Study & Work in Portugal for Pakistani Students

Study & Work in Portugal for Pakistani Students 2023-2024

Portugal is a beautiful country located in Europe that is famous for its splendid countryside, awesome climate, rich heritage, and oldest history. Portugal is known for its amazing architecture throughout the world. Moreover, it is home to some of the oldest universities in the world. This makes it well-known for a large number of areas of education. 

Study & Work In Portugal - Basic Guide

Best Cities in Portugal to Study

Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Aveiro.

Currency

EURO (EUR)

Deadline For Admissions

April – August

Average Tuition Fees in Portugal

1500-2000 EUR /Semester

Can I Study In English In Portugal?

Yes

Work Allowed During Studies?

Yes – 20 hours per week

Degree Acceptance

All over Europe

Average Hostel Fee in Portugal

150-300EUR/month

Portugal Visa Fee In Pakistan

80 EUR

Living costs in Portugal

500-800EUR/month

Application Process Time

15 Days

Study Visa Process Time

2-3 Months

Application Fee

From 30-35EUR

 

Best Universities in Portugal for Pakistani Students: 

Portugal is a place full of high-end universities covering almost every program and course available. Around 50,000 students from all over the world choose Portugal for higher studies because of its lower education cost, marvelous study environment, and so on. Some of the best universities in Portugal for Pakistani students are;

University Average Tuition Fee
Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon 600 EUR/ semester
University of Porto 650 EUR/ semester
University of Lisbon 1000 EUR/ semester
Polytechnic of Leiria 1500 EUR/ semester
Technico Lisboa 1750 EUR/ semester
University of Algarve 2000 EUR/ semester

 

Admission Criteria of study in Portugal for Pakistani students 

  • Several requirements are obligated to be fulfilled before studying in Portugal. For Pakistani students to get admission to a bachelor’s degree, it is mandatory to present a certificate of upper secondary education.
  • Pakistani students must take a test conducted by the university they desire to get admission to which non-EU students can take at the Embassy of Portugal in Pakistan.
  • If you want to apply for a master’s level degree, you need to provide a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, if you apply for a Ph.D., you need to attach your master’s degree.
  • Proof of language proficiency is important for study in Portugal for Pakistani students. As for bachelor’s degrees, students need to take a Portuguese language proficiency test while for master’s and Ph.D. levels it is important to take an English language proficiency test because of a large number of international students in the research but it can vary in different universities.
  • Scholarships in Portugal for Pakistani students 

    Despite being one of the most affordable countries for study in Europe, the government of Portugal also provides several scholarships to deserving students. Many scholarships are provided by the Portuguese government because Portugal is an active member of the EU.

    Scholarship Benefits
    Catolica Lisbon School of Business scholarship Up to 50% tuition fee waiver
    University of Porto scholarships Monthly allowance and living expenses
    Carnegie Mellon University scholarships Full study coverage+ monthly stipend that covers living expenses

      MBBS in Portugal for Pakistani students 2022-2023: 

  • Portugal is known for its rich culture and dense heritage with ancient architecture. Because of this, various business and art programs are famous in Portugal for their quality of education. But for a quite pressurizing degree both mentally and physically as MBBS, there are only a few universities in Portugal which provide bachelor’s level education in medicine. On the other hand, even after a few numbers of universities in Portugal, the government does not limit the number of Pakistani and other international students getting admission to medical universities in Portugal.
  • About 5 only medical universities are present in Portugal which are famous for MBBS given as;
  • University of Porta Medical School
    Faculty of Medicine University of Lisbon
    University of Lisbon
    University of Coimbra
    University of Minho
  • The total duration of MBBS in Portugal is about 6 years. In addition, the average tuition fee for MBBS in Portugal for Pakistani students is above 1000EUR/semester.
  • Before applying for MBBS in Portugal, a pre-medical certificate is needed for a bachelor’s in medicine. Some additional documents are also required for studying MBBS in Portugal such as a Portuguese language proficiency test. As the Portuguese people are rich in their culture, they never allow anything to mask their language, so you must learn Portuguese to treat and deal with local patients.
  • You cannot start working as a professional doctor right after completing your degree. After the completion of your degree, you need to register and follow the process of the Portuguese Medical Association to start your practice as a doctor.
  • Tuition Fee & Living cost in Portugal for International students: 

    Portugal is said to be one of the most affordable countries in Europe. That’s why it is quite easy to study in Portugal for Pakistani students.

