Higher education institutions in Lisbon are among the best and most prestigious and have been recognised annually in multiple international rankings (Financial Times, CWUR – Centre for World University Rankings, Academic Ranking of World Universities of Shanghai, THE – Times Higher Education, and QS Ranking – World University Rankings).

Highlights go to the partnerships with international universities (e.g. the MIT – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UT Austin, Carnegie Mellon), where there are double degree university courses. These partnerships aim to build close relationships in the higher education and are recognised worldwide as some of the most prestigious programmes in the scope of the collaboration between universities, allowing for the exchange of students and teachers.

In Lisbon, most higher education institutions are part of European exchange programmes (e.g. Erasmus+) or have established protocols with universities all over the world. For clarifications, please contact the office that supports international students that exists in each institution.

Main international exchange programmes


Erasmus+ is the new programme of the European Union for Education, Training, Youth and Sports. Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships between institutions and organizations to promote cooperation and build bridges between the world of education and employment.

Program Fulbright

The Fulbright Commission aims to foster the mutual understanding between Portugal and the Unites States of America, by offering teacher, researcher and student exchange opportunities, based on merit; by providing guidance and quality information about the educational systems of both countries; and by promoting initiatives that enable the sharing of knowledge.

Academic programs of international cooperation

MIT Portugal

MIT Portugal is an international collaboration that includes the MIT, the Government, and the Science and Technology Fund (FCT), and Portuguese universities and industry to develop educational and research programmes about science and engineering systems.

Carnegie Mellon Portugal

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal intends to create new knowledge in specific fields of Information and Communication Technologies via advanced research, a world-class education degree and a strict connection with the Portuguese industry.

UT Austin Portugal

UT Austin Portugal program was launched in 2006 and aims to improve academic and research programmes in emerging technologies in Portugal.


IAESTE is an international organization with more than 80 member countries in five continents that was founded in 1948 in the Imperial College of London. It promotes the exchange of university students between member countries with the goal of providing them with a work experience in the industry, research institutions and other employer entities.

Santander Universities Program

The Santander Universities program aims to foster international mobility of students and teachers and to promote research and specialized training via post-graduation grants.

Ibervirtual Program

IberVirtual – The main goal of IberVirtual is to reinforce and enhance inclusive education by strengthening Distance Learning in the Ibero-American Space of Knowledge. In the scope of academic exchange, it favours the creation and consolidation of partnerships between higher education institutions that focus on virtual mobility.

Links and Institutional Projects


The GaragErasmus Foundation aims to fight unemployment and stimulate young entrepreneurship in Europe by creating the first professional network of more than three million ex-Erasmus students and taking advantage of their strong feeling of belonging to the initiative.


Erasmus Student Network (ESN) Lisboa is non-profit organization created in September 2008 by a group of Portuguese Erasmus students. Currently, the ESN Lisboa is formed by Portuguese students and international volunteers from multiple universities in Lisbon. The ESN Lisboa is the largest organization in Portugal when it comes to activities organized for exchange students.