Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra is a Public Higher Education Institution located in the West Centre of Portugal, in Coimbra, known as “city of students”.
It is one of the ten largest and major institutions of public higher education in Portugal, with six units (ESAC, ESEC, ESTeSC, ESTGOH, ISCAC e ISEC), which offer Higher Professional Degree Programmes and Vocational Education, Bachelor’s Degrees, Post-graduations and Master’s Degrees, covering a huge diversity of training areas.
Quality education, a close connection with companies and internationalisation are central pillars of its education, assuring successful careers to its graduates, as well as high employability rates.
Social Service is another core organisational unit responding to the students’ needs by means of general support, scholarships, board and accommodation, medical services and sports practice.
Five of the IPC teaching units are located in the city of Coimbra,
two on the right side of Mondego River (ESEC – Solum and ISEC – Quinta da Nora) and three on the left side (ESAC and ISCAC – Bencanta, ESTeSC – S Martinho do Bispo).
ESTGOH is located in the city of Oliveira do Hospital (Center), All of them have quality infrastructures in order to guarantee good study and research conditions, namely libraries and laboratories, and free access to internet.
Regarding accommodation, the IPC Social Services provide two student residences in Bencanta, as well as a set of four residences in Quinta da Nora. Concerning to food, IPC Social Services currently have five canteens and bars in every IPC teaching units, whose opening hours follow the period of school activities.
IPC also has two research units: applied Research Institute (IIA) and Natural Resources, Environment and Society Study Center (CERNAS), located in Bencanta.
Coimbra, district capital, is located in the centre of Portugal, 116 Km from Porto and 207 Km from Lisbon. Crossed by the River Mondego, is located between mountain ranges and the sea, adjacent to the districts of Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda, Castelo Branco and Leiria. Near the North motorway (A1 Porto – Lisbon), the North railway line and connected with the interior by IP3.
With a strong historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage, Coimbra is a city of traditions, with a unique spirit and dynamic, marked by academic life.
It combines safety with a great diversity of leisure, culture and sport infrastructures, as well as health services of excellence and a good public transport network, having been considered in Portugal City Brand Ranking 2017 by Bloom Consulting as the best city in the Central Region and the 5th better at national level to live.
Belonging to Coimbra’s district, Oliveira do Hospital is located 80 km northeast of this city, at the foot of the Serra da Estrela. It is a quiet and hospitable city, surrounded by immense natural beauty.