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Erasmus Incoming

Erasmus Incoming

Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

Studying abroad is a central part of Erasmus+ and has been shown to have a positive effect on later job prospects. It is also a chance to improve language skills, gain self-confidence and independence and immerse yourself in a new culture.


Since 2009 NOVA Information Management School has received more than 500 students from more than 60 partner universities.

Come and be part of this community!

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Welcome to Lisbon!

Dear students,

Welcome to Lisbon!

This is the place and time for discoveries for you as it was for the Portuguese sailors in the 15th and 16th centuries. This is an outstanding opportunity to define what will be your academic, professional and personal future. You will experience how it's like to study abroad with students and professors from several countries and, at the same time, to discover one of the oldest and most interesting cities in the world. This is, as it was for many others before, your opportunity to go global!

I and all NOVA IMS staff will make our best to make this an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. Besides the professors that will teach many curricular units in English and will do their best to help you on your integration, you will also receive support from our very efficient team of non-academic staff to help you to familiarize with NOVA IMS facilities (e.g., library, labs, study halls, canteen, etc.). I will be personally available for any practical or technical problem you might have during your stay. You will also be able to count with the excellent support of Ms. Ana Sousa and other people from the Erasmus Office for any bureaucratic or organizational problem.

You will have the opportunity to study in an Institution that cares highly with the quality of teaching, research and all provided services. I am sure this is the right place for anyone who ambitions a good education and an unforgettable personal experience that will, hopefully, be remembered for a long time.

I hope you enjoy Lisbon, NOVA IMS and Portugal!

Best regards,

Pedro Cabral
Erasmus Coordinator of NOVA IMS

Why Choose NOVA IMS?

  • The excellence of the teaching staff, the quality of teaching and revelance of the research placed NOVA IMS among the best Universities in the world;
  • Certified by APCER (Portuguese certification entity) and IQNET (International Certificate Network) according to NP EN ISO 9001:2008;
  • NOVA IMS was the first Iberian University to integrate iSchools;
  • Close relationship between students and teachers;
  • ECTS grading scale;
  • Excellent employment rates;
  • Attractive location.


Bachelor’s Degrees

  • 100% Employment Rate*/**
  • 1.394€ Average monthly salary of a bachelor*

* Independent ObipNOVA 2019 report on NOVA IMS graduates.
** Employment rate measured according to active graduates.


Master Degree Programs

  • 94% Employment Rate*
  • 14 days Average time in order to obtain paid employment*
  • 1220€ Average monthly income*

* Independent report ObipNOVA, from 2015. Employment rate measured according to active graduates.

Application and Enrollment

Important Information: The Board of NOVA IMS have determined a numerus clausus of 60 students per semester for mobility students. The selection criteria will be first come, first served.

Fall Semester or Whole Academic Year Students

  • Nominations May 30th;
  • Applications and student documents July 1st.

Spring Semester

  • Nominations: November 1st;
  • Applications and student documents: December 2nd.

After these dates we will not be able to accept further applications.

Exchange students should prepare:

  • Learning Agreement;
  • Transcript of records (only English version is accepted);
  • Copy of European Health Insurance Card or, for students outside European Union, Insurance Health.
  • These documents must be valid for the whole period of study;
  • Statement of responsability (document to be made available by the Erasmus Office of NOVA IMS);
  • 1 photo (passport size).


After being nominated students will be informed about how to access our ONLINE Application Form.


  • Partner Universities must send the list of nominated students to Erasmus Office:;
  • NOVA IMS will contact the selected students by e-mail to give them the necessary information and request the documents in order to proceed with the mobility process.

Language Requirements

  • Proficiency in English = at least level B1.

All the classes for Mobility students are taught in English. Students must be aware that they need to have solid knowledge of the English language to successfully attend lessons/courses.

Academic Information

Academic Calendar

To see the academic calendar, please click here.

Registration and Enrolment

NOVA IMS Academic Services will contact students about the necessary procedures.

This process only starts after the Learning Agreement has been duly signed by the student and the responsible person from both institutions (sending and receiving).

Welcome Day

Usually takes place in the week before the beginning of classes. Presence is important but not mandatory.

Date of Arrival

If you do not arrive on our official start date, you must obtain permission from our Erasmus Coordinator.
We do not accept students to start our courses if they arrive later than two weeks, after the beginning of the semester.

Language Qualification

It is recommended that the students have a Proficiency in English (or Portuguese) = at least level B1.


At NOVA IMS is used a 0-20 scale to grade students, following the Portuguese convention. For semester the bachelor students usually attend the courses necessary to realize 30 ECTS.

