The University of Porto was formally created on 22 March 1911, as a result of the newly implanted republican system. However, it stems, since the 18th century, from many combined experiences of training in Science, Arts and Medicine, which would lead to the future University.
By having the most complete offer in learning programmes available for Higher Education in Portugal, the U.Porto’s 15 schools provide unique conditions to pursue an outstanding academic record which will be valued in the job market. All of this takes place in a multicultural learning environment committed to the highest standards of excellence and quality.The courses at the U.Porto are remarkably diverse: over 600 training programmes (graduate, postgraduate and lifelong) guarantee solutions for all types of students starting from 1st cycle undergraduates up to Masters degree and Doctoral degree students.
Just like the world's best universities, the University of Porto combines teaching with top scientific research. Indeed, it is the umbilical relationship between these two dimensions – between learning and creating knowledge – that justifies the classification of the University of Porto as a Research University.
Attending a course at the University of Porto grants the student a privileged position in the job market. Two of the main reasons which contribute to this privileged position are the excellence of the training, highly recognised in both national and international job markets, and the extended services to support professional integration that is provided by the University.
How do you get around Porto? Where can you get a map of the city? Which shops and markets should you visit? Where should you go if you have a health problem? Honouring its reputation as a hospitable destination, Porto has all the services required to deal with the daily needs of locals and visitors.
Consisting of three main sites known as Polos spreading out all over the city of Porto (Polo I – downtown; Polo II Asprela (northern Porto); Polo III Campo Alegre (western bank, river Douro) and a fourth site outside the city, in Vairão, our University includes 15 schools (14 faculties and a business school). It is a uniquely rich and wide centre for Higher Education in Portugal.
Whenever in need of a piece of information to complete research or enrich a scientific project, all members of the academic community are likely to find it in the vast network of libraries distributed throughout the University.
Covering all fields of knowledge taught in the institution, the 30 libraries of the University of Porto occupy an area of over 20,000 m2 and include 800,000 titles.
Porto’ s two largest hospitals are Hospital Geral de S. João and Hospital Geral de Santo António. Both have 24-hour A&E services. There are also numerous public and private clinics and health services available in the city, some of which are also open 24 hours.
The U.Porto is currently expanding and modernising its infrastructures with a view to increasing the quality and quantity of equipment in general. This renewal process includes schools, research centres, libraries, auditoriums, museums, halls of residence, sports venues and social venues, as well as other equipment that respond to the specific demands of the academic community.
The U.Porto grounds include two stadiums, a recent pavilion and other dully equipped infrastructures for the practice of multiple sports. Aside the multiple equipment available at the Boa Hora Sports Centre (Polo I), at the Faculty of Sport and at the recently inaugurated Luís Falcão Pavillion (Polo II), the U.Porto has also, since 2013, been using the historical University Stadium of Porto. The practice of sports is thus possible in all three sites of the University.
The U.Porto grounds include other structures and organisms, either directly or indirectly linked to University life, which are connected to teaching, research, theatre, music and business incubation. Please see below for some examples.