Internationalisation strategy

A university open to the world

Internationalisation forms an intrinsic component of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa mission. Its internationalisation process not only represents a structural factor to all of its research and teaching activities and services to the global community but is also essential to the institutional development strategy. This strategy has undergone implementation through:

  • The strengthening of the capacity to recruit international lecturers and researchers;
  • The internal qualification of human and public relation resources in support of internationalisation;
  • Mobility Programmes and other international cooperation agreements spanning all title awarding degrees;
  • Investment in joint international study Programme: 20 joint, double or multiple degrees;
  • Degree Programme fully taught in English;
  • Strategic alliances with Catholic Universities renowned internationally for their research and reputation;
  • A set of subjects entirely taught in English across the various areas of study open to attendance by students from other fields, the Liberal Arts Curriculum;
  • The sustained rise in the number of international and exchange students.

In 2017, 17.3% of all UCP students were of international origin, from five continents and around 90 countries, including Germany, Brazil, Italy, Angola, China, Spain, Guinea Bissau, France, Cape Verde and the Netherlands.

The positioning of the UCP, its teaching units and Programmes in international rankings, such as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS University Rankings, Financial Times, Eduniversal and U-Multirank rankings, expresses the recognition attributed to the quality of its teaching and the results of advancing with this international positioning strategy.

UCP is committed to the development of global teaching, embracing the internationalisation of research and knowledge transfers and always striving to ensure its quality stands alongside the highest international standards. Built locally to inspire globally, the University seeks to convey its values, based on Christian humanism, hoping that these may attain a global impact through its alumni as highlighted, for example, by the Nobel Peace Prize attributed in 1996 to Ximenes Belo, a Theology graduate from the 1979 class, Bishop of Dili, Timor (1988-2002).