Universidade do Porto
The Universidade do Porto (UP) is the largest educational institute in Portugal. With 14 Faculties plus a Business School, UP offers a wide variety of courses. 31,000 students attend UP, 2,300 of which are international students from across the world.
Students proficient in Portuguese can study courses in UP’s Faculties of Fine Arts, Sciences, Nutrition & Food, Sport, Economics, Pharmacy, Arts, Medicine, Psychology & Education, and Business, Law, and Economics. The Faculty of Arts organizes several cultural & intensive Portuguese language courses for international students, for an additional fee, including intensive language courses and semester & summer courses. Additionally, with advance notice, many courses & books can be offered in English. Course info can be found on the individual Faculties’ websites at: https://sigarra.up.pt/up_uk/web_base.gera_pagina?p_pagina=1001599
Housing & Meals
The International Office (SRI) assists exchange students in finding housing. Students can live in one of 6 residence halls on campus, in a flat, or in a homestay. Be sure to apply early, because units fill quickly. Rates for living in a flat varies based off of location. There are several cafeterias on campus where students can buy meals.
Students will pay regular tuition to UM and their room and board in Porto. Residence hall rooms costs €125/month for undergraduates, and €190 per month for graduate students. The costs of a rooms in a family’s home range from €120 to €200 per month. Food costs from €150 to €200 per month.
Students register for classes upon arrival at UP. The University is part of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Students should enroll in at least 24 ECTS credits per semester (12 UM credits) to be considered full-time.
Semester 1: mid September to mid February
Semester 2: mid February to mid July
A northern quaint beauty, the city of Porto is the namesake of its country. The heart of the city is the river Douro; both sides of its banks are home to unique neighborhoods, art galleries, and Portuguese food markets (where you can try Porto’s specialty of tripe). Both have also been named UNESCO World Heritage Areas. The city is also the namesake of Port wine, and the wineries that ferment this dark, sweet dessert wine have been the economic driving force of the city since the 19th Century. Portugal’s cuisine is deeply embedded in its history, with olive oil, oranges, and salted fish each taking central roles.
Porto is currently a hot bed of urban renewal, as young people are moving back and restoring century-old buildings. The city is the home to the immaculate Museu de Arte Contemporanea, and multiple renovated theaters.
Portugal’s small towns are known for their friendly atmosphere and accessibility, and are within short train rides from Porto. Also within exploring range are the beaches of Cascais in central coastal Portugal, and the cafes, festivals and city perks of Lisbon just a little further south.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: Portuguese, English
Language Requirement: none
University website: https://sigarra.up.pt/up/en/web_base.gera_pagina?p_pagina=home
Length of exchange: semester or academic year
Porto at a Glance
Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters
Lisbon: 318 km
Cascais: 342 km
Madrid: 628 km
Barcelona: 1,261 km