The education system in Portugal
State education in Portugal is free and compulsory up until the age of 18. Recently, the Portuguese government has tried to improve the quality of the education by reducing class sizes and improving facilities.
Admission, subjects and grading
Up to the age of fifteen, children receive general and mandatory education which covers a wide range of topics.
General and vocational training
Secondary education in Portugal lasts three years and is compulsory. Children enter this stage aged fifteen (providing they did not have to retake any years at primary school).
State or Private?
Portugal's education system is made up of state run and private education institutions at all levels of learning. Make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages of both systems before making a choice.
Study times and holidays in Portugal
Schooling hours and holidays in Portugal vary from region to region. State schools will have different hours and holidays to private schools, and international and foreign schools will follow the school calendar of their respective country.
Universities in Portugal
Higher education (non-compulsory) is made up of two main systems: university and polytechnic institutions. At university you can study more theoretical and research based subjects such as Law, Mathematics, Medicine etc. Polytechnics provide more vocational courses such as Nursing, Accounting and Business, for example.