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Campus Reopening | FAQs

Starting this new chapter in your academic and professional life is exciting and, this year, also stressful due to the current pandemic.  The purpose of this webpage is to provide you with information about our teaching strategy for the Fall semester to help you plan your Master journey at CATÓLICA-LISBON.

As we are adapting to the context as it changes we will be updating this page with the most updated information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Our students come from every corner of the world, so some of you may face greater uncertainty related to travel limitations.  Exceptionally, if you cannot obtain a visa or travel to Portugal by August 31st or face other restrictions related to the Covid-19 pandemic that prevents you from physically attending classes, you will be able to follow all classes remotely and synchronously, i.e., in real-time (Lisbon Timezone).

This includes the on-campus sessions since classrooms will be equipped with video conferencing technology, allowing remote students to interact with the instructor and classmates in real-time; it does not include mid-term exams (October 17th – 24th) and end-term exams (December 11th – 19th), which are expected to be taken physically on CATÓLICA-LISBON campus.

To attend all classes online, you should submit a “request for exemption from physical presence at School” attaching all necessary documentation (travel itinerary, boarding passes, medical declarations, etc.).

Given that your main workload will be the dissertation if during your dissertation semester you are not in Lisbon or you face other restrictions related to Covid-19 that prevent you from physically attending classes, you will be able to follow all classes online.

This includes the on-campus sessions since they will be equipped with video conferencing technology, allowing remote students to interact with the instructor and classmates in real-time.

To attend all classes online, you should submit a “request for exemption from physical presence at School” attaching all necessary documentation (travel itinerary, boarding passes, medical declarations, etc.). Please keep in mind that there may be time differences and you will still have to comply with schedules based on Portugal’s time zone.

The courses will follow the hybrid teaching model that we developed to optimize course experience, within the constraints of the current health and safety protocols.  To achieve that, we have increased the number of sections for most courses (thus reducing the number of students in each section) and introduced an alternating schedule between on-campus and online sessions to offer you the best combination of physical and digital learning. Our goal is to maintain the value of the on-campus interactions and learning while ensuring the safety and protection of all members of our community.

We strongly encourage you to participate in the hybrid teaching model. Nevertheless, if for personal or family reasons you are unable to do so, the School is committed to finding alternative remedial solutions in exceptional circumstances. If there is a travel ban from the country where you are, if you or a family member are at risk from coronavirus, you may submit a “request for exemption from physical presence at School” attaching all necessary documentation (travel itinerary, boarding passes, medical declarations, etc.).

Our School will endeavour to offer alternative ways to fulfil this academic mandatory requirement. More information about such alternatives will be communicated later on, depending on the evolution of the sanitary crisis.

We currently share your concerns regarding the uncertainty in the job market and how this is going to affect your ability to fulfil the internship and the international requirements that are part of your master program. 

Moreover, you will be able to check some of the arrangements our school have made on our Internship Validation webpage.

Career Accelerator Lab Activities will be delivered remotely in a blended format: asynchronous and/or synchronous moments. In asynchronous moments, you will be required to perform some tasks at your rhythm within specific deadlines provided by the trainer or the company.

The synchronous moments will require you to be present at the set date and time in an online session (Zoom, Teams, or other video conference platform). All blended workshops will be hosted on Academy. After enrolling on workshops, on careerNETwork, you will have to access Academy to attend them.

For the company sessions usually, you will have to attend a Zoom session through a link indicated on careerNETwork.

If you need further details or assistance, please contact the Career Accelerator Team: careerlab.clsbe@ucp.pt

To be eligible to participate in online LERNE sessions, you must belong to one of the following groups:

  • Students that are abroad for the Double Degree or ERASMUS outgoing semester;
  • Students that are in their thesis semester, and are not attending any other curricular activities on Campus;
  • Students that were allowed by the school board to attend all curricular activities online for health, visa, or other reasons.

LERNE will receive Information about which students are eligible directly from master affairs. If you are under any of the previous conditions you will be receiving soon an email from LERNE indicating what are the next steps for you to participate online.

The School has shifted to a hybrid teaching model that combines on-Campus with on-line sessions in real-time. This means that you still have to follow the regular schedule for most classes and learning activities.  If you are outside of Portugal, please keep in mind that all schedules are based on Portugal’s time zone. 

Common signs of Covid-19 infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. 

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please report them to the national health authorities at SNS 24: 808 24 24 24 (in Portugal) or the health authorities of the country where you are currently in. 

Please familiarise yourself with the latest Portuguese National Health Authority COVID-19 advice. We recommend revisiting this advice regularly, as it is likely to be reviewed, and updated. 

