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Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Universidade Nova de Lisboa is identified as a university institution with internationally recognised research and quality teaching, progressively oriented towards second and third cycle education, capable of providing high levels of professional success to its students and providing relevant services to the community, national and international;

PhD Programmes

Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities.


Teaching of excellence, with a growing emphasis in the second and third cycles, but based on solid primary cycle levels, through competitive academic programmes at national and international level, praising merit as the essential measure of assessment.


Universidade NOVA de Lisboa has a unique set of research and teaching competences in health, in Portugal.

NOVA’s scientific expertise covers a wide range of areas, going from basic research, the molecule, to health policies, on the population and patient’s bedside. A major challenge to Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is to take the significant potential that exists to further development in research, teaching and contribution to society. Increasing general awareness of the activities developed by each research centre and of the interests and competences of the University’s researchers and faculty staff is also a central element to capitalize on this potential.


NOVA has been particularly focused on favoring the employability of its students of all study cycles. The university supports students from the first day and all along the way by giving them access to a set of tools and assisting them with the development of competences for an effective job search using NOVA’s Job Portal as well as benefiting from the career offices that exist in each school.

The path followed by the student after obtaining the degree is also examined with particular attention. This study is mostly performed by the ObipNova - Observatory of Graduates’ Transitions into Work at NOVA, launched in 2011. 

University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
401 100
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
408 19
427 16
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
421 -16
405 -44
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
601 -100
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Housing services

Lisbon offers around 72 students residences, principally located in the city center, with easy access to the various campuses around the city. Lisbon also boasts numerous internationally acclaimed hostels offering high-quality accommodation at reduced prices.

Library services

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa has several Libraries and Documentation Centres scattered through the different academic units. You can find the addresses in the “Practical Information” section of each academic unit in this guide.

In addition to these, Lisbon offers a wide number of libraries where you can find books and other educational material in several languages.

Medical services

The Social Welfare Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) provide students appointments in General Practice, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Nutrition. Appointments are held at Campolide Campus (Alfredo de Sousa Hall of Residence).

Student Life

Campus life

  • SASNOVA has three canteens and two cafeterias spread over all campuses.
  • The Social Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) have three canteens, with the respective snack bars and cafeterias, located at the university campuses.

Sports facilities

Lisbon was considered the 23rd World’s Best City to Live by Monocle Magazine (July / August 2011).The sun shines approximately 239 days a year! Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate and is known for its unique light. It’s a city with a diverse offering of restaurants and bars with excellent cuisine. Lisbon is the sunniest capital in Europe and offers the opportunity to practice sports such as jogging, biking, hiking, golf, horse riding, football or skateboarding. Its closeness to the river and the sea also allows for rowing, canoeing, surfing, sailing or kitesurfing. 

Student clubs

The six academic units of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, that award first cycle degrees, have Students' Unions (Associações de Estudantes – AE).

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