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Preparation for Departure

After completing the Application and Course Selection Procedures, the International Student Affairs department will provide you with the following information by e-mail:


The International Student Affairs department provides assistance to find both Provisional and Permanent accommodation in Lisbon. To help you prepare your stay, we will release by e-mail the password for you to access our online accommodation data bases.
Additionally, the International Student Affairs department will provide help to find permanent accommodation upon arrival, during the Welcome Week.

Buddy Program

Under the Buddy Program, our Tutor Coordinators will select a CATÓLICA-LISBON student to be your tutor during your stay in our school. He/she will help you upon arrival and throughout the semester. You will receive the name and contact details of your tutor by e-mail.

Personal Information

In order to access all the important academic and administrative information in the CATÓLICA-LISBON students' personal area, we will send you your personal data by e-mail: student number, login and password.

Course Enrollment

After the Course Selection Procedures (Step 2 - Application and Course Selection), you will receive the confirmation of the courses you are enrolled in and access to your schedule for the semester by e-mail.

Welcome Week

Before your arrival, you will receive detailed information about the special activities prepared for you, to introduce you to the university and Lisbon.


Before Leaving Home


To ensure a smooth transition to student life in Lisbon, it is important to make sure all your paperwork and documentation is valid before you depart. Take a look at the checklist below to have a stress-free arrival in Portugal:


  • Make sure the International Student Affairs department has received your Application form and documents
  • Make sure you bring your identity card or a valid passport
  • Bring your medical/travel insurance and other relevant documents. If you are from an EU country, make sure you have the European Health Insurance Card
  • Take any routine medical checks or vaccinations if necessary
  • Order travelers' checks or enough Euros for your first couple of weeks
  • Budget for your life in Portugal - check airfares, tuition fees (if you are a free mover student) and living expenses
  • Make sure your tutor is informed about your travel arrangements (date, place, time of arrival and flight number) and that he/she has confirmed he/she will meet you upon arrival
  • Make sure you have a list of useful contact numbers, especially the following:
    • The contact details of your tutor at CATÓLICA-LISBON
    • Phone number and address of CATÓLICA-LISBON's International Student Affairs department
    • Phone number and address of your provisional accommodation