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New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Address: Campus de, 1099-085 Lisboa, Portugal

Description New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

  • Established: 1973
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Students age: 17+
  • Number of students: 20,000
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Accommodation type: residence, apartments
  • Language of instruction: English, Portuguese.

New University of Lisbon is a public educational institution included in the TOP-5 universities in the national ranking. The university has gained an international reputation for high quality teaching, specialists with extensive experience and recognition, scientific and research achievements in the following areas:

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Engineering and technology
  • Social sciences and management.

The youngest university in Lisbon was opened in 1973 due to the demand for vocational educational programs in the Portuguese capital. The university consists of several departments with a high degree of autonomy:

  • School of Science and Technology
  • Social and Human Sciences
  • Business and economics
  • The medicine
  • Right
  • Statistics and information management
  • Chemical and biological technologies
  • Tropical medicine and hygiene
  • Healthcare.

The university includes about 42 research centers, 15 of which are functioned between the university and its partners - companies and national educational institutions. In 2013, the university's programs were rated "Very Good", "Exceptional", "Excellent" from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FC&T).

The university works closely with the Catholic University of Portugal and the MIT Sloan School of Management and offers to students to obtain dual diplomas at the same time from two universities. In 2019, the business school entered the TOP-30 of the best European business schools according to the Financial Times.


  • 100% of the teaching staff have PhD, 29% of the teachers are foreign
  • 10% of students are foreign: more than 2,600 people, representing 109 nationalities
  • 9 faculties, 9 libraries, 3 residences
  • 1800 teachers and researchers work at the university
  • 2527 international students, 109 nationalities
  • 82 English language programs
  • 63 partner universities.


  • QS World University Rankings 2021 = 9th place among universities founded less than 50 years ago
  • QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2020 = 13th place among young European universities
  • Eduniversal Masters Ranking 2019 = 24th place among 50 universities in the TOP-10 in 21 areas
  • U-Multirank 2020 = 8th place among young European universities.

The strongest university programs according to QS by Subject:

  • Arts and Humanities (6th place)
  • Engineering and technology (8th place)
  • Natural sciences and medicine (5th place)
  • Social studies and management (7).

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Program name

Bachelor in English

  • Age of students: 17+
  • Language of instruction: English, Portuguese
  • Duration of studying: 3 years.

Popular programs:

  • Applied chemistry
  • Applied math
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Geology
  • Maths
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Economy
  • Business
  • Right
  • Biomedicine
  • Statistics
  • Management
  • Healthcare.

Master in English

  • Age of students: 21+
  • Language of instruction: English, Portuguese
  • Duration of studying: 1-2 years.

Popular programs:

  • Biotechnology
  • Data analytics
  • Education
  • Maths
  • Geology
  • Paleontology
  • The medicine
  • Art history
  • Culture
  • Aesthetics
  • Urban studies.

Accommodation, housing and food

Students choose to stay on campus or nearby by renting apartments.

University residences:

Alfredo de Sousa Halls of Residence

  • Room for 2 (shared bathroom) 
  • Single room (shared bathroom)
  • Room for 2 (private bathroom)
  • Single room (private bathroom)
  • Apartments.

Fraústo da Silva Halls Residence

  • Room for 2 (shared bathroom)
  • Room for 2 (private bathroom)
  • Single room (shared bathroom)
  • Single room (private bathroom)
  • Apartments.

Lumiar Halls of Residence

  • Room for 2 (shared bathroom)
  • Room for 2 (private bathroom)
  • Single room (shared bathroom)
  • Single room (private bathroom).

How do students live on campus? Infrastructure includes:

  • Common dining rooms with kitchen appliances are freely available
  • Laundries
  • Rooms of 25 sq. m. with all the necessary furniture for classes
  • Recreation areas with TV
  • Computer centers with Internet access
  • Parking.

Events New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

The university has a variety of circles and sections, for example:

  • Technical club
  • Surf school
  • Startup club
  • Rowing
  • Development of soft skills
  • FinTech Club
  • Investment club
  • Economic community
  • Debate club
  • Creative community
  • Chess Club
  • Marketing.

Equipment New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa)

Lisbon is a major educational, business and research center offering ample opportunities for students during and after their studies.

  • The cost of living in Lisbon is not so high in comparison with other European countries, so there are affordable prices for housing, food and entertainment.
  • Most of the student residences are located in the city center. In addition, Lisbon has excellent hostels working according to international standards.
  • 239 days a year in the Portuguese capital, it is sunny, and the Mediterranean climate will not let you to get too cold even during the winter months
  • The city has a variety of bars and restaurants with excellent cuisine
  • The sunny capital has excellent conditions for sports - cycling, running, rowing or sailing is possible here all year round
  • Residents of Lisbon are hospitable and friendly, 42% speak two foreign languages (the most popular language is Spanish)
  • Portugal is named one of the safest in the world: according to the Global Peace Index, the country is in the TOP-3 in the world for this indicator.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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