International Students


We recommend International Students to book a hostel before arriving in Lisbon and find a place to live once they get here. This way they can see the flats, negotiate the rent and talk with the landlord before committing to a permanent house.

As a reference, a 3 bedroom apartment in Lisbon can range from 750€ to 1200€ per month and a room in a shared flat may vary from 200€ to 400€, depending on the quality, size and location.

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Once the International Students land at the airport, they may take the metro, a shuttle (91 or 96), a bus (22 and 745 are the ones running towards the city centre) or a taxi (always assure the taximeter is switched on).

Public transportation is a desirable option to get around and purchasing a monthly pass is a very good idea. Further information on the available packages (Cartão Lisboa Viva or Zapping) may be found on,,

Lisbon offers a mild and temperate climate, with short winters and long hot summers. A typical summer season lasts from May to October with temperatures ranging from 16 °C to 38 °C, being the coldest months December, January and February, averaging 15.2 °C during the day and 8.9 °C at night.

In a country where the sun shines all year long and with a coast full of astonishing beaches, the options for the practice of outdoor and water sports are endless. From surfing, to kytesurf, windsurf, sailing, golf, and so on, you will find the best spots nearby Lisbon in Sintra, Ericeira and Cascais (all of them internationally well-known and chosen to host all sorts of competition and championships).

Wandering around the picturesque old areas of the city, such as Castle of St. George and the surrounding neighborhoods of Alfama, Mouraria and Costa do Castelo, or stopping by the lookout points close to Bairro Alto while enjoying the views and going further to Belém and have some of the worldwide famous Pastéis de Belém (Portuguese custard pies) are just great ways to start exploring the city.

But Lisbon’s biggest attraction is the diversity of the city itself. Not too many cities in the World have such an intriguing mix of the old and the new, or so many contrasting faces, making this a city for easy-going exploration and a place to get lost in, discovering its many distinctive sights and characteristic images.

Food plays an important role in Portuguese culture. Traditional Portuguese dishes are often made from simple ingredients, based on regional produce with an emphasis on fish.

The national dish is "bacalhau," dried salted cod. The Portuguese pride themselves for preparing it in 365 different ways, one for each day of the year. Another typical dish, but made with meat, is "cozido à portuguesa," a thick stew of vegetables with various kinds of meat.

Breakfast is traditionally just coffee and a bread roll. Lunch is served between noon and 2 o'clock, and dinner is generally served late, after 8 o'clock. There are usually three courses, often including soup.

The most typical desserts are cinnamon-flavored rice pudding, flan, and caramel custard, but they also often include a variety of cheese.

Portugal is one of the leading wine producers and Portuguese wines enjoy great popularity across Europe as they're of top quality. The most popular ones include Vinho Verde, Vinho do Dao, Mateus, Vinho da Bairrada, Moscatel, Alendejo and the country's flagship Port wine, one of the best-known sweet fortified dessert wines. Apart from wine, Portugal also produces fine liqeurs such as Beirao, a popular Portuguese liqeur produced from exotic herbs, and Ginjinha, a liquer made from cherry-like ginja berries fermented in brandy.

The traditional centre of Lisbon’s nightlife is Bairro Alto, a blend of ageing taverns, designer bars, fado houses and restaurants. To find a nightclub there are some venues around Santos station, or a little further west at Alcântara docks. The world-famous club Lux sits on the riverfront by Santa Apolónia station.

Upcoming Events

  • Welcome Day for the LL.M. students - classes of 2013/14

    09 Sep 2013 11:00 AM

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  • Colloquium: The Taxation of Corporate Groups

    27 Sep 2013 05:00 PM

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  • Francisco Lucas Pires Distinguished Lecture

    05 Oct 2013 04:00 PM

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  • LL.M. Opening Lecture with Professor Joseph Weiler

    10 Oct 2013 01:30 AM

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  • Job Shop 2013/14

    27 Nov 2013 10:00 AM

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  • Seminar: Negotiation for Lawyers

    19 Dec 2013 09:00 AM

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  • CONFERENCE Migrations: an opportunity to Portugal

    30 Jan 2014 10:00 AM

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  • Seminar: The Economics of the Legal System

    03 Feb 2014 09:30 AM

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  • Seminar: US Company and Capital Market Law

    20 Mar 2014 09:00 AM

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  • LL.M. Master Class

    04 Apr 2014 11:00 AM

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  • Seminar: Free Trade and Environmental Protection

    05 May 2014 02:30 PM

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  • New Trends in Global Legal Practice

    15 May 2014 06:00 PM

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  • Graduation Ceremony

    26 Jun 2014 07:00 PM

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  • The University will be closed for summer holidays

    15 Aug 2014 08:00 AM

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  • Welcome and Orientation Session

    09 Sep 2014 04:00 PM

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  • LL.M. Opening Lecture

    18 Sep 2014 10:00 AM

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  • Católica Graduate Legal Research Conference

    19 Sep 2014 09:00 AM

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  • Francisco Lucas Pires Distinguished Lecture 2014: Prof. Jeremy Waldron

    02 Oct 2014 11:00 AM

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  • Católica Talks with Seyla Benhabib (University of Yale)

    02 Oct 2014 04:00 PM

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  • Católica Talks with James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins

    23 Oct 2014 05:00 PM

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  • Conference and Book Launch “EU Law and Integration - Twenty years of judicial application of EU law”,

    28 Nov 2014 10:00 AM

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  • “Systemic Deficiency in the Rule of Law” by Armin von Bogdandy

    16 Feb 2015 01:00 PM

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  • José Manuel Barroso´s Inaugural Lecture

    26 Feb 2015 11:00 AM

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  • Conference The Future of Sovereign Debt in the Euro Zone

    12 Mar 2015 05:00 PM

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  • Towards a New Global Treaty on Crimes Against Humanity

    20 Apr 2015 05:00 PM

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  • "The europeanisation of class actions?" by Professor Deborah Hensler

    01 Dec 2015 06:00 PM

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  • The trial of Jesus

    14 Mar 2016 06:00 PM

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  • Public Lecture by Professor Joseph Weiler: “The Revolt of the Masses - The European (and American) Circumstance”

    14 Dec 2016 06:00 PM

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  • Book launching: Gonçalo Saraiva Matias

    15 Dec 2016 12:45 PM

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  • Católica Talk with Professor Michael Moore - "Responsible moral agency in the age of neuroscience"

    21 May 2018 12:45 PM

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  • The Georgetown Club Annual Meeting

    21 May 2018 06:00 PM

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  • Ceremony in Honor of Francisco Lucas Pires

    22 May 2018 02:30 PM

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  • Meeting with the Citizens - Brexit and the Future of EU

    25 May 2018 05:30 PM

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