Living in Lisbon

The school

Studying at Nova

Studying at Nova School of Business and Economics offers a vital opportunity for a unique social and human experience. Here you will build solid friendships for the rest of your life and gather a network of contacts that will prove an invaluable resource throughout your career. Moreover, the diversity of profiles within programs will provide a truly enriching experience, during which you will share experiences with students from varied backgrounds and countries.

Campus de Campolide is housed in a magnificent 19th century convent set in the city center, with easy access to public transport, services and cultural areas. All pre-experience programs are delivered at Campus de Campolide, and therefore NOVA’s students spend a large part of their day on campus to study, undertake group assignments or simply to socialize.

The school has been extended to meet growing demand, and comprises lecture halls, study rooms, a computer center and catering facilities. With 40 000 volumes, 1 300 periodicals and 25 000 working papers, the Almada Negreiros Library is one of the most recognized in the areas of Economics, Management and Finance, and enables students to access available data resources from all around the world.

The City

And then there is Lisbon...

Nova School of Business and Economics campus is located in the center of Lisbon, one of Europe’s most captivating capitals with a character and atmosphere like no other.

With two million inhabitants, Lisbon is the epicenter of Portuguese culture, business and politics, and offers the perfect opportunity to study Economics, Management and Finance. Its geographical location represents a priceless advantage. Mild winters and long summers provide the conditions to enjoy all that is on offer and make the practice of activities such as surfing, windsurfing and body boarding possible all year long.

Lisbon is both a richly historic and forward-looking city, endowed with unique natural beauty and fascinating tourist attractions, which are intensified by the center and surrounding region’s diversity and quality.

Here you will find true diversity and seamless integration in all the monuments, beaches, countryside and areas of historical interest, all within a few kilometers of the heart of the city. These will provide an incredible backdrop for your studies while you are on the centrally-located NOVA campus.

Studying in Lisbon enables you to develop a personal and professional network, representing the stepping stone to new contacts and opportunities throughout Europe. Portuguese being a shared language spoken by more than 250 million people in the world means that the business relationship between Portugal, sub Saharan Africa and Brazil is particularly strong. Considered the gateway to these regions and also a central capital with easy access to the rest of the world, Lisbon plays an increasingly important role within Europe and worldwide.

Things to do

Lisbon is a great place for outdoor activities all year around. From surfing, biking, jogging, hiking, through to simply having dinner or a drink, the local climate means you can enjoy outdoor activities all year round. It is a very relaxed and fun place to go out at night with a very hectic night bar life, and top level discos. Of course there is a rich history (e.g., castles, monuments, churches) to discover in Lisbon itself and its surroundings, starting with the castles in Sintra, Mafra, and Obidos. Lisbon is a great place for music lovers, ranging from classical music (for instance, Gulbenkian orchestra) to jazz, and of course Fado. For instance, Lisbon hosts an annual music festival (Dias da Musica at the CCB cultural center). Lisbon is certainly one of the cheapest (maybe the cheapest) European capital city to eat out – so this quickly becomes part of life. It is also a very cosmopolitan place, where people speak good English and often French, so it is easy and also safe to get around.

Things to do in Lisbon:

  • Experience a vintage tram ride
  • Watch a Benfica vs Sporting Lisbon match
  • Surf at Guincho
  • Explore the riverfront and experience a River Tagus cruise
  • Discover the different belvederes (miradouros) with amazing views over the city and the river (Graça, N. Sra. do Monte, S. Pedro de Alcantara, Adamastor and many less known)
  • Have an ice cream at the old St. Jorge Castle
  • Visit the Romanic Cathedral church, once a mosque, once a roman temple, the oldest capital cathedral in Europe
  • Explore the old town and all its small, labyrinthine streets stopping for a ginjinha
  • Go to the Oceanarium and explore all the renewed Expo area on the riverfront
  • Enjoy the view and lunch in Nubai bar at miradouro Sta. Catarina
  • Taste truly fresh grilled fish in one of the simplest restaurants in Lisbon
  • Have a steak dinner at Carvoaria, or a prego and imperial prawns at Cervejaria Ramiro
  • Appreciate the good wine and try new traditional Portuguese food as often as you can in any of the small, charming restaurants in the old town
  • Enjoy the nightlife in Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodre and Avenida 24 de Julho.
  • Discover a new bar every time you go through Bica
  • Have a night out at Lux, have your last cocktail on the roof while watching the sunrise, then go for breakfast
  • Go for a Trapez’s show in Chapito
  • Read a book in one of the romantic Lisbon’s gardens such as Principe Real, Praça das Flores or Jardim da Estrela
  • Enjoy the musical side of Lisbon: have a Sunday at OutJazz, listen to some Fado in Alfama or go to a classical music concert with the Gulbenkian Orchestra
  • Enjoy the Belem historical center with the Carriages’ Museum, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Presidential Palace, the Belem Tower and the exhibitions in the Berardo Museum at the Belem Cultural Center.
  • Enjoy exhibitions at the Gulbenkian museums (classic and Modern Art), the National Museum of Ancient Art, and the Tyle Museum
  • Do some street shopping in Av. da Liberdade, Chiado and Principe Real
  • Go for a real shopping experience at the Colombo Mall and Freeport Center
  • Enjoy a picnic in Monsanto
  • Relax in a beach lounge in Costa Caparica

Escapes from Lisbon:

