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ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon

4.3 out of 5 (45 ratings / 41 reviews) Lisbon, Portugal
With approximately 9000 students enrolled in undergraduate (46%) and postgraduate (54%) programs, 450 teachers and 220 non-teaching staff, ISCTE-IUL is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, the student vacancies at the ISCTE-IUL have always been fully occupied.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)



ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. 


ISCTE-IUL is one of the most prestigious Portuguese universities offering an exceptional variety of programmes, covering a wide range of study areas in all cycles of higher education. Some of these study cycles are taught in English and others created in association with foreign partner universities, conferring a joint degree.

ISCTE-IUL students have the possibility of completing part of their studies in one of the 450 foreign universities with which ISCTE-IUL has partnership agreements, while still benefiting from the competitive level of tuition fees in Portugal.

The diploma awarded by ISCTE-IUL is accepted and recognized automatically by all European Union countries.


ISCTE-IUL has a broad network of patnerships with leading universities and research centres, national and internationally, as well as public, private and third sector organizations. 

ISCTE-IUL has eight research units that develop high quality research. These research units are regularly submitted to international external evaluation conducted by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and most receive top ratings. The work of excellence performed by the research units of ISCTE-IUL is recognized by the Rectory, each year, through Scientific Awards that distinguish professors and researchers with scientific publications in the most highly reputed international journals.


ISCTE - IUL demonstrates a high rate of graduates employability and achieves the 100% rate in most of the courses. Its former students currently occupy positions of high responsibility in private companies, public institutions and governmental entities, which confirms not only the prestige of our institution, but also its teaching quality.

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Student services

The GAES of ISCTE-IUL is available throughout the year to receive candidates and future candidates for Higher Education and to clarify doubts about courses and access. Applications to Higher Education can be made at GAES, where professionals are available who can assist during the application process.

The Office of Support to University Organisms is part of the Secretariat and the Archives and Archives, and its main objectives are to provide secretarial support to the Rectory and other Governing and Advisory bodies of ISCTE-IUL, as well as to the Administrator and Coordinating Director, to ensure the inherent tasks to the reception, dispatch and distribution of the entire file by the different ISCTE-IUL services, to define the archivist policy and to guide researches and ensure the operation of requisitions and queries to the Central Archive.

Career Services: 

  • Challenge Academy
  • FIESTA - Forum of the School of Technologies and Architecture
  • ESPP and ECSH Employability Forum
  • Job Opportunities Talent ISCTE

Housing services

With the University Residence Professor José Pinto Peixoto, ISCTE-IUL meets some of the accommodation needs of its visiting students and teachers which, so far have only been served through the room and private house market across Lisbon.

Located in the Monastery of Santos-o-Novo – which is classified as National Monument – on a small hill by the river Tagus, in Lisbon’s east end, the residence benefits from a privileged view and is a short distance from the central railway station of Santa Apolónia, the typical neighbourhood of Alfama, downtown Lisbon, Terreiro do Paço, and also close to the new residential, commercial and service area of the Parque das Nações.

Library services

The Library of ISCTE-IUL, specialized in the area of ​​social and human sciences, business and technology, aims to support all sectors of activity of the Institute, providing, under the best conditions of use, bibliographic resources necessary for the performance of teaching, research, continuing education and cultural extension.


  • Classroom reading
  • Home Loan
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Group study rooms

ICT services

Wired network service in offices, rooms and public spaces (auditoriums, laboratories, classrooms and study rooms).

It is possible to access ISCTE-IUL resources from the home via VPN, establishing a secure tunnel connection between the personal computer and the ISCTE-IUL network.

These services include access to the content of many scientific publications.

Medical services

Students can benefit from the agreement establish with the Social Services (SAS) at the Technical University of Lisbon (UTL) to use the Medical Center for general medical consultation, family planning, maternal health and ophthalmology. Also for nursing services and vaccinations.At the ISCTE-IUL Residence Dr. Fernando Ramires provides medical care, under appointment.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The Students' Union of ISCTE-IUL has sport activities for exchange students and you may take part in University sports competitions together with home students. The also offer at the Energy Box: krav maga, dance, pilates, salsa and kizomba, yoga, etc. Apart from the above options the students have the possibility to book the multipurpose campus situated next to INDEG-IUL building.

Student clubs

The ISCTE-IUL Students Union (AEISCTE) is an autonomous organization held by the students of ISCTE-IUL. Its mission is to socially and culturally complement the students academic life while they are with the ISCTE-IUL.You will be able to find information about events held not only in Lisbon, but also in other cities of Portugal. There, you can also find leaflets about concerts, performing arts and movie festivals that take place in Lisbon, and much more.


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Student Reviews

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Master in Political Economy
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My master's in "Political economy" puts the multidisciplinary nature of the student profiles (law, economics, politics) at the heart of its program and has enabled me to understand and analyze the impacts of economic decisions in the world. This master's degree has also made me more open-minded and versatile. I developed during this year a high interest in the relation...

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Carlota Pereira rated 4 out of 5 stars

A very good university with great facilities and a diverse group of people coming from all over the world. The people and professors are also great. This program requires a lot of commitment and time from who got in.


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