student discount