Prospective Students

By coming to this page it means you are considering studying in Madeira for the upcoming year. We welcome you and thank you for showing an intrest in our program!

Please note that we will not be accepting new students for the 2017 admissions cycle.

Some concerns you may be having are:

  1. Paper Work (International Students)
  2. Travel
  3. Finding Housing
  4. What it is like to study here

To help you with these questions, and more, we linked some information below.

Madeira is an Island and the only way to get here is by airplane.

One of the easiest ways is to enter Europe is through London

  • London to Funchal via: flytap and easyjet
  • London to Lisbon:flytap and easyjet
  • London to Porto: ryanair, flytap (you can connect Porto to Funchal with transavia)

There are also occasional charter flights that connect New York and Philadelphia to Lisbon (flytap), or that connects Boston to Ponta Delgada (Azores) (sata)

You need to apply for the EU student visa while in Pittsburgh, with the Portuguese Consulate in Newark.

The student visa takes around 3 months to be processed. Be sure that you apply with enough time to get the visa before entering Europe.

Here you can get some general information about the Schengen visas and here you can get instructions from the Portuguese Consulate in Newark. If you have any question, please talk to Mrs. Sila Santos ( ) or check the consulate's webpage (

The academic year at M-iti runs from September to June. The year is divided into two semesters: fall and spring.

Click this link to see the dates. 

Your visa is usually valid for four months. You need to apply for the residence authorization up to 30 days before the expiration date of your visa.

Where : SEF at the Loja do Cidadao


1. Passport

2. If you are a student: Statement from the University certifying that you are a student

    If you are a researcher or staff: Work contract from the University

3. Proof of financial support / Means of subsistence (bank statement with a balance of around 6.000€)

4. Portuguese fiscal number ("Número de contribuinte fiscal")

5. If you are a student or researcher: health insurance valid in Portugal 

    If you are a staff: Portuguese Social Security Number

6. Rental agreement

7. Your home address

If you apply for a residence permit without any of the required documents, you might be given a notice to produce the same within 10 working days.


More information:

 - Residence authorization for students that entered Portugal with a Student Visa

 - Residence authorization for students that entered Portugal without a Student Visa

 - Residence authorization for researchers or staff that entered Portugal with Research/Working Visa

 - Residence authorization for researchers or staff that entered Portugal without a Research/Working Visa

 - Residence authorization for married partners of students, researchers or staff, when they are outside Portugal

 - Residence authorization for married partners of students, researcher or staff, when they are already in Portugal

Accommodation costs will slightly vary with the rise and fall of the economic market. Make sure that when you are trying to gage the affordance that you look out for hidden costs and things which are not included in the base price. Try to calculate out how much money you will have, and what you will need to spend on things to get you through student life including, but not limited to; food, rent, study materials, bills (everyday and utilities), clothes, a social life and transport. Try and get an idea of what proportion of the total money that you have, you can (or want to) use for rent.

A good option is getting in touch with other students or alumni for answers and experiences with this. You can use our Facebook groups,  MHCI and MET programs.

There are a few ways to find housing easily on the island. One option is to get in touch with previous or current students to find out where they stayed and check if it is available to rent. You can do this on the MHCI or MET Portugal facebook group here and here.


Online Resources


You can search the local newspapers for advertisiments of apartments. For example, visit Diario de Noticias and use the settings:

  • Natureza:Arrenda-se (Oferta)
  • Categoria: Apartamentos
  • Estada: Indiferente
  • Concelho: Funchal (if you want to stay in Funchal City Center)
  • Freguesia: Indiferente (various neighborhoods in Funchal)
  • Tipologia: T1 means 1-bedroom, T2 means 2-bedroom, etc.

Then click on "Pesquisar" to issue the search

Students Accomodation from Madeira University

You can book accomodation here:

Where to obtain it: Segurança Social da Madeira at Loja do Cidadao



2.Numero de Contribuinte

3. Contract from the University;

You will need to have a Tax Number (in portuguese Número de Contribuinte) as it is demanded by immigration services to get your resident permit.

To get your Tax Number you will need your passport and a legal representative who must be a local resident. If you don't have anyone that can be your legal representative, M-ITI can arrange one for you. Please pass by the staff office, room #1 at M-ITI.

To obtain the tax number you will need to go to Loja do Cidadão in the city center, along with your legal representative. Both have to present identification card. 

Yes you will.

To get a bank account you will need to go to a local bank, we have one in the school and have the following items.

1. Current Passport

2. Proof of Profession - University Contract

3. Proof of Address - Rental Contract.

Yes. It is mandatory to have a health insurance when you apply for your visa. 

If you want to get Portuguese insurance you can contact an insurance company. The prices may vary from 150€ to 1000€/year depending on the company and what it covers.

Another option is to use social security. The social security insurance entitles you to free medical treatment and appointments in public hospitals and clinics, although dental treatment are not provided in the public health system. You can sign up for this after you arrive in Portugal. Please remember that for visa purposes you need show proof of alternative insurance (e.g from Carnegie Mellon). In case of Carnegie Mellon insurance, you can cancel it from the date you depart the US and receive a partial reimbursement.  

Here is a list of private insurance companies you can contact:


Allianz -

Axa -

Generali -

Ocidental -

Tranquilidade -

Império Bonança -

Aon Studente insurance -

Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers Ltd. -

Highmark -

HCC Medical Insurance Services -

HTH Worldwide -

The curriculum at UMA may be given on a 100 point scale or a 20 point scale. In either case, your final grade will be delivered on the 20 point scale. If you are in the CMU-Portugal program, then your grade will be changed to the CMU scale. CMU grades on an A-F scale, the conversions are as follows:

20 - A+

19 - A

18 - A-

17 - B+

16 - B

15 - B-

14/13 - C+

12 - C

11/10 - C-

In addition, you will be awarded "Quality Points". Quality points are required by the European Union, and are given as follows:

20 - 4.33

19 - 4.00

18 - 3.67

17 - 3.33

16 - 3.00

15 - 2.67

14/13 - 2.33

12 - 2.00

11 - 1.67

Studying at M-ITI

CMU | Portugal

Studying at M-ITI brings you into an international research environment in a wonderful place in Europe. Our institute in Madeira is one of the top-level institutes in Europe in the areas of HCI, Computer Science, and Entertainment Technology. Your study in any of these areas will give you the opportunity to gain experience in a research-driven organization with many ongoing research projects that enjoy both national and international collaboration.


madeira-live ccIf you're from outside Portugal

Madeira is one of the autonomous outer regions of Portugal, and thus part of the European Community. The archipelago of Madeira is situated in the Atlantic ocean, about 1.5 hour's flight distance from mainland Portugal. The University of Madeira is a young but ambitious university and has established a strategic partnership with both regional and national industries as well as the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Our Professional Masters of Human-Computer Interaction will send you to classes at CMU for the first semester and to Madeira for the second and third, where you will work in more classes and on an industry-based research and design project with high visibility and impact. Graduating from this program gives you a degree from the University of Madeira as well as one from Carnegie Mellon University.

Read more about the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and the Master of Entertainment Technology through the links on the left of this page. Other useful information can be found in the Student Survival Guide from CMU|Portugal.


If you're from Portugal

Our institute offers you the opportunity to study nearby, yet in an international and top-level environment. Whether you choose the Computer Science track, the Master of HCI or the Master of Entertainment Technology, you will be working with our team of multi-disciplinary faculty. Your studies will enable you to position yourself at the top of the market, with a portfolio of experiences and up-to-date expertise that will attract employers world-wide. The MSc program in Computer Science rewards you with a degree from the University of Madeira, in accordance with the Bologna agreement.

More information about the MSc in Computer science, the Master of Human-Computer Interaction and the Master of Entertainment Technology through the links on the left of this page.



You can find more information about studying in Madeira here.

And information you might need as a Prospective Student.


Estimated Cost of Attendance

Costs listed are related to the time students spend at Madeira. Please refer to our partners website for cost when studying abroad.

All prices quoted in the below table are per semester.


Cost Type At Carnegie Mellon In Madeira  Information
Tuition $0 USD €12.000 Eur Due to the University of Madeira, per semester. Students awarded scholarships in the dual-degree programs do not need pay additional tuition fees to Carnegie Mellon University. Additional support is available for EU nationals - please contact for details.

