do Porto

P.PORTO is a referential public higher education institution. Beginning its activity in 1985, it’s today the fifth largest institution among universities.We also rank fourth among first-choice higher education institutions.

A community of about 20,000 people study, teach, research and work daily in the institution organized in three campuses and eight schools (ISEP, ISCAP, ESE, ESMAE, ESTG, ESS, ESHT, ESMAD).

56 undergraduate degrees, 62 master’s degrees and 56 postgraduate degrees are recognized by the distinctive pedagogical model based on the articulation between teaching and research, the dynamic interaction with the world of work, according to a know-how orientation where the real contexts of teaching are a strong and structuring component, a model oriented towards the development of transversal competences, entrepreneurship, culture as personal and collective experience and active citizenship.

The Politécnico do Porto is a global community that is the result of cooperation programs with more than 700 institutions from five continents, with a permanent presence in international programs. In 2017 we welcome more than 1,500 international students. Research and innovation is a priority.

The Polytechnic of Porto has been characterized by an excellent performance in the scientific publication of high quality, with significant scientific impact. We lead and integrate several international R & D consortia in different areas of knowledge; we have approved European H2020 projects in highly competitive areas such as biotechnology, energy and information technology; we promote intercontinental projects with partners from around the globe, from the USA, Latin America, Africa or Asia. The P.PORTO goes beyond campus boundaries: it guarantees modern infrastructures and equipment. It has a theater, orchestras, publishers and a museum. It dynamizes a valuable network of libraries, residences and dining rooms.

Educational Areas
Instituto Politécnico do Porto Strategic Plan has defined the following strategic action areas:

• Arts and Humanity
• Education
• Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction Industries
• Health and Social Protection
• Science, Mathematics and Computer Science
• Services
• Social Sciences, Business and Law

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Instituto Politécnico do Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 712
4200-465 Porto
+351 225 571 000

Distributed over an extensive and differentiated area, which goes from the North Coast to the interior of the region, the eight schools of the Polytechnic of Porto are located in three Campi:

Campus 1 is divided between Asprela, at the northern end of the county and Baixa do Porto. The Asprela area, where 60,000 people work, research and study daily, is the scene of a network of universities, laboratories, research centers and innovative companies.

In addition to five schools, Campus 1 guarantees several infrastructures, libraries, auditoriums, museological structures, sports facilities, research centers, various residences and a structure exclusively dedicated to innovation, product design and connection to companies (Porto Design Factory). Here are also the Presidency of P.PORTO, Common Services and Social Services.

Campus 2, located on the border line of Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, offers modern and innovative infrastructures such as laboratories, application restaurants, three amphitheaters and an auditorium, facilities for research groups and a large library. Tâmega e Sousa hosts Campus 3, a catalyst for the regions of Vale do Sousa and Baixo Tâmega, contributing to their development and social well-being through the superior training of professionals with a high scientific and technical competence, research and development community service.


Studying at PORTO is an unforgettable experience. Porto is now recognized worldwide on several levels. Not only for wine of the same name, for football and for gastronomy, but for being the city of science, research and culture. A vibrant and young city in which academic life is lived intensely. The great concentration of students of higher education makes of Porto an Erasmus city, multicultural, cosmopolitan and low cost (or high budget). The internationalization and plurality of cultures that are seen and lived on the streets of the city are an asset to all those who live, study or work here.

The city was European Capital in 2001, hosts one of the best music festivals in the world, offers venues such as the Serralves Museum and Casa da Música, is home to one of the great football clubs of the Iberian Peninsula, has received the title of Best European destination countless times and boasts some of the best inns in the world.

The Porto airport, which welcomes all those arriving (or returning), was elected Best Airport by Size and Region by the International Airport Council. In addition to this, UNESCO ranked Porto as a world heritage site in 1996, due to its remarkable historic center. In addition to this heritage, the city of Porto is a stage of vitality and dynamism without schedules, a brightness that allows residents and visitors to safely enjoy a cultural and social life equivalent to any European capital. Vila do Conde is an important industrial center, fishing port, beach and tourist area. It is one of the most sought after bathing areas in the country.

The city is bordered by another urban agglomeration, Póvoa de Varzim. The population of this city is approximately 65,000 inhabitants. The sunny coastline, beaches, delicious sweets and outdoor cafes, casino, passion for football, carnival and fun life attract tourists, students, shops and new residents.

The city of Felgueiras is particularly welcoming to visitors and students. The cost of living of the region is very inviting and its gastronomy is recognized. The bustle of everyday life, typical of an entrepreneurial community, is always articulated with the traditional glass of green wine.