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Frequently Asked Questions - Professionals

Welcome to U.Porto! Here you will find the answers you need to improve your CV with the help of the University. We are waiting for you!

Everything you can expect from one of the 150 best European universities today. With a course offer oriented towards different vocations and professional perspectives, the 14 faculties and the business school of U.Porto provide the ideal environment to continue to grow personally and professionally. Added to this effort is the work of dozens of research units which, in cooperation with partner institutions from all over the world, make U.Porto one of the largest national innovation centres. If you have any doubts, come and visit our campus and discover what it is to "be U.Porto" with our community.

Once a privilege within reach of the few, post-graduate training is nowadays an almost indispensable condition for competing in an increasingly demanding job market. At the University of Porto, you will find this added value in a range of 2nd Cycle (Masters) and 3rd Cycle (PhD) programmes covering practically all areas of knowledge. You will also find it in our faculties and research centres through excellent teaching and research support structures and benefit from contact with a teaching and scientific body that will help you to maximise your abilities.

The application to the 1st cycle courses (Bachelor's Degree) or Integrated Master's Degree at the U.Porto is made through the National Competition for Access and Admission to Public Higher Education (general regime and special regimes) or through the different special competitions promoted by the University. For post-graduate study cycles (masters and doctorates), the conditions of application are defined by each faculty of the University. You can find more information in the Applications area or at the Access to Higher Education Office (GAES-UP), located in the Rectory building.

No. In parallel with the general regime of access to Public Higher Education, the U.Porto, in articulation with the General Directorate of Higher Education, offers a set of special calls and regimes aimed at the public with varied qualification conditions. These include people over 23 years old, holders of Technological Specialisation Courses (CET), holders of a Degree in an appropriate area, holders of other Higher Education Courses (TOCS) or holders of a Degree in Medicine. Learn more about these opportunities in the Applications area or at the GAES-UP.

The numbers speak for themselves. According to the latest studies carried out by the U.Porto Employment Observatory, the employability rate of U.Porto graduates who completed their course at the University more than five years ago is over 80%.

Moreover, more than half have never been unemployed after entering the labour market. The various employment support structures at the University of Porto that support the professional insertion process of our recently graduated students contribute greatly to this success.

Assuming its role as a bridge to the labour market, the University and its faculties also monitor the professional progression of graduates by promoting employment/training/research opportunities, providing career management services, or by carrying out employability surveys promoted by the U.Porto Employment Observatory.

Of course. And the answer is multiplied by the more than 300 courses that the University promotes every year in the field of Continuing Education. Shorter, more flexible and accessible than degree courses but benefiting from the same pedagogical quality that is the DNA of teaching at the University of Porto, many of these programmes operate in an after-labour regime and are primarily oriented towards the needs of those who are already integrated into the labour market. Do you want to open your horizons by learning Arabic or Japanese? How about testing your skills as a top manager in one of the most prestigious MBAs in the world? The hard part is choosing!

Unidade de Educação Contínua

Reitoria da U.Porto
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto

Tel.: (+351) 220 408 053 / 381
E-mail: [email protected]

Some of the faculties at the U.Porto already offer e-learning in several of their continuing education courses. You can also find short courses in e-learning and blended learning in the Educational Technologies unit aimed at developing the technological competencies of teachers. In the case of bachelor's degrees, integrated master's degrees, master's degrees and doctorates, the University of Porto remain faithful to traditional teaching models, favouring face-to-face student-teacher contact without neglecting the introduction of educational technologies in its pedagogical processes. For more information, consult our e-Learning portal.

The 1st Cycle Degree courses and Integrated Master's Degree courses at U.Porto work exclusively in a working regime. However, you can apply for Student Worker status and benefit from special conditions to successfully complete your studies without prejudice to your professional activity. At the post-graduate level, there are several courses taught in post-labour or mixed regimes. For more information, please contact the U.Porto faculty you wish to attend.

Do you think you have "that" great idea and don't know how to put it into practice? Do you have an established project and want to strengthen it by creating an innovative startup? At U.Porto, we try to stimulate these initiatives through the various support structures for innovation and entrepreneurship that we make available to the entire community. Discover the potential of the U.Porto Science and Technology Park (UPTEC), where you will find specialised support to create and build a successful business. If you are a student or former student, you can also participate in iUP25k, our Business Ideas Competition, or join the U.Porto Entrepreneurship Club. RISK IT!

No. The incubation process at the U.Porto Science and Technology Park is open to ALL entrepreneurs who are attending or have completed higher education, believe in the potential of their idea and have the skills to execute it, or who, having recently set up a company, are looking for an innovative ecosystem to make it grow. If you meet these conditions, send us a description of your project and wait for our reply!

To permanently reinforce their staff with high-quality professionals, the faculties, research centres, and other bodies of the University of Porto regularly launch competitions for grants and recruitment offers for teachers, researchers and other professionals.

To keep abreast of these opportunities, keep an eye on the websites of those units, or visit the Opportunities section of the U.Porto news portal.

To keep up with U.Porto's daily life, we invite you to visit the different information supports of the University. Besides this website, be sure to follow our news portal and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube!

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