University profile

Polytechnic of Leiria

2023/24 edition

About Polytechnic of Leiria

Did you know that students from over 70 different countries have chosen Polytechnic of Leiria as their first study option? Learn why Portugal is the perfect destination and why studying at Polytechnic of Leiria might be a real life-changing experience.

The Polytechnic of Leiria is a public institution of Higher Education that offers programmes for undergraduate degree, masters, and preparation courses for access to higher education level. With Portuguese and English taught programmes you have the opportunity to be part of an innovative and entrepreneur higher education institution with five campi in four different cities.

  • Want to be success in business? We have business and legal sciences fields of study.
  • Want to learn how to build a car? Polytechnic of Leiria has the best engineering automotive laboratory nationwide.
  • Want to create masterpieces? Our schools of art are among the best schools in Europe, in the category "product design ".
  • Want to understand the world you live in? Education and social sciences would be it.
  • Want to improve the lives of others? Decide on one of our tourism health and sports programme.

That’s all up to you. With more than 1300 international students, the Polytechnic of Leiria is proud of its friendly environment for students, teachers and technicians who help students settle into a new life away from home.

Five schools, in four magnificent cities not just to study in but to live and love.

Future career prospects

The Polytechnic of Leiria is proud to have industry partnerships: Many of our courses have partnerships with leading companies laying the foundations for you to exceed. Cisco, Phoenix Contact, Oracle, Siemens are just some of the major brands who have decided to implement academies at our institution.

We are also located in a region with great economic dynamism: High level of employability in a region rich in plastics, ceramics and glass, moulds, engineering, fisheries, tourism, food and biotechnological industries.

The Polytechnic of Leiria also has an IT platform that aims to promote the employability of its students.

English language support

The English taught masters course requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Facilities and support arrangements

The Polytechnic of Leiria has good facilities and support arrangements to help students settle into a new life away from home.

Twenty-first century study facilities: five campi offering exceptional learning facilities. More than 130 hi-tech laboratories equipped with the latest technology.

Innovative teaching: We’ve invested in advanced student facilities and in the latest technology available, trying to bring our courses to life. ESTM School-Hotel and our Online Learning Unit are just two of them.

ICT services: free WI-FI at all campuses, residence halls, canteens and other Polytechnic of Leiria spaces.

Medical services: Polytechnic of Leiria provides the conditions that ensure your well-being physically and psychologically, therefore we offer reduced costs, support in specific areas such as diagnosis and prevention, as well as psycho pedagogical counselling.

Sports facilities: Polytechnic of Leiria gives students the opportunity to practice a wide range of sports through the sport sector of Student Support Services.

Canteens: Polytechnic of Leiria offers a number of food units, through its Student Support Services. The options are varied: five canteens, nine bars, two restaurants and a snack bar. Students have access to a meal service, at a very affordable price. In canteens, complete meals are provided at social prices (the complete meal includes: soup, main course, salad, bread, fruit or dessert and juice) and in the bars, there are menus with subsidised prices. There is a permanent desire to diversify meals, trying to assure balanced diet menus and improve the level of student satisfaction.

Fees, funding and costs

For European students: 1,140€
For International Students: 3,000€

Contact details

Caldas da Rainha
Peniche and Marinha Grande
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