IPMAIA is pleased to welcome you to its Institute and hopes you will enjoy your stay and studies in Maia.

The International Relations Office, IPMAIA and its staff are always available and await your arrival with enthusiasm.

The Polytechnic Institute of Maia - IPMAIA is located in the city of Maia, 12 km from Porto, the second largest city in Portugal. The university campus occupies an area of 70,000 m2 and offers students excellent infrastructures, transport facilities and state-of-the-art technological equipment. For academic members' convenience, IPMAIA is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Starting 2016/17, a new state-of-the-art, on-campus Sports Complex became available for all IPMAIA students.

IPMAIA is a prestigious higher education institution that offers Master's degree programmes, Bachelor's degree programmes and short-cycle courses, all of which have been accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) and/or the Directorate-General of Higher Education (DGES).

All course programmes are taught by highly professional and qualified academic staff members, holders of a PhD to an extent that largely exceeds the national legal requirements. 

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Course Offer

IPMAIA offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in different areas.

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International Student Applications

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With some exceptions, the programmes at IPMAIA are conducted in Portuguese. For international and/or Portuguese students interested in attending English-taught courses, some programmes might be available in English  (provided there is a minimum number of students required for the course to run). International students typically have special permission to sit exams and/or carry out project work in languages other than Portuguese (usually English, French or Spanish). Language support is provided through Portuguese language courses offered by the International Relations Office. The timetables of the classes are normally flexible, so as to suit students' needs.


  • Steered by a learner-centred approach
  • Close and direct contact with academic and non-academic staff as well as with the management board
  • Based on respect, responsibility and dignity
  • Safe and reliable academic organisation
  • Plenty of reference sources for students' work and research.
  • Intensive use of information and communication technologies.


IPMAIA is divided into two Higher Schools:

  • Higher School of Social Sciences, Education and Sports
  • Higher School of Technology and Management

Academic and research activities rely on the support of both research and functional units. IPMAIA is in the process of creating its own institutional Research Unit, and many of its teachers are already integrated in other national Research Units.

Regarding Functional Units, IPMAIA provides the academic community with a(n):

  • Multiplatform Studio (Centre for Communication Sciences)
  • Advanced Laboratory of Telecommunications
  • Multimedia Centre and Laboratory
  • Photography Laboratory
  • Physical Condition Centre and Human Kinetics Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Forensic and Criminal Sciences
  • Occupational Safety Support Centre
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Chemistry Laboratory
  • Entrepreneurship Centre
  • Centre for Psychological Support Services 
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International Relations Office