Educational, Training and Research Programmes

Education and Research
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​In the city of Porto, public higher education is provided by the University of Porto (Porto University) and the Porto Polytechnic Institution (Instituto Politécnico do Porto) (both internationally-renowned institutions). Private and concordat-based higher education is provided by various educational institutions which are well placed in the international rankings, with particular mention for the Portuguese Catholic University (Universidade Católica Portuguesa). The quality and reputation of these establishments and the courses available within higher education are crucial considerations when overseas students choose to come and live in Porto. 

Every year, thousands of young people, from every corner of the world, come to Porto to study in our institutes of higher education under the various educational, research and training programmes.

  • Formal higher education and high-level professional education and training, from graduate level to PhD:
    • Erasmus – a programme which supports the mobility of students, teaching staff and non-teaching staff in Europe. It also promotes relations between institute of higher education through intensive programmes, academic and structural networks, and multilateral projects. Consult your home university to find out about the possibility of joining Erasmus in Porto (Portugal).
    • Erasmus Mundus – a programme which supports cooperation and mobility projects, at the Master's and PhD levels, between Europe and third-party countries. Consult your home university to find out about the possibility of joining Erasmus in Porto (Portugal).
    • Fulbright – an educational exchange programme for students, teachers and researchers administered by the Luso-Americana Cultural Committee – Fulbright Commission resulting from the diplomatic agreement signed between the governments of Portugal and the United States of America.
    • Cooperation agreements with Portuguese-speaking and Latin American countries – this is the responsibility of the University of Porto's Cooperation Service with Portuguese-speaking and Latin American Countries (SCPLLA) and is entirely dedicated to fulfilling its mission of establishing relations with the Portuguese-speaking and Latin American community in the aim of creating inter-university cooperation in the field of internationalisation and academic mobility.
    • International Degree Programme – financed by the government of Brazil, via the Coordination of Training for High-level Personnel (CAPES) agencies, to support projects to improve teaching and quality in initial training for teachers of primary/lower secondary education in Brazil. The International Degree Programme (PLI) is specifically intended to award a joint degree from the Universidade de Origem in Brazil and the Porto University. PLI students are required to remain at the Porto University for 2 years/24 months. 
    • Science without Frontiers Programme (Programa Ciência sem Fronteiras) – financed by the government of Brazil, via the Coordination of Training for High-level Personnel (CAPES) agencies (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ). This international programme is intended to issue up to 75,000  grants by 2015, of which around 6,000 are earmarked for universities in Portugal.
    • Santander University Programme (Programa Santander Universidades) – involves cooperation between Banco Santander and a network of over 900 universities in Latin America, China, USA, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, UK, Russia and Singapore, through the awarding of study grants and international mobility programmes. In the last 5 academic years (2007/2008 to 2011/2012), 253 students (250 Brazilians) have studied at the Porto University, while 163 students from the Porto University have studied via mobility in South American universities.
  • Secondary education:
    • Comenius – programme aimed at public and vocational secondary schools which brings hundreds of young people between the ages of 15-18, the average age at which upper secondary education begins and ends, to Porto to participate in this programme which encourages exchange of knowledge and cultural experiences within the EU. Consult your home educational establishment for information about the possibility of visiting Porto as part of the Comenius programme.

For further information on the specific offers of each school check the information available and contacts at:

Published 20-05-2013