ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

601–800 th
World University Rankings 2019
151–200 th
Young University Rankings 2018
Avª das Forças Armadas, Lisboa, 1649-026, Portugal

About ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

ISCTE-IUL is one of the best universities in Portugal and stands out for its specialisation profile, post-graduation teaching, research and internationalisation. ISCTE-IUL offers more than one hundred programmes at all levels of higher education and is deeply committed to providing quality teaching and research, with innovation, entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer.

ISCTE-IUL is organised into four Schools:

  • ISCTE Business School
  • School of Sociology and Public Policy
  • School of Technology and Architecture
  • School of Social Sciences


ISCTE-IUL has a vast experience in international cooperation, by taking part in several international initiatives with universities all over the world. In an attempt to pursue and strengthen our internationalisation strategy, we now have 22 courses that are taught in English and 16 double degrees or in partnership with other international reputable Universities.

We also welcome foreign lecturers and researchers and encourage our students to embark on international experiences. Every year, we welcome more than a thousand students from over 85 different nationalities.


ISCTE-IUL is an innovative, proactive public university focused on the development of education and research. We abide by the highest standards of excellence and encourage our students to develop their enterprising spirit. We host AUDAX-IUL, a non-profit organization that has incubated more than 71 startups and it is responsible for driving innovation and entrepreneurship by proving training, consultancy, and business incubation and acceleration.

Teaching and research excellence

ISCTE-IUL is a research-oriented university with cutting-edge investigation that complies with the highest international standards, fostering a culture of enterprise, innovation and knowledge transfer to society. We have eight research units performing high-quality research that account for more than 1500 scientific publications in 2017.

We also have a strong commitment with quality and the development of an innovative and entrepreneurial culture combined with a multidisciplinary learning approach and a strong collaborative environment between students and academic staff. This makes ISCTE-IUL one of the most dynamic universities in the country with 96% of overall graduates’ employability. According to our most recent Graduate Employers survey, we also concluded that 98% of the assessments about ISCTE-IUL graduates are positive or very positive.

Living in Lisbon

ISCTE-IUL is located in Lisbon, a city of outstanding character and charm. Lisbon is characterised by being a safe and secure city, with good climate, a good cost of living and excellent conditions for water sports. Eight hundred years of different social and cultural influences have made Lisbon extremely appealing to students at different stages of their academic careers.

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Key statistics

  • 25.2
    No. of students per staff
  • 8,866
    Number of Students
  • 49 : 51
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 13%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings