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Dear Student,

You have just entered U.Porto and you are feeling kind of “lost”? You would like to undertake a mobility period abroad and you don't know how? You are finishing your degree and you don't know what to expect next? We are here to provide all the answers you need. We hope to be of help!

Acabo de entrar na U.Porto. E agora?

Hello and welcome to the University of Porto! If you have joined us now then this is the beginning of your adventure in the most favoured university by portuguese students and one of the best in Europe, according to leading international rankings. By entering U.Porto, you have become one of the privileged students who come to our schools every year to obtain the best possible education in different study cycles and areas of knowledge. Besides a quality education in a campus that extends throughout the city and beyond its limits, we offer you the services and tools that will facilitate your rapid integration in the University life. For more information, check the U.Porto Students Guide (available in portuguese). Good luck!

When does the academic year begin/end?

U.Porto's academic year normally starts in mid September and ends by the end of September of the following year. You can find the most important dates in the current academic year in the U.Porto School Calendar. For more specific information, check the calendar of your faculty.

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I want to change my course/ obtain student-worker status or I have a doubt about my course. Who can help me?

You can clarify all your doubts about your academic journey in the academic services of your faculty. You can also contact the Training and Academic Organisation (FOA) unit, based at the U.Porto Rectory, by email to formacao@reit.up.pt or by telephone (+351) 22 040 80 81.

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What are ECTS credits?

  • Continuing Education
  • 0 to 30 ECTS credits: free courses and continuing education courses; from 30 ECTS credits: specialisation courses and advanced studies

The European Credit transfer System (ECTS) for higher education is a tool used to assess the volume of work you carry out in a curricular unit in your course, which facilitates the recognition of your academic record in Portugal and elsewhere in Europe.

At U.Porto, one ECTS credit corresponds to 27 hours of a student's work (including classes, student tutorial sessions, traineeships, academic work, etc.). Our courses have the following credits/duration displayed here at left. Find out these and other useful terms at U.Porto Academic Glossary.

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I want to apply for a scholarship. What do I need to do?

The Social Services of the University of Porto (SASUP) award thousands of scholarships every year to University students with proven economic needs. U.Porto also awards merit scholarships to its best students. For more information about scholarships, SASUP SASUP or the Student Support Services of your faculty.

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I need accommodation.
Can the University help me?

Yes. If you are far from home, U.Porto campus has 9 Halls of Residence with capacity for 1200 Undergraduate, Masters and Integrated Masters (IM) students. The selection process will favour scholarship students of the Social Services of the University of Porto (SASUP). For more information about accommodation at U.Porto, contact SASUP or the Student Support Services of your faculty. Find our Halls of Residence!

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Where can I study within the University?

As a U.Porto student you have permanent access to a large number of study areas. Explore the knowledge offered by our network of libraries; use the studying and computer rooms in your faculty as much as you want.

Use our high-speed Internet connection anywhere in the campus; discover our e-Learning platforms and visit the e-Learning Café... We do our best to make sure you have everything you need to be successful!

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I would like to have a mobility experience in another University. What do I need to do?

International Cooperation Service

Reitoria da U.Porto
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto
E-mail: international@reit.up.pt
Tel: 220 408 237

Opening hours:
must be scheduled in advance

All you need is an adventurous spirit and to seize one of the national and international mobility opportunities offered to the academic community by U.Porto. Get to know Europe, explore Asia, travel to South America or one of the many other possible destinations covered by the international cooperation programmes and protocols in which the University participates. For our students, the world has no borders!

For more information on OUT mobility opportunities, contact the U.Porto International Cooperation service, based in the Rectory building, which will help you not only throughout the application process, but also while you are abroad.

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Did you know that:
Every year, over 1,000 students the University of Porto depart for universities around the world under mobility programs and international cooperation agreements?

I would like to take part in research projects during my course. Can I do that at U.Porto?


Yes, and you don't need to pursue a scientific career in order to do that. As a Research University, U.Porto offers you the chance to explore the research universe from your undergraduate level up to the higher post-graduate levels. In practice, this is carried out through an education approach that is highly geared towards experimentation and knowledge production, often in coordination with some of the most prominent Portuguese research centres. Every year, you will also have the opportunity to show your academic work at the IJUP annual meeting, an event specifically designed to showcase and promote young researchers' work within the University.

