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Where the future leads you!

Located in the bank of the Douro River - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal - ISPGAYA is a Higher Education Polytechnic Institute, that can be the starting point of your tomorrow.
This is where it all begins. Here you will acquire new knowledge, develop new skills and live new experiences. Whatever your field of study is, at ISPGAYA you will build the personal and professional future you dream of.
Adaptation to change, flexibility, innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity are the guiding principles of your ISPGAYA journey. These principles are achieved through a teaching methodology that is based upon a pratical approach to knowledge. The articulation with the main companies and organizations of the region allows a permanent contact with different professional and personal realities. We believe that this is the way to prepare you to be a good professional and an exemplary citizen.
At ISPGAYA you will also find a welcoming atmosphere, marked by a close and transparent relationship with the entire academic community.
Here the future is what you want it to be!


ISPGAYA helps you trace your path thanks to a diverse training offer tailored to the needs and trends of the labor market.
Get to know the options we have for you:

Preparatory Course

The preparatory course, with a duration of 1 semester, from March till July, is a mean for international students to acquire knowledge about Portuguese language and culture, thus ensuring a better integration in the country. In addition, and because it also addresses “technical” subjects, it serves as a preparation for admission in a CTeSP or in a Bachelor Degree. Finally, a reference to the greater simplicity of documentation required to join ISPGAYA through this training. Therefore, the entrance into the country is also much simpler this way.

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Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia

The urban center of Porto is the second most populous in the country and the most important in the northern region of Portugal, with a population of about 750,000 inhabitants. Of these, about 50,000 are higher education students.
Known as "Invicta", bathed by the Douro River and the Atlantic Ocean, the welcoming, authentic, cosmopolitan and beautiful city of OPorto combines tradition with modernity.
The stunning landscapes, the old and narrow streets of its city center, the cultural and artistic diversity and its rich and varied cuisine made the city been recognized as 2017 Best European Destination Award by Europe's Best Destinations.
Across the river is Vila Nova de Gaia, with its beaches, extensive countryside, famous port wine cellars and stunning views to Porto's historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We invite you to know some of the most iconic places of these two wonderful cities:


  • Igreja de São Francisco
  • Serralves
  • Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis
  • Palácio da Bolsa
  • Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
  • Casa da Música
  • Livraria Lello
  • São Bento Train Station


  • Jardim do Morro
  • Teleférico de Gaia
  • Taylor’s
  • Convento Corpus Christi
  • Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar
  • Casa Museu Teixeira Lopes
  • Praia de Miramar

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