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Erasmus Experience in Lisbon, Portugal by Mario

Why did you choose to go to Lisbon, Portugal?

I chose to come to Lisbon, firstly because it is one of my favourite cities in the world and, secondly, for the language, since it's very important for my professional life.


How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

The grant lasted 50 months and I received €250 a month. Going on an Erasmus exchange isn't what it used to be, now you have to pay for everything yourself with the insignificant grant they give you, I'm telling you now...

What is the student lifestyle like in Lisbon?

The student lifestyle in Lisbon is very good, the people are competent and are keen to learn and to know more.

Would you recommend the city and the university of to other students?

Absolutely, if you want to learn about as well as getting to know people from different countries, Lisbon is your city. Not just for Erasmus students, but also for other people from old Portuguese colonies like Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, etc.


What is the food like there?

The food in Portugal is incredible, especially the fish, the meats are very delicious, let's not even talk about the oil and I'm from Extremadura...

Was it difficult to find accommodation in Lisbon?

I found my accommodation thanks to this page on Erasmusu, I'm very thankful for it.

How much does it cost to live in Lisbon?

Around €550 a month, it's a lot less expensive than other European capitals.


Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the university?

I loved the language and if you like it and you can, you should definitely sign up for a course and get a qualification.

What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Lisbon from your home city?

By bus or by Blablacar.


Where would you recommend for a night out in Lisbon?

Especially the Bairro Alto and Urban Beach, it's a very good club.

And to eat in Lisbon? What are some of your favourite places to go?

Well, my favourite places are in the Alfama in Lisbon, Caparica, which is near Lisbon, especially the restaurant "o Barbas" and another great place to eat in the centre of Oeiras. And for dessert, a cream cake in Belém.

What good cultural sites are there to visit?

Well, there's the Cristo Rey, Los Gerónimos, Belém, Alfama, Cascáis, Sintra, etc.


Do you have any advice for students coming to Lisbon in the future?

If you like the Portuguese language, you like good food, you like to explore all kinds of cultures and to open your mind, Lisbon is your city.

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