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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.

Bachelor's programmes



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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University Ranking

Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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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

Translation at Aveiro's University
Mariana Oliveira rated 3 out of 5 stars

The course is interesting but it is not the area I want to work with. For someone who likes to translate, it is really good and they will push you to be the best in your field. The university itself it's okay, although you will feel lack of support from them and you must be independent and solve your possible problems by yourself. You won't ever be alone, you always have...

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

i am currently on my Master degree, and i love this to the bone!! But my student journey, was very atribulated...difficult.. and at the same time very inspiring to keep going and learn more and more, about my area, was well was life

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Como trabalhador estudante foi muito difícil, devido a ter de dormir muito pouco para estudar

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