2016 - 2017

Flights Between Campuses











See Carnegie Mellon site for additional info on costs during first semester

€900 Eur €650-€800 (largely dependent on dates and how much in advance you book)
Activity Fee €10 Eur Students union enrollment for one year is €10 per academic year (check here for further info)
Enrollment Fee €20 Eur  
Room €1.000 Eur - €1.250 Eur In 3 bedroom shared apartments - between €200 and €300 per person a month, utilities included
Board €430 Eur University cantine - open from Monday to Saturday (only for lunch on Saturdays) - a full meal costs 2.65 Euro if booked the previous day (a weekly menu is available in advance). It costs 2.85 if booked on the day.
€600 Eur Out - fast-food/light meals at lunch time - from 5 to 7.5 pp; more "formal" restaurants - 15 to 20 pp
€200 Eur Simple breakfast at UMa - 1.50 to 2.50 Euros
Books and Supplies €200 Eur Approximate Cost (depending on course options)



Health Insurance

€150 Eur to €1.000 Eur/year From €150 to €1000 per year: varies considerably from company to company (and the country in which it is issued) and the level and nature of the cover. It is mandatory that you have a health insurance when you apply for your visa. As long as it covers your access to the public health system it is enough and appropriate.
€625 Eur €125 per month. This is a social security alternative for those who do not have private health insurance. You can subscribe to it after your arrival in Portugal. However, please remember that for visa purposes you need show proof of alternative insurance (e.g from Carnegie Mellon). In case of Carnegie Mellon insurance, you can cancel it from the date you depart the US and receive a partial reimbursement. The social security insurance entitles you to free medical treatment and appointments in public hospitals and clinics. Dental treatment are not provided in the public health system.


Personal and Misc

€37,5 Eur Mobile Communications - a "Moche" plan costs you €7.5 per month and entitles you to free sms and calls between "Moche" subcribers - it is by far the most popular plan amoung our students - ask for details when you arrive in Madeira.
€180 Eur Mobile Internet Plans 
€200 Eur For Cable + Internet + fixed line packs 
Transportation €230 Eur Bus pass for Funchal costs 46 Euros per month
PAT Fee Not Applicable  
Technology Fee Not Applicable  

Practicalities of Studying in Madeira

Housing, getting visa, opening a bank account, health insurance, etc.


Where is Funchal?

Funchal is the capital of the Madeira archipelago, an autonomous region of Portugal. A popular and easily accessible tourist destination, Madeira offers a compelling combination of breath-taking scenery, great food, a relaxed lifestyle and rich local colour.

Often you will hear about Funchal or Madeira being used interchangeably, but keep in mind: Funchal is the city, Madeira is the island.

Read the New York Times article on Madeira (2010/07/11) – a cool place to go!


Travel – How to get here

Madeira is one of Europe’s most popular island holiday destinations and English is widely spoken. It is well connected to the continent with regular short hop flights to Lisbon International Airport (11 per day), and less frequent direct connections to other major cities in Portugal and to London, Amsterdam, Berlin and other European cities. It has a modern airport 25 kilometers from the center of Funchal, the capital city, and possesses a safe and modern network of highways and tunnels which facilitate rapid travel by car.

January/February is low season for flights to Madeira. TAP is the national carrier; Easyjet flies direct from the UK and Lisbon. Typical costs and trip durations for economy class travel to Madeira (FNC) are in the ranges indicated below:
From Portugal: 50-200 Euro, 1-2 hours
From Europe: 60-500 Euro, 2-7 hours
From the Americas and Asia: 600-1300 Euro, 8-20 hours

How to get to Funchal

Getting to Funchal (airport code FNC) is easy. It is well served by both national and international flights. The airport and transportation infrastructure are modern and efficient with approximately 100 flights arriving daily.

Portuguese national carrier is TAP, a Star Alliance member partnering with Air Canada, Asiana Airlines, Continental, Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines, United Airways and US Airways, among many others. Funchal also enjoys direct connections to much of Europe and beyond through carriers such as AirBerlin (Germany), Easyjet (UK), Transavia (France) and SATA (Ireland, Denmark, Sweden).


Visa information

Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal, which is a member of the “Schengen Agreement countries.” At this time, a tourist visa is not required for citizens of EU countries, USA, Canada, Japan, and South Korea. Citizens from other countries may require a tourist visa. If you have any doubt whether you need a visa to visit Portugal, please check for yourself.

If you are coming to Portugal for studying or working you will need to get a visa before entering the country (even though that you don't need it to visit Europe).

More information on how to get the visa is available here (General information about Schengen visas and Instructions on how to get a visa).


Getting around

Getting To and From the Airport

  • Frequent public transport (bus) from airport to hotel district: 3 Euro
  • Shuttle bus airport – hotel district (approx every hour): 5 Euro (ask the driver to get off at your hotel and he will direct you to the closest stop)
  • Taxi (airport-hotel): 40 Euro
  • Car rental from the airport (approx): 35 Euro / Day

Getting around the City

There are a few options for public transportation on the island of Madeira, which include taxis and buses.

