New researchers

Welcome to one of the most innovative higher education institutions in the country! Arriving at a new university partially resembles the arrival in a new country, it is important to establish priority contacts.

At ISCTE-IUL the new researchers integrate into one of the 8 research units where the research work will be developed, individually or as part of a research team. The staff of the research units will provide the necessary support for this integration into the Institute, taking the steps involved in the registration process on ISCTE-IUL's formal platforms and access to services. The Research Support Office (RSO | will serve as a bridge and / or interlocutor in matters related to  integration.

ISCTE-IUL provides a chain of services that facilitates integration into the university system, giving access to the physical and technological infrastructures to develop the research work.


ISCTE-IUL is strategically located in the centre of Lisbon. On its doorstep is an underground railway station as well as a large number of bus routes, allowing easy and fast access to any part of the city. Within short walking distance there is a wide choice of hotels, restaurants and shops, in addition to one of the largest sport and recreational centres in Lisbon. The airport is just a ten minute drive away.

The ISCTE-IUL campus offers a wonderful atmosphere and facilities which include four buildings (45.000 m2), one of which is Building II, that opened in 2003 and received the Valmor Prize, Portugal’s foremost award for  architectural excellence.

University residence

The ISCTE-IUL University Residence meets some of the accommodation needs of its visiting students and professors.

Located in the 17th-century Santos-o-Novo Monastery, which is a classified  National Monument, on a small hill by the river Tagus in Lisbon’s east end, the residence has a splendid view and is a short distance from the central railway station of Santa Apolónia, the traditional neighbourhood of Alfama, downtown Lisbon, Terreiro do Paço, and the new residential, retail and service area of Parque das Nações. As there are more applicants than vacancies, it will not be possible to provide accommodation within hall residence for all exchange students. The criterion used is the date of arrival of the application form.

Campus Art, Culture and Sports

ISCTE-IUL has different spaces and groups dedicated to fostering culture, art and sports. From exhibitions and lectures to concerts and theatre productions, ISCTE-IUL offers a variety of events programming throughout the year.

University Library

ISCTE-IUL University Library is a place where culture assumes several dimensions. It is an open and dynamic facility where all cultural expressions are welcome. 

  • Thematic Bibliographic Exhibitions
  • Library Talks
  • Book of the month
  • Books public presentation
  • Cultural circles
  • Workshops
  • Music in the Library
  • Art in the Library
  • ‘4 decades, 4 movies’ cinema cycle
  • Other extracurricular and cultural activities



The ISCTE-IUL students' union (AEISCTE) is an autonomous organization, whose mission is to ensure that the students' academic life is enhanced by social and cultural components. The students' union provides information about events held not only in Lisbon, but also in other cities of Portugal, involving concerts, performing arts, film festivals and much more. 



ISCTE-IUL students and academic/research staff benefit from special conditions of access to sports facilities. Lisbon University Stadium (EUL): one of the largest sports centres in Lisbon, offers football and rugby pitches, running tracks, swimming pools and fitness gyms among others.


The AEISCTE also offers a wide range of sports activities such as handball, badminton, basketball, football, swimming, rugby and volleyball. In addition, the Association promotes a series of initiatives that extend to a variety of other sports, and bikes can be rented to explore the city.


“mISCuTEm” created in 2001 is ISCTEIUL's theatre group, with staging and actors' direction by Ana Isabel Augusto. Registration for the mISCuTEm - Theatre Group ISCTE-IUL reopens in September.


ISCTE-IUL has an exhibition room on campus in Building II, floor 1,that holds several exhibitions dedicated to different themes all year round.


Language courses

Portuguese language courses are offered, in both semesters, to all international exchange and visiting students who want to improve their Portuguese for academic or personal reasons, which lead to certificate of Portuguese as a Foreign Language. Please contact the Laboratory of Transversal Competences ( For other foreign languages the contact should be Language and Company (by email: or at ISCTE-IUL, Building I (Sedas Nunes), Office 0W7.

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