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Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa

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4.17 / 5 based on 117 reviews
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Local language was: Different than language of instruction
Was learning English a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my English
Was learning the local language a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my the local language
How much did you improve your English?
My level before: No problems in any areas (including slang)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
How much did you improve your the local language?
My level before: Did not speak it
My level after: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
For me Portuguese was a very hard language to learn. The pronouncation of the language is very hard. Between the young generation in portugal it's no problem to communicate in english. With the older community there sometimes it is quite hard to understand them or make them clear that you don't understand them. Especially for things like open a bank account, getting a tax number it is very helpful to have a native speaker aside or have at least basic knowledge in the language.
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
A private grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Telephone and Housing are simply cheaper than in Germany. The Nightlife is almost the same price than in Germany but i did go out ten times more than in Germany. Travelling is much cheaper than in Germany, especially public transportation like trains and busses.
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Nightlife:
was more expensive than at home.
Food, Overall:
was the same price as at home.
Telephone, Housing, Travel:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
A surprise was that the Nightlife is quite expensive for Portugal. At least in the clubs the prices are almost the same price than in Germany (3euros/beer). A saving tip is not to go out that often but who wants that ???? :-) The most money you can save if you take a little bit more time to find a proper appartement because living can be really cheap in portugal and lisbon.
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
The English programm i attended was very good structured and the variety of the courses is quite good. And severity of the courses is neither to hard nor to easy.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
No, if they continue to improve the variety of courses it will be even more perfect.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
4.7/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
no
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
3
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
4
Party / people
4
Weather / location
4
Personal recommendation
The univerity is really good. I don't have a real reccomendation for it. The variety of courses is sufficient, the Professorr are very good and friendly, the international relatons office is one of the best i know, they are very very helpful with everything. The programm they provide already for the students is very good and if they continue to improve it it will just get even better.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
4
Traveled
4
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
I had the greatest six month in my life. This semester was so perfect that i can't really describe it. I can promise that if you go to Portugal and especially Lisbon and study at ISCTE you will be not dissapointed. Travel,party, social life and academic improvements you will all get in Portugal. The country is very easy and good to travel around, because it is not very big, the prices are quite good and portugal has a lot to over. A coastline from north to south, the atlantic, very beautiful Algarve...and one reccomendation...if you are into surfing it is the country to be. Have a great time in Portugal.
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
5.0/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Nightlife, Travel, Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
Oh there are so many impossible to have a favorite. But you have to go to LUX, a very famous and nice nightclub next to the River. Ladies' night at club Indochina, always a good party. Just to drink something go to Bairro Alto, a part of Lisbon with hundreds of Bars, stop by at Jurgens Bar. The famous Hot Club if you are a fan of Live Jazz is not to be missed. Club Docks, Club Com Vento and and and.....
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Jochen
FH Pforzheim - Hochschule für Gestaltung, Technik und Wirtschaft, Pforzheim, Germany
Marketing and Sales Management, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Instituto Superior de Ciências do Trabalho e Empresa
5.0/5
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Independently - I had no other choice
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
Better to meet people from your host country. You can choose the area where you want to live. In Lisbon it is very easy to find an appartement.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
ISCTE has almost no housing facilitys. And at the ones they have it is almost impossible to get a place. It is easier to look for an appartment.
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