Scholarships in Portugal Without IELTS 2021
list of Scholarships in Portugal Without IELTS 2021
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To be fair, we’ve had lots of requests for information on scholarship programs that don’t require IELTS or TOEFL scores. How do I get into university in Portugal without English? The answer (and it’s not an excuse) is simple: it takes more time and patience than most people realize! So what can you do to speed up the process?
List of Portugal Universities Without IELTS
- University of Porto
- University of Lisbon
- Nova University of Lisbon
- University of Coimbra
- University of Aveiro
Other Universities in Portugal
- Oporto Global University – UPT
- CESPU – Cooperativa de Ensino Superior Politécnico e Universitário
- Catholic University of Lisbon
- Polytechnic Institute of Bragança
- University of the Algarve
- Polytechnic of Leiria
1. Start your Portuguese learning early, if you can! You will need Portuguese in almost all cases. This is not an easy language for English speakers to learn – even if you are an “advanced” student of English, I recommend at least 1 year of study before attempting University level in Portugal (and 2 years would be better!). Spend time on it every day! Don’t assume that because there are many similarities between English and Portuguese words or expressions, that this means you understand much already. Honestly, the two languages couldn’t be more different ! Make sure you have a solid foundation in grammatical structure, verb conjugation rules , sentence construction, etc. If possible work with a qualified tutor from a language institute that can assess your level of understanding and help you move forward with the right material.
2. If you have a good command of Portuguese, use it! In other words, if possible – apply as a native speaker . It’s not as hard as you think to get accepted as a “Brazilian” where previously you had been classified as an “American”. Many scholarship programs have specific rules on this point which will allow you to glide ahead in the process.
3. Try to spend some time in Portugal before applying for a course at University level . This makes sense for several reasons: 1) You’ll know what city or town is right for you , and have an idea about housing costs etc.; 2) You’ll be able to talk about your experiences , which will be helpful for your application; 3) You can use this time to improve your Portuguese at University level (most courses are taught in Portuguese).
4. Be patient ! Some scholarship programs do take several months for decisions to be made, especially if they require interviews etc. If you need the course starting in September or October, don’t apply too early .
5. Look carefully through scholarship programs that don’t require IELTS or TOEFL scores! There are plenty of opportunities out there, but some of them only cover part of the cost of study (tuition fees, housing costs) and some ask you to make a substantial deposit up front. This is not unusual – many scholarship programs never expect to recoup their actual costs, but they use that money to fund next year’s programs! 6. Think carefully about University level study in general . Make sure you know how much support you will be able to get from your family when you finish university (for example, many people return home after graduation). Look at the cost of living in Portugal for a start – it is more expensive than most countries of course, but if your family can help out with accommodation etc., then perhaps Portugal is an option.
We hope this blog post answers some of your questions about accessing higher education via scholarship programs without IELTS/TOEFL scores. If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to write a comment or contact us ! We try our best to answer all comments within 24 hours, and if you can spare 30 seconds to rate this article (to show your appreciation) it would be fantastic. We also enjoy reading through direct messages sent via our Facebook page , so send us a message there as well! Remember to subscribe to the blog for FREE by submitting your email in the box on the right hand side of this page. You will receive notifications every time we publish new content – bringing you lots of ideas for International Summer Schools abroad!
Thankyou very much!! This is really helpful. My daughter has been studying at home with an online tutor she found through carenti.al . She’s doing Cambridge FCE preparation (they offer IELTS preparation but not TOEFL).
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