To complete the bachelor level students must achieve 180 ECTS, and for master level 95. This system of grading scale, created by the Commission of the European Communities allows the recognition of the academic equivalence of studies made in different countries. To knew the Description of the institutional grading system, please check.

Courses Taught in English

Almost all courses are taught in English if any foreign student enrolls (unless an imperative reason prevents this). Some courses need previous knowledge of statistics/ econometrics or computing/ programming and require previous approval of previous courses as pre-requirement of admission.

Limitation or Restriction on Course Registration

All the courses have a limited number of vacancies.

The list of available courses can change as they are fulfilled on a “first come, first served” basis.

Some courses need previous knowledge of statistics / econometrics or computing / programming are conditioned.

There are Curricular Units in which Erasmus Students cannot enrol.

There are Curricular Units that may overlap. To try to reduce possible overlaps we strongly recommended:

  • Preferably - Always choose curricular units from the same course/year (no risk of overlapping schedules);
  • Other Option - Choose curricular units of the same course and from 1st and 2nd year or from 2nd and 3rd year (moderate risk of overlapping schedules).

For more information, please check our Fact Sheet.

Bachelor Degree

In every Academic Year, some changes may occur regarding the courses offered in English. However, we do not expect significant changes from one year to the next.
For further information about the courses please consult our website:

Mobility students can choose curricular units from different courses and from different years.

For Bachelor Degree Students the total sum of ECTS credits for the curricular units to be selected, cannot exceed 45 (in the case of one semester) or 90 (in the case of an academic year).

Master Degrees

The study plan should be proposed based on the student's study area and the existing agreement between NOVA IMS and the Sending Institution e.g. Master Programmes held in working hours.

For Master Degree Students the total sum of ECTS credits for the curricular units to be selected, cannot exceed 37,5 (in the case of one semester) or 75 (in the case of an academic year).

Trimester/Semester Courses

  • Trimester courses (quarterly courses): those courses take place in half of a semester duration, in the first seven weeks of the semester (1st trimester of the Fall Semester or 3rd trimester of the Spring Semester) or in the last seven weeks of the semester (2nd trimester of the Fall Semester or 4th trimester of the Spring Semester). Those courses usually have 3.5 or 4 ECTS and are assigned to Master Degree Study Plans.
  • Semester courses: those courses take place during an entire semester, which means during 14 weeks of classes. The academic year is divided in two semesters: Fall Semester (classes from September to December) and Spring Semester (classes from February to June). In the Master Degree Study Plans, those courses usually have 7.5 ECTS; In the Bachelor Degree Study Plans, semester courses can hold from 2 to 6 ECTS.

Elective Courses

At NOVA IMS, Bachelor Degree Programs comprise 180 ECTS, and Master Degree Programs may comprise 95 or 120 ECTS. Part of those ECTS should be approved as mandatory courses, specific for each program, and the remaining ECTS should be taken as elective courses. The total of ECTS taken as elective courses vary in each program. The students enrol the mandatory courses per semester and select a set of elective courses from a list of available courses (semester or trimester courses) to complete the total ECTS needed. An elective course in a Program can be a mandatory course of another Program or just a course offered as extra. In the latter, the course only takes place if a minimum number of enrolments are registered.

Portuguese Language Courses

It is not possible to attend this courses at NOVA IMS. If the student wants to attend a Portuguese language course, have to contact, for instance, FCSH, another Faculty of Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

You can find out more information about these courses at FCSH is this website:

How to Get Your Visa

Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, a group of 25 European Countries which have abolished all border controls between each other. Hence, citizens of the EU, the European Economic Area (EEA – Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) as well as Switzerland need only an identity card in order to enter Portugal.

For short stays (up to 90 days) visitors from the following countries can enter Portugal with Passport only: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, United States, Uruguay, Vatican, Venezuela and Special Administrative Regions of the People's Republic of China in Hong Kong and Macao. (...)

This list may change, so you should confirm with your local Portuguese Embassy or Consulate.


  • Apply for Visa as soon as possible! Visa issues demand much time and attention;
  • Check with the relevant Embassies / Consulates on which documents you need to obtain a visa;
  • Double check all forms and the data you fill in. Sometimes small mistakes result in the refusal of the visa request;
  • Always keep copies of the originals you submit! You may need them.

(2013 YOUR WAY TO PORTUGAL: A Guide for Erasmus Mundus Students, DGES - Directorate General for Higher Education, January 2013, p. 5)

For information please consult:

Health Insurance

Before coming students must request the European Health Insurance Card valid for the whole period of stay. Students who are from countries that don’t have European Health Insurance Card should present an equivalent insurance, also valid for the whole period of stay. Those documents are mandatory.

