Reception and buddies
Each semester the International Office promotes a Welcome Week for its international students. This program includes several activities and events. In addition, and throughout the school year, there are taking place several initiatives to promote the integration of international students.
Aiming to improve the reception and integration of international students in our University, we have a Buddy Program available.
Our University offers a buddy system for incoming exchange students. A buddy is a regular student of the University who will pick you up at the airport/train station, take you to your accommodation and help you during the first days in Porto. Typically, you are contacted by your buddy, via e-mail before your arrival in Porto.
This Program results from an Agreement between the Porto City Hall and the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in order to improve international students experience in Porto, which allows the students to benefit from:
• Special Rates at the City hall sports facilities;
• Cultural performances with free entrance, such as classical concerts sponsored by the Porto City Hall;
• Cycle of organized city tours.