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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.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
501 100
601 -200
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
581 -30
551 -20
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
601 -100
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
536 -17
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

The best 3 years of my life
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

The University of Aveiro provided me the best three years of my life. The academic spirit is incredible, the opportunities are immense and we can actually grow with all the experiences we live here, both professionally and personally.

Therory vs. Practical
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

In my area, chemistry, the theoretical studies are very rich and the professors incentive us to study not only what it's their perspective of each subject but also to search a lot on the references and scientific books that they always share. In terms of a practical approach, I think that for someone like me - that was expecting a lot more interaction and understanding of...

UA reviewed
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall the experience was fairly positive. The teachers were attentive and helpful. The classes were relevant and interesting. The lack of WiFi in some classrooms was often an issue.

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