Introduce you to Berlengas Archipelago and ESTM


If you are an international student fascinated by nature, science, tourism and sustainable development, let me introduce to Berlengas Archipelago and ESTM-School of Tourism and Maritime Technology.

The Berlengas Biosphere Reserve includes a group of small islands and rocks, and the city of Peniche on the mainland where the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria is located. One hour by car from Lisbon to the North, ESTM is a privileged place to study with Berlengas’ natural marine reserve as landscape, sandy beaches and many diving and surf spots in the vicinity.


This is a unique scenario to study and ESTM among other partners has recently published a set of communication content about the natural heritage of the Berlengas Archipelago territory of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Under the slogan “Knowing to preserve, knowing to enjoy” the project aims to raise environmental education and awareness stimulating appropriate behaviours towards such an outstanding natural value.

Take a look at the contents made by ESTM and MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre ( in portuguese).






So, if your interest involve plants, animals, biology and biotechnology, tourism, sustainability and are wondering where you could study these kind of subjects with a hands-on approach take a look at our English taught programs. Besides a strong biology and tourism curricula, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors classes provided by the natural scenario and a relaxed lifestyle combining study and leisure. ESTM offers small class sizes, personalized teaching and students-professors closer relationship. The school is very well equipped, with laboratories hi-tech, research units with faculty professors with a strong academic background. Besides formal classes students are invited and encouraged to join research groups, participation in the organization of tourism events and motivated to apply to one of the many opportunities for internship in Portugal or abroad.

This could be exactly what you are looking for in a school and its city.