Education & Internships


There are 22 public and 42 private institutions in the Porto Metropolitan Area. Many of these universities and institutes in Porto offer courses either partially or completely taught in English, which are suitable for foreign students.

The Polytechnic Institute of Porto is the largest and most prestigious polytechnic institute in Portugal. It hosts seven schools, 30 R&D units, 18,000 students including around 500 foreign students.

The University of Porto is consistently ranked internationally as the first university in Portugal and 42nd in Europe according to CWTS Leiden Ranking 2016.

It is the largest science producer in Portugal, accounting for over 23% of Portuguese scientific articles published in ISI web of Science. It hosts 14 faculties, one business school, 50 R&D units, and over 32,000 students, including 3,700 foreign students.

UPTEC – Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto supports the creation of technological, scientific and creative-based companies and attracts national and international innovation centres.  After seven years of activity, UPTEC has supported more than 450 business ideas in diverse areas, from Nanotechnology to Design.

Here you can learn more about educational, training and research programmes.

If you move to Porto with your family, you will also find multilingual, European-oriented schooling facilities able to accommodate the needs of international children, from nursery to university.


Besides the typical places to find a job (here), in which you can also find vacancies for traineeships and internships in Porto, you should also visit the following:

If you’re studying in Portugal and you wish to pursue an internship (either curricular or extracurricular), you should also get in touch with your university or institute. They regularly announce vacancies that are also available for foreigners.

Getting in touch directly with the companies is also a good idea. In general, most Portuguese companies are open to welcome interns or have an internship programme and are happy to be contacted.