Portuguese Host Universities

Every semester the host-university of SiPN rotates between our 4 member universities in Lisbon.

ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon – Fall 2015, Fall 2017

ISCTE-IUL is constituted by four schools (all located on the same campus):

  • ISCTE-IUL Business School (IBS)
  • School of Social and Human Sciences (ECSH)
  • School of Sociology and Public Policy (ESPP)
  • ISCTE-IUL School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA)

ISCTE-IUL also has an institute dedicated to executive education:

  • INDEG-IUL – ISCTE Executive Education

ISCTE – University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, it plays a major role in educating qualified specialists and personnel, whose cultural, scientific and technical skills enable them to contribute to sustainable development both at the national and the global level. The strategic objectives of ISCTE – IUL are: innovation, quality, internationalization and development of an entrepreneurial culture. While preserving its public university nature, ISCTE – IUL is currently one of the three Portuguese universities (along with the University of Porto and the University of Aveiro) which opted for the Foundation Regime, which allows the school’s management to follow Portuguese private law.

With approximately 9000 students enrolled in undergraduate (52%) and postgraduate (48%) programs, 400 faculty and 200 non-teaching staff, ISCTE – IUL is proud to be one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country. Facing high demand, student vacancies at ISCTE – IUL have always been fully occupied.

ISCTE-IUL is today part of both the Fundação das Universidades Portuguesas (Foundation of Portuguese Universities) and the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas (Council of Rectors of the Portuguese Universities).

 All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements.


Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) – Lisbon campus – Spring 2016, Spring 2018

The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) is privately funded and recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. UCP is recognized for the quality of its teaching, excellence in research, and education for citizenship and human values, boasting amongst its alumni a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, several of the top CEO’s in the world, and recognized leaders in European politics, international law, economics and the arts.

The Catholic University of Portugal is a national university with 4 regional campi: Lisbon (headquarters), Porto, Braga and Viseu.

There are 3 Schools of UCP-Lisbon that integrate SiPN (they are all located on the same campus)

* Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics is a triple crown accredited School ranking 25 on the Financial Times Business School List. Membership in this Elite group means the School is among the top 1% of business schools worldwide to be accredited by all 3 management associations EQUIS, AMBA and AACSB. CLSBE is the only Portuguese School among the FT Top 25 and the best Business School in Portugal for the 7th year. Currently, 40% of CLSBE’s Professors are foreign and come from diverse countries, such as Italy, Turkey, Canada and Finland. The increased internationalization of the School can also be felt in the classroom, where more than half of the students are foreign, representing more than 50 nationalities.

** UCP’s Law School has also been consistently recognized by the Financial Times, which has selected Católica Global School of Law as one of the most innovative law schools in the world, with its LL.M. programmes being included for the fourth consecutive year in this prestigious selection. Católica Global School of Law is the first global Law School in Europe.

*** UCP’s School of Human Sciences has been recently recognized by the prestigious Eduniversal ranking, with its Master in Arts Management entering straight to the Top 3 in the worldwide Ranking of Masters in Management.

All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements.


University of Lisbon – Fall 2016, Fall 2018

The University of Lisbon (ULisboa) is a public research university in Lisbon, and the largest university in Portugal. It was founded in 2013, from the merger of two previous public universities located in Lisbon, the former University of Lisbon (1911-2013) and the Technical University of Lisbon (1930-2013). The history of a university in Lisbon dates back to the 13th century.

According to one of the most notable rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the newly founded University of Lisbon is ranked 1st in Portugal and 201-300 (overall) in the world. In the discipline of Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences, the university is ranked 76-100 worldwide.

There are 5 Schools of ULisboa that integrate SiPN – FL and IGOT are located in the same campus;  ISEG and FA are located in two different campus (about 30min away from each other by bus), ISA is located on the west part of the city, close to FA.

FL – School of Arts and Humanities

ISEG – Lisbon School of Economics and Management

FA – Faculty of Architecture

IGOT – Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning

ISA – School of Agriculture


All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements


NOVA University of Lisbon – Spring 2017, Spring 2019

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three public state universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities.

NOVA is a decentralised university; its faculties and institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. In the academic year 2009/2010, NOVA had 18.343 enrolled students, 1 449 teachers, 769 non-academic staff and 237 researchers.

There are 4 Schools of NOVA that integrate SiPN (located 15 away from each other on foot)

*NOVA SBE is a triple crown-accredited school with three Masters programs and Executive Education programs in the FT rankings, and classified as a Universal Business School (5 Palms) with 11 Masters among the best in the Eduniversal rankings. Nova SBE is also a member of the prestigious CEMS network, having twice won the title of CEMS School of the year (2010, 2011). Unfortunately, due to incompatibilities in academic calendars, NOVA SBE classes are not currently recommended unless the student is willing to stay during the summer session in order to sit final exams in June or July. We hope this situation will change by 2021. 


**Founded in 1977, the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais  e Humanas (Faculty of Social  Sciences and  Humanities)  is an interdisciplinary unit with teaching and research objectives, characterized by the diversity and creativity of knowledge. Located near Lisbon city center,  it hosts a total of 5,269  students, 2,909  in undergraduate programmes, 1,718  in masters and 642 in PhD programmes. It has 325 professors, almost  all holding a PhD degree.

FCSH offers 14 undergraduate programmes (two of them  in after-work schedule), during  which  students can  benefit   from  mobility  initiatives (e.g.:  Erasmus),  annually involving more  than 350 students. In graduate training, FCSH offers nine postgraduate programmes, 50 master’s degrees and 26 PhD degrees, all provided  in after-work schedule.


*** Founded in 1989, NOVA IMS  is the School of Statistics and Information Management of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. Nova IMS  has the 1st Bachelor Degree in Europe accredited in Information Systems by ABET, a North American accrediting agency, recognized as the worldwide leader in assuring quality and stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technologies. It is also is the 1st university outside the USA to obtain the GEOINT (Geospatial Intelligence) accreditation by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) . The USGIF is the only global organization dedicated promoting professional practice of Geospatial Intelligence and building a community of interest across the industry, academia, the Public Administration and professional organizations.


**** The Faculty of Law at the NOVA (New) University of Lisbon is usually known by its acronym FDUNL, or by the more affectionate ‘Nova – Direito’. It is the youngest and most advanced Portuguese provider of education in law. It was founded in 1996, under the initiative of Professor Diogo Freitas do Amaral, in order to challenge a rather conservative, traditional way of teaching and learning law in Portugal. For a list of the undergraduate-level classes taught in English at Nova Law, see the Build Your Program button.

All degrees are fully recognised and accredited, and comply with Portuguese and European higher education requirements.