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Where can I eat in U.Porto?

Do you want to eat well and cheaply? Do you have a short lunch break and need to get a quick meal? The University has an extensive network of canteens, restaurants, snack-bars and grills – managed by the Social Services of the University of Porto (SASUP) - which offer students quality meals at affordable prices in every faculty.
Find our canteens!

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Can I play sports at the University?

Yes. From swimming to tennis, fitness programmes and many other sports, in the swimming pool or in modern sports halls, always under the guidance of a team of qualified professionals. The University challenges you to keep fit and make the most of our wide variety of programmes and sporting facilities, open to the whole academic community. Furthermore, it is no coincidence that U.Porto currently dominates the university sports scene in Portugal. Whether you want to join our teams, or simply play a sport for fun, enjoy this opportunity!

For more information about the sporting activities promoted by the University, contact the Sport Centre of the University of Porto (CDUP-UP).

Find our sporting facilities!

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I have a health problem. Can U.Porto help me?

Yes. As a U.Porto student, you have access to free medical consultations in general medicine (GM), gynaecology and obstetrics, psychiatry and psychology, and other medical specialities. The Faculty of Dental Medicine (FMDUP) offers dental consultations at special prices for students. For more information (opening hours, appointments, prices, etc.), see the Health Portal of the University of Porto or contact the Medical and Psychological Support office of the Social Services of the University of Porto (SASUP).

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What can I do at the University besides studying?

Wrong question! What you should be asking is: What can't you do? Belonging to a city with an intense academic life, U.Porto ensures the best academic experience inside and outside the classroom. You can Play Sports with the best university athletes in the country, you can join the University Musical and Theatre Groups, or other cultural groups in your faculty, or you can follow in the footsteps of more than 1000 students and take part in voluntary work sponsored by the University. Also, don't forget to visit our museums and join in the events promoted by your students association. We will do all we can to make sure you have a fulfilling University experience.

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What is the U.Porto card?

The U.Porto card is your "academic ID"! With this card you can access several services that are only available to the academic community, as well as several service discounts offered by U.Porto's partner organisations. Find out more.

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Is the University ready to receive students with Special Needs?

Yes. Our school buildings, research centres, libraries, multiple format on-line resources are made accessible to all students, and U.Porto is proud to be an inclusive university.

The Support Service for Students with Disabilities (SAED) is the body responsible for providing technical and educational support to our students with disabilities or special educational needs.

At a local level, this service may be provided by the Student Support Services of each faculty of the University.

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What is the Student Ombudsman?

The Student Ombudsman of U.Porto is the official who is responsible for promoting the dialogue between students and lecturers, university staff and management bodies of the University. Do you have a problem or complaint that you can't solve within your faculty? In that case, schedule your appointment.

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Schedule your appointment.

I have finished my course. What do I do now?

Congratulations! The hard part is done. Now that you have your degree from the University of Porto we want to help you put your competences at the service of the community, as quickly as possible. For that, you will have the support of the employability services in each of our faculties. Don't forget to check out the Employability Portal of the University of Porto, where you can upload your CV and find job offers posted by partner entities of the University. If you have completed a 1st cycle course (Undergraduate Degree) or an Integrated Masters (IM), we recommend that you continue your studies on of our postgraduate courses.

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Is a degree from the U.Porto an asset for entering the labour market?

YES! According to the latest studies carried out by the Employment Observatory of the U.Porto, the employment rate among graduates who completed their courses at the University more than five years ago is above 80%, which is twice the national average. Of these, more than 50% have never been unemployed and about half of them found a job within the first three months of completing their first degree! To make sure you don't miss the best opportunities, the University has several employment support structures designed to help our final year students and graduates enter the labour market.

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How can I keep track of what's going on at the University?

To keep up with the day-to-day activities of the University, we invite you to check our various information supports. Besides our Website, make sure you visit our news portal and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube!

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Do you have any further questions or suggestions?

Just send an email to info@up.pt. We will answer as soon as possible.

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