Internationalization is one of the main vectors on U.Porto's development, as is evident through the implementation of numerous international initiatives, in accordance to the 'Strategic Development Plan' of the university. This approach allows to: (i) develop the existing cooperation; (ii) start and set up innovative cooperation activities through the establishment of cooperation protocols with universities from all over the world; (iii) integrate several international inter university cooperation networks and groups; and (iv) actively participate on a significant number of European education, training and research programmes.
A significant number of these activities are specially developed within university networks in which U.Porto participates, and also through several bilateral cooperation agreements signed with partner universities from all continents.
U.Porto's cooperation with other European universities is also visible through the issuing of the European doctoral certificate and the establishment of joint programmes, highlighting the U.Porto's participation in several European masters, as well as the signature of numerous agreements with European and Latin-American institutions to grant double degrees and joint supervision doctoral thesis.
To develop its internationalization strategy, the U.Porto has an International Office and a Portuguese Language and Latin-American Countries Cooperation Office that ensure, in an integrated way, the coordination and the development of the international cooperation actions.