  • Go to Cascais taking the train from Cais do Sodre and enjoy the seaside for a day.
  • Go to the romantic site of Sintra for a long weekend, visit palaces and castles and enjoy the local snacks while taking a break from the sights.
  • Explore Serra da Arrabida, spend a day on the beach in Sesimbra and enjoy a sea food meal before watching the sunset in Cape Espichel.
  • Go to the medieval village of Obidos surrounded by the fortress walls and enjoy the local food and traditional Portuguese architecture during one of the several festivals hosted there.
  • Spend a day in Mafra, visit the 17th-century Monastery/Palace, once the privileged hunting place of the Portuguese Royal family, and appreciate the unique musical organ at the church.
  • Visit Tomar and its impressive Templar’s fortress and the oldest Portuguese synagogue still at work.
  • Take a weekend to visit Evora and its cultural heritage. From pre-historic chromelechs to a roman temple and an impressive medieval cathedral mixed with a unique gastronomical tradition, Evora is only a one-hour drive from Lisbon.
  • Take your time and get to know the many amazing beaches. Spend time at Ericeira (for surfing), Guincho (for windsurfing), Caparica (for Skyte), Meco, praia da Ursa, all around the Lisbon area.


Living in São Paulo

The city

The city of São Paulo

The largest and wealthiest city in Brazil, São Paulo is a multicultural metropolis of nearly 20 million inhabitants. It is the financial center of the country, as well as a cultural site that attracts residents from all over Brazil and foreigners from all over the world. Becoming a “Paulistano” (a resident of São Paulo) means living in one of the world’s fastest growing economies, as well as experiencing some of the planet’s most epic traffic jams.

São Paulo, or “Sampa” as it is called locally, is a multi-ethnic city with a diverse immigrant population. It experienced waves of migration over the past century from countries such as Italy, Portugal, Japan, Germany, Korea and the Middle East, all of whom brought their cuisine and culture with them. Nearly six million inhabitants have an Italian background, making it the largest ethnic group in the city, and more than half a million are Japanese. This multicultural legacy can be seen in the make-up of various neighborhoods, such as Italian-influenced “Bixiga” and Japanese-influenced “Liberdade”.

São Paulo has world class museums, such as the “MASP” (São Paulo Art Museum), more than 13000 restaurants, 15000 bars 280 theaters and many green parks. In a nation as football mad as Brazil, São Paulo has three of the country’s top teams: the “Corinthians”, “Palmeiras” and “São Paulo Futebol Clube”. The city will also host the opening kickoff of the 2014 World Cup. The city’s urban sprawl means that even with large parks such as Parque do Ibirapuera, there is not a lot of green space. The growing middle class also means an ever-increasing number of cars on the road, where 180km-long traffic jams are common.

Where to live

Where to Live

In São Paulo, where you live is often influenced by where you work, as fighting traffic is a daily battle.

Centro, the downtown district full of older buildings and large renovated apartments, is seeing a resurgence.

Jardins, the garden districts southwest of the center, are some of the city’s most desirable and high-end neighborhoods, with their leafy streets and low-rise housing stock. They are also close to the Avenida Paulista, an important business district, and the Rua Oscar Freire, São Paulo’s upmarket shopping street.

Other popular areas include Higienópolis, known for its Modernist architecture; Vila Madalena, with its botecos (bars) and cafés (coffee shops) and Pinheiros, a bohemian neighborhood. Moema and Itaim Bibi are middle-class neighborhoods with high-rise apartments in the city’s south.

Side trips

Side trips

Many paulistanos head out of the city every weekend to the beach or the mountains.

The beach called Guarujá is less than an hour away, and the beaches of Maresias, Juquehy, Barra do Sahy and Camburi, located up the north coast of São Paulo state, are also a great option.

In the winter, residents head to towns such as Campos do Jordão and Monte Verde - about two hours from the city - for Alpine architecture, hiking and cycling.

São Paulo has a domestic airport, Congonhas, where it is easy to hop on regional flights around the country. It is less than an hour’s flight to Rio de Janeiro. Guarulhos, the international airport, is about 30 miles north of the city.

Things to do

24 essential “things to do” in São Paulo

  1. Eat a Sanduíche de Mortadela, Pastel or Bolinho de Bacalhau at the Mercado Municipal
  2. Attend a concert at the Sala São Paulo or at the Teatro Municipal
  3. Enjoy the view from Torre do Banespa
  4. Make a shopping tour at 25 de Março Street, the districts of Brás and Bom Retiro
  5. Drink at the Terraço Italia enjoying the 360 degrees view of São Paulo
  6. Visit one of the great museums of the city, for example MASP
  7. Enjoy the bars in Vila Madalena district
  8. Go visit Ibirapuera Park and rent a bike
  9. Ending the night in one of several 24-hour bakeries of the city
  10. Walking at night on Avenida Paulista
  11. Visit the Museu da Língua Portuguesa
  12. Eat in a traditional Italian “Cantina” in Bixiga district
  13. Visit Rua Oscar Freire
  14. Have a drink at Skye Bar and Restaurant on the top floor of Hotel Unique
  15. Visit the Serra da Cantareira
  16. Spend a day relaxing in one of several spas
  17. Visit the market in Praça Benedito Calixto (saturday mornings)
  18. Go to one of the 1500 pizzarias of the city
  19. Watch a race at the Interlagosracetrack
  20. Watch a football game at the Pacaembu or Morumbi Stadium
  21. Stroll through the Historic Center, through the Páteo do Colégio, Largo São Francisco and the Catedral da Sé
  22. Participate in a rehearsal in a samba school
  23. Visit the Parque da Independência and Museu do Ipiranga
  24. Visit the Memorial da América Latina in Barra Funda