Information for Students

This page contains information about different aspects of the program. If you do not see the information you are looking for, please email your question to More information will be added to this page over time.


The program currently has 21 primary and associate faculty members attending.We expect a total of 51 student participants, dran from a wide range of backgrounds. Many are graduate students, from beginning Master’s degree students to PhD candidates. There are also private and public sector professionals, educators, and a small number of advanced undergraduate students. Admitted students come from Portugal, the US, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the Philippines, among many other countries.

Travel to Porto

Travelers may reach Porto by train or air. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport receives nonstop services many days of the week from cities including London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Brussels.

In some cases, it may be less expensive to arrive by plane in Lisbon and then travel by train to Porto, about a 2 hour and 45 minute trip from the Santa Apolonia station in Lisbon to the Campanha station in Porto, costing 27.50 euros.

Information about tickets, reservations, and timetables may be found at

Additionally, a system of bus lines is available. These include:

Student Lodging

In order to keep student costs as low as possible, we have arranged lodging at one of the University of Porto student housing facilities, the Residência José Novais Barbosa ( A map is available on the website, and the building’s location is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from the University Reitoria building, where meetings will take place.

There may be a very limited number of rooms available for early arrivals, coming to Porto on July 18. If you plan to do this, please notify us as soon as possible, so we can confirm these arrangements. The possibility of late departures is still being negotiated. In both cases, a fee would be charged for the extra night.

Amenities include

Wireless Internet
Single rooms, shared bath
Bed linens and towels

The student housing building has locking doors and 24 hour security.

Students may come to the lodging at any time of day; there is no set check-in time. A list of your names will be at the front desk.

Breakfast will be served in the cafe area of the student lodging.

In the mornings, a bus will arrive to take you to the Reitoria, which is about 20 minute walk from the student lodging. Bus transportation between the lodging and the Reitoria will only be provided in the mornings. Exact times of breakfast and bus departure will be provided once these are finalized. For now, it is safe to assume a quick breakfast at 8 and a bus departure at 8:30.

Extra nights: If you have arranged to stay an extra night at the lodging, you can expect to pay 15 euros, once you are in Porto.

Getting around Porto

While the old section of Porto is very enjoyable to explore on foot, there are hills and cobblestone streets; please keep this in mind when setting out.

The city of Porto also offers a few different modes of public transportation. The primary system is the Metro do Porto, a light rail line with five major lines, one of which goes to and from the airport. The main website of the Metro system may be found here:

And a downloadable system map and timetables may be found here:

Information on the city’s bus system may be found at and a good general overview of Porto transportation may be found on at

Daily Sessions

The talk and discussion sessions will be held at the Reitoria building of the University of Porto (, located on the Praça Gomes Teixeira.

Students will be responsible for their own lunches, and the Praça is surrounded by a variety of inexpensive cafés serving snacks, coffee, and lunch, and in some cases, offering wireless Internet.

On Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, ISDT faculty and students will dine at the Porto e Virgula Restaurant, right outside the Reitoria building. Dinner is planned to include salad, an entrée, dessert, and beverages, including wine. Please contact us if you are vegetarian, so this information can be given to the restaurant.

Independent meetings: On Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, there are several hours of free time in the middle of the day. The main discussion room at the Reitoria will be available during this time, if participants would like to arrange optional break-out or birds-of-a-feather sessions.


Although we are very glad that the program is of interest to others, sessions are meant for only faculty members, student-participants, and staff; the School is intended to be unlike traditional academic and professional conferences, and is focused on promoting an atmosphere of collegial intimacy, which is hoped to foster lasting professional relationships among faculty and student participants.

Documentation of the program: Some of you have inquired about documentation of the School’s meetings and events. We’re very pleased for you to discuss the program on Twitter or your blog, but we ask that you observe certain guidelines:

Please use discretion when posting photos—there are some participants who work in sensitive and sometimes hazardous situations, and they would prefer that their identity remain private. If you are posting a photo easily identifying a student participant or posting a full name, consider checking with them first.

Additionally, although we are very glad for others to know about the program, we ask that you do not stream the talk and discussion sessions. This is both for reasons of bandwidth—if multiple people are streaming the proceedings, the network will be badly strained—and because we are concerned that extended streaming and videotaping may change the program’s spontaneous and informal tone.

Please be respectful of the diverse backgrounds and experiences of your fellow participants.

Summer is a very busy time for most people, but we ask that participants commit to attending the entire program, from the beginning on Sunday evening to the end on Friday night. If you believe you will need to miss an entire day during the week, we ask that you please give up your space to a wait listed student.

Emergency Contact

More cell numbers will be distributed once the program begins, but for now please contact Sónia Pinto, the primary Porto coordinator, at 351 22 2094049. This is her office at INESC Porto, and calls will be forwarded to her cell phone when she is out of the office. If the matter is not of immediate urgency, please contact Karen Gustafson by email at

Weather: As of July 9, the extended forecast for Porto is sunny, with high temperatures around 75F/24C and lows of 62F/17C.