For those looking into studying in Portugal, or in any other foreign country, it is best to look not just at the education system of that country, but at the country itself as well. Nowadays, Portugal is mostly known for being a tourist hot spot, with amazing beaches and great weather. But Portugal’s history is rich and dates as far back as the 9th Century, not counting the traditions of Lusitânia, during the Roman period.
After the first 9 mandatory years of study, a Portuguese student will usually have another 3 years of studying (secondary education), which may give him/her access to a public university – or a private one, should they so choose. There, they may acquire a Bachelor degree (“licenciatura”), a Master’s degree (“mestrado”) and a Doctorate (“doutoramento”), in that order.