Created in 1973, the University of Aveiro quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Now a public foundation under private law, it continues to develop and implement its mission to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, to generate research and promote cooperation with society.
Attended by about 15,000 students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the UA has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal, being one of the top universities regarding the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff.
Aveiro is a city in Aveiro Municipality (District of Aveiro) located in west-central Portugal, right by the Atlantic Ocean shore, with a total area of about 200 km² and a population close to 80,000 inhabitants. Inserted into a region of great industrial development, full of trades and services, Aveiro is annually visited by more than 100,000 tourists, being a reference centre for culture and leisure and offering a high quality of life.
The New Art (an architectural and decorative style that marked the late 19th and early 20th century) and all the several city museums, the salt flats, the famous Ria de Aveiro (with its typical boats called Moliceiros and the channels that cross the city, making it known as the Venice of Portugal), the beautiful extensive beaches just minutes away, the refreshing green spaces scattered all over town, the delicious local gastronomy (like the Ovos Moles, a very known delicacy made of egg yolks and sugar) and its vicinity to well-known wine caves (Porto, Bairrada, Dão, etc), all of these are just a few of the hallmarks of a young and dynamic city with plenty to offer to visitors.