It's as sunny as Spain, the food's as tasty as in Italy and the wine's as great as in France. The beers are just as good as the Germans' and in the middle of all this, it's cheaper than Greece. Portugal doesn't have to be compared to other countries – but when you do, it shines. If after all this you still don't know what makes Portugal one of Europe's hottest places to go study abroad, check out this 10-point list of reasons to study in Portugal, that lays it all out.

1. The excellent universities

All over the country you'll find universities with excellent track records and reputations. Just to count a few: the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa earned a place in the QS ranking of the world's top 50 universities under 50 years old, the Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP) has a world-class Masters in Management, and the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) has been a leading European architecture school for decades.

2.The low cost of living

Portugal is by far the cheapest country in Western Europe, and Lisbon is one of the cheapest big cities of Europe. This means that if you're on a tight budget you're going to get by just fine here and if you're not, you get to live really comfortably.

3.Portugal welcomes you with open arms

The Portuguese have a well-deserved reputation for being hospitable. You'll be warmly received by the locals, and after a first meeting, it's all hugs, kisses, food and beer. Without discriminating tourists from workers, Erasmus students or postgraduate researchers, this country looks at each visitor as a welcome guest

4.The weather, obviously!

The rain in Spain might stay mainly in the plain, but Portugal much prefers its sunshine. Most years we receive only around 90 rainy days across the country – and regions in the south of Portugal, like Alentejo and the Algarve, boast more than 300 sunny days every year.

5.All kinds of fun

What is your definition of fun? Drinks at trendy bars, a wild street party, clubbing the night away? Or are you into the quieter pleasures like a great meal with good company and conversation and an afternoon in the beach? Are you into mountain biking, skateboarding, paintballing? The Portuguese love to have fun, in every way, every day. Whatever's your pleasure, you'll find it here.

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