University of Porto (Reitoria da Universidade do Porto)

University Information, Campus and History
(Porto, Portugal)

The University of Porto is located in Porto, Portugal. Founded on 22 March 1911, it is a public university that resulted from the merging of two higher education institutions: the Politechnical Academy (Academia Politécnica) and the Medical-Surgical School (Escola Médico-Cirúrgica).

The university was established after the 1911 revolution. It was initially made up of the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, History, and Natural Sciences (including the Engineering School); the Faculty of Medicine; and the Faculty of Trade.

Today, the University of Porto is made up of 14 faculties, more than 30,000 students, 2,300 lecturers, and 1,600 administrative and technical staff. The faculties and university buildings are grouped into three main sites called 'poles'. The first pole is in the neoclassical building of the Architect Carlos Amarente located in the city centre; the second is in the northern end of Porto in Asprela; and the third is in Campo Alegre, located in the western part of the city over the river Douro bank not far from Pole 1.

The University of Porto has 14 faculties:
  • Architecture
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Dental Medicine
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
  • Law
  • Letters
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • Science
  • Sports


The University of Porto offers various facilities including research and development centres, sport facilities, and cultural centres.

The university has significantly expanded and increased the funding of its R&D facilities over the last few years. Small to large R&D centres were made to conduct specialised and interdisciplinary work. They all share the vision of having a modern research university with cooperative links to outside enterprises and government organisations. Some of the most recognized research centres in the university are the IBMC- Instituto de Biologia Molecular e Celular and the IPATIMUP - Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto.

The university has some of the best sports facilities and programmes offered in the country including football, basketball, swimming, and volleyball.

The Porto Planetarium and the Campo Alegre Theatre are the university's two important cultural facilities located in Pole 3.

Student accommodation comes in the form of five large halls of residence, together with shared apartments are rooms within family homes. Those visiting on a budget will be able to choose between guest houses (pensoes) and hostels (hospedarias), with popular choices residing on the Rua Alexandre Herculano and the Rua da Alegria. Porto villas and apartments tend to suit large families or those who prefer more spacious surroundings, with those overlooking the Douro River and the Ribeira Square being in particular demand.

Famous Students

Some of the notable personalities who graduated from the University of Porto include Dr. Antonio Moreira, who is the chair of the Council for Biotechnology Centers for the BIO Industry Organisation and who has an active research program in bioprocess engineering; Mario Pinto, who is the executive director of BPI Investment Banko and board member of many companies; and writer Poulo J Ferreira, who was published in several international journals for his works 'Materials: Years 2000,' IST Press, 2003 and 'Investir no Futuro: Colaboracoes Universidade-Industria nos EUA e Portugal,' Gradiva, 2003, and various scientific articles.

The University of Porto has a specific group helping foreign students to integrate in the university. They are composed mostly of Erasmus students who have university experience and who represent all faculties of the university. Foreign students can contact ESN/Porto and the contact details representing each faculty will be provided.

For general information, the Reitoria da Universidade do Porto, Serviço de Relações Internacionais can also be contacted at: +351 226 073 528, with fax number: +351 226 064 694, or at this email address:

Contact University of Porto (Reitoria da Universidade do Porto):
Address: PraŤa Gomes Teixeira, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Tel: +351 220 408 000
Fax: +351 220 408 186 / 7
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