Universities Portugal is an international promotion project for the 16 higher education institutions that are members of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (CRUP).
The study that includes these data is presented at the second internationalization conference dedicated to the theme “Is our Higher Education inclusive?”, which runs until Friday at the University of Minho.
“Over the last decade, more and more foreign students have chosen to do their higher education in Portugal and, in the last academic year, there was the highest ever number of international students enrolled in Portuguese universities and polytechnics”, referred to in a statement.
According to the note, in the academic year 2021/2022, Portugal had 69,965 foreign students enrolled across the country, 18.7% more than in the previous year (58,960). Of that total, 41,472 are integrated into the 16 member institutions of CRUP.
Most international students are enrolled in public higher education and, in the case of members of Universities Portugal, “the Universities of Lisbon and Porto lead the preferences of foreign students (8,570 and 6,042, respectively)”.
Regarding training areas, the most chosen are management and administration (8,144), law (4,213) or electronics and automation (3,031).
According to data from Universities Portugal, in terms of student nationality, “Brazil continues to be the sending country for the most students in the country (18,859), followed by Guinea-Bissau (6,478), Cape Verde (5,694) and Angola (4,702”).
In addition to inclusion, the conference will analyze the economic and sociocultural impact of international student mobility.
“Universities Portugal has invested in educational offer fairs and prospecting missions to increase the visibility of Portuguese institutions abroad, in order to attract more students. As this year, in 2023, the focus of promotion will continue on Latin American countries that have shown good results and receptiveness to international programs, with emphasis on Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru”, indicates the communiqué.