Polytechnic Institute of Setubal (IPS) is a public institution of higher education, created in 1979 with the aim of promoting both professional expertise and scientific knowledge. Currently, IPS has about 6,500 students and 500 teachers and researchers in five Higher Education Schools: Setubal School of Technology, School of Education, School of Business and Administration, Barreiro School of Technology and School of Health Care.

IPS offers a wide range of Undergraduate, Graduate, Professional Studies and other courses including professional training in different areas such as Engineering, Technology, Education, Sports, Communication, Business, Administration and Health Care. The curricula respond to market needs and focus on “hands on” learning. Research also plays an important role in IPS’s strategic objectives.

Educational Areas
Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal Strategic Plan has defined the following strategic action areas:

• Engenharia e Tecnologia
• Tecnologias e Engenharias

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Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal
Centre for Internationalization and Mobility. Campus IPS - Estefanilha
2910-761 Setúbal
+351 265 790 159

The IPS has two campi in the cities of Setubal and Barreiro where all the premises and equipment are high quality and up−to−date. There are a number of well-equipped laboratories, documentation centres, audio-visual equipment and computer facilities available to students and teachers.
In addition to financial support for students in need, the Students’ Welfare Services include a Residence, at a walking distance from the Setubal campus, sports facilities, as well as medical and psychological assistance.


IPS is situated in the Greater Lisbon Metropolitan Area, Portugal. The region is home to strong enterprises in such fields as, for example, paper and motorcar industries, and holds a highly important geostrategic position, since it is a gateway to Europe. Furthermore, Setubal region, with its varied landscape composed of sea and mountains, including a large protected area with an application in progress to UNESCO Human Heritage, is a tourist destination for both Portuguese and foreigners.