Polytechnic of Leiria

Polytechnic of Leiria

The Polytechnic of Leiria is a public institution of higher education, which started its activity in 1980. It is present in the region of Leiria and Oeste through its five higher schools, located in the cities of Leiria.

Top reasons to study here

  • High level of employability in a region rich in plastics, ceramics and glass, moulds, engineering, fisheries, tourism, food and biotechnological industries.
  • 3 great city campus location: Leiria, Caldas da Rainha or Peniche. These are wonderful cities not just to study but to live in.
  • Hi-tech research units like CETEMARES or CDRS’p are part of our strategy where work and science go hand in hand to invent new solutions.

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (2)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPLeiria) began its activity in 1980 and is present in the Leiria and West region through its five schools, located in the cities of Leiria (School of Education and Social Sciences, School of Technology and Management and School of Health Sciences), Caldas da Rainha (School of Fine Art and Design) and Peniche (School of Tourism and Maritime Technology).  


IPLeiria has programmes in the areas of: Art and Design, Entrepreneurial and Juridical Sciences, Education and Communication, Engineering and Technology, Tourism and Health.


IPLeiria has  an Institute for Research, Development and Advanced Studies (INDEA); Technology Specialization Training Unit (FOR.CET); Distance Learning Unit (UED); Transfer Technology and Information Center (OTIC).

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Student services

The Academic Services Directorate (DSA) is responsible for the activity related to individual student processes, tuition fees, enrollment fees and other matters related to academic activity. On this page you can find important information about Academic Services. 

Housing services

The Social Action Services of the Polytechnic of Leiria have seven Student Residences and a School Hotel , spread over the three campuses - Leiria, Caldas da Rainha and Peniche - in a total of 763 beds . 

Library services

  • Campus 1 Library (Leiria)
  • José Saramago Library, Campus 2 (Leiria)
  • Campus 3 Library (Caldas da Rainha)
  • Campus 4 Library (Peniche)

ICT services

The Computer Services Department (DSI) exercises its action in the field of conservation of computer goods and equipment and of information and communication systems at the service of the Polytechnic of Leiria.

Medical services

Social Action Services provide the academic community of the Polytechnic of Leiria with conditions that guarantee their well-being.

As such, provide, at low cost, consultations General Practice, Gynecology / Family Planning , Dental Medicine, Sports Medicine , Occupational Medicine and Ophthalmology .

Student Life

Campus life

This region, with a privileged location near the cost, is considered particularly interesting to live, study and work, not only for the diversity of the economical and material resources, but also for the richness and beauty of natural and cultural aspects – the identity of the region.

Sports facilities

The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria gives the students the opportunity to practice a wide range of sports through the sport sector of the Social Services.

This sector is organized in two different areas: leisure and competition. In this last one the Polytechnic of Leiria usually attends National Higher Education Championships organized by the Academic Federation of University Sports (known as FADU).

Student Reviews

Portugal is a Cheap city.
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Portugal is a Cheap city Leiria is a nice and small city, perfect to live and have Friends. Actually i 'm in love with Portugal

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In 2012 the university was not ready to take care about international students, just few professors were friendly and ready to help, others were not very happy that I chose Portugal when I didn't speak portuguese. But some proffesors were very nice and helped a lot.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ask before for the courses and asked every teacher if you can participated on it.

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