University of Aveiro

World University Rankings 2023
Impact Rankings 2022
Young University Rankings 2022
Aveiro, 3810-193, Portugal

About University of Aveiro


Established in 1973, the University of Aveiro quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal, that continuously develops and implements its mission to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, generate research, and promote cooperation with society.

To study here is to be involved with a multicultural atmosphere and enjoy an amazing quality of life, beautiful white sandy beaches and unspoiled surroundings. By choosing the UA, you will be choosing a university that enhances your skills, increases knowledge, and values training through its wide range of programmes, while living a relaxed, safe and vibrant life.

Attended by over 15,000 students, the UA has achieved a significant position among higher education institutions in Portugal and Europe, being among the top universities for the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff.

The University of Aveiro is a founding member of the ECIU University, an EU-funded European university that will create a completely new educational model on a European scale, bringing together learners, teachers, and researchers to cooperate with cities and businesses and solve real-life challenges.

Why choose the University of Aveiro

Teaching and research experiences of excellence: here you will find some of the best teachers, known internationally for their field work, research methods and results, as well as 20 highly renowned research centres.

Intercultural environment: in a universe of over 90 nationalities, you can expect to see, feel and live cultures from all around the globe. You will be able to participate in more than 80 intercultural events per year.

Learn for the future: UA is a modern university with excellent infrastructures to learn and to start developing your career today. The university’s interdisciplinary atmosphere is crucial for the growth of critical knowledge.

Student support: UA offers programmes for international students that allow them to become familiar with the Portuguese language or to level up their knowledge in core disciplines like Mathematics. In addition, you will find a team of fully dedicated professionals to help you in matters related to your studies and living abroad.

International cooperation and mobility: While studying in Aveiro, you can take advantage of numerous mobility programs that will take your education experience to a whole different level, while living in a new country, meeting new people and learning new skills.

Young and vibrant city: A medium sized city, with a modest cost of living, capable of combining both amazing natural spaces, such as beaches, mountains and rivers, and renowned innovation & tech events, projects and arts centers.

A truly international university: Internationalization is of major importance to the UA ever since its foundation. In just 45 years the university came from being a very small institution to being a community over 15 thousand students, faculty, staff and researchers, coming from 90 different nationalities.

Students Facilities

  • 16 dormitories at three campi, which can accommodate more than 1000 students
  • Sports Centre: sports hall, multipurpose room, fitness centre, athletics track, synthetic football pitch.
  • 6 libraries
  • 5 high quality, low-cost canteens
  • University Health Centre

International Student Support

Besides study support services, which are available for the entire academic community, the international community of the University of Aveiro has at its disposal guidance services and integration support which have been carefully thought out in order to respond to its specific requirements.

  • UA_Intercultural

The UA_Intercultural area (UA_I) is located in a student plaza and it is here where foreign nationality students can go to find help relating to their stay at UA and Aveiro. As a guidance service, it has an important role in first line support to clarify any doubts and help resolve issues regarding academic administration, social support and accessibility. In addition, it is also a setting for exhibitions, concerts and other activities, thus being a showcase par excellence for cultural diversity.

  • Support for the Integration of Migrants

The UA is the only university to provide its international academic community with a Local Support Centre for the Integration of Migrants (CLAIM), a place that offers institutional support so that our international community is welcomed and integrated with ease and simplified bureaucracy.

CLAIM also aims to minimize any difficulties that may arise in settling into your new life in Portugal by offering specialised support provided by skilled professionals, in areas such as residency, education, access to public services, accommodation, day-to-day issues, among many others.

  • Buddy Programme for International Students

This initiative aims to provide the best conditions to welcome and integrate International Students. The project seeks to impact the experience of foreign students from the very beginning, even before they arrive in Aveiro, facilitating the process of preparing the trip to Portugal and welcoming new students from all study programmes, throughout and after their arrival in Aveiro.

  • The University of Aveiro Tutor Programme

As we want your first steps in Higher Education to be as smooth as possible, we have developed a programme to welcome and help first year students integrate into the UA community. Our goal is to ensure your wellbeing and academic success, through the personalised support of colleagues-mentors and teacher-tutors. In addition to this individualised monitoring, the programme includes lectures, workshops and other sessions in which you will develop competencies from many areas and hereby enrich your curriculum.

Aveiro: tradition and innovation

The University of Aveiro is located in one of the most beautiful regions in the country. Located in the central part of Portugal, Aveiro combines tradition, nature and modernity perfectly.

Benefiting from all the advantages of a big city, Aveiro offers the quality of life of a medium sized city, and is a pleasant place to live and work. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Aveiro has a typical coastal climate, dominated by sea breezes and with extensive sandy beaches, which are only 10km away from the city and are easily accessed by car, bus or even bicycle.

The region institutions and the University unceasingly cooperate side by side, to bring technology, innovation and creativity to the all.


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Subjects taught at University of Aveiro

  • Physical sciences

    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Chemistry
    • Physics & Astronomy
    • Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences
  • Life sciences

    • Biological Sciences
    • Agriculture & Forestry
  • Social sciences

    • Communication & Media Studies
    • Sociology
    • Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies)
  • Business & economics

    • Business & Management
    • Economics & Econometrics
    • Accounting & Finance
  • Psychology

    • Psychology
  • Engineering & technology

    • Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
  • Computer science

    • Computer Science
  • Arts & humanities

    • Art, Performing Arts & Design
    • Languages, Literature & Linguistics
  • Education

    • Education
  • Clinical, pre-clinical & health

    • Other Health

Key statistics

  • 54 : 46
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 15.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 10%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 12,566
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2023 World University Rankings