In order to help us keep track of students regarding COVID-19 health issues, please also contact Undergraduate (undergrad.affairs.clsbe@ucp.pt) or Master Student Affairs (master.affairs.clsbe@ucp.pt).  

The health authorities recommend that anyone in direct contact with someone diagnosed positive for COVID-19 should be in isolation until 14 days have passed from the date of exposure. In case you manifest any symptoms please report them to the national health authorities at SNS 24: 808 24 24 24 (in Portugal) or the health authorities of the country where you are currently. 

We are collaborating with the health authorities keeping track of students, faculty, and staff. We will inform you immediately if we become aware of any possible contact you may have had in School with someone diagnosed positive so that you can take adequate prevention measures. 

The School has implemented the following safety measures: 

  • Everybody must check body temperature every day and if any symptoms associated with Covid-19 are detected, they must stay at home. 
  • It is mandatory to wear a mask on Campus and always walk on the right side to avoid crossing with other people. 
  • There are hand sanitizers at the entrance of the building, next to the vending machines and classrooms. 

The courses will follow the hybrid teaching model that we developed to optimize course experience, within the constraints of the current health and safety protocols. Our goal is to maintain the value of the on-Campus interactions and learning while ensuring the safety and protection of all members of our community. 

CATÓLICA-LISBON has received both the COVID SAFE certification from APCER and the COVID OUT certification from ISQ, being the first and only Portuguese business school to obtain double safety certificate. 

  • Always wear a mask. 
  • Wash your hands frequently. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Cover your mouth using the bend of your elbow or tissue while coughing. 
  • Avoid touching the doors and handles. 
  • Always use the right side of the hallway. 
  • Keep the social distance of 2 meters (6 feet). 

In case you need medical assistance, you should contact the national health authorities at SNS 24 by calling 808 24 24 24

For more specific information, please contact Undergraduate Student Affairs (undergrad.affairs.clsbe@ucp.pt), Master Student Affairs (master.affairs.clsbe@ucp.pt), or Incoming Exchange (incoming.clsbe@clsbe.lisboa.ucp.pt). 

If you feel sick, you should contact the national health authorities at SNS 24 by calling 808 24 24 24

The emergency number in Portugal is 112.  You can call regarding any emergency that requires an ambulance, fire department or police. Do not hang up if you call by mistake, tell the operator everything is fine. Otherwise, assistance can be sent. 

You should contact the Master Student Affairs team  master.affairs.clsbe@ucp.pt (or, if you are enrolled in a Double Degree program, kindly contact the Double Degree team doubledegree.clsbe@clsbe.lisboa.ucp.pt).

A great way to clarify any questions you may have about your study plan is to meet the Master Student Affairs team at a virtual individual meeting session or collective information session. These events are held regularly throughout the year and give you the opportunity to learn more about your program structure and requirements. Schedule your session HERE

Members of our Master Affairs team will be available to provide you with all the information you need on the enrolment process, deadlines, fees and scholarships. 

 

To access your remote classes, follow the steps below: 

(1) CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE 

Your classes will start at the time indicated on your ESCA schedule. You must attend your section timetable and keep in mind that our classes’ schedule is based on Lisbon time zone. 


(2) CHECK YOUR MOODLE 

Your professors will share a link in your courses’ Moodle pages. This link gives you remote access to classes. Please check your course Moodle page carefully – each professor can share the link in different areas of the Moodle page (e.g.: in Announcements, or as a Topic, or as a Message). 

We recommend that you access the Moodle page at least 10 minutes before your class starts to be sure that you have the access link. 

(NOTE: You must use your ESCA credentials to access Moodle.) 


(3) JUST START IT! 

The link shared by your professor can be either Zoom or Microsoft Teams. 

  1. Zoom: Access the link and wait for access to the class. 
  2. Microsoft Teams: Access the link and wait for access to the class. (In a first phase you will access your class as a guest; once you activate your Microsoft account, you will join as an authenticated user.) 

Useful links: 

As a CATÓLICA-LISBON student, you have access to several e-services, digital resources and IT resources: 

Your student platform is ESCA. Here you will find your academic information like grades, GPA, tuition fees and receipts. You will also use this platform to enrol in your elective courses and make any formal requests you may need. 

You access your area using your student number and credentials. If you have trouble accessing it, please send an e-mail to the master.affairs.clsbe@clsbe.lisboa.ucp.pt

If you are having problems with your Microsoft Teams account, please send an e-mail to teams.student.support.clsbe@ucp.pt. Make sure you mention your student number and add any necessary print screens to illustrate your problem.  

If you need support with Zoom, please contact the IT Department, using the following e-mail: helpdesk@lisboa.ucp.pt. 

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