history and identity


With its strategic central location, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, the Leiria and West region is recognised for its breath-taking natural landscapes and historical attractions.

Energetic, sunny, and dynamic, Leiria is one of the best regions for students and young professionals to live in Portugal.


City of Leiria

The youthful mid-sized city of Leiria is spread outside the walls of its mediaeval castle, where most of our services and schools are located.

Safe and with a low cost-of-living, in the city of Leiria you can find the School of Education and Social Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Technology and Management, and our Main Services.


City of Caldas da Rainha

Thirty minutes away from the city of Leiria, Caldas da Rainha, also commonly called Caldas, is a hive of creative and cultural activity.

Birthplace of important figures in Portuguese culture, notably the painter José Malhoa and the caricaturist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, it should not surprise you that the School of Arts and Design is located here.

This is the best environment for students to get creative.


City of Peniche

The sea is one of the main points of attraction in the city of Peniche. Here you can find the most western cape of the Portuguese mainland coast, Cabo Carvoeiro, and the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology.

The city has the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal and is a major Atlantic hub for sea and tourism activities. This is a privileged study and research spot, where students and researchers can face the Atlantic Ocean and the Berlengas Natural Reserve.