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The Polytechnic of Guarda

The Polytechnic of Guarda is an institution of higher education dedicated to preparing students for their future professions. It is also involved in research and investigation activities, services to the community and cultural, scientific and technical interchange. 

Bachelor's programmes

Business & Management (2)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Engineering & Technology (1)



Created in 1980 by Decree-Law no. 303/80 of 16 August, the IPG is characterized as a "public legal entity with statutory, pedagogical, scientific, cultural, administrative, financial, Patrimonial and disciplinary "(Article 3 of the IPG statutes). However, at the end of 1985, the IPG would have laid the foundations for its definitive implementation. 


Thus, the Polytechnic of Guarda is made up of four schools: 

  • The School of Education, Communication and Sport; 
  • The School of Technology and Management; 
  • The School of Tourism and Hospitality Management; 
  • The School of Health Sciences. 


The Research Unit for Inland Development (UDI) is also located in the main campus and its main objective is the promotion of research, training and development. There are groups of researchers for all the scientific areas this Polytechnic Institute can offer. 

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Student services

Services available on campus are: the President’s Office, the Legal Office, the International Relations Office, the Planning Office, the Financial and Accounting Department, The Human Resources Department, The Academic Services, the Computer Services Department, the Information and Communication office, the Technical Office, the Training and Sports Office, the Library, the Swimming Pool and the Laboratory of Internet and Applied Technology.

Library services

Its main objectives are: 

  • Selection, acquisition and documentary treatment in textual, sound, visual or other form, according to the specific needs of the users. 
  • Design and plan services and information systems.
  • Support and guide the user of the services. 
  • Promote actions to disseminate information

ICT services

 The Instituto Politécnico da Guarda provides in all its services, in its schools and homes, computers with Internet access for the use of all students. In addition to the central area of the Campus being equipped with a wireless network, all the Institute buildings are internally connected by a communications network that facilitates video transmissions and advanced communication services.


  • Certification of IPG's Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ)
The A3ES Agency - Agency for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education certified the Internal Quality Assurance System (SIGQ) of the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, following a visit by the A3ES External Evaluation Commission which, in December 2013, met with Internal and external elements of the institution, gathered written information and opinions and evaluated, on the spot, the functioning of the IPG.

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Basicly because of covid i only have online classes, and i'm not able to live a college life because of that

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Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Good teaching, interesting study programme, offers several interships of different area departments, teachers are willing to help the students to improve on their subjects

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying in Guarda, Portugal is very good because the academic life is very good and welcoming


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