Erasmus Office:

Opening hours: 10h00 - 12h00 | 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Contact by e-mail should, whenever possible, be privileged:

Erasmus Programme+ 2021-2027 will promote equal access and opportunities, as well as inclusion, diversity, and equity in all its actions. Inclusion is one of the four main horizontal priorities of the new Programme, as it aims to give a fresh impetus to Erasmus Programme+, to reach learners with less opportunities.



Erasmus + started on 1 January 2014. The program replaced the previous European Commission funding programs in the areas of education, training, youth, and sport, namely: the Lifelong Learning Program, the Youth Program in Action and other international programs, including Jean Monnet and Erasmus Mundus. The Erasmus + program is designed to support education, training, youth, and sport in all sectors of lifelong learning, including higher education, vocational training, adult education, school education and youth activities.


Action 1: Individual Mobility for Learning Purposes
Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Good Practices
Action 3: Support for reformulation policies
Activities Jean Monnet

Action 1: Individual mobility for learning provides opportunities for individuals to improve their skills, increase their employability and gain cultural awareness. This action is a combination of decentralized projects executed by the national agencies and centralized projects managed by the executive agency of the European Commission. Full details of all projects are not yet complete.


These mobility projects will allow beneficiaries to travel to another participating country to study, work, teach, train and develop professional skills and competencies.

More details are described on the website of the National Agency, source of information available here: 


ESAP is a small art school based in the center of Porto, and the Architecture Department is one of the oldest of its kind in Portugal. ESAP is quite a diverse place, with a relatively high number of international students and guest scholars and practitioners. The school welcomes both practitioners and academic professionals from very different backgrounds and strives to create a platform where these can collaborate in a productive way


Erasmus Charter
List of Erasmus + Partnerships: Download - PDF
Procedure presentation for a new partnership: Download - PDF
Editable version of the form for collecting information about the foreign university to propose new partnership: Download - DOC


Academic Calendar 2023/2024

If you are interested in studying in ESAP, please read the information below carefully.

Deadlines for Erasmus application's submission:

- 31 May for the entire academic year
- 31 May for the 1st semester (winter semester)
- 15 November for the 2nd semester (spring semester)

Applications procedures:

- Coordinators confirmation (home university)
- Student’s grades Certificate of the previous years (home university)
- Student’s presentation letter
- Student’s Portfolio (using the platform WeTransfer [] or by indicating a link)
- Student’s ID photos (mandatory)
- Student’s copy of an identity card, for ex: passport
- ESAP’s Student Application Form (download)
- Students Learning Agreement initial proposal (download)

All documents need to be sent to:, in a single email, identified with: Name of applicant | School of origin | Year and semester of application

Please note that an Application without all this required documents will not be analyzed!

The results of applications for Erasmus mobility acceptation or refusal will be formally communicated by e-mail to the University partners Erasmus/International Office Coordination. Please note that you are only considered an Erasmus studente after the acceptation of your application.

Important information for students regarding registration/study plan (learning agreement) criteria:

---- Erasmus students for the entire academic year can choose semestrial and annual disciplines;

---- Erasmus students for the 1st semester can only choose semestrial disciplines from that semester;

---- Erasmus students for the 2nd semester can only choose semestrial disciplines from that semester;

---- from 2015/2016 on: The following disciplines are not oppened to foreign students: 'Estágio' (Internship) from Cinema and Audiovisualand from Design Comunication and Multimedia BA Courses; 'Trabalho de Projeto/Dissertação' (Final Thesis) from Architecture Integrated Master Course.

Concerning the definition of the Erasmus learning agreement (study plan) our School allows the Erasmus foreign students to propose disciplines from all ESAP’s 1st cycle Courses, besides the disciplines from the area Course which the student provides and which is officially registered in the bilateral agreement between the two Institutions. However, the student must realize that the percentage of disciplines from ESAP’s other courses can never exceed or equal the percentage of the disciplines from the area Course which the student provides and which is officially registered in the bilateral agreement between the two Institutions.

Recommended language skills:

ESAP's Courses language of instruction is Portuguese, although our teachers are able to give each foreign student a tutorial guidance in a foreign language, namelly in english, if agreed between them. So, B1 is the recommended language level of Portuguese. Be aware that this not a language certification demand, only a recommendation we are making in order for the interested students and their Home Schools know what we point as the minimum satisfactory Portuguese skill level. Despite you have it or not, you can make a conscious decision about your mobility intention here. Since the sending institution is the one responsible for providing support to its nominated candidates, for any issue about this, please contact your School Erasmus Office.

