Founded in 1977 as part of a Portuguese expansion of its tertiary education system, to this day this law and sciences university is known as the ‘Nova’, or new university of Lisbon. The campus is just a fifteen minute walk from downtown Lisbon and a five minute walk to the beaches of the Rio Tajo.
All six of the standard undergraduate programmes at Nova take three years, and each of the eleven integrated Masters degrees are five year courses. Since 2006 Nova has offered studies in conservation restoration. In this undergraduate course students will have experienced a general interdisciplinary approach in the first year, the option of specialisms such as polymers and conservation in the second, and the opportunity to analyse and restore artefacts in final projects.
The five year civil engineering integrated Master programme is accredited by the Ordem dos Engenheiros (OE) and the FEANI (European Federation of National Engineering Associations) and is a highly regarded faculty in its field in Portugal. In 2016 former civil engineering student Vítor Antunes won first prize in the nationwide Young Masters in Experimentation competition for his dissertation on bituminous materials.
Overseas students wishing to study in Lisbon through Nova can do so as part of the CIEE programme. Nova offers a large range of courses for international students, though they must be aware that the majority of courses will be taught in Portuguese and they should be proficient in the language. However, language classes are available through Nova and a proportion of lessons will also be taught in English.