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Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) reviews

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3.97 / 5 based on 212 reviews
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ajuda
Ludwig Maximilians Universitšt MŁnchen, Munich, Germany
History, Graduate, Erasmus
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
4.0/5
Overall
Personal recommendation
Donīt expect too much from the courses (although I heard that business classes are quiet good at the University Nova and there are the better equipped Biblioteca Nacional and Gulbenkian-Foundation). People, life and culture are really interesting and not to be missed!
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During my experience abroad, I ...
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Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
2
Met people from other countries
3
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
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Juliano
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
Management Science, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
5.0/5
Academic
Course recommendations
A normal undergraduate (licencaturas) student should take 30 ECTS or 15 American credits worth of courses at the very least (the norm for this is 4 courses). These are the courses I took plus comments: 1. International Management: In my opinion, we should all take this course on Erasmus as management majors. Do NOT take it in your home university, take it in the host university because the different perspectives just make the course much richer than that at home where you barely listen to the internationals anyway. 2. Information Systems: Professor graduated in MIT so he has higher standards. Students can use either English or any of the 4 Romance languages in the FINAL EXAM (not as impressive as it seems, I'd like to see him be able to understand some Germaic or Sino languages as well). Most local students dread the professor. However, the contents of the course are useful. 3. Social Sciences: VERY boring and is known to induce sleep ever so often. However, it is relatively easy to pass and even ace this course. (For all party-goers, take this giveaway instead of history) 4. Information and Games: For those who are either 3 years removed from calculus concepts OR are not economics majors... DO NOT take this course. You have been warned. Though I passed as a management student, I could say that I will not redo this error if given the chance. For those who need this in their program: professor is approachable and gay (in more ways than one I heard...), lectures are very organized. I ranked the choice of courses under a "Could've been better" because I only had 174 ECTS / 87 American credits upon the second semester of my 3rd year (as to how I survived 87 credits in 2.5 years... I've no clue). You need 180 ECTS to have masters options available. And I must say, if that had happened, I would have ranked every aspect a "pretty good" at the least. BTW, crammers rejoice and despair. Finals are given weights of at least 50% so the score may make or break your marks. However, this system gives you 2 cycles of exams which makes failing a formality in a bureaucratic attempt at redemption. Fail the first, pass the second (note: you can only take a total of 2 courses for the 2nd round of exams, so you CAN fail) On a final note: you may take as many courses as possible. There is NO deadline to DROP a particular course. Extended non-attendance and not taking the finals can be indicative of dropping a course. Yes, the system is sweet. (at least when I left)
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Nova SBE Master's in Management
Sebastian
Canada, Graduate
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
1.0/5
Overall
I am a current NOVA SBE Master in Management student, but I am posting under a different name because I am just about to graduate and I donít want to start any drama or risk retribution. Iíve thought a lot about whether or not to write this (because itís against my incentive to criticize the university Iíve paid for and am getting a degree from) but honestly, I donít want other people making the same mistake as me so I felt it was the right thing to do. 

TL;DR: Coming to Nova was a waste of my time, money, and energy. I have learned very little, but experienced a great deal of frustration in the process. The university marketing materials and its seemingly high rankings over promise and underdeliver. I regret my decision to come here. If youíre Portuguese and you want to stay in the country for your masters itís probably the best choice but for everyone else, look elsewhere. For specifics read below.

1. The Program Administration is Disorganized and Dysfunctional: Most emails I sent with basic questions were not answered and Iíd have to send numerous follow up emails or call them if I wanted a response. Even more frustratingly information given can sometimes be incorrect but youíll still be penalized if you act on that incorrect information. Little to no academic counseling is provided and students often make simple scheduling mistakes or miss one of the many small but mandatory modules and are then required to attend or pay for an additional semester. While itís difficult to fully explain just trust me when I say that navigating their bureaucracy and poor organization is an entire class within itself. 

2. Most Professors are Not High Quality: Though the university markets itself as international all of my professors were Portuguese, most of them elderly with little to no professional or educational experience outside of the country. Of my professors only about half spoke English at a high level. Though they generally could read off the slides with no problem many would become visibly flustered when asked a question and not be able to give a good response. For some professors if you wanted a good answer youíd need to ask a Portuguese person to ask it for you. Additionally, most professors are on long term contracts with the government and cannot be fired or transferred. They know this, behave accordingly, and you can imagine what the results look like. Expect professors to occasionally skip classes, provide extremely narrow times in which they are available in office hours, not learn their studentís names, go on vacation during final exams so theyíre not available, etc. Additionally, itís possible that you may experience professorís casually making inappropriate comments such as hitting on female students or making jokes about racial/national stereotypes. 

3. Grading is All Over the Place and Feedback is Minimal: When you submit an assignment or essay, grades are released in a simple PDF document. There is no individual feedback given and the actual criteria by which the assignment has been supposedly graded is often not released before or after the assignment. Sometimes graders will have a half hour or hour-long session (often at inconvenient times of day, like a Friday night or Monday morning, in order to discourage students from attending) where everyone can see their paper and ask questions. However, graders rarely remember your specific paper and usually just seem to make up a few reasons why you received the grade you did if you enquire. While I am used to getting good marks in my bachelorís I quickly stopped trying very hard because my grades did not seem correlated with the effort I put in or the level of the quality that I put out. In fact, many students I talked to even felt that the grades they received were so seemingly random that they wondered if their papers had been read at all. 

4. Facilitates and University Services are Embarrassing: No heating or air conditioning. Very few places to study. Crowded and uncomfortable classrooms without space to write. Old projectors that donít show the materials well. Cafeteria services that are very crowded with long wait times. The list goes on. I was honestly shocked by how bad it is. They are opening a new campus next year and I 100% commend for that, as itís desperately needed, but itís not going to magically solve all their problems. For example, the few computers that are available to students to use are very old and slow and still run Windows XP (which is now 17 years old). Iíve been to ďtop tierĒ universities in poor and developing countries with far better facilities.   

5. Class Concepts are often Outdated and Heavy on Theory: Professors often lecture off slides that are 10+ years old and rely heavily on theory. Professors are often not aware of changes in the industry or simple industry specifics. If they do try to occasionally make a topical comment itís usually something very simple and surface level that sounds like a headline in an Economist article thatís a few years old. With some exceptions, donít expect to learn much practical or current information in the classroom. Most of the things you learn in class will not add value. 

6. Too many more to list and Iím sure youíre already bored.

Summary: Nova SBE is basically self-study except you have to pay tuition, you donít get to choose what you learn, have to navigate a lot of bureaucracy and jump through hoops, and the things youíre taught are often outdated and donít add value. Itís ironic that while this is a business school many of the things the university does are the exact opposite of best practice. Were this university operating in an open market with competition they would have gone out of business a long time ago. Even more frustratingly, though students pay for nearly the entire functioning of the graduate school with their tuition they are often not treated with much respect by the very people whose salaries they pay for. Ultimately, Iím not disappointed in Nova SBE for being a crappy university. Most universities in the world are crappy. Iím disappointed in them for falsely advertising themselves as a high quality, global university when they are absolutely not. Thereís a lot of smart, creative, and hardworking students at Nova who could be out actually learning or contributing to the world but have instead lost their time, energy, and money to this institution. While the university is certainly making progress and I am very optimistic about their general direction, until significant modernization efforts are made and best practices adopted I cannot recommend them in any way.
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Elisabeth
Wirtschaftsuniversitšt Wien, Vienna, Austria
Economics, Undergraduate, Erasmus
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
3.8/5
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if you have any questions concerning the classes go to the teachers, they are very nice and help you
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Phone: +351 1 346 79 72
Address: Universidade Nova de Lisboa, International Relations Office, PraÁa do PrŪncipe Real, 26, 1269-150 Lisboa, Portugal, Lisbon
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