The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL)

is a public institution of higher education, at the service of society, dedicated to the production and diffusion of knowledge creation, transmission and diffusion of culture, science, technology and arts, oriented research and experimental development. The institution composed of 5 schools:

  • Education and Social Sciences
  • Technology and Management
  • Arts and Design
  • Tourism and Maritime Technology
  • Health Sciences.

IP Leiria is and innovative and entrepreneur Higher Education Institution with a dynamic and robust ecosystem of Research and Innovation (R&D+I) strongly oriented to the economy and society. In an effort to provide the best conditions for teaching and learning to its students, the IP Leiria has been investing in modern, well-equipped infrastructures for learning and researching, with access to extensive documentary and bibliographical resources)

Why choose IPLeiria?

Academic Offering
A wide offer in Undergradute, Graduate, Professional Studies and other courses including professional training and massive open courses on their own platform.

IPLeiria develops its R&D activities through 13 research units and 5 other organizations conducting applied research in various different scientific areas

An international experience allows you to improve language and social skills, be independent, confident and improve your self-esteem. IPL prepares students for a global world.

Life in IPLeiria
At IPLeiria they value a solid scientific and technical preparation, but also cultural and social development and a healthy lifestyle

Campus Locations
4 CitiesLeiria, Caldas da Rainha, Peniche and Marinha Grande

In recent years, the number of students and teachers of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria has increased considerably. The institution currently has about 12,000 students, 980 teachers and 316 technical and administrative staff distributed throughout the mentioned schools.

Study Areas

Masters Programs

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Civil engineering- Building Construction
  • Computer Engineering- Mobile Computing
  • Graphic design
  • Health Care Information Systems Management
  • International Bussiness
  • Marine Resources Biotechnology
  • Product Design Engineering
  • Sustainable Tourism Management

Student Life in Leiria

IPLeiria has seven student residences in the cities of Leiria, Caldas da Rainha e Peniche. It also has a School – Hotel and Pousadinha José Saramago, in a total of 740 beds. In the city of Leiria, there are three female and one male residences (385 beds), in Caldas da Rainha there is one female and one male residences (222 beds) and in the city of Peniche they have a mixed male and female residence (45 beds) and the Hotel School (48 beds). The rooms of the student residence halls are equipped with beds, desks, wardrobes and cupboard. They also have central heating and a computer room. All students are provided linen. The laundry is free of charge and provided by the Student Support Service, and students can use the self service area, for their personal laundry (washing and drying). The residences also offer alternative spaces for studying and socializing. Students have free access to the internet through the wireless network as well.

IPLeiria offers a number of food units, through its Student Support Services. The options are varied: five canteens, nine bars, two restaurants and a snack bar. Students have access to a meal service, at a very affordable price. In canteens complete meals are provided at social prices (the complete meal includes: soup, main course, salad, bread, fruit or dessert and juice) and, in the bars, there are also menus with subsidized prices. There is a permanent concern with the diversification of meals, in the attempt to assure balanced diet menus and improve the level of student satisfaction.

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