Universidade de Aveiro

Excellence in research is one of the hallmarks of the University: 15 of its 18 research units were classified as Very good or Excellent by international panels under the sponsorship of the Portuguese National Science Foundation in its most recent round of assessments

Top reasons to study here

  • UA has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal
  • Attended by about 15,000 students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • The UA is a highly regarded institution of research led education, constituted by university departments.

Master's Programmes

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



Created in 1973, the University of Aveiro quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Now a public foundation under private law, it continues to develop and implement its mission to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, to generate research and promote cooperation with society.


The University of Aveiro offers a wide range of degree programmes in various areas of knowledge which reflect its multidisciplinary and innovative character and are designed to build student competences in scientific and technical areas that meet the emerging needs of business, industry and society. 


At national level, the University of Aveiro is one of the foremost institutions in terms of both its teaching and research activities. As a vision, UA aspires to become one of the foremost research organizations in Europe in terms of involvement in European collaborations, and a major player in the construction of the European Research Area.

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GSSA 2021

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University Ranking

QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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581 -30
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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501 100
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.

Student Life

Campus life

Campus Santiago, overlooking the Aveiro lagoon, is a prize-winning Campus, renowned for its many buildings designed by famous Portuguese architects. Its buildings are purpose-built for teaching and research, administrative and technical support, and include halls of residence for students and staff, libraries, bookshop, canteens, bars and restaurants, sports facilities, laundry, post-office, stores, bank, kindergarten – all this on one campus, surrounded by the natural beauty of the old saltpans and only a short distance from the city centre.     

Student Reviews

University of Aveiro - on the Path to Success
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Aveiro is a great university and I definitely recommend it. The campus is a very nice place that connects students from different courses. All the infrastructures present very good quality and the research units are equipped with the latest high-tech equipment, enabling research excellence. Education is great. The relationship with teachers is mostly...

Would you like to study in the the Venice of Portugal?
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

I've had a very good experience in Aveiro University. Firstly, the city of Aveiro is very calm, but has everything that you might need, and is only 1h away (by train) from Oporto. Secondly, the university campus is central, full of vegetation and right next to the Ria de Aveiro. Finally, the learning environment is great. The professors are helpful and nice; the rest of...

How harsh it is to be a young researcher
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The overall experience in the university is good. We have really good professors and they have a lot of experience within the field of arts. One of the major problems is that there are just a few optional disciplines we can choose, so it's hard to really choose a path of research that suites you during the course. More than that, apart from the high quality Music Research...

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