Porto University (U.Porto)

32,000 students and more than 90,000 alumni

Porto University was founded in 1911 and is an institution of learning and scientific research in Portugal, placed in the Top 150 European Universities in one of the most important international higher education rankings. Our ethos combines quality teaching, focused on individual disciplines and market needs, with our status as the “cradle” of higher education in Portugal and strives to translate raw talent and innovation into excellent graduates in their 14 faculties, one business school and more than 50 research centres.

With more than 32,000 students and more than 90,000 graduates from areas of study from Engineering to Management, and Medicine to Arts, the University of Porto is a talent pool for companies and is recognised both nationally and internationally by important organisations (such as Microsoft, Deloitte, Google, GSK, General Electric, Heineken, Nestlé, Amazon, Novartis, Roche, the European Central Bank and PwC, among others). 

The University also collaborates with a multitude of scientific institutions such as CERN and the ESA, as well as (through joint projects and doctoral programmes) with other institutes of higher education such as MIT, CMU and UTAustin. The University also participates in a number of internationally renowned networks and organisations, and our academic staff and researchers hold important positions within them.

Vigo University (UVigo) 

22,000 students, nearly 13,000 graduates in the last 3 academic years

Established in 1990, the University of Vigo has consolidated itself as a modern and innovative centre of learning in Galicia.

Its three campuses at Ourense, Pontevedra and Vigo offer degree programs in the fields of Science, Humanities, Technology, Law and Social Sciences. These fields are distributed over nearly thirty centres where research groups also carry out their research activities. A network of the University's centres completes the research infrastructure of the University of Vigo, which has been ranked 15th in the classification of Spanish universities for its scientific advances.

Modern, egalitarian, bold and diverse, Vigo University promotes and facilitates student mobility and has achieved number one status in Galicia with respect to the number of incoming foreign students and number of outgoing students to foreign universities.

University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) 

7,000 students and more than 6,000 alumni

The University was founded in 1986 and it inherits part of its history from Vila Real Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1973. Having taken on a role building regional cohesion and development, the University is recognised today within the University system for its activities in the fields of education, scientific research, technology and the other areas of science which form its unique identity.

UTAD integrates 5 schools, 5 research centres, other diverse research institutions, other Universities committed to collaboration, organisations and business, and aims to create a synergy which has a strong impact in its field, within its remit as part of the recently created consortium, which includes as well Porto and Minho Universities. It integrates several networks and national and international partnerships in a participation framework concentrated on regional and international strategies, but with a strong impact on domestic cohesion and sustainability.

Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Porto (UCP Porto)

7,500 students, more than 16,000 alumni

The Universidade Católica Portuguesa was created in 1968 (50 years ago) and is a non-state university, with public interest status. It is located in Braga, Lisboa, Porto (since 1978), and Viseu. 

In Porto, Universidade Católica has eight Faculties: Católica Porto Business School, School of Arts, Faculty of Biotechnology, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Education and Psychology, Faculty of Theology, Institute of Bioethics and Institute of Health Sciences. 57 degrees; more than 40 executive and lifelong learning courses. 6% foreigner students (36 countries). It also integrates 7 research centers with FCT evaluation, with emphasis on the Center for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry, CBQF - State Associated Laboratory. It is part of international networks of relevance such as AULP, ENCORE, EIA, USA, EFFOST, FUCE, FIUC, IFA-ISEKI, SAFE CONSORTIUM.

Dimension and multidisciplinary are opportunities to create bonds with the community through strong relations with institutions and employers (national and international); social environment (local, social economy, volunteering, pro bono activities); cultural engagement. Alumni and employers, who value the emphasis on the comprehensive worldview, associated with a committed and inclusive attitude that fosters a strong and agile employability, recognize the value of proximity and Católica’s committed relationship with the future of its students.

EURES Portugal

EURES is the European Employment Services network, created in 1993, aimed at facilitating workers’ mobility at the transnational and cross border levels, within the framework of the European Economic Area (and Switzerland) - an intervention area currently integrating 32 countries.

EURES provides information, counselling and support to recruitment/placement services, by promoting direct contact between jobseekers and employers interested in recruiting abroad.

In Portugal, the EURES network is integrated in:

  • IEFP, I.P. - Institute for Employment and Vocational Training, I.P.
  • Madeira Employment Institute;
  • Azores Regional Directorate for Employment and Professional Qualification;

with a network of 26 EURES Advisers distributed all over the country.

EURES Cross Border Galicia / North of Portugal

Also within the EURES network, this cross-border partnership was created in 1997, currently involving 14 partner organisations, aimed at providing specific information regarding cross-border mobility of workers and employers’ recruitment within Galicia / North of Portugal euro-region.

Cross border service includes:

  • facilitation of access to job vacancies and CVs;
  • information on both countries’ legislation regarding labour, taxation and social security related issues;
  • information on living and working conditions on both border sides;
  • guidance on vocational training and traineeship opportunities.