Spending a semester or a year abroad will improve your self-awareness and self-confidence, and will help you acquire a vast set of inter-cultural skills, considering you will engage in a culture quite different from your own. This academic adventure is enriched by the development of appropriate soft skills for later prospects on the job market.
The School of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP) is delighted to welcome exchange students from around the world and aims to make their time in Portugal as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. The School staff is available to provide help and assistance from the day students express interest in studying at our School until the day of departure.
In the first place, Erasmus students must be nominated by their home university to ISCSP, by e-mail. After this, the students will receive an e-mail from the Mobility Office with all the instructions in order to do their application in FenixEdu ISCSP (Online Platform). Afterwards, students will need to upload the Learning Agreement signed by the student and the Home University. Then, the Learning Agreement must be uploaded in FenixEdu along with the Transcript of Records and the Copy of your ID/PassportLearning Agreement (DOCX) (0.09 MB)
The closing date to nominate the students wanting to come:
- for the 1st semester or full academic year is June 1st;
- for the 2nd semester is November 1st.
Additionally, the closing date for completing and sending the application documents is:
- June 15th for students wanting to come for the 1st semester or for a full academic year;
- November 15th for students wanting to come for the 2nd semester.
Once the application has been accepted an acceptance letter will be sent uploaded on Personal Profile in FenixEdu. Before arriving in Lisbon, the student must bring the Identity Card/Passport and the Health Insurance European Card.
At ISCSP, different courses from different degrees and different years, among BA and MA, can be chosen, in accordance with our and all classes are taught in Portuguese. However, as a large part of the bibliography recommended by lecturers comes from other countries, lecturers and students may be able to come to an agreement on holding assessment tests in another language known by both. Nevertheless, we promote an A1 Portuguese Language Course for a small price and in order to know more information please contact email@example.com.Mobility Guide (PDF) (1.04 MB)
Lisbon or Lisboa, the capital of Portugal, lies on the right bank of the river Tejo, near where the river meets the Atlantic. It is a city of hills overlooking the river which grew outwards from the hill on which the ancient castle of Saint George was built. Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians founded colonies there, and the Romans consolidated its importance as an entrepreneurial outpost for shipping and fishing; the city became part of the imperial itinerary. Nowadays, about three million people live, study and work in the Lisbon region.
Today, Lisbon is still a city of many contrasts, a modern and ancient city that fascinates those who visit it. The characteristic quarters of the city are a must-see for their culture, history, architecture and people, who have managed to pass on their traditions down the years. Castelo, Alfama, Mouraria, Bairro Alto, Madragoa, Chiado and Belém are the historic quarters that tell the history of the city.
Over the centuries, Lisbon has gone through considerable changes, but many traces of the city's rich past have been retained. It was the European Capital of Culture in 1994. In 1998, Lisbon hosted the last world exhibition of the 20th century, Expo 98, on the theme of the oceans, in view of Portugal's contribution to the era of great discoveries and sea voyages. At Parque das Nações, Europe's largest aquarium was constructed. Art exhibitions, cinema, theatre and musical events make Lisbon the right place to be. In 2004 it was one of the host cities for the European Football Championship, and in 2014 the city greeted the UEFA Champions League final.
Lisbon is the only European capital with Atlantic beaches, and its coastline is ideal for swimming, surfing, sailing and windsurfing. By taking the train along the north bank of the Tejo estuary it is possible to discover the golden sandy beaches of Costa do Estoril and Cascais and the best surfing waters at the world-famous Guincho, where international championships are often held. Only half an hour south of the city is the 30-km long Costa de Caparica beach.
Lisbon has inspired writers, poets and artists throughout the centuries and its unique characteristics make it one of the most enchanting cities of Europe. Monumental, frenetic, modern, and cosmopolitan all at the same time, Lisbon is also a welcoming and quiet, romantic city; a mixture which enchants all visitors.
During your stay here in Lisbon, you can have lunch at our ISCSP cafeteria, where hot meals and lighter snacks at affordable prices can be found. The average price per meal at ISCSP is 5€. Besides, on the Campus of Ajuda, you can find the canteen, located 2 minutes away on foot, which can provide you a full meal (soup, bread, main course or vegetarian, dessert, water or juice) for €2.70.
It is the entire responsibility of the student to find his/her own private accommodation in the city, considering we have just limited number of rooms in your University residences. However, it is very easy to find a flat to rent and/or to share in Lisbon.
In order to help you, can also find some housing opportunities in the website of the Erasmus Lisboa association and of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN).
You can also check the website of the Study in Lisbon Lounge, a space created by the Lisbon City Council that has the function of helping students on their arrival in the city.
Six easy steps to teach at ISCSP:
Step 1: Contact the International Office of your University;
Step 2: Choose a week between March and May;
Step 3: Send us your Teaching Agreement duly signed by you and your University to firstname.lastname@example.org;
Step 4: We will have your Teaching Agreement duly signed and sent back to you, along with the invitation letter;
Step 5: We will take care of your lecture schedule;
Step 6: We will receive you with open arms!