University of Porto

The University of Porto is a Portuguese Higher Education institution with origins dating back to the eighteenth century. Having completed this year 100 years of existence, the University of Porto is currently the largest education and research institution in Portugal with close to 31500 students, 2000 teachers and researchers and 1700 administrative staff.
With 14 Faculties, 1 Business School and 61 scientific research units, located in 3 different campuses within the city of Porto, the University of Porto provides an exceptional variety of courses, covering the whole range of study areas and all levels of Higher Education.

The University is also the leading producer of science in Portugal, with 2308 indexed articles in the ISI Web of Science in 2009, representing 22% of the articles produced in Portugal, and an annual growth rate of 13% since 2005. The contribution of research labs is particularly important for the scientific production, namely in the fields of health and life sciences; engineering/technology; natural sciences; agricultural and veterinarian sciences and education. UP provides a wide offer in all fields of study with more than 700 available training programmes from 1st cycle to lifelong education courses. In the last years, the University has been focusing in providing greater value to its scientific production and to its internationalization. The U.Porto is the first portuguese institution ranked in the Times Higher Education 2011; ARWU (Shangai Jiao Tong University) 2011; the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (Taiwan) 2011; the Leiden Ranking 2011; the SCImago Institutions Rankings (SIR) 2011 and the Webometrics 2011 (CSIC, Madrid).

Regarding international cooperation, U.Porto was, in 2011, the choice of 3380 international students from 98 different countries from all continents to undertake a mobility period or a full degree. These numbers are the result of a long tradition of cooperation with higher education institutions, not only from Europe - reflected in the participation in the Erasmus Programme over the last 25 years -, but also outside Europe. In fact, UP has signed and established 1442 agreements and partnerships with higher education institutions and research centres from 110 countries. Concerning Erasmus Mundus Action 2 projects, the U.Porto participates in 7 projects as coordinator and 17 projects as partner. It also participates in Erasmus Mundus Action 1 projects with 9 joint master and 2 joint doctorates.

The University of Porto has a strong experience in welcoming foreign students, especially Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus students from Latin America, ACP countries, Central and Southeast Asia.

Our International Office provides full support in the following aspects:

Preparation of mobility:

  • Academic aspects – contact with faculties, help in choosing the right course(s) and in preparing/changing the study/research plan. The U.Porto makes available to all grantees a Survival Guide with detailed information.

  • Visa – direct and permanent contact with embassies, consulates, European commission delegations, SEF (Foreign and Immigration Services) and MNE (External Relations Ministry) in order to speed up the issuing of the visas and solve any pending matter.

  • Accommodation – booking of a room for all grantees at World SPRU (mixed residence -

  • Travel – whenever required by the coordination, the U.Porto will be able to book and pay for the scholarship holder’s travel to Porto.

  • At arrival - Pick up at airport, support in registering at Finances and Foreign and Immigration Services (SEF), pre-opening of a Portuguese bank account.

After arrival all grantees are registered in the Cooperation Office of the Rectorate of the U.Porto. In this welcoming session, students are provided with a student card and information about the city of Porto and the U.Porto.

Full degree students need to register and enroll in the chosen course. The students are informed about the required documents and the deadlines depending on the course and faculty.

The Erasmus Mundus team at the University of Porto provides all the support to students; the contact person of the U.Porto acts as a liaison officer between the student and the officers at the Faculty.

During the mobility period, the Erasmus Mundus team organizes monthly mandatory meetings for all EM grantees as well as cultural and integration activities.

In the end of mobility, the U.Porto also provides support in obtaining and sending the diplomas (if applicable) and the declarations of participation.

In general, U.Porto does not have language requirements for incoming students. However, due to the language of tuition, some courses may require proficiency level in Portuguese (this information is available in each course’s website).

The Faculty of Arts provides a wide range of language courses for students (English, German, Spanish, French and other non-EU languages). There is also available an Annual and an Intensive Course of Portuguese for Foreigners. The starting dates differ each year, but the intensive course is normally in September and in October and the annual course is given in each semester.

The EMA2 students coming to the U.Porto for a period equal or superior to 10 months will have a mandatory language course so as to allow them to be better prepared for their mobility period. Such language course will be paid by the participation costs funding. All students whose mobility duration is less than 10 months will be offered the opportunity to participate in a language course but they will have to pay a small fee of approximately 200 EUR (varies each year) for enrollment. Detailed information on application deadlines, enrolment conditions and other relevant information is available at