Catholic University of Portugal


The Catholic University of Portugal is a concordat institute headquartered in Lisbon and with four locations: Braga Porto, Lisbon, and Viseu. Besides these 4 centres in Portugal, In Macau, the University of Saint Joseph is also UCP's affiliate. The university's mission is excellence in academic preparation and the development of science for the common good. It follows the principles of Christian humanism within an independent tenet that explores free thought and respects diversity.

Founded in 1967 by the declaration of the Holy See, Universidade Católica Portuguesa was made under Concordat Law at the request of the Portuguese Bishops' conference. The government officially recognized the university in 1971 through the decree-law 307/71, which accredited the UCP on par with other Portuguese institutions.

UCP's creation fulfilled the 40-year dream and vision of the Portuguese Church, creating a milestone in Portugal's modern higher education. It was the first time the state was not directly involved and in control of the university. Nowadays, the Catholic University of Portugal enjoys a large degree of sovereignty in running and creating new schools, campuses and courses. This university takes advantage of being a pioneer in university development in the country, either concerning areas of knowledge not previously taught in Portugal (e.g. food engineering, business administration and management etc.) or regional expansion of university campuses.


This university fosters students' development and guarantees to prepare students with professional and personal skills to impact the world. This institute has a student population of more than 11000 students and 7549 postgraduate students. Experienced teachers and professionals supervise the progress of each student. Professors, Students, and Staff members fuel and develop a strong sense of community, collaborating and working together to pursue a common mission.

AE Católica Lisbon is a student association of the UCP that ensures students create memorable student life. This association is committed to representing students at the highest level and defending their interests. In daily routines, it encourages everybody to provide the best resources and most diverse activities.

Professional Students Clubs at the Catholic University of Portugal play a vital role in the academic experience of their faculty. These clubs are set up by students with their areas of interest. This provides students with networking opportunities, developing careers, and gives rise to learning and recruitment opportunities.  


The Catholic University of Portugal has no campus Student Residences. It does, however, offer several private accommodation options adjusted to the student's needs.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the Catholic University of Portugal ranks 801-100.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the Catholic University of Portugal ranks 351-400.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the Catholic University of Portugal at 908.


Catholic University of Portugal
Palma de Cima, Edifício Reitoria, 1649-023 Lisboa, Portugal

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