Useful Information

NOVA IMS is located in Campus de Campolide, a Campus that provides some facilities such as school residence, food services, photocopy services, bank machine and bookshop, besides all the services that you can find at NOVA IMS, as Academic Services, IT services and Library and Documentation Services.

At Academic Services you can find all the support and information you need regarding for instance: enrollment, timetables and calendars (Exams Schedule, Academic Calendar).

Helpdesk support is provided by IT Department to every NOVA IMS enrolled student, IT Department also offer a software set from ESRI, Clarck Labs, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, OutSystems, QlikView, SAP, SAS and SYBASE for teaching and research purposes.

Specialized in the areas of Statistics and Information Management, NOVA IMS Library aims to provide students, teachers and researchers access to documentation and information necessary for the development of their scientific and academic activities.

Here you can access about 5,000 books, theses and dissertations in paper and electronic version from the UNL Repository, and full-text electronic journals from JSTOR, Emerald, Wiley Blackwell and B-On Online Knowledge Library (over 22.000 scientific international publications from 19 publishers).

Click here for more Useful Information.


Got accepted for a semester studying in Lisbon? Are you going to spend your next six months in Portugal? Before you arrive to your new home and at NOVA IMS read our list of things that you should know before you start your Erasmus semester with us.

Please click here to download your check-list.

Living in Lisbon

From the beginning of history Lisbon always welcome different persons and cultures. Called the city of the seven hills it is also famous for its exceptional light that enchants visitors and residents, and provides excellent photos. History and modernity live together in a city that wants to progress and keep its traditional way of living.

In the historical quarters you can still find the “ancient Lisbon” and, if you like details, please look around and take a look at the tiles that cover some building façades and to the work in cast iron of the old balconies.

People in Lisbon are friendly and it isn’t very difficult to find someone who understands English especially among young people.

Lisbon has a good public transport network, and nearby you have the beaches of Cascais and Costa da Caparica and the lovely village of Sintra.

The city also offers a wide range of cultural activities and museums.

Lisbon and Portugal are also known for the good food. The city has lots of restaurants from traditional to international cuisine, and some are not very expensive. Going out for dinner is almost a national tradition.

People who visit Lisbon often praise the seafood dishes, the codfish (bacalhau) the sardines (sardinhas), and the famous Pastéis de Belém.

Shops are open, usually from Monday to Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., but you have various shopping centers opened every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Pharmacies are also open from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 7. p.m., sometimes they close at lunch time (from 1 to 3 p.m.).

On Saturdays pharmacies open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Outside of these hours we have what we call Farmácias de Serviço (pharmacies that are open until 10 p.m. or during all night).

Banks are open at the weekdays from 8:30 a.m to 3 p.m., but you can easily find cash machines (ATMs) identified by MB symbol (Multibanco) where you can withdraw money or do different operations (pay bills, top up the mobile phone, charge the electronic pass Lisbon Viva).

In Lisbon besides a quiet and nice ambience for study you can also find sports, nature, leisure, culture, and beautiful places to visit and to enjoy. Be welcome!


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Laura Hollfelder
Home University: Neu-Ulm University | Faculty: Information Management
Lea Theresa Müller
Home-University: HNU University of applied Sciences Neu-Ulm, Germany Faculty: Business and Economics
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Looking back after five months in Lisbon, I am very happy that I have decided to do an Erasmus. The time was full of great experiences and encounters with people from all over the world. Furthermore, the partner university NOVA IMS has supported me very much during the whole stay.
The well-implemented face-to-face classes helped to improve my personal skills and academic knowledge. Getting out of my comfort zone let me face new challenges and made me develop the skills to solve problems on my own. At NOVA IMS I had the possibility to choose from a broad range of courses and deepen my knowledge especially in areas of information management.
Lisbon as a city is incredibly versatile and you have the opportunity to make many excursions nearby. I would definitely recommend Lisbon and the University NOVA IMS for an Erasmus.
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I had a great experience, spending my Erasmus at NOVA IMS in Lisbon. Due to the warm welcome and great effort from the Erasmus Office but also the Academic Service Team, I quickly settled into studying at NOVA IMS. I really appreciated that courses were taught in presence as that helped a lot with getting in touch with other students and experiencing the student life at NOVA IMS. All teachers were very helpful and did their best to impart sustainable knowledge to students. That included theoretical class but also practical projects that help to transfer the content into real world. The atmosphere at NOVA IMS is family and everyone from teacher to staff to students helps you to have the best experience.