Erasmus+ Incoming Students

Brief overview about Portugal and ESEI Maria Ulrich


Portugal a brief insight

Portugal is a country on the Iberian Peninsula. Located in southwestern Europe, Portugal is the westernmost country of mainland Europe and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east.

The Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also part of Portugal.

Portugal has over eight centuries of History and is one of the most ancient countries in Europe (independence in 1143).

In the 15th century Portugal had an important role in the world – it was the great promoter of the discoveries, built a vast sea empire, and Lisbon became the center of European Trade…

About Portugal and our Education System


Useful Info

Education System

Higher Education

Teacher Education

The city of light

If you want to know about us, please click these links…

Information about Lisbon related to:
Health; Universities; Sport and Leisure and Portuguese for foreigners

Information about Portugal


Please, take a look at the International Student’s Guide


International Student’s Guide (PDF)

ESEIMU-erasmus-img_0578Higher education includes universities and polytechnics administered by public, non-public or cooperative institutions.

Universities award first degrees, master’s degrees and doctorates. Polytechnic institutions award first degrees and master’s degrees. Higher education policy priorities were defined as:

  • Guaranteeing the qualification of the Portuguese in Europe, implementing the Bologna Process;
  • Consolidating the higher education system with autonomous institutions, facilitating the reform of the system and the governance of institutions;
  • Encouraging an internationally recognized national quality assurance system;
  • Promoting access and equal opportunities.


Teacher Education Policy in Portugal

In February 2007, a new policy for initial teacher education was defined in order to make a greater contribution to improving teacher performance and also to meet the education and training challenges that teachers face nowadays. To that end, this policy definition firmly places teacher-education courses within the parameters of the Bologna Process.

Bologna Process


Master’s-level professional qualification

Within the context of the Bologna Process, from 2007/2008 onward, a person will only be allowed to teach after acquiring a Master’s professional qualification from the 2nd cycle of higher education…


Initial Teacher Education

  • Higher education qualification: a common qualification for all teachers

  • Learning outcomes-based curriculum: those required by teaching performance
  • Research-based qualification
  • Qualification acquired in a teaching context
  • Partnerships with schools and community institutions
  • Mobility in transnational teaching contexts for professional development (mobility is a central component of initial and continuing teacher education programmes!)
  • Teaching qualification quality assurance


Education Policy Outlook – Portugal

About the Maria Ulrich College

Education approach

Before arrival


During Mobility


Academic recognition

Lisboa: I did it!


ESEI Maria Ulrich College of Education’s Policy approaches

MARIA ULRICH – A woman, a citizen of the world, a great pioneer for Education.

The School always strove to provide human values, proposing a live project…To educate… But where to start? Indisputably, from the very beginning – the children!

An original spirit (…) made up of exchange, simplicity and dynamics is alive in our educational process.

(Maria Ulrich, 1973)

ESEI Maria Ulrich was thus a consequence of such beliefs, created on November the 8th, 1954, in Lisbon, and is named after her. The college’s curriculum has been created in order to train pre-school and elementary teachers to work with children between 0/12 years:

First Cycle

Bacherol in Basic Education (6 semesters)

Second Cycle

Master in Pre-School Education (3 semesters)
Master in Pre-School Education and Primary School Teaching (4 semesters)

ESEIMU-curriculum-conceptThree basic fundamental ideas of our Curriculum

To promote the personal, social and professional development

Before arrival

Check your list:

  1. Contact us – Contact the Erasmus+ Team
  2. Application – Fill the Application form (Word doc), and send it back to erasmus Team
  3. Courses Study’s Plan
  4. Health Insurance – Make sure you have one
  5. Accommodation – Read carefully the International Student’s Guide (at page 12)

Contact ESEI Maria Ulrich:

Erasmus+ Coordination:
Cecília Moreira

Erasmus+ Institutional Coordination: 
Dora Batalim

During Mobility

ESEI Maria Ulrich prepares a work programme based on the pre-established LA for incoming participants: tutoring time about their educational practice and face to face work between ESEI’s tutor and kindergartens; integration in a class where several host students assist them during the mobility and a group of teachers is responsible for their tutoring period. All students are invited to join an institutional event each time a celebration occurs (Integration week on September; Christmas celebration; Easter outdoor activities and others).


Check your list:

  1. Transcript of Records
  2. Certificate of attendance
  3. A testimony of the Erasmus experience

Academic recognition of Erasmus mobility

The academic recognition of Erasmus+ mobility period is based on the system ECTS – European Credit Transfer (European Credit Transfer System) – by the responsibility of the Commission of Accreditations and the President of CTC (Scientific Technical Council) of Maria Ulrich College of Education.

This Transcript of Records (document certifying the fulfillment or not of the study plan) only will be performed after the delivery of all documents necessary for its implementation:

  • Students grades of the course units according to the Plan of Study completed and the level of performance achieved.
  • Certificate of attendance
  • A testimony of the Erasmus experience

An incoming student testimonial

  • ESEI Maria Ulrich: Tina, why did you choose to be an International Erasmus StudentESEIMU-Erasmus?
    Tina Hipsi: I choosed to be a International student because I have always dreamed about to study somewhere else than in Sweden and I really love to travel to different countries.
  • ESEIMU: Tina, you are from Sweden, Boräs. Why did you choose Portugal for this Erasmus experience?
    Tina Hipsi: I choosed Portugal because I have never been in Portugal, so this was my first time in there, and I know that its different from Sweden with the climat and culture, so I wanted to explore it. And it was a really good choose from me, because I really like Portugal and I will come back to visit someday!
  • ESEIMU: to finish, a last question, please let us know What would you highlight in this experience? What do you feel is/was more important?
    Tina Hipsi: I think everything was important to me to learn about everything, but if I should highlight anything, I think it was my practice, to learn everything that I learned from there, and I have really grown on this part. I can now be more relax with children and I can read the body language from children because I didnt know any Portugese just some words. So I think this was my highlight of Erasmus.


Benvindo à ESEI Maria Ulrich!
Benvenuto a ESEI Maria Ulrich!
Velkommen til ESEI Maria Ulrich!
Välkommen till ESEI Maria Ulrich!
Welcome to ESEI Maria Ulrich!

Team Erasmus+  
at ESEI Maria Ulrich

Erasmus+ Coordination:
Cecília Moreira

Erasmus+ Institutional Coordination: 
Dora Batalim