We also inform that ESAP’s International and External Relations Office (GREI) organizes two annual editions of a specific Portuguese course for foreign Erasmus students, at pre- elementary level and each edition lasts for 30 hours. The first edition usually happens near the beginning of the 1st semester (winter semester), for the 1st semester Erasmus students and those Erasmus students that came for the entire academic year. The second edition usually happens near the beginning of the 2nd semester (spring semester), for the Erasmus students of that semester. This Course editions are free of charges, all the accepted Erasmus students are automatically inscribed and are free to decide if they want to attend it or not. To those who attend the Course, in the end of the Erasmus mobility we provide the Home School a Statement attesting that attendance.


Our School cannot offer accommodation since we don’t have a Students Residence. You may want to rent your own room/flat. If so, check:
- local newspapers (e.g. Jornal de Notícias)
- Pin-walls inside ESAP’s buildings
- Or the Internet - e.g.:

Sharing a flat with other students is very common in Portugal. Prices vary significantly depending on the city and the area (living in the outskirts is, obviously, less expensive than living in town centre). Prices range, depending on the room characteristics and relying on the location, facilities, and the landlord’s common sense! Also, keep in mind that some areas might be dangerous to walk alone at night, so when looking for a room/flat, try to find out whether the area is safe. Try to see the room/flat in person before renting it. Pictures on the internet are often misleading.

You can contact ESAP’s Students Association to get advice and help on how to find a room/flat to rent in our city and near our School.
E-mail contact:

Registration procedures:

When arrived to ESAP, the student must contact ESAP’s Erasmus Coordination in its schedule of service, at Rua dos Navegantes, nº 51, Porto, that will receive the student and send him/her to our Courses Direction Office in order for him/her to schedule a meeting with the Course(s) Director(s) he/she wants to attend, so that together, the student and the Course(s) Director(s), be able to confirm the initial learning agreement proposal or define the necessary changes according to the disciplines schedules and the student goals and best interests. The final learning agreement must be formalize until 2 weeks after the beginning of the classes in ESAP, in each semester.
After the definition of the final learning agreement (study plan), the student must wait for the GREI Office contact to formalize his/her registration. At that time the student will receive a document attesting the registration, a student number and a student card. We suggest the student to consult and download our Courses study plans on this webpage.

Aditional Informations:

Visa/Residence Permit Procedures:
Before leaving your country of origin we advise you to ask the nearest Portuguese Embassy what you need to do to apply for a study visa (not tourism) to Portugal, even if you intend to enter Portugal from another European country.
EU Nationals:
Do not need a Visa. They just need to present ID Card or Passport. In case you study permanence is for more than 90 days, when you arrive in Portugal, after taking care of all your details at the lodging and Mobility Office, it’s necessary to obtain the European Union Certificate (Certificado de Registo para Cidadão da UE/EEE/Suiça) in our country.
For more information details please contact directly our Country Foreigners Service (SEF – Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras) and visit their webpage:

Non EU Nationals:
Need a Visa to enter Portugal even if they come from another European country. Please, get more information at the nearest local Portuguese Embassy/Consulate, namely the steps you need to take before leaving your home country or the country where you are. When you arrive in Portugal you don’t need to apply for the European Union Certificate because you must already have your Study Visa and Passport. Please pay careful attention to the expiry date of your Study Visa. It is necessary to book an appointment at our Country Foreigners Service (SEF
– Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras). For more details please visit their webpage:
We strongly suggest the Erasmus students to provide the EHIC - European Health Insurance Card: a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 28 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country. This Card is issued by your national health insurance provider. We alert that this Card is not an alternative to a travel insurance. It does not cover any private healthcare or costs such as a return flight to your home country or lost/stolen property; does not cover your costs if you are travelling for the express purpose of obtaining medical treatment; does not guarantee free services. As each country’s healthcare system is different, services that cost nothing at home might not be free in another country.
For aditional information about EHIC:
For information on any other kind of insurances, please contact your Home School Erasmus Office.

How to get here:

When you arrive to Porto Airport, you can pick in the Airport the subway (violet line) that has connection to the city downtown and interface with Railways. The schedule of Porto subway Airport line is between 06h00a.m.-01h30a.m and a ticket (that you must by at the Airport) costs around: 1,50€. You take near 28 minutes by subway between the Airport and ‘Trindade’ Station. To come to our location area (Rua dos navengantes) you just have to go out on ‘Trindade’ Station and pick another subway line (blue, rubi, green or orange line) to the ‘Campo 24 Agosto’ Station. You can consult the Porto metro company website on:

Then in "Campo 24 Agosto’ Station you must pick a regular STCP city bus lines: 305 or 401 and leave at "Escola Soares dos Reis" Station. You can consult the Porto STCP company website on:


Grading system

The Portuguese system is numerical, 10 being the minimum to pass and 20 being the maximum. ESAP’s structure’s the qualifications according to the following scale:

Numerical scale (grade)

ECTS scale







Very good












Insufficient (Failed)

For further information’s it is requested the contact through the following e-mail:



Information available only in Portuguese.


Information available only in Portuguese.


Information available only in Portuguese.