     

    Average Tuition Fee for bachelor’s in Portugal  450-600 EUR/ semester
    Average Tuition Fee for master’s in Portugal  450-600 EUR/ semester
    Average Tuition Fee for PhD in Portugal  1200-1500 EUR/ semester
    Living Cost in Portugal  400-700 EUR/ month
    Accommodation Cost in Portugal  330-500 EUR/ month
    Food Expenses in Portugal  200 EUR/month
    Hostel Fee in Portugal  125-300 EUR/ month
    Transportation in Portugal  35 EUR/ month

     

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    Portugal Visa Process for Pakistani students:

    To study in Portugal, students have to apply for a study permit, visa, and work permit before applying to a university. The visa process timing ranges from 6-8 weeks. Visa application fee in Pakistan comprises about 80 EUR.

    STEP 1: Application process & required documents:  

    To get an Admission Letter issued by the targeted university in Portugal, we require the following documents:

  • Copy of International Passport.
  • Copy of High School Certificates (Matriculation & Intermediate).
  • Copy of Bachelor Degree (if the student is applying for a Master’s degree).
  • Language Proficiency Test – IELTS/TOEFL (if required)
  • Students can send us mentioned documents through Email, Whatsapp, or by visiting their nearest branch office of Twelve Consultants.

    STEP 2: How to get a Portugal Study Visa From Pakistan?  

    Students can also Contact our local representative office for further information about the Portugal Study Visa for Pakistani students.

    Students should apply to the Embassy of Canada (Submission in VFS Global in Islamabad, Karachi & Lahore) with the following documents:

  • Visa Application Form 
  • Passport (at least 2 empty pages in the valid passport are needed).
  • Admission & Visa Letter from university.
  • Original School Certificates (attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  • Flight Reservation
  • Accommodation Proof for a stay in Portugal (we can arrange it for you!).
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Birth Certificate in English issued by NADRA.
  • Police Certificate
  • Bank Statement (showing transactions of last 6 months, counting from the date of interview) & Affidavit.
  • 2 passport-size Photo
  • Portugal Visa Fees In Pakistan

    C-type Visa (short stay Schengen visa) 90 days duration 80 EUR
    D-type Visa (long stay national visa) More than 90 days duration 80 EUR

    Portugal Embassy Appointment in Pakistan:  

    Before applying for a study visa for Portugal, a pre-appointment is made for the Embassy of Portugal in Pakistan. You can submit your application to VFS Global Visa Centre located in Islamabad, Lahore, or Karachi.

    VFS Global visa center:

    You can book your appointment at the VFS global visa center without the hassle of going to the embassy again and again and booking appointments. Here, you can submit your applications at centers located in Islamabad, Lahore, or Karachi.

    Lahore 9:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday)
    Islamabad 9:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday)
    Karachi 9:00-17:00 (Monday to Friday)
    Study & Work in Portugal for Pakistani Students

    PR & Citizenship In Portugal

    Despite going through major changes and inflation over the past few years, Portugal didn’t stop giving PR or residence permits to international students and workers.

    Here are some basic requirements to get Citizenship in Portugal as a Pakistani or International student.

  • If you were born in Portugal
  • If you were registered after 6 July 2018 and one of your parents have been legally residing in Portugal for at least 2 years.
  • If you were born abroad, but you are married or have a non-marital relationship with a Portuguese citizen for more than 3 years.
  • You may also get Portuguese Permanent Residency (PR) leading to the Citizenship by fulfilling following criteria;

    1. You are legally residing in Portugal for 5 years.
    2. You have a clean criminal record in Portugal.
    3. You have no outstanding taxes due in Portugal.
    4. You have basic knowledge of Portuguese language to A2 level.
    5. Proof of integration into the community.

     

    Work In Portugal: You cannot work in Portugal after completing your degree without any residence permit. You can apply for a 1-year residence permit to apply for a job which can be extended to 5 years. If you keep a hold on your job for 5 years, you can renew your residence permit every year or can apply for a permanent residency visa to Portugal.

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    FAQS

    Is studying in Portugal free?

    Education in Portugal is free for EU students. For non-EU, studying in Portugal comes at very affordable prices and you don’t have to worry at all if you’re a brilliant student. There are a lot of scholarship programs provided by the government of Portugal and several universities that aid the students in their educational path to a very large extent. 

     

    Can you study in Portugal without IELTS?

    As Portugal is quite strict about its language policies, you may not get admission into a university there without IELTS or some other language proficiency test proof. Several universities accept students even without IELTS on some rules as you must have completed your previous education in English medium. The universities that grant admission without IELTS are: 

    University of Porto

    University of Lisbon

    University of Coimbra

    University of Aveiro

    Can I work in Portugal while studying?

    While studying in Portugal, EU students are allowed to work full time. But for non-EU countries like Pakistan, the students from there are allowed to work part-time for about 20 hours/ week during their semester. On the other hand, you can work full time without any limit of time during vacations. The minimum wage is about 8-12 EUR /hour or 1000 EUR /month.  

     

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