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Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Lisboa

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4.33 / 5 based on 93 reviews
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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Languages
Language of instruction: Portuguese
Was learning Portuguese a key decision factor?
Yes, I wanted to improve my Portuguese
How much did you improve your Portuguese?
My level before: Everyday knowledge (shopping, directions, etc.)
My level after: No problems in any areas (including slang)
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
I studied interpreting and one of my languages was Portuguese, so it was essential for me to spend some months in Portugal. I arrived in Portugal after havong studied Portuguese for a year. I needed lots of practice to improve and the Erasmus was the best choice to do that.
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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Academic
Course recommendations
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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
none
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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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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Family
Other sources of funding:
An ERASMUS grant
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Portugal is less expensive than Italy. Housing cost the same since Trieste isn't very expensive either.
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Housing:
was the same price as at home.
Travel, Nightlife, Telephone, Overall, Food:
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
none
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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Overall
I wish I had known...
No, I think that the best thing you can do is learning from your own experience.
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In my opinion:
Stay home.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
4
Costs
2
Activities
2
Campus life
2
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
Unfortunately, local students of Universidade Catolica are not interested in bonding with Erasmus students. Anyway, Lisbon is great, you can have fun despite this fact.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
2
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
3
Final comments
The first thing I would suggest to Erasmus students in Lisbon is enjoying the city, all the museums and beautiful landmarks that it has and its nightlife. It's the best way to learn more about Portugal and to learn Portuguese. And don't be afraid of all the things you might hear about the lack of security. Just pay attention as you would in your homecountry. And take the taxi at night. They are not expensive at all.
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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Housing
Type of housing: Apartment/House
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: Apartment/House
Why?
I like to share an appartment with other people, you meet people and have the confort of a house at the same time.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
I had problems with the landlady, she was a bit strange and she was living with us, but that wasn't host university's fault. However, it's not easy to find a house in Lisbon and I have to thank the secretary of the Erasmus office who helped me a lot in my search.
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Elena B
Universita degli Studi di Trieste, Trieste, Italy
Translation/Interpretation, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Student life
Describe host city:
Students interact with the local community without much university involvement
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Activities, Nightlife, Travel: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
none
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