Introducing the best universities in Portugal

Portugal is one of the countries chosen by most people as an immigration destination due to its geographical location and favorable conditions. Educational migration to Portugal has long been a hot market among Iranians, and many young people migrate to this country to study in famous Portuguese universities. The quality of education and the variety of subjects studied in Portuguese universities are also very high. There are more than 300 higher education institutions in this country where everyone can study a certain subject according to their needs and interests.


List of 10 best and ranking of universities in Portugal (2023)


University Internal ranking Global ranking
Lisbon 1 203
Porto 2 246
Coimbra 3 386
Minho 4 586
Nova of Lisbon 5 670
Aveiro 6 802
Institute university of Lisbon 7 849
Catholic University of Portugal 8 1173
Institute Polytechnic of Porto 9 1329
Evra 10 1372


Lisbon university

The University of Lisbon has earned the title of the largest university in Portugal with 48,000 students, and to enter it and study in English, you must have an IELTS score of 4 or 5. The current University of Lisbon was founded in 2013 by the merger of the Technical University of Lisbon and the 111-year-old University of Lisbon. With 18 faculties and more than 100 research units, it educates students at different levels. The courses of this university are offered in 8 faculties of law, medicine, humanities, economics, etc., and students must be able to pay the tuition fees in Portugal, which vary according to the degree and field of study.


Porto university

The University of Porto, is the second largest university in Portugal, with 30,000 students, 13% of whom are international students. Tuition fees for majors at this university are less than 5,000 euros per year, and this university has also considered many scholarships for talented students, which minimizes these costs and makes education easier for students.


Coimbra university

This university, which is one of the oldest universities in the country, was founded in 1290 AD in the city of Lisbon by order of the king of the time and began its work with art, law and jurisprudence and in the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees Study conditions in Portugal accept students from all over the world.


Minho university

The University of Minho, founded in 1973, is one of the then named “New Universities” that, at that time, deeply changed the landscape of higher education in Portugal. Located in the region of Minho, known for its significant economic activity and by the youth of its population, the University of Minho is playing the role of development agent in the region. With over 19,000 students (42% of which are postgraduate students) and with about 1300 professors and 600 employees, UM is one of the largest Portuguese universities. As of 2013, the University of Minho appears on the ranking of Times Higher Education as one of the 100 best universities of the world under the age of 50, occupying the 76th position. In 2014, it placed 75th overall. The university is widely regarded for the number of citations of its published papers.


University Nova of Lisbon

University Nova of Lisbon (New College of Lisbon) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban environment of the metropolis of Lisbon the college also has a branch campus in Caparica. Officially recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology, and Higher Education, University Nova of Lisbon (UNL) is a large Portuguese coeducational college. The structure of NOVA was organized according to a departmental and interdisciplinary model, where each of the Academic Units enjoy a great deal of autonomy.

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