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Universidade do Porto (Partner)
Porto, Portugal (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Budget Sheets: Academic Year,
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Majors & Minors:
Accounting, Applied Science, Art, Art History and Criticism, Art Studio, Astronomy, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, Geosciences, Law, Management, Marketing, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Pharmacy, Physics, Psychology
Language of Instruction:
English, Portuguese
Language Requirement:
Minimum GPA:
Program Description:
Universidade do Porto

Portugal Flag

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:

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.
Cost Information
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.  
Credit Transfer
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. 
Program Dates
Semester 1:  mid September to mid February
Semester 2:  mid February to mid July

Porto, Portugal
The City
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 imbedded 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.       

Fast Facts
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of  instruction: Portuguese, English
Language Requirement:  none
University website:
Length of  exchange: semester or academic year

Porto at a Glance
1,355,000 (metro)

Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, rainy winters

Proximity to
Lisbon: 318 km
Cascais:  342 km
Madrid:  628 km
Barcelona: 1,261 km

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/12/2017 09/26/2017 02/15/2018 07/15/2018
Fall 2018 02/09/2018 02/23/2018 09/09/2018 12/20/2018