Visa and other information

For visa information and other practical information please consult this page further.



ISCTE-IUL gives orientation on arranging housing for international students.

In order to secure your accommodation, please get in contact and make your reservation as soon as possible.

We offer three housing options in the city centre:

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National students from European Union (EU) countries, European Economic Area/EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Portugal.

Other foreign students must obtain a residence study visa before departure from their home country. Students can request their visa at the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate.

After enrollment and under request the International Relations Office issues the necessary documentation for visa purposes.

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health insurance

Health Insurance

Students from the European Union (EU) countries and the European Economic Area (EEA) are covered by the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles them to have access to the national social security system as any Portuguese citizen.

Students coming from outside the EU or EEA should make sure that they are properly insured before arrival. In particular, Brazilian students, covered by their own national social security system, should obtain the PB4 form at the competent institution in Brazil in order to benefit from the Portuguese health care coverage.

Upon arrival, all students will be requested to present insurance proof.

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living expenses

Living expenses

In comparison with other major European cities, Lisbon is highly affordable. Foreign students should consider some minimum basic costs per month of approximately €600 to €700.

Some reference prices:

  • Accommodation

    €250 - €350

  • Transportation

    ~ €35,65

  • Meal at ISCTE-IUL canteen


  • Meal in a budget restaurant


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