University Name

NOVA University of Lisbon


The Universidade NOVA de Lisboa is the university of the Lisbon metropolitan area with its teaching and research schools and institutes in the centre of Lisbon, Almada, Oeiras and Cascais. NOVA is a decentralised University; its Faculties and Institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy.


Universities in Portugal have an old tradition. The first University was founded in 1289 in Coimbra, as a response to the growing need for education, dissemination of knowledge and exchange of ideas, as well as communication with other European Universities. This tradition has remained to this day in which universities are fundamental institutions in Portuguese society.

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973 and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three 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.

The founding of NOVA was a response to an ever-increasing demand for higher education in Portugal, in general, and in the city of Lisbon, in particular. Since its inception, NOVA has aimed to innovate higher education in Portugal and to contribute to the social and economic development of the country.
Following its first four years of existence, the initial model was adapted in order to carry out the University’s commitment towards excellence in teaching and research.

During its first years, the University cantered its offerings mainly on graduate and specialist programs, but since the end of 1977, NOVA has been steadily expanding its offerings.

NOVA is a decentralised University; its Faculties and Institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. Currently, NOVA has 20.077 enrolled students and 1.800 teachers and researchers.


Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, as a public higher education institution, has a mission to serve the society at the local, regional and global level, through the progress and dissemination of knowledge and understanding between cultures, societies and people, by way of teaching and research of excellence and of a provision of services based on a strong sense of community and with the following components:

An international profile with an emphasis on second and third cycles, but founded on solid first cycles, focused on its students and providing them rigorous knowledge, creativity, critical spirit and sense of citizenship and justice that enables professional success and leadership;
Collaborative research, responsible and internationally relevant, concentrating on interdisciplinary areas and including an investigation targeting the resolution of problems that affect society;
A service that promotes solidarity and sustainable development in the health, economic, technological, cultural and social plans, founded in the region of Lisbon and compromised on a national and international level, dedicating special attention to the countries where the Portuguese Language is spoken;
A wide base of inter-institutional participation, oriented to the integration of different scientific cultures with the purpose of creating innovative synergies for teaching and research.



You can benefit from this statute if you fulfil the following conditions:

  • If you do not have Portuguese nationality;
  • If you are not a national from a Member State of the European Union;
  • If you are not legally residing in Portugal until the 31st of August of the year in which you intend to enrol in higher education for more than two years, continuously, and if you are not family of foreign citizens that hold a resident permit for more than two years;
  • If you don’t intend to enrol in Higher Education through special regimes;
  • If you Hold: a Qualification giving access to Higher Education, meaning any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority in the country in which it was awarded; or a Diploma of Portuguese secondary school or equivalent degree

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal

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Student Life

Students’ associations represent the students of each school of NOVA University and are an essential part of the university life, actively promoting activities that vary from pedagogic and cultural events, sports practice and the provision of services to students.

Campus life

  • SASNOVA has three canteens and two cafeterias spread over all campuses.
  • The Social Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) have three canteens, with the respective snack bars and cafeterias, located at the university campuses.

Sports facilities

At NOVA students have the opportunity of practicing competitive sports, participating in university competitions of sports such as surf, korfball, tennis, padel, target archery, basketball and athletics.

Student clubs

Students’ associations represent the students of each school of NOVA University and are an essential part of the university life, actively promoting activities that vary from pedagogic and cultural events, sports practice and the provision of services to students.

  • Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
  • Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
  • Nova School of Business and Economics
  • NOVA Medical School/ Faculdade de Ciências Médicas
  • Faculdade de Direito
  • NOVA Information Management School
  • Housing services

    • Lisbon offers around 72 students residences, principally located in the city center, with easy access to the various campuses around the city. Lisbon also boasts numerous internationally acclaimed hostels offering high-quality accommodation at reduced prices.
    • The Social Welfare Services (SASNOVA) have three residence halls with a total of 460 beds for the university students, with priority given to Portuguese scholarship students and foreign students in exchange programs.

    Library services

    The Universidade Nova de Lisboa has several libraries, included in its schools, which are specialized in a wide variety of thematic fields,.

    Together they offer a collection of over 307,000 printed books, 6,388 printed journal titles, over 18,000 e-journal titles, theses and dissertations, 26,300 ebooks and access to bibliographical, statistical and financial databases.

    Medical services

    The Social Welfare Services of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) provide students appointments in General Practice, Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology and Nutrition. Appointments are held at Campolide Campus (Alfredo de Sousa Hall of Residence).

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Social Networks
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15 hours ago
Começou o processo de testagem rápida ao SARS-CoV-2 de toda a comunidade NOVA, no dia de regresso às aulas presenciais. Neste primeiro dia foram testados cerca de mil estudantes, professores, investigadores e funcionários.

A participação é voluntária e gratuita.
22 hours ago
We changed, we adapted and today we welcome all of our students back to campus. Watch the video to know more about our safety measures.
23 hours ago
A NOVA e o @santanderpt vão premiar, pela 15.ª vez, os melhores trabalhos de jornalismo económico publicados, em 2020, em órgãos de comunicação social escrita ou eletrónica.

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4 days ago
Last Call! Tem uma solução tecnológica inovadora para um turismo sustentável, seguro e saudável? Traga-a ao #Hackathon Mind The Tourism!

As candidaturas terminam nos dias 19 (individual) e 22 de abril (equipas). #MindTheTourism

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4 days ago
Today is #WorldVoiceDay, a fundamental tool for 30 per cent of the working population and, in particular, for teaching.

NOVA celebrates this day with one voice with all its schools, and also with NOVA Choir.
5 days ago
No podcast @90segundosPT, o investigador @ClaudioCD6 ( @fctnova) explica os objetivos e principais eixos de trabalho do projeto @caponlitter, sobre a produção de lixo marinho nas zonas costeiras.

Ouça este podcast produzido pela @antena1rtp, @itqbunl e @nova_fcsh.
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