University of Algarve


The University of Algarve is a new state university located in Portugal's southern part, one of the most touristic sections of Portugal. The university has seen significant development in terms of modern facilities, student population and the diversity and quality of programs.

 Originated on the 16th of January 1979, this university results from the unification of two preexisting institutions, the Polytechnic Institute of Faro and the University of Algarve, which makes it somewhat exclusive from most universities given that the Schools and Faculties of both systems co-exist. Still today, departments and sections of both institutions co-exist on the university's four campuses. One campus of UAlg is in Portimão town, and the other three campuses are in Faro city. UAlg's every campus has its library. This institute teaches across 6 subject areas: Literature and History; Arts; Marine, Environmental, Engineering, Earth, and Life Sciences; Allied and Medicine Sciences; Education, Professional and Social training sciences; and Economics, Management and Tourism.

Research work carried out at UAlg is in several research centres which focus on the areas of Molecular and Structural Biomedicine; Arts and Communication; Electronics, Telecommunications and Optoelectronics; Marine and Environmental; Spatial and Organizational Dynamics; and Chemistry.


The Internationalization of UAlg is clearly visible in Faro city streets. The University of Algarve receives around 2000 students annually from around 80 countries. The university is increasingly investing in the mobility of teachers, researchers and students. It is a pioneer in coordinating and offering mobility projects in the country, particularly in the Erasmus Mundus Program.

AAUALG (Associação Académica da Universidade do Algarve) is student union of the University of Algarve. Created in 1997, this union is the representative body of all students at the university. Before its formation, 6 smaller student associations were working independently and representing each college or school of the university.

In collaboration with Student Support and Welfare Services, AAUALG offers various sports activities from yoga to Bujinkan and hip-hop to salsa. Competitive sports offered at the University of Algarve include futsal, handball, rugby, volleyball, basketball, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and many more.


UAlg's Social Action Services offer 9 University residences to students. These residences are located in Gambelas, Faro, and Portimão and are organized in the form of flats and apartments. This housing has a capacity of 588 beds for students enrolled in bachelor's and master's degrees.


Following are the global rankings of the University of Algarve.

  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Algarve ranks 801-1000.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of Algarve at 1081.


University of Algarve
Estr. da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

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