Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

Year of foundation: 1967
Approx. number of students: 5,600
Period of study:
MCI partner since: 2015

The City

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with a population of 552,700. It is continental Europe's westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. Lisbon lies in the western Iberian Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and the River Tagus. The westernmost areas of its metro area is the westernmost point of Continental Europe. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome by centuries. The Lisbon region is the wealthiest region in Portugal and it is well above the European Union's GDP per capita average - it produces 45% of the Portuguese GDP. Lisbon's economy is based primarily on the tertiary sector.

The University

UCP is recognized by the Portuguese State as a free, autonomous university institution of public utility. UCP was founded in 1967 and gained official recognition in 1971. It was the first modern Portuguese university not to be founded by the State, but is instead the result of the Concordat between the Portuguese government and the Vatican, which established the university under the tutelage of the Catholic Church.
Teaching at UCP - which has awarded degrees to around 20,000 students over the past 45 years - aims to combine academic excellence and education in human values.
UCP has a regional structure. Although it is just one university, it is made up of four major regional centres, Braga, Lisbon (the headquarters), Oporto and Viseu.