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Frequently Asked Questions - Prospective Students

Hello, welcome to U.Porto! Here you can find all the answers you need to know about what we want your University to be in the future. We hope to help you and inspire you!

With more than a century of history, the University of Porto is the most sought after Higher Education institution by students who finish secondary education in Portugal, being ranked among the best European universities according to the most important international rankings.

If you are looking for a modern university, open to the world and able to provide you with a quality education and an academic experience unparalleled in Portugal, you have come to the right place.

Come and find out for yourself!

From Architecture to Natural Sciences, Biology to Fine Arts, not forgetting Medicine, Engineering, Economics or Literature, the courses at the U.Porto respond to practically all vocations. If you have a dream, most probably you can fulfil it at the 14 faculties that make up our university campus.

But it is not only the diversity of courses, unique in Portugal, that makes U.Porto the ideal option to begin a journey of excellence. Covering all study cycles - 1st Cycle (Bachelor) and Integrated Master, 2nd Cycle (Master) and 3rd Cycle (Doctorate) - the University's training offer allows you to develop a high quality academic career.

And why not challenge your parents and family to update their knowledge in one of the many Continuing Education courses that the University offers to the whole community?

If you are or will soon finish secondary school in Portugal, you should already know that the access to the 1st year of the 1st cycle courses (Degree) or Integrated Masters at U.Porto is made by (online) application through the National Competition for Access and Admission to Public Higher Education.

If you need help, you can always contact the Access to Higher Education Office at U.Porto, located in the Rectory building.

Access to Higher Education Office (GAES-UP)

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

Email: [email protected]
Phome: (+351) 220 408 053/198

No. In addition to the general regime of the National Entrance Exam, U.Porto, in articulation with the Directorate General of Higher Education, offers a wide range of competitions and special access regimes aimed at different audiences. Discover these opportunities in the Applications and Admissions area, or at our Office of Access to Higher Education (GAES-UP) .

At U.Porto we make demand a culture but, above all, a means for you to explore your full potential!

That is why we have the richest academic community in the country, the result of the combination of the best students, a highly qualified teaching and scientific staff and an Alumni community always present in the life of the University. All this on a campus that extends throughout the city - and beyond - where there is no shortage of infrastructures capable of guaranteeing you the best academic, social and cultural experience.

Yes. According to the latest studies carried out by the Employment Observatory of the U.Porto, the employability rate of graduates who finished their degree at the University more than five years ago is higher than 80% (more than half of the national average!). Among these, more than half have never been unemployed and about half found a job in the first three months after graduating!

But by choosing U.Porto, you are not "only" guaranteeing quality training, widely recognised in the labour market. So that you don't miss out on the best opportunities, we provide you with various support structures for employment and professional integration. These structures are also responsible for the organization of job fairs in which students are put in direct contact with the many national companies (and not only...) that every year come to strengthen their staff with our graduates.

At the U.Porto, we are not content, however, with training professionals. We want to train leaders and people who make a difference. That is why we encourage you to explore your talents and put them at the service of the community in the form of a business idea. That is why we strongly bet on encouraging young entrepreneurship, supporting our students to create their own business initiatives.

Take the risk!

Don't worry! From accommodation to food, through the different structures of academic integration and study support, our campus integrates a wide range of facilities that will facilitate your experience, regardless of your origin or socio-economic condition.

For students with greater social needs, the U.Porto Social Services offer a wide range of scholarships.

The rest is up to you to explore, inspired by the quality of the University and the hospitality of a unique city, voted "Best European Destination" three times.

Yes. Affirming its status as a research university, the University of Porto is today the largest producer of science in Portugal, the result of the work carried out in our research units by hundreds of researchers committed to responding to the needs of society. If you want to build a successful scientific career, you have come to the right place!

In fact, since the beginning of their academic path, our students are challenged to develop their research work side by side with some of the most renowned national scientists.

Take part in our undergraduate research programmes and you will have the opportunity to show your work at the IJUP, an event that, every year, gathers all the young researchers of the University!

Yes, and not only through the Erasmus+ programme, especially designed for student mobility among European higher education institutions.

Due to its strategic role in the universe of Higher Education institutions at an international level, the U.Porto has developed hundreds of cooperation agreements in order to promote academic exchange with the best universities in the world. It is no coincidence that every year thousands of students and researchers from all over the world choose U.Porto to complete their studies or for a period of mobility.

Get to know the opportunities we have for you!

The experience of "being U.Porto" goes far beyond the classrooms and laboratories. Integrated in a city with an intense academic life, U.Porto guarantees you the best academic experience in Portugal.

Play sports with the best university athletes in the country, join the Orfeão Universitário groups, or follow the example of the more than 1000 students at the University who take part in volunteer programmes... You will have plenty of opportunities to experience the University fully and unforgettably.

Of course! The U.Porto regularly goes to schools all over the country, but mainly in the North and Centre North, to participate in school fairs to divulge its offer in higher education. Requests for representation should be made through the email [email protected].

The U.Porto is proud to regularly open the doors of its schools and research centres to thousands of children and young people from primary to secondary education, in order to give them an experience in the corridors of Higher Education.

Visit the U.Porto Exhibition, venture into the Junior University, take part in the Open Days promoted by our schools and you'll get an idea of what awaits you at the best Portuguese university!

Junior University is the largest pre-university education programme taught in Portugal. If you are curious, join the more than 5000 students from the 2nd and 3rd cycle of basic and secondary education (except the 12th grade) from all over the country who, every year, between June and September, choose the University of Porto as their favourite destination for their summer holidays. Over a week (or more) you can explore the various areas of teaching and research at the University, and who knows, find your vocation in the company of our students, teachers and researchers!

Yes, making the connection to the community one of the main vectors of its mission, the U.Porto is an institution open to all who seek it.

Bring your family to U.Porto's Exhibition. Come and discover the treasures kept in our museums. Visit the Rectory building and take the opportunity to participate in the events promoted by our Casa Comum. Don't miss a trip to the Botanical Garden. Travel with us in the Porto Planetarium. And in between, stop by the U.Porto shop, where you will find a wide range of original products, many of which carry the University's seal.

The University of Porto's own training offer is designed so that your parents and even your grandparents can return to school through workshops and hundreds of continuing education courses designed for all ages and professional ambitions. At the University it is never too late to learn more!

In order to keep up with U.Porto's day-to-day life, we invite you to visit the different information supports of the University. Besides our website, don't forget to follow our news portal and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!

Positioned among the best universities in Europe according to the most important international rankings of Higher Education, the U.Porto is an ambitious university, whose main goal is to affirm itself among the 100 best universities in the world. Help us to achieve it!

Do you have other questions?

Send us your questions to the e-mail address [email protected]. We will reply as soon as possible.