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12 Reasons to Study in Lisbon


12 Reasons to Study in Lisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a vibrant city with lots of exciting experiences. It’s known for its unique history and traditional neighborhoods that are loyal to the culture and tradition of the country. However, it’s also a modern city with a progressive thinking and a lot to offer.

Famous for its climate and amazing beaches, gastronomy, hospitality, culture and leisure, it’s an unforgettable destination for any student, providing a unique college experience. 

A Cosmopolitan City Open to the World

Lisbon is not only Europe's Atlantic hub, but also a strategic point to Africa and the Americas. Portuguese explorers set sail from the Tagus River in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries to give "new worlds to the world" (Luis de Camões, in Os Lusíadas). Lisbon has always welcomed new people and cultures, lending its inhabitants a spirit of great openness towards foreigners, as evidenced by the many favourable testimonies of those who work or study here. Lisbon has always been considered a universalist urbanization, where multiple languages ​​are spoken and where different people with different cultures live. All of this contributes to the spirit of great openness of its inhabitants, as attested by the multiple favourable testimonies of those who work and/or study here.

A Green City

Lisbon has a network of supply stations for electric cars and a network of cycle paths that connect residential areas, services and green areas, dedicated to those who want to travel by bicycle *. In the heart of the capital, you can visit one of the largest urban parks in Europe, with several smaller parks and gardens with historical and artistic interest, excellent for relaxing after a long day of classes. Not far from the city center is the Parque Florestal de Monsanto with an area of 1000 hectares. A little over 30 minutes by car, it is possible to visit some of the most emblematic natural parks in the country and other protected areas such as the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and the Arrábida Natural Park.


Security is one of the strengths of Lisbon, considered as one of the safest capitals in Europe (according to Europe Best Destinations), and its ranking is higher every year, on the list of safest cities in the world with better life quality. Portugal has low violent crime indicators, being rated as the 3rd safest country in the world (Global Peace Index-2019).

Excellency in Education

Lisbon offers students a qualified network of both public and private universities and research centers, promoting close collaboration with higher education institutions of international standing.

It offers high quality programs and innovative teaching techniques, with a strong research culture; the collaboration between the academic and business world is strongly encouraged.


Being the sunniest capital in Europe, it’s an opportunity to practise a lot of different sports outside, like jogging, BTT, Golf, Football, Skating and Horseback riding.

The proximity to the Tagus River and the sea, also allows the practice of rowing, canoeing, sailing, surfing and kitesurfing. Two of the most spectacular seafronts in Europe are in Guincho (25 min from Lisbon by car) and Ericeira (35 min from Lisbon by car), the latter being the largest surfing reserve in Europe.

Leisure and Entertainment

The hosts events (many of international notoriety) throughout the whole year for a diversity of audiences, many of which are recognized worldwide (E.g.: Web Summit, Volvo Ocean Race, Rock in Rio festival, and Nazaré Tow Surfing Challenge). Along the Tagus waterfront, there are numerous places to dine, drink, watch the sunset or even dancing if you feel like it, such as the Alcântara Docks.

Living Costs

Lisbon in one of the cheapest cities in the European Union, being an attractive factor for many students.

Multiculturalism and Hospitality

The inhabitants of Lisboa are friendly and spontaneous, and have a good knowledge of foreign languages, especially the younger population (more than 90% of young people speak at least one foreign language), being considered the city that speaks English best in southern Europe.

The most spoken languages ​​are English (59.6%), French (21.5%) and Spanish (14.8%). In the city, numerous communities from several countries coexist peacefully, with special emphasis on countries such as Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Ukraine, India and China.

It is a country open to the world, by affirming and promoting the values ​​that the Portuguese people believe in: respect for human dignity, equality and the promotion of peoples' well-being.

Culture and Creativity

History is present at every corner when we walk through Lisbon's old neighborhoods of Baixa, Alfama and Castelo. At night, you can easily find places to hear Fado, Lisbon's typical musical genre, recognized by UNESCO as an intangible heritage of humanity in 2011. There is always something happening in Lisbon, from major concerts to film and music festivals. Lisbon has a wide range of cultural facilities, shops and places of leisure with strong links to the city's traditional neighborhoods. It is a truly creative city with a variety of cultural events and over 75 museums and galleries.


Proximity to the rest of the world

Lisbon has direct flights to North America with less than 8 hours of flight time and is located approximately at 3 hours flight from most European cities. Lisbon airport has excellent access, being located just 8 km from the city center.

Unique gastronomy

Lisbon is known as a culinary capital worldwide. Gourmet tourism is consistently growing, and it is essential to try traditional Portuguese cuisine. It is a city with a very diverse offer of bars, terraces and restaurants with excellent gastronomy, with a huge offer of fresh, high-quality food at very attractive prices.



Depending on the region and the time of the year, Portugal, in general is a very sunny country.

With no snow during the winter and temperatures that never decrease below zero, Lisbon is a blessed city. It’s a privilege to live in a place where its possible to go to the beach in October or March and spend a comfortable day outdoors in February. The climate is seasoned, with hot dry summers and damp winters. Lisbon has longer and hotter summers compared to the mountainous regions in the north of Portugal.

Medium Air Temperatures Jan/March Apr/Jun Jul/Sept Oct/Dec
ºC 17,1 21,8 27,3 17,2
ºF 62,8 71,2 79,3 53,0
Medium Sea Temperatures Jan/March Apr/Jun Jul/Sept Oct/Dec
ºC 14,9 17,5 19,5 16,1
ºF 58,8 63,5 67,1 60,0