The University of Porto was formally created on 22 March 1911, as a result of the newly implanted republican system. However, it stems, since the 18th century, from many combined experiences of training in Science, Arts and Medicine, which would lead to the future University.
By having the most complete offer in learning programmes available for Higher Education in Portugal, the U.Porto’s 15 schools provide unique conditions to pursue an outstanding academic record which will be valued in the job market. All of this takes place in a multicultural learning environment committed to the highest standards of excellence and quality.The courses at the U.Porto are remarkably diverse: over 600 training programmes (graduate, postgraduate and lifelong) guarantee solutions for all types of students starting from 1st cycle undergraduates up to Masters degree and Doctoral degree students.
Just like the world's best universities, the University of Porto combines teaching with top scientific research. Indeed, it is the umbilical relationship between these two dimensions – between learning and creating knowledge – that justifies the classification of the University of Porto as a Research University.
Attending a course at the University of Porto grants the student a privileged position in the job market. Two of the main reasons which contribute to this privileged position are the excellence of the training, highly recognised in both national and international job markets, and the extended services to support professional integration that is provided by the University.
The University of Porto’s doors are open to the world. Accordingly, it attracts students, teachers and researchers from around the world and it has become a pivotal institution in terms of international cooperation, a key element of the strategic plan devised by the University in the few decades.
The University’s faculties are vibrant with the conviviality and enthusiasm of thousands of students, researchers and teachers of over 100 nationalities.
U.Porto Social Services provide students from all over the country and the world with 9 Halls of Residence capable of housing about 1200 people.
Covering all fields of knowledge taught in the institution, the 30 libraries of the University of Porto occupy an area of over 20,000 m2 and include 800,000 titles. Open to the entire academic community, they are thus the ideal site for study, reflection and work.
The U.Porto students can enjoy a wide range of medical and psychological support services, provided by the Office for Medical and Psychological Support of the University of Porto Social Services (SASUP).Through SASUP, our students can have free medical appointments including in General Practice, Ob/Gyn, Psychiatry, Psychology, and other specialities.
Consisting of three main sites known as Polos spreading out over 500 thousand square metres all over the city of Porto (Polo I – downtown; Polo II Asprela (northern Porto); Polo III Campo Alegre (western bank, river Douro) and a fourth site outside the city, in Vairão, our University includes 15 schools. It is a uniquely rich and wide centre for Higher Education in Portugal.
Fighting exam stress at a zumba class, playing squash or swimming in one of Europe’s most modern university sports complexes, playing football on a synthetic turf pitch or competing against the best university athletes in major national and international university sports events – all of these things are possible for U.Porto members thanks to the University’s strong commitment with the promotion of sports in the academic community.
Since the University of Porto was founded in 1911, its students have organised themselves in associations. Over 100 years later, the most relevant ones are Student Associations. These bodies play an important part in defending the students’ best interests and representing them on the U.Porto’ s various Faculty management boards.
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