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Local Group Lisbon
How to get here
Aeroport Humberto Delgado (LIS), it's Lisbon's International Airport, it's located 15km from the city center. It's connected with the rest of Lisbon by a short Metro ride (station "Aeroporto").As in Lisbon there aren't that many low-cost connections, it's also an option to take a plane to Porto (OPO) and then a train or bus to Lisbon.
The train service in Portugal is provided by "Comboios de Portugal". Train is the most reliable transportation to travel within Portugal, as it's rarelly runs late. Since April 2016, in the connection between Lisbon and Porto, if you buy the tickets on-line, more than one week prior to the travel, you can get a discount up to 60%. For long-distance trains the main stations are "Oriente" and "Santa Apolónia". In Portugal there are 4 types of trains: Urbano(U) - in Lisbon and Porto, you can only buy this tickets at the stations-, Regional (R) - all over the country, for shorter commutes withing regions-, Inter-cidades (IC) - the normal, less expensive trains to travel, this can be purchased on-line-, and Alfa-Pendular (AP) - high speed more expensive trains.
If you decide to come to Lisbon by bus:
-International buses: it's possible to reach Lisbon from many places in Europe, by bus, however it usually ends up being more expensive than flying - except from Spanish destinations, for example Lisbon-Madrid can cost less than 20€ each way, when booked at least a month before the desired date.
-National: to move inside Portugal, bus it's usually the cheapest option. There are some companies operating from/to Lisbon, as Rede de Expressos, where a Lisbon-Porto ticket costs around 16€, with the youth discount (for everyone younger than 30 years-old).
Insurance and Visa
In Portugal, as it's part of the European Union, you can always use your European Health Card when in need for medical care.
Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, therefore no Visa is required for other Schengen Area Citizens.
Renting (long term)
"In Lisbon you have two options when it comes to housing: you can either apply to one of the student residencies (usually there are more applicants than vacancies so it's a bit complicated to get a place there, even for Portuguese students) - usually the prices for a room in one of this residences vary between 150 and 250 euros. In Taguspark campus you can find the Ramôa Ribeiro Residency. To fing more information on the University Residencies, you can access this link.
If you prefer you can also rent a room or an apartment, for this we reccomend you to check Uniplaces or OLX. In Lisbon's city center the usual price for a room is around 300€ and, at least, 500€ for an apartment."
Hostels are popping all over Lisbon. Most hostels are located in old renovated buildings, having a classical yet modern vibe. All hostels in Lisbon are quite good. Recently, in events, we've hosted our participants in "Yes!Lisbon Hostel", located downtown.
If you prefer to stay in a hotel, most 3 stars hotels are quite nice.
In case you're interested in being hosted by someone from the Local Group, please check the information on the ESTIEM Hosting Platform or contact the Local Responsible through lr.Lisbon@estiem.org or hosting.Lisbon@estiem.org
Public Transportation
Lisbon is covered mainly by Metro and Bus. For both, you can buy tickets in the machines existing in the metro stations (here you'll pay for a green card 0.50€, and each trip will either cost you 1.40€ - if you add trips - or 1.25€ if you add money to the card). For riding the bus you can also buy a ticket from the driver that will cost you 1.80€.
Aditionally, you also have the option to take the famous yellow trams in the old part of the city (if you use the green transportation card it's the same price as a bus or metro ride, but if you buy it from the driver it's around 3.00€ for a single trip).
Private Transportation
As Lisbon is the city of "The Seven Hills", biking can be quite challeging, also, most rivers don't like bikers that much and sometimes don't respect them. Still, there's the option to rent a bike to travel in Lisbon, as there are some small companies that are recently renting bikes, for example Biclas.
If you're considering taking a trip in the surroundings of Lisbon, you can consider renting a car, for that we have all the International Rent-a-car companies (like Hertz, Europcar, Avis,...)
Touristic spots
Lisbon is a city full of history, and beautiful views. Some of the most important touristic places in Lisbon are Belém area (with "Torre de Belém" and "Mosteiro dos Jerónimos"), Baixa-Chiado (with Bairro Alto, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara and all the area from Restauradores Square to Caís das Colunas in Terreiro do Paço) and Castle-hill (where you can find "Sé de Lisboa" and get lost in narrow streets that lead to "Castelo de São Jorge".
If you want to go out in Lisbon there's options to please everyone. There are 3 main options:
Bairro Alto - full of small bars and pubs, where you can grab a drink and come outside and hangout with your friends.
Santos - the "clubs" area in Lisbon, close to the river side, it's usually populated by teenagers (16 to 20 year old's). Here you can find some of the most well known clubs like Urban Beach and Main.
Caís do Sodré - if you go down from Bairro Alto towards the river, you'll find Caís do Sodré area. A place full of bars and small clubs, here you'll see a lot of sofisticated youngsters in the many bars on the famous Pink Street (the pavement is actually painted pink).
Student Festivals & Parties
Arraial do Técnico (around the second weekend of October)
Semana Académica (every year at mid-May)
Receção ao Caloiro - freshmen week (late September)
If you want to try some examples of Portuguese cuisine, there are many options to choose from, we suggest you to go to any small restaurant and ask for "Menú do Dia" (dailly menu - it's always different and usually offer the best price-quality relation, with a full meal for less than 10€). Some of the most typical dishes are Bitoque (grilled steak with riice, fries and fried egg), Cozido à Portuguesa (a mix of meat and vegetables) and Codfish (in any way possible). Recently, Hamburguerias (burger places) became quite trendy, here you can eat for about 12€-15€ (Hamburgueria do Bairro and Honorato are some examples).
In Lisbon, Pastel de Nata is the most common treat. The best one can be found in Belém, in Fábrica dos Pasteís de Belém.
Since 2002, Portugal is part of the Euro zone
Mobile Phone
"Most people in Portugal still use Pre-paid options, so this is the most develop option. In Portugal, you have three major providers that offer similar services: MEO, NOS and Vodafone. All of them have special packages for people under the age of 25.
Vodafone (only in Portuguese)
Instituto Superior Técnico
Técnico Lisbon
Website www.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/en
Tuition Fee EU: 1065,47€
non-EU: 7000€
Autumn semester
Application deadline Mid August
Duration Sep.-Feb.
Spring semester
Application deadline Not applicable
Duration Feb.- July
Campus Facilities
The IEM department is located on Taguspark campus, in Oeiras. This campus is more centered on technology - especially to robotics and networks technologies - and it's switch to the business world (as it's surronded by quite some major enterprises - in both Tagus Park and Lagoas Park). This campus was created in 2001,and it has 1 canteen, 2 restaurants, a library and 1 sports field. Recently, in 2013, a student residence (Residência Professor Ramoa Ribeiro) open to host students that have had to move from their cities for their studies.
In Lisbon, IST offers both Bachelor and Master studies in IEM, being only the Master's available in English. For the Master studies, anyone can apply, however, it's advisable that you have an engineering background (as the relation with IEM is taken into consideration in the selection process). In MEGI (Master's in IEM) you have 3 main technical specialisations: Mechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Chemical Engineering, but you can choose the subjects you prefer (no matter how related they are with the field you've choosen).
It's also possible to pursue doctoral studies in Engineering and Management at Instituto Superior Técnico.
For Portuguese students there are scholarships related with the social status of the student ( if you need financial support to continue your studies, you can ask for it). However, due to cuts in the university budget, this scholarships are getting more and more scarce. There are also merit scholarships for the best students.
University contacts
International Office:
+351 218 417 362
IEM Department:
+351 218 417 981 / 203
Local Group
To get in contact with ESTIEM Local Group Lisbon, please contact our Local Responsible through the e-mail lr.Lisbon@estiem.org
Student Guide
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