The University of Algarve is a young state university, located in the southern part of Portugal, one of the most touristic regions of Portugal.The University has witnessed a significant growth in terms of student population, modern facilities and the quality and diversity of programmes on offer.

Founded on the 16th January 1979, the University of Algarve results from the union of two preexisting institutions, the University of Algarve and the Polytechnic Institute of Faro, which makes it somewhat unique from most universities given that Faculties and Schools of both systems, co-exist.

The University student population is today close to 10,000 and employs over 700 academics. It has three faculties and four schools, offering a range of quality undergraduate and postgraduate courses in beautiful academic settings.

Recently, there has been a significant increase of foreign students from more than 60 countries due to the internationalization strategy of the University of Algarve. The quality and diversity of European Masters and Doctorates, combined with post-graduate courses open to students from all over the world justify the magnitude of this mobility.

It is an important centre for cultural, scientific and technological development, with strong regional, national and international ties, offering students the opportunity to explore various careers as they gain transferable skills.


The university has four campuses: Penha, Gambelas, Saúde and Portimão. 

In the Penha Campus you'll find the following schools:

  • School of Education and Communication; 
  • School of Management, Hotel and Tourism;
  • Institute of Engineering.


And in the Gambelas Campus you'll find these faculties:

  • Faculty of Economics;
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences;
  • Faculty of Sciences and Technology;
  • Department of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine;