6 Universities in Portugal with English Language Bachelor Programs

Instituto Superior Técnico – Lisbon, Portugal

In my previous post I listed 8 universities in France with English language programs. This time the number is 6, and the country is Portugal!

Known for its warm Mediterranean climate, beaches, delicious food and wine, Portugal also has a long history of higher education institutions.

The University of Coimbra, founded in 1290, is the oldest university in Portugal as well as one of the oldest in continuous operation in the world. It didn’t make my list (courses taught in Portuguese) but it paved the way for other highly regarded universities throughout Portugal.

The list is a mix of public and private universities so the tuition rates will vary and are higher for international students versus EEA/EU students.

For most public universities, tuition rates for bachelor programs will range between 950 and 1,250 Euros/year. For private institutions, expect to pay between 3,000 and 8,000 Euros/year. Tuition rates fluctuate all the time so don’t be surprised if the tuition costs of some schools fall out side of these ranges.

Things to see and do in Portugal.

Many Master’s/PhD level programs in Portugal are taught in English but the offerings for Bachelor programs are limited. So if you want to attend a university that’s not on this list then you will need at least a B1 level of proficiency in Portuguese.

The Bachelor programs taught in English range from arts & sciences to business and tech. Please contact the schools directly for specific information/requirements for each program.

1. Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

2. ISCTE Business School (Lisbon)

3. School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto I

4. Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics (Lisbon)

5. Universidade Nova De Lisboa (Lisbon)

6. University Fernando Pessoa (Porto)

If you’re unsure about handling things on your own and want to explore your options, then contact me for a 1 hour consultation via Whatsapp.

Til next time!

8 French Bachelor Degree Programs Taught In English

Photo: Joson [CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

According to studyabroad.com, more than 17,000 students study abroad in France each year, and international students now make up 10 percent of the country’s college student population.

That’s a pretty big number and I’m sure most of those students go over there with the intention of learning about French culture, food, art, try to speak the language, etc.

But what if you want to enjoy all that France has to offer as a student but can’t speak a lick of French? Well, there are several public universities that offer Bachelor Degree Programs taught completely in English!

Program costs are very affordable. Although tuition fees have increased for the 2019/2020 school year, the French government will cover 2/3 of your tuition costs. In some cases your fees could be reduced even further if you qualify for one of their special situations. Please review the updated tuition fee schedule for French public institutions.

Before I get started with the list, you need to be aware that the French equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree in the U.S. is slightly different. It’s called a License, requires 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), and only takes 3 years to complete.

Some of the programs on this list are just for the last year of the License program (L3). So if you’ve completed at least 2 years of a Bachelor’s program in the states and your coursework is related to the License program, your credits may transfer and allow you to complete your degree. Related work experience may also help your case. Be sure to check with the schools directly for specific application requirements.

France regional map. Schools are located in circled areas.

1. Université Clermont Auvergne – Bachelor 3rd Year in International Business

2. Université Grenoble Alpes – Professional Bachelor : Computer Networks and telecommunications specializing in Computer Networks, mobility, Sécurity

3. University of Lille – IAE School of management – Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)

4. Université Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne – Bachelor’s Degree in International Business (L1+L2+L3)

5. Université Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne – Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in English (Anglophone Studies)

6. Université Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne – International Economics & Management Bachelor’s Degree (3rd Year)

7. Université Paris Est Créteil Val-de-Marne – License 3 International Management

8. Université Toulouse 1 Capitole – Bachelor in International Management

Even though these programs are taught in English, it’s expected that you attempt to learn the French language as part of your coursework. The French are very proud of their language and culture and want you to embrace it as part of your educational experience!

I hope you found this information useful. Ready to take the plunge? Campus France is your first step in the process.

If you’re unsure about handling things on your own and want to explore your options, then contact me for a 1 hour consultation via Whatsapp.

Til next time!

50 Companies That Will Pay You To Travel Abroad

Traveling the world can be a part of your job, not just a vacation goal. Below is a list of 50 companies with current job opportunities that offer international travel.

The jobs are not just for executive level employees; there are sales, consulting, tech, non-profit, manufacturing, etc. jobs up for grabs as well.

Some positions require several trips per year ranging from a few days to a few weeks at a time. If you want to stay a little longer, check out the bonus company at the bottom of the list!

So if traveling is your thing, why not get paid to do it? Freshen up your CV/resume and start applying!

  1. Amazon Web Services
  2. APCO Worldwide
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  4. Boeing
  5. Boston Consulting Group
  6. Brightwell
  7. Cisco
  8. Corning
  9. Deloitte
  10. DocuSign
  11. Duke University
  12. Edelman
  13. Facebook
  14. Five9, Inc.
  15. Gaming Laboratories International LLC
  16. General Electric
  17. Gett
  18. Google
  19. Groupon
  20. HelloFresh
  21. HSBC
  22. HubSpot
  23. IBM
  24. Johnson & Johnson
  25. Kendo (a division of LVMH)
  26. Kimberly-Clark
  27. Kronos
  28. Lego
  29. Lockheed Martin Cororation
  30. Mars
  31. Microsoft
  32. Nike
  33. Osram Sylvania
  34. Palantir Technologies
  35. Philips
  36. Relativity
  37. Siemens
  38. SquareTrade
  39. Tampico Beverages
  40. Teach English Abroad
  41. The Ames Companies
  42. The Walt Disney Company
  43. Uber (corporate)
  44. Ubimax
  45. US Department of State
  46. VMware
  47. Walmart
  48. WeWork
  49. Women For Women International
  50. World Vision International

***BONUS***

51. Jobbatical

Which Country Should You Move To? 7 Things to Consider

The question is simple enough right?

