Aveiro is a dynamic, medium-sized city with about 75,000 inhabitants. It offers much of what big cities can offer, but without the urban chaos or loss of quality of life. Integrated into a region of great industrial development, Aveiro is nowadays a city of commerce and services, as well as a culture and leisure center.
It is also distinguished by a lagoon called Ria de Aveiro and its canals, navigated by colorful boats (barcos moliceiros), traditionally used to harvest seaweed. Not far from its core, known for art nouveau buildings, is the Cathedral of Aveiro, with its prominent bell tower. The Museu de Aveiro, housed in a former convent, has a lavish tomb made of marble.
Emblematic of the city is the sweet made with eggs and sugar – the “ovos moles” (soft eggs) that are sold in wooden barrels or wrapped in a crusty wafer in different shapes. But before this treat, you can comfort your stomach with the delights that the sea offers, such as shellfish, fresh fish grilled or casseroled, and eels, characteristic of this region, which are served casseroled or marinated.
Those who prefer more entertainment can head South to the Praia da Barra, where they will see the tallest lighthouse in the country, or the Costa Nova, known for its striped “sheds”.
University of Aveiro (UA)
The University of Aveiro (UA) is a public foundation under private law whose mission is to contribute to and develop graduate and postgraduate education and training, research, and cooperation with society. Founded in 1973, it has a student population of approximately 12,500, distributed among 58 graduates, 40 Masters of Science, and 25 Ph.D. programs, distributed by departments and autonomous sections, with specialized faculties.
The UA’s mission is to create, share and apply knowledge, involving the whole community through teaching, research and cooperation with the surrounding environment, in order to make a clear difference for individuals and society. This is a global project based on:
- Innovative and lifelong learning, based on critical and independent thinking, which provides high-quality education that is accessible to all;
- influential research in creative ventures that provide meaningful, local, and global contributions to knowledge;
- cooperation with society;
- internationalization linked to its diverse activities;
- an academic, welcoming, and rewarding work environment for student.
To create and transmit knowledge in order to transform lives, communities, and society in general, by promoting training for citizenship, in respecting the freedom, equality, and dignity of the human person.
UA is organized based on a matrix structure, integrating both the university and polytechnic institutions, and involves permanent interaction between units, services, and other structures. Interdisciplinarity and flexibility are the principal features as well as organization and management by activities and objectives, plus an open-door approach with society and close links to the surrounding business environment.
How to get to UA
Located right in the center of Portugal, Aveiro is a city that is easy to get to, both by air and by road. Famous for its unique lagoon and canals, Aveiro is served by high-speed trains and is situated at the intersection of several highways, making it easy for you to reach the main airports of the country. UA is located on the west coast of the city of Aveiro, Portugal, near the A25, EN109 and next to Hospital Infante D. Pedro. The closest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro international airport in Porto, located some 80 km to the north of Aveiro. Portela international airport in Lisbon is located 250 km to the south of Aveiro. The train is the most practical means of making the journey to Aveiro.
Coordinates: 40.631293, -8.657694
Useful information on how to arrive to Aveiro can be found here: https://www.ua.pt/en/how-to-arrive