Study in Aveiro

Aveiro as a student city

Aveiro is a dynamic medium-sized city located in the middle of the Portuguese coast. In 2021, the population was 80,880. Aveiro has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate influenced by its proximity to the Ocean. The city typically attracts nature lovers and water sports amateurs. Aveiro is known as “the Portuguese Venice” with its canals.. It also is a bicycle-friendly city, where the lagoon plain contrasts with the mountainous region of the district’s inland. Throughout the year, Aveiro hosts a variety of festivities and popular traditions In addition to its dynamic nightlife.

Study in the University of Aveiro

The University of Aveiro (UA) welcomes around 17,000 students, 14% of whom are international students (around 2,000) of 85 nationalities.

At the UA, international students have a choice of an extensive range of courses, which go from post-secondary education to the PhD level, taught in its departments and polytechnics that are dedicated to the most wide ranging areas of knowledge.

The Associação Académica da Universidade de Aveiro (AAUAv) and the other associative groups of the UA are fundamental when it comes to organizing cultural and sporting activities. It is made up of several bodies and  sports clubs, course groups and cultural and sporting associations.


The University of Aveiro (UA) was created in 1973 and it quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative  universities in Portugal. It is currently considered one of the 75 best European universities by the prestigious Times Higher Education – Europe Teaching Rankings.

The University of Aveiro (UA) features in the following rankings:

– THE – Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 n° 801-1000

– THE – Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022 n° 201-250

– THE – Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022 n° 201-300

– UIGreenmetric – World University Rankings 2021n° 177

– CWUR – Center for World University Ranking 2022 n° 587

– Shanghai Ranking (ARWU – Academic Ranking World Universities) 2021 n° 601-700

– QS World University Rankings 2023 n°501-510


Doing research at the UA means being part of an environment internationally recognized for the quality of its research and for its focus on applied research, which contributes to the social and economic development of the region and the country.

During the year 2021, 664 national and international research and technology transfer projects have been active in UAVR, of which 51 funded by ERASMUS+ and 57 by Horizon 2020. The UAVR is the host institution of 10 ERC Grants and 1 ERA Chair, it coordinates 2 FET Open and one TWINNING projects, among other relevant and strategic European projects.

CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials

The University of Aveiro have an associated laboratory with the Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO). The laboratory’s mission is to develop the scientific and technological knowledge necessary for the innovative production and transformation of ceramics and organic-inorganic hybrids and materials for sustainable development. As a FAMEAIS student, you will have the opportunity to be supervised by a member of the largest Portuguese institute in the field of materials science and engineering if you were to carry out your master’s thesis in Aveiro.

International student services:

Please download the handy guide with information regarding accommodation, visa validation, residence permit applications, health, budget, insurances, daily life on

For the application process, please read:

The visa can be obtained from the Portuguese diplomatic representation in the country of origin of the students and it must be obtained before the trip to Portugal. Information link for the visa procedure:

To inquire about the possibility of being assigned accommodation in university residences, students should send a request to the email:  for more information, please follow

For private accommodation, a list is available online:

The UA has created a forum exclusively dedicated to welcoming, receiving and assisting international students. Please find more information on: and

For sports, students can find details on

Getting to Aveiro:

Located right in the center of Portugal, Aveiro is a city that is easy to get to. The nearest airport to Aveiro is just 80 km to the north of the city, in the region of Porto.