Well it depends…..

Moving across town is daunting enough, but moving to another country (yikes!!) is on a completely different level!

Before you move though, you have to decide which country will become your new home. Here are 7 things to consider (in no particular order) when making your decision.

1. Cost of Living

How much money do you need to live comfortably? Check the average cost for rent, food, utilities, health insurance, etc. Expect the costs to be higher the closer you are to major cities.

2. Climate

What kind of weather do you like? Singing in the rain in the UK, or getting 300 days of sunshine in Portugal? Weather may not be a deal breaker for you but if you have health issues affected by certain temperatures, then definitely do your research.  This site gives you weather and climate information for nearly every country in the world.

3. Transportation

If you want to live close to where the action is then you’ll probably use public transportation to get around. So look at countries with extensive transportation options such as trams, buses, trains, uber, etc.

If you prefer to live in a rural area then having your own vehicle is a must. Some people ship their vehicles overseas rather than purchase a new one so shop around for shipping providers to see if that may be an option for you. 

4. Education

This section is geared towards families with school age children. Every parent wants the best educational experience for his/her child, especially in a foreign environment so research is crucial. Should your child attend a local (public=free) or international (expensive) school? Is there a foreign language proficiency required or will classes be taught in English?  Do the schools provide extra curricula activities such as sports, art, music?

Most schools have websites but some are difficult to navigate so don’t be afraid to contact the schools directly with your questions/concerns. Email is best if you don’t speak the local language (yay Google translate!).

5. Language

Do you speak another language? Moving to a foreign country that speaks a language you already know will certainly make relocation easier. If you don’t then there are tons of apps and YouTube videos available to help you learn.  Even if your accent and sentence structure are terrible, the local community will appreciate your attempts at communication!

Fluency will come over time so don’t worry about making mistakes. We expect foreigners to speak English in our country so return the favor. 🙂

6. Employment Opportunities

Getting a job as a foreigner in countries like Germany and France is very difficult but possible. One option is to work for a U.S. based company that offers international travel. Or find an international company that will sponsor your work visa/permit and have a skill set that’s in high demand. If you’re a college student, you can work part-time while studying and look for full-time work after you graduate.

7. Political Climate/Safety

When you move to a new environment, whether that’s a job, apartment, house, city, etc.,  you hope for things to be better. The same sentiment applies when moving to another country.  You want to feel safe and not worry if the country is on the brink of civil war or has high crime rates. Is the country foreigner-friendly?

One way to find out about the political climate of a country you’re considering is to tune in to their local news stories for current issues. Learn about past political figures and historical events. Or look at the Global Peace Index for a ranking of the world’s most peaceful countries. 

If possible, visit the country on a scouting trip and talk to the local residents to get their perspective.

The links mentioned in this post are provided as a courtesy. I am not affiliated with any of the websites mentioned nor receiving any compensation.

Get an Affordable College Education Outside the United States

If you were born and raised in the U.S. over the last 50 years you probably heard some variation of this mantra from your parents – “go to school, get good grades, go to college, get a good job“.

What wasn’t equally stressed was how and who was going to pay for this wonderful education!

If you didn’t have enough of your own money, i.e., savings from mom and dad or scholarships then you had to get a loan to pay for school. … the dreaded student loan.

I feel lucky because most of my undergrad tuition, room and board was covered with an academic scholarship even though I had to take out a small loan during my senior year.  Some of my college buddies funded their entire education with loans, leaving them with a nice graduation gift of $50k+ in debt!

Unfortunately, this is all too common in the United States. According to an article written by Zach Friedman, senior contributor with Forbes.com, there are over 44 million borrowers in the U.S. who owe 1.5 trillion dollars in student loan debt.

1.5 trillion dollars….. in 2018!

I don’t know about you, but starting life fresh out of college with a big fat bill is not my idea of living the American Dream!

The good news is that it is possible to get a quality college education that won’t break the your bank.  You’ll need a passport and plane ticket though.

That’s right, affordable education is on the other side of the pond!  Just to give you an example, there are some universities in France that cost a few hundred to a few thousand euros……per year! You can also find similar scenarios in Germany and other European countries.

Not only could you study without the stress of debt looming overhead, but you would be a simple train ride away from places like Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal just to name a few!

Moving to another country whether for work, study or fun is a huge decision to make and requires a lot of preparation.  Please contact us if you have questions or would like to schedule a mobile consultation session via WhatsApp.

Cheers!