The University of Algarve's summer courses, which ended on the 15th of July, received more than 300 secondary school students from all the municipalities of the Algarve and almost all the districts of mainland Portugal.
Palmela, Montijo, Setúbal, Lisbon, Covilhã, Sintra, Peso da Régua, Vendas Novas, Caldas da Rainha, Marinha Grande, Mafra, Porto de Mós, Bombarral, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Ourém, Vila Real (Trás-os-Montes) and Isla Cristina were some of the locations represented.
In these summer courses, students could enroll in three different modalities: “residential regime” (includes course, sports activities, all meals and five nights of accommodation), “full day” (with participation in the teaching activities in the morning , in sports activities in the afternoon and two meals a day), and only “course” (with participation in teaching activities in the morning).
Christina Aguilera, who came from Isla Cristina (Andalusia, Spain), chose to do it on a residential basis, and also had the opportunity to improve her Portuguese.
“I really enjoyed not only the course, but also all the other activities. I perfected the Portuguese language and also made a lot of friends and now I don't want to leave!», said the young woman.
From Lisbon came Inês Fazenda.
«I had been told that this experience was going to be incredible and it really was, as it not only met expectations, but also exceeded them, it was an incredible experience in every way». For the student, «these courses give us an idea of what I want to be and follow and an exact notion of what the University, the professors and the practical activities are all about».
Bernardo Martins, from Loulé, chose to do the two-week summer courses. During this period, he enrolled in different activities which allowed him to contact new trends and different faculties.
The courses were exclusively aimed at candidates up to the age of 18, covering several areas of study: Arts and Design, Science, Communication, Sports, Economics, Management and Tourism, Engineering and Technology, Psychology and Education, and Health.
According to the University of Algarve, these courses had as main objectives «to strengthen the connection to society, to promote the taste for the different areas of teaching and research at UAlg and to help young people in their vocational choice». a more real experience of academic life on campuses and contact with university students and faculty at the Academy».