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Instituto Superior Técnico

PhD Programmes

Engineering & Technology (16)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Business & Management (2)
Social Sciences (2)



Instituto Superior Técnico (IST—Lisbon), founded in 1911, is recognised as a Great School of Engineering, Architecture, Science & Technology, in Portugal and worldwide. IST collaborates with some of the most prestigious RD&I and Technology Transfer institutions in Portugal, with remarkable impact internationally at many scientific and technological domains.


Through top quality education, excellent facilities and an integrated approach towards research, development and innovation activities, IST offers its students an exciting and global environment geared towards solving the challenges of the XXIst Century and embracing a more modern, entrepreneurial and culturally diverse society.


IST is also actively involved in several networks and international programmes, such as CLUSTER, TIME, EIT-KIC InnoEnergy and CESAER, to promote student mobility, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Through a large number of agreements with other institutions worldwide, IST participates in more than 25 Dual Master and PhD programmes with MIT, CMU, UT-Austin and EPFL, thus promoting a highly modern and culturally diverse society.


Student services

NMCI (Mobility and International Cooperation Office) assists IST international students whenever requested and also gives all the support to integrate the students academic, cultural and social life at IST. This office also provides information about the city of Lisbon and Portugal.NAPE (the Student Support Office) also actively assists international students in their search for accommodation in the area of Lisbon, not only by providing them with lists of available rooms and apartments, but by offering to help them communicate with Portuguese landlords. The IST Students Association (AEIST) has developed a platform on their website to help students search for accommodation at any time of the year.

Housing services

Técnico Lisboa seeks to provide all foreign students spending a period of studies at our college with assistance in finding accommodation.Every year there is a limited number of rooms available for mobility students at the university halls of residence. Since this number is far below the amount of requests, Técnico Lisboa cannot guarantee that you will get this type of accommodation. Instituto Superior Técnico offers three accommodation units: the Residência de Estudantes Eng.º Duarte Pacheco (at Parque das Nações), the Residência Universitária Baldaques (at Taguspark campus) and the Residência de Estudantes Prof. Ramôa Ribeiro (near Arroios but is only for PhD students and professors). M

Medical services

The facilities at the EU partners also include services like clinical medicine, dentist, gynaecology, mental health and vaccinations and are available on presentation of a current student's card which covers international students as well - and payment of a small fee, or in some cases free.

Student Life

Campus life

IST is located in the city of Lisbon, one of the oldest and most beautiful capitals in the world.

Alameda Campus: The IST Alameda campus is located in Lisbons centre, which provided privileged access to the citys main points of scientific, cultural and entertaining interest. The transport network allows for na easy mobility for across the city.

The campus infrastructure network contributes for the quality of education; the different areas facilitate the development of extra-school activities, a true university environment that stimulates the skills of students, faculty and non-teaching staff.

Sports facilities

Culture and sports play a vital role in the EU universities life, therefore extending university life beyond education. Activities like cinema, theatre, music, painting and academic journalism, photography, radio broadcasting are currently offered, among other activities. IST has the necessary infrastructure for sports such as basketball, football, handball, volleyball and rugby, among many others. At IST there is also an in-door swimming-pool (25m), a multi-sports field, a tennis court and a gym-sports pavillion.

Student clubs

ESN-Lisboa is an association headquartered at IST that aims at providing support for all foreign students arriving at IST. This program includes reception of the students at the airport; transport to the accommodation place; reception at the universities and at the research centres as well as cultural, sports and social activities.Social activities are arranged throughout the year, including student clubs and sport associations. In addition to the information available on our international website, a booklet called "Guide for International Students" is published annually which contains practical information related to the study period.


IST submitted for accreditation all its study cycles (SC), and obtained positive results (100% of accredited courses).

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