Mission of the Office

The development of international cooperation has been one of the guidelines of ISPA's development strategy and a distinctive feature in its identity matrix, promoting programs of studies and activities of recognized relevance in the scientific and cultural plan with some of the best international university institutions and with partners from the Civil society.


This opportunity took the form of promoting international cooperation in the field of teaching and research; in support of training in international context of both the students, faculty and staff; and the integration of foreign professors and students in the academic community.


Aware that the size of ISPA requires a centering of the internationalization strategy on a limited number of strategic alliances with international partners, the Erasmus program has been and continues to be one of the key elements for an opening movement of the School, which involves mobilizing the entire academic community, integrating the investment of faculty and researchers, additional training of the staff and the voluntarism of the students to meet the needs of a very specific group: the Erasmus partners.


It is important to mention that ISPA's internationalization strategy in the context of Erasmus + is not limited to academic mobility, which is a catalyst in the development of closer research collaborations and in the modernization and quality of higher education. Partnerships between institutions, at departmental level or between researchers, are provided and encouraged through the sharing of academic, research and intervention interests and focus on generating sustainable results both at the academic level, scientific production and the dissemination of good practices, culminating, naturally, in high quality teaching-learning processes.


Thus, opportunities for creating increasingly diverse contexts that promote the construction of an increasingly robust European identity are promoted. It is precisely in this development process that, once again, Erasmus + objectives and ISPA values come together:

a) Critical thinking - promoting the sharing of scientific knowledge that supports a critical conscience that trains interventional citizens, capable of acting in an ethical and socially responsible manner, in democracy and in a diversified context;
b) Excellence - development of demanding standards, rigor and professionalism, based on the adoption and sharing of best practices;
c) Innovation - Encouraging creativity and a proactive stance in building knowledge, particularly in the teaching-learning processes, but also in supporting entrepreneurial opportunities, particularly for students;
d) Humanism - adopting a culture based on respect for the human person in its multiple expressions, on the recognition of the right to be different and on equal opportunities;
e) Solidarity - Development of a sense of justice and social responsibility and promote its practice.


To achieve these values, ISPA supports its policy:
- In the provision of a training offer prepared considering internationally defined criteria that allow for the mutual recognition of qualifications and periods of learning abroad completed at other universities;
- The rigor with which the evaluation (internal and external) of all the actors in the teaching-learning, research and intervention processes is carried out;
- Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives (namely through the use of strategies based on technologies in the context of the teaching-learning process, but also in the dematerialization of administrative processes);
- In the creation of contexts in which students, namely Erasmus + mobility students, can be part of a relevant, permanent and diversified social and community intervention policy, thus realizing the development of a humanistic and solidary spirit.

Working Hours & Contacts


10:30h to 17:30h



Phone: +351 218 811 700

Fax: +351 218 860 954

E-mail: international@ispa.pt