The University of Porto (Universidade do Porto) is a Portuguese public university located in Porto, and founded on 22 March 1911. It is the second largest Portuguese university by number of enrolled students, after the University of Lisbon, and has one of the most noted research outputs in Portugal.

International Cooperation

The University of Porto is deeply committed to the development of its international relations, taking part in several university networks and cooperation groups — not only within Europe but also extending to the southern hemisphere countries of Portuguese language. The increasing numbers of students taking part in mobility programs, the exchange of lecturers and researchers, the participation in international R&D projects and the involvement in cooperative projects with Brazil and several African countries are a reflection of the importance the University gives to its international orientation. This is why, every year, a growing number of students and scientists from all over the world choose the University of Porto as their preferred teaching and research institution. In year 2007, for instance, around 2.000 foreign students completed their higher education at the University of Porto.

Finally, one should mention the active role the University has played in international actions concerning the assessment and funding of higher education institutions, both essential to the development of Portuguese models in these areas.


oday, about 28,000 students (11,000 postgraduate) attend the programmes and courses provided by the U.Porto’s fifteen schools (13 faculties, a biomedical sciences institute and a business school, each one with a considerable degree of autonomy).

  • Faculty of Architecture, FAUP
  • Faculty of Dental Medicine, FMDUP
  • Faculty of Economics, FEP
  • Faculty of Engineering, FEUP
  • Faculty of Fine Arts, FBAUP
  • Faculty of Law, FDUP
  • Faculty of Letters, FLUP
  • Faculty of Medicine, FMUP
  • Faculty of Nutrition and Food Science, FCNAUP
  • Faculty of Pharmacy, FFUP
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, FPCEUP
  • Faculty of Sciences, FCUP
  • Faculty of Sport, FADEUP
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar, ICBAS
  • Porto Business School, PBS – UP

Globally, the U. Porto offers 63 graduate degree courses, over 160 master courses, and several doctoral degree courses and other specialization courses, supported by 2300 lecturers and a technical and administrative staff of over 1600 people.