U.Porto comprises 14 Teaching and Research Organisational Units (faculties) and 11 Research Organisational Units (designated associated research institutes), all of which have scientific, educational, administrative and financial autonomy.
The Autonomous Services are entities that operate centrally. While the University’s central governing bodies are all autonomous, they all form part of the Rectory. U.Porto has three Autonomous Services:
- SASUP (Social Support Services of the University of Porto) are the most visible face of the social support that U.Porto offers its students, in the form of assistance, benefits and services related to housing, food, health care and scholarships.
- SPUP (Shared Services of the University of Porto) provide shared support services to the organisational units. They are administratively and financially autonomous, although they depend on U.Porto’s central governing bodies.
- CDUP-UP (Sports Centre of the University of Porto) is responsible for encouraging and enabling sport to be practised by U.Porto’s academic community.