​ISMAI is pleased to welcome you to its university and hopes you will enjoy your stay and studies in Maia.

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

The University Institute of Maia - ISMAI 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, ISMAI is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

ISMAI is a prestigious higher education institution that offers Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degree programmes, all of which have been accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education - A3ES.

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.


 Bachelor's Degrees 

 Master's Degrees 

 PhD Degrees 



With some exceptions, the programmes at ISMAI are conducted through Portuguese. For international and/or Portuguese students interested in attending English-taught courses, the programmes in Psychology and Physical Education and Sport will be made available in English in 2015/16 (provided there is a minimum number of students required for the course to be run). International students can obtain special permission to sit exams and 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.

Departments and Functional Units

ISMAI is divided into 4 Departments

  • Physical Education and Sports Sciences
  • Communication Sciences and Information Technologies
  • Business Sciences
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences

Academic and research activities rely on the support of both functional and research units.ISMAI has 6 Resaerch Units integrated in interinstitutional research centres

As what regards Functional Units, ISMAI 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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