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Polytechnic Institute of Bragança

4.1 out of 5 (48 ratings / 36 reviews) Bragança, Portugal
The Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) is a Portuguese Higher Education Public Institution with 7000 undergraduate and master students, embracing a wide area of knowledge and technology, including agriculture sciences, arts and sports, education and teachers’ training, informatics and engineering, administration and management, health, communication and tourism.

Master's Programmes

Engineering & Technology (2)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (2)
Agriculture & Forestry (1)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Humanities (1)
Journalism & Media (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The IPB offers more than one hundred academic programmes, including short-cycle technological courses, bachelor and master degree programmes, expressing the successful implementation of the Bologna Process and of the adoption of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

The IPB has the most qualified teaching staff of the Portuguese higher education polytechnic system, with more than 70% of its teaching staff holding a PhD. The IPB is part of the national system of science and technology through the existence of R&D units and branches.


The IPB has indicators of the impact and excellence of its scientific production and applied research in several areas: according to the SIR World Ranking 2015, elaborated by the SCImagoResearchGroup, the IPB is the Portuguese higher education institution with the better normalized impact, excellence rates and technological impact. The IPB is a founding member of the Park of Science and Technology Brigantia-EcoPark, a privileged space for science and technology for technology-based companies, start-ups and spin-offs.

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Student services

The IPB has various student support services and also international student support services. Besides the support offered by Social Services, there are also:

  • - The Image and Student Support Services Office (GIAPE), which deals with promotion of educational and professional success and supports the insertion of new students in IPB. The Image and Student Support Services Office is responsible for organization and development of academic activities such as visits to IPB and Science and Technology Week. 
  • - The Promotion of Enterprise Office (GPE), which develops culture and enterprising attitude among academic community of IPB, aiming at creating work places and promoting self-employment.

Housing services

Obtaining accommodation in Bragança and Mirandela is easy and low cost. Both of the cities have modern flats to rent, available for competitive prices. It is possible to rent a room with private bathroom for about 120€ per month. This amount is often lower when the room is shared or when some students decide to rent a flat together. 

Library services

The IPB has modern and well-equipped facilities, namely laboratories, ateliers, centre of resources and libraries, which constitute an invaluable support for the teaching quality and its practical and experimental characteristics.

ICT services

The IPB offers wireless access in all its buildings. Students can also access to online resources, such as scientific and documental information, and to a modern e-learning platform.

Medical services

The IPB has its own Health Office, which was created as a result of a protocol with Regional Health Administration and also with cooperation of IPB’s teaching staff. The Health Office offers nursery, dietetics, psychology, social and prevention of dependency services. 

Student Life

Sports facilities

The IPB has sports facilities located in Santa Apolónia Campus, which consist of a football pitch, an open athletic field and locker rooms. The other sports facilities are located close to canteen and consist of a smaller football pitch with illumination and locker rooms.

Student clubs

Students are represented by the Students’ Association of IPB and a Students’ Association of each school. There are also various groups connected to its courses such as:

  • The Association of Support to the International Student
  • The Students’ Association of IPB
  • The Association of Former IPB’s Students
  • The Association of African Students in Bragança


  • The IPB belongs to the European Network for Universities of Applied Sciences (UASnet)
  • The IPB has been awarded with the ECTS Label by the European Commission.
  • IPB has also been awarded the DS Label

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

O IPB (Instituto Politécnico de Bragança) is considered to be the best Polytecnic Insitute of Portugal due to the modern methods of teaching and broad range of disciplines that are available for students. Its main advantage is the number of international students and is rapidly growing from a year to year. In my case, this is even a bigger advantage, since the...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Loved the university, great teachers and top conditions. Very good curricular units and easy adaption to the school and every one surrounding.

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Good structure, really good professors, and easy access.

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