Taxis are available in the major cities and tourist areas throughout Madeira. They can be recognized by their blue stripes and yellow color. Catching a taxi is generally easy. There are plenty driving around the busy streets, which will stop when signaled by pedestrians. Catching a taxi at the airport is never a problem, and there are many taxi ranks (stands) around the city. Hotels and Restaurants will be happy to arrange for a pickup. Fares in the city are set by the government, and based on either destinations, or distance meters. Fares outside of the city are generally based by the kilometer. Any time that the meter is not turned on, make sure to agree on a price before beginning a journey. Don’t be afraid to bargain.

  • Typical price for a taxi around central Funchal: 3-10 Euro

(Image source: Google Image)


Buses on the island are reliable and affordable. Their downfall is that certain routes are only traveled once a day. There are three main companies that offer services around the island, and all three make stops in Funchal (the island’s capital and major city). Current, detailed information about routes , fares and timetables can be obtained at most hotels, and in all bus stations.


View Funchal and Madeira bus schedules and routes from Horarios do Funchal, the municipal bus company.

Information source: Tripadvisor

(Image source: Flickr)


Cool Places in Madeira

Madeira’s selection of interesting things to see is a varied one, providing something for all tastes. Madeira Island is where you’ll find the bulk of the sights of interest, including the ancient churches of Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista and Se Cathedral as well as the fascinating Sao Vicente Caves. A ride on the island’s cable car is a must if you want great views and a better idea of the island’s geographical layout.


Funchal Cable Car (visit)

The views that a ride on this cable car offers along its journey from Parque Almirante Reis to Monte Palace Tropical Garden is outstanding. The ride takes around 15 minutes and en route presents visitors with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Roughly four passengers can fit in one car, meaning families can ride together above the whitewashed houses below.


Church of St John the Evangelist (Igreja de Sao Joao Evangelista – visit)

The foundation stone of this splendid structure was laid in 1647 but it was some 23 years before its completion. Built in a style typical of the Jesuit order, to which it belongs, the church features a high nave, either side of which sit identical chapels illustrating a style that first emerged in the country during the 16th century. Inside the church are magnificent gold altarpieces that date from between 1647 and 1660, and an equally impressive carved high altar.


Monte Palace Tropical Garden (Jardim do Monte Palace – visit)

The gardens of the former Monte Palace Hotel are a popular attraction that feature some of the finest examples of nature under creative human influences. The indigenous plant life of Madeira Island is represented, while exotic plants on display include specimens from Scotland, Belgium and South Africa, among other countries. The collection of Japanese koi carp is also well worth seeing.
Tel: (+351) 291 74 26 50


Santa Maria (visit)

The capital’s oldest street dates to the 1400s and although 5,000 years of progress have inevitably made their mark, it still retains an old-fashioned ambience and a number of classic buildings along either side of the traditional cobblestone thoroughfare. A local boat tour based off of the ship Columbus sailed to America can take you on a beautiful relaxing excursion. After which you can  take a walk along Avenida do Mar and you’ll come across the local fish market, the Barreirinha Bathing Complex and the Chapel of Corp Santo, plus an art museum and a selection of restaurants.



Sao Vicente Caves (visit)

Formed from volcanic activity some 400,000 years ago, the Sao Vicente Caves are a fascinating attraction that can be visited on a daytrip from Funchal or anywhere on Madeira Island. The caves, which were borne out of massive lava emissions, can be walked through independently or on a half-hour long tour, with some interesting geological formations presenting themselves along the way. There are also various exhibits offering background on the history of the caves.
Tel: (+351) 291 842 404


Se Cathedral (visit)

Located in Funchal, the Se Cathedral occupies a site that first saw a church erected sometime in or near the 1400s and saw enlargements in both 1438 and 1450. Construction on the current structure started in 1485 but it wasn’t until 1517 that the church was finally consecrated. The cathedral incorporates a mix of influences, including those of Gothic, Portuguese late-Gothic and Moorish origin.


You can sign up for tours!

Intertours offers many touristic adventures (“Excursões” such as island bus tour, Porto Santo, or Levada Walks) for conference participants who are staying before or after the conference – Availability would depend on the weather and people from Intertours would be on site at the conference to provide tour details and options.

Download the brochure
Contact Intertours via email
Visit Intertours website
Tel: (+351) 291 208 900
Fax: (+351) 291 225 020

Information source:
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