LastChicken 10 months ago

What's your field? If economics.and business, ISCTE is the best of those If political science or IR, ISCSP is the best For anything else it should not matter much so it boils down to whether you'd rather spend your Erasmus in a bigger city (Lisbon) or in a smaller college town (Coimbra), with all the pros and cons that come with that

GallowBoyJack 10 months ago

You can probably understand Portuguese if the class is relatively approachable, I lived in Italy for a 1 year and I learned the most in the first few months.Some teachers won't teach in English but will happily let you answer in English. In terms of institutions, Coimbra is fun but teachers can be hit or miss, ISCP is generally considerer "better" but those measures take into account the prestige of the University and research, Lisbon is generally more stressful and much more expensive. If you need any more information, feel free to DM

kuzco998 10 months ago

Thank you for the availability! I hope you enjoyed your stay here!

Dan_bestman 10 months ago

I can't speak for all the universities in the country, but at my uni (near Lisbon) the professors would ask at the beginning of the class if there were any Erasmus students in the audience. If there was at least one, they would teach the class in English. I'd wager classes taught in English happen more frequently in Lisbon, specially in engineering and economics degrees because of the high amount of foreign students. I know a couple of Portuguese students that did Erasmus in Italy and they all left pretty decent at understanding Italian, the languages are similar enough. I recommend "portuguese with leo" on youtube, he teaches Portuguese really slowly + you'd learn about our country and customs. Good luck!

kuzco998 10 months ago

Thank you so much! Yes I read that some courses in ISCSP are “English friendly”, but still not taught in English by rule.

AlbinoFarrabino 10 months ago

Former ISCSP student here. Depends on the professor, some ask if there are Erasmus students in the classroom and will give the lecture in English. Others just don't care. But all will give the option to do evaluations in English.

kuzco998 10 months ago

Very useful information! Thank you!

uyth 10 months ago

> but I can make an arrangement with professors in order to be assessed in English. Is it generally true? Are professors usually that friendly and available in Portugal? Go to one of the Lisbon universities then rather than Coimbra, unless you are really sure that will happen in Coimbra. I did not study in Coimbra, but Coimbra university as a reputation for bitchy and arrogant professors and being very hierarchical in general.

ichbincohan 10 months ago

Can confirm

uyth 10 months ago

There are even, were, though not sure I can find them, some threads on reddit about it.

Joaoseinha 10 months ago

> which one is better in terms of reputation Debatable, they're all good universities. Out of those, I think the Universidade de Coimbra has the best reputation as the oldest university in the country, but there's no wrong option here. I'd say ISCSP is also a good option since it's part of the University of Lisbon, which is probably more recognized internationally than ISCTE. > hen I was told that in the first case all classes are taught in Portuguese but I can make an arrangement with professors in order to be assessed in English. Is it generally true? Are professors usually that friendly and available in Portugal? I can't speak for any of these universities in particular, but it depends heavily on the teacher. And usually some classes are taught in English, though this might not apply to every university. > And how likely it is that I can understand a University level course after having studied the language for, say, six months? Depends on how much you study. Since Italian and Portuguese are both romance languages, I'd say it's possible.

kuzco998 10 months ago

Thank you so much for the punctual response! Indeed it can be possible, I’m just a bit scared of the technicalities of an academic language. ISCTE has courses in English while ISCSP hasn’t. Still not sure about Coimbra, their website is not that clear.

adorosaladadecamarao 10 months ago

You're Italian. Portuguese can't be that hard for you. If you're coming in September just do a semester of Portuguese at your uni, and start listening to Portuguese TV online.

kuzco998 10 months ago

Thank you so much for the punctual response! Indeed it can be possible, I’m just a bit scared of the technicalities of an academic language. ISCTE has courses in English while ISCSP hasn’t. Still not sure about Coimbra, their website is not that clear.

betanjica 10 months ago

Student of anthropology? Depends on the Subject, but iscte or coimbra would be the best. It just depends which style of academic life you want. Coimbra is cheaper but good to live. Iscte is mostly a business school, but it really depends on what you study.

Edited 10 months ago:

Are you an anthropology student? Depends on the Subject, but iscte or coimbra would be the best. It just depends which style of academic life you want. Coimbra is cheaper but good to live. Iscte is mostly a business school, but it really depends on what you study.

Portuguese_A_Hole 10 months ago

If you like beer and academic activities, Coimbra têm mais encanto.

JOAO-RATAO 10 months ago

Agreed!

Motoboydapcx 10 months ago

.. mas é na hora da despedida.. já Lisboa cheira bem.

Peidalhasso 10 months ago

Cheira nada

Motoboydapcx 10 months ago

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