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Question about studying and working in Portugal as a psychologist

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Asking on behalf of someone else who’s not in the forum.

someone graduated with a BA in psychology (from an American university abroad) and plans to come to Portugal to persue their postgraduate studies (master/PhD) also in English. The question is: are there universities in Portugal that teach masters and PhD in psychology in English? And can she later on work in psychology in English?

What is her chance/opportunities(psychology fields) to have a successful career as a psychologist in Portugal who studied in English and speaks mainly English in the workplace? For sure she will speak Portuguese but as a second language

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This site enables you to search all higher education courses in Portugal - this may assist in identifying where does which levels, and which "versions" of psychology, etc

Universities in Portugal teach in English much less than in other European countries (Spain, the Netherlands, etc have universities offering wide ranges of courses in English).  Here, specific courses in certain places are, but it's very much case by case.

On the question of working in the field, see my previous response to a similar post, here:

This covers questions of recognition of existing qualifications (which is not automatic, it has to be applied for) and the professional organisations governing professions, and therefore ability to practice formally.


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think if you don't speak Portuguese chances are slim in the public sphere...might be work in private practice dealing with expats


heard years ago a woman Russian doctor was working as a cleaner as the local health people wouldn't  recognise her paperwork - sad waste of a trained doctor!!


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