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This page contains information about travel logistics and other program matters. If you do not see the information you are looking for, please email your question to kegustafson@gmail.com. More information will be added to this page over time.

Who are ISDT students?

We expect approximately 35-40 student participants and 15 faculty members.

The ISDT program students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some have doctoral degrees, and many are graduate students, from beginning Master’s degree students to PhD candidates with diverse interests including crowdsourcing, digital storytelling, journalism, development, and digital inclusion. In past years, students have come to the program from a number of countries including Spain, the UK, Indonesia, Belgium, and New Zealand, as well as from the US and Portugal.

Lodging and Meals

Participants coming from outside the Porto area will stay at the Eurostars Das Artes at Rua Do Rosario 160-164 in central Porto, near many shops, restaurants, and art galleries. The Eurostars offers free Internet connections via ethernet in its rooms, and free wifi in the lobby, as well as one public computer for guests.  Full breakfast is included. Most program talks and meetings will be held in the hotel.

Visit the Eurostar website for more information about the hotel.

A full breakfast is available at the hotel. Each night will feature a communal dinner at a nearby restaurant; your regular attendance at these dinners is important.

The program does not include lunch service, but the schedule will allow time for a midday meal. There are several cafes and restaurants within a few blocks of the hotel and faculty and students may organize their own excursions.

Getting around Porto

If you come to Porto by air, you will arrive in the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, about 20 minutes by car from the hotel. There is a taxi queue right outside of the baggage claim area. The ride to the Eurostars Das Artes at Rua Do Rosario 160-164 will cost around 25 euros. You may also consider taking the E (violet) line of the Porto Metro, which has a station right in front of the Arrivals area in the airport. Two of the stations closest to the hotel are Aliados (15 minutes walk from the hotel) and Trindade (20 minutes from the hotel.) The Metro site estimates trip time to these stops between 26-30 minutes, costing 1.5 €.

While the old section of Porto is very enjoyable to explore on foot, there are many 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. The main website of the Metro system may be found here. This site includes timetables, maps, and information about ticketing.

The Metro uses a ticketing system called Andante. Andante cards can be used in the city bus lines (STCP) and on the trams, as well.

A standard Andante card costs 0.5€, and trip costs are organized by geographic zone. Machines to issue and recharge cards are available at metro stations and credit may also be added to the cards at Multibanco ATM terminals.  Tickets must be validated before travel by scanning the Andante in front of the yellow machines located in metro stations.

Special Events

This year, The Gary Chapman International School on Digital Transformation will feature two special cultural events. On Wednesday we will take a trip out of town to Guimarães, and the farewell dinner Friday will take place at Casa da Música.

Guimarães is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and sometimes considered the birthplace of Portuguese nationality. It retains much of its medieval architecture and provides breathtaking mountain views. We will tour the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza, a 15th century residence built for the son of King John I of Portugal. We will also have dinner at the palace. Unesco has further information on its World Heritage website.

Casa da Música is one of the pre-eminent concert halls in Europe. Designed by Rem Koolhaas, it was built for Porto’s term as European Capital of Culture and completed in 2005. It provides spaces for conventional orchestra music, electronic dance music, and other styles including jazz and rock. A restaurant sits at the top of the building, and participants will have dinner here. Participants will also have admission covered for a concert that night. You can learn more about Casa da Música at its website.

Weather

Porto in July is usually warm and mild with little rain.  Daytime temperatures average around 75°/24° and night temperatures around 59°/15°. During heat waves, however, the temperature may hit highs of 100°/37°  degrees.