I came from Finland to do my Erasmus semester at NOVA Sbe, and it is like what I’ve expected. Although I knew the campus was not in the city of Lisbon, I didn’t expect traveling to uni every day would be that time-consuming and tough. Other than that everything was well organized by the university and the international department.
I liked a lot of things about my experience here like, for example, the weather in Lisbon is amazing (at least until November), and since the campus is at the beach, you can go every day after class for a beer with friends if you want. I also loved the Portuguese food, meeting new fellow students, and the best part was definitely the Erasmus Corner.
Talking about more educational aspects, I had courses like International Business, Methods for Applied Business Problems and Management Seminar. They all have intensive group work sessions and interesting classes, so I would recommend that other students from around the world come to Portugal for that experience.
To find accommodation I just used the Uniplaces websites and Facebook groups, they all have many apartments and rooms all over Lisbon, but the university didn’t help me with this matter.
NOVA has a lot of student club and activities for students, like sports teams and parties. Their Halloween party was awesome. The life in the city is nice. Public transport works well, uber/kapten/bolt is affordable. The only negative things that come to mind are that customer service is rude in many places and things and events often start not on time. Nightlife is active although very techno-focused.
NOVA SBE campus is quite small since it is only for business students of NOVA. The main building is brand new and nice, right by the beach. My recommendation for future students is to find an apartment close to a train station or the green metro line.