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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 528 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Portugal, a figure that's more than doubled since 2012.

Academic year: September – July

Major school holidays/break:

  • Mid-December – early January
  • Carnival: March 3, 4, and 5
  • 1 week in April
  • Summer Break: August – September

Major exam period: September, February and July 

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: 3 years

Language of instruction in universities: Portuguese and English

Degrees offered: Certificate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate