Universidade do Porto

Located in northern Portugal, the University of Porto is the largest university in Portugal and the nation’s leader in scientific papers. Housing Portugal’s largest number of students, faculties, and courses, the university alone was responsible for over 22% of all scientific papers produced in the country. The University of Porto is also a leader in community outreach as well as establishing international networks to enrich its students education.

Some Campus History

The University of Porto has historical roots that date back to 1762. With several colleges created in the 18th and 19th centuries, the university became a natural center for students in the areas of naval affairs, trade, industry, and the arts. In 1825, Portugal’s first medical school was founded in Porto. Over the course of the twentieth century, the university developed and expanded significantly, giving rise to the university’s current status as a strategic research and academic center. Universidade do Porto

University of Porto Today

With over 27,000 students, Porto has the largest student population of all universities in Portugal. It offers a wide variety of courses ranging from the Arts and Architecture to Dental Medicine and Food Science.

campuslocation-porto_200x294.jpgThe university is home to fourteen colleges and a business school: the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Nutrition and Food Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Sports, Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, and the University of Porto Business School. It is also home to more than 65 research and development centers which are funded by Portugal’s National Science Foundation (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia). Among its most well-known research entities are the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology.

One of the university’s areas of focus is community development, running continuing education programs, multidisciplinary courses, and establishing cooperation protocols. Every year, 25,000 young people in primary and secondary schools attend the science dissemination events held at the University of Porto. Initiatives such as the “University Study Program for Seniors,” or the 279 continuing education programs organized each year by the institution, continue to open the university’s doors to a new populations.

University of Porto is also committed to the development of its international relations, taking part in several networks within Europe and countries of Portuguese language. The attention that the university gives to its international orientation is reflected by the increasing number of its students taking part in mobility programs, the international exchange of lecturers and researchers, and the university’s participation in international research projects.

Student Life

Life outside of the university’s classrooms is vibrant with cultural celebration. Queima das Fitas, a nationwide tradition started at the University of Coimbra, is a major pre-final exams festival that floods the city’s downtown area with students attending outdoor concerts and other events. “Latada,” a street parade that takes place in many universities around the nation, is another tradition that attracts the university’s students. The University of Porto’s sports office manages sports related activities, including the University Regional Championships in basketball, soccer, and volleyball. GADUP hosts clinics and tournaments throughout the year.

Partnership with Carnegie Mellon

The University of Porto is a member of the Map-i consortium, which offers a dual-degree Ph.D. in Computer Science with Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. In the joint Ph.D. degree program in Computer Science, students’ areas of research can cover a wide range of topics and development activities, from theoretical and fundamental aspects to the experimental and applied areas of Computer Science. The Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto, the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and CMU also offers a dual degree doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy.