University of Beira Interior

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Founded

1986

Description

Established as the Polytechnic Institute of Covilhã in 1973, the University of Beira Interior is located in the small, affluent mountain city of Covilhã.

A public university in the historic Beira province in the north of Portugal, it was founded against a backdrop of struggling industry in the region in order to give local residents the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education without travelling across the country. After it grew rapidly, the Portuguese government made it a higher education institute, a promotion, six years later. In 1986, it gained full university status.

Covilhã is more than 250km north west of Lisbon, and only marginally closer to Porto, making UBI one of the most isolated universities in the Iberian Peninsula.

The area attracts a number of skiers in winter, but is fairly serene all year round. The historic town centre is the highlight, but spectacular views of the surrounding area, and over the Spanish border, can be enjoyed from all over. The pedestrianised bridge over the River Carpenteira, opened in 2009, is among the highest in the country, 52 metres high and 220m in length.

Travel from one part of the university to another is usually a comfortable walking distance. UBI’s campus, in south west Covilhã, features three libraries, seven halls of residence and a range of sports facilities, while students can get involved in sports clubs, media products and the students’ union. Its Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering have been joined by three more - Human and Social Sciences, Arts, and Health Sciences - since the turn of the century.

Specific details

Category of Education Business and Economics, Technology and Engineering, Computer Sciense, IT and Communication, Medicine and Healthcare, Life Science and Biology, Social Science, Physical Science, Arts and Humanities, Education, Psychology

Location

Portugal
Convento de Santo António, Covilhã , 6201-001, Castelo Branco, Portugal

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Rafael
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Being a student at UBI is quite a good experience. The facilities for the Communication Course are really good. Staff and Professors are always available after class for a tutorial time and that's something really interesting. The course count's...

Being a student at UBI is quite a good experience. The facilities for the Communication Course are really good. Staff and Professors are always available after class for a tutorial time and that's something really interesting. The course count's with a good amount of theoretical studies and also some practical activities that can really add up to your experience. Often we have visitors Professors coming from different European and even American Universities, so that brings some freshness for the studies. The city doesn't offer much to do. It's a small city in the countryside of Portugal, so that's a bit of a payoff one has to have in mind. This means that whenever you need to go to some other country you have to spend around 3 to 5h in train or bus to get either to Porto or Lisbon. The good side of it is that Covilhã is quite a cheap city compared to the two big centres. It's relatively easy to find accommodation and you certainly will not have to worry about having a car or using public transportation for daily locomotion.

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The amount of courses to choose from is massive. All the several campus are near each other. And the privilege to be studying at Serra da Estrela is amazing, the views, the snow and the gastronomic culture are amazing!

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UBI is a community of students, professors and staff. It’s located in a university town, which makes it easier for students to navigate and balance their social and academic life. There is plenty of opportunity for growth, specially being that...

UBI is a community of students, professors and staff. It’s located in a university town, which makes it easier for students to navigate and balance their social and academic life. There is plenty of opportunity for growth, specially being that most students move away from their parents and get to meet people from different backgrounds.

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