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Catholic University of Portugal

4.3 out of 5 (47 ratings / 29 reviews) Lisbon, Portugal
The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) is privately funded and recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility.

Bachelor's programmes

Engineering & Technology (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)



UCP was established in 1967 and it rapidly gained a solid reputation for the high quality of its teaching and the strength of its research, for the fruitful debates of ideas that it encourages, for its focus on internationalization.


UCP degree programmes and the resulting qualifications (bachelor`s, master`s and doctorate) have the same value and effects as those from state universities (Decree-Law 128/90)

Since it started operating, in 2009, A3ES (the Portuguese Evaluation, Quality-assurance and Accreditation Agency for Higher Education) has been accrediting and evaluating our degree programmes.


UCP recognises that academic research is a prerequisite for the proper achievement of its cultural and teaching activities, and shall make efforts to provide the means to foster this research" (Article 7 of the Statutes)

Research centres are based within the Faculties they are fundamentally devoted to pure and applied research. The centres and their projects are funded from a variety of sources: institutions and societies; the EU; Portuguese government departments and initiatives; companies. They are regularly subject to external assessment exercises, in which their ratings have been very good or excellent.

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Student Life

Campus life

UCP consists of 15 faculties, schools and institutes, which are the basic education and research units. They are located in 4 main centres: Beiras, Braga, Lisbon (headquarters) and Oporto.


All courses at the Catholic University of Portugal are recognized by the National Accreditation Agency A3ES.

Student Reviews

I will try to best time my studies
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

I am interested in this program

Traditional but with room to grow!
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The level of excellence in teaching Portuguese Law is high. In Portugal I would say this is the Law school that focuses the most on international subjects and offers a variety of english taught courses on different subjects of law. However, comparing to other european universities, this is still a very traditional school, there is no investment on international moot courts...

Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The course was not well organized, several episods of misinformation about taxes, erasmus program and marks.

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