Exchange Students from Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL) studying at Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI)

  1. Where and who should I contact?

    Information can be accessed on the Institute’s website: Homepage > Administrative Units > Student Affairs Office > Services > Team for Furthering Studies, Career Counseling, Student Exchange and Alumni Affairs > Information for Exchange Students, but students can also visit the Macao Polytechnic Institute (MPI) Student Affairs Office (Room A119) or contact Ms Isabel Rosa Duque (+853 8599 6625) or email with any enquiries. Alternatively, you may contact the IPL Bachelor in Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpretation course coordinator, Ms Inês Santos, via e-mail

  2. Do I have to apply for this exchange programme?

    No. The exchange programme is part of the Bachelor in Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpretation course, therefore, all IPL students that progress to the 2nd year of this course are obliged to participate in the exchange programme and continue the 2nd and 3rd years of their studies abroad. However, should a student have any special reason or health problems and not wish to continue their studies as indicated in the study plan, they should contact the IPL Bachelor in Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpretation course coordinator, Ms Inês Santos, via e-mail

  3. What is the duration of the exchange programme?

    The exchange programme for IPL students in the Bachelor in Chinese-Portuguese Translation and Interpretation course lasts for 2 years. The 2nd year of studies involves studying at Beijing Language and Cultural University (BLCU) and the 3rd year of studies will be at MPI. Students will return to IPL for their 4th year of studies.

  4. What will my expenses be like in Portugal?
    Tuition fees: IPL students should pay their tuition fees to the school of education and social sciences (ESECS) (
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    Registration fees: All IPL students are exempt from registration fees.
    Accommodation: All IPL students will be accommodated in the MPI hostel at no rent. However, all students must pay a refundable hostel caution fee of MOP1,030.00. This is refunded upon check-out when all accounts have been settled. (
    Living expenses: MPI will be giving a monthly subsidy of MOP3,000.00 for each student, which should cover daily meals and other basic expenses such as bus passes, etc.
    Electricity fees: MPI will be giving each student a monthly subsidy of MOP200.00 for electricity costs.
    Transportation fees: MPI will provide transportation to the students on their first arrival to Macao, from the Macao Ferry Terminal or Macao International Airport, to the MPI hostel and return. Buses usually run from 6am to 12 midnight. Bus passes are available to anyone that wishes to purchase one, but a special bus fare is charged for all registered students in Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), at a very low cost of MOP1.00 (
    Meal expenses: Students are responsible for their own daily meals expenses. Students may choose to eat in one of the two canteens provided by MPI or in outside restaurants. As an approximate guide, a set lunch in an MPI canteen starts from around MOP30.00 (including drink/soup), in the nearby Chinese food restaurants prices start from MOP40.00 (including drink/soup), and in Portuguese-style restaurants costs around MOP50.00 for one dish.
    Health care and Insurance: Whilst MPI has insurance covering all registered students in the event of any unfortunate bodily injuries sustained (, IPL will pay additional insurance that covering hospitalization at a price MOP157.00 for each registered student.

    Medicines can only be bought in pharmacies. Some medicines can be sold without a prescription, but for stronger medication a doctor’s prescription is required. Medications that are usually taken should be brought along with the student.quo;s prescription is required. Medications that are usually taken should be brought along with the student.
  5. When should I arrive in Macao?

    Students should arrive in Macao at least one week before the first day of classes, so to be able to complete all the formalities, such as registration, opening of bank account etc., and to become familiar with the surrounding environment before class starts.

  6. What documents do I need to bring with me?
    • A valid passport (with at least 1 year of validity);
    • 6 passport type photographs;
    • Health Insurance Card and related policies;
    • Personal hospitalization insurance and related policies;
    • Your updated vaccination booklet (must indicate that you been immunized against tetanus-VAT);
    • The MPI Medical Examination Proof Form ( completed by the doctor (must carry his/her signature and hospital or health centre official chop or seal;
    • Account information of your bank in Portugal, such as a copy of the bank account booklet or card, bank name, address, account number, IBAN, SWIFT, and NIB codes. (The only bank in Macao that has connections with banks in Portugal is “Banco Nacional Ultramarino” (BNU) and BNU will transfer values of less than EUR100.00. IPL student accounts must be in “Caixa Geral de Depositos”, and all IPL students should open an account with this bank before coming to Macao).