One of ISCTE-IUL's primary development priorities is its commitment to internationalization. The Institution has continually involved itself in initiatives that pursue the increasing globalization of teaching, research and innovation. Through these initiatives, ISCTE-IUL has defined a strong and lasting alliance policy that promotes its overall competitiveness as a global university.
ISCTE-IUL's international cooperation efforts include integration into networks and inter-university consortiums, participation in a considerable number of European education, training and research programmes, support of student, teaching and non-teaching staff mobility, and involvement in innovative partnership courses.
To these ends, ISCTE-IUL maintains approximately 450 general and specific protocols of cooperation with Higher Education Institutions in a variety of countries, in particular the European Union member states, Australia, Brazil, China, India, the United States of America and the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOPs).
The cooperation of ISCTE-IUL with other universities is also made visible in its awarding of cross-national degrees such as the European doctorate, as well as other doctorates and master degrees under joint supervision.
At ISCTE-IUL, the department reponsible for the development of internationalization strategy is the Office of International Relations (IRO), which ensures coordination and cooperation on a global scale.