Welcome to  ISEL – Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa!

ISEL (Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa) resulted from the restructuring of an institution with a long-standing tradition in engineering teaching in Portugal, the Industrial Institute of Lisbon (Instituto Industrial de Lisboa), which was founded in 1852 by Royal Decree signed by Queen Maria II. In 1988 it became part of a network of Polytechnic Higher Education institutions, integrated in IPL - Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa).

Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa is the oldest Portuguese engineering school with more than 160 years and it continues to provide high-level educational services ever since. A wide range of subjects is offered, through both:

  •  Traditional fields of study:  Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering;   Electrical Engineering; Electronics, Telecommunications and Computers engineering; Mechanical Engineering;
  •  Emerging Science and Technology fields of study: Biological Computer Science; Multimedia Engineering; Renewable and Sustainable energy.

Why study at ISEL?

  •  Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa (ISEL) offers a high quality academic experience, with academics and practitioners who are experts in their field.
  • Our professors have strong theoretical foundation, and efficient practical training, and the result of this close connection between theory and practice allows our students to be prepared to the requirements of the industry and the society.
  •  Our programmes are accredited by professional institutions at national and international levels, which are recognised by employers.

What to find at ISEL?

  •  ISEL comprises 7 Departments offering, in total, several programmes of studies (Graduation, Master Degree and Post-Graduation).
  • Selected fields may be studied in English with a proper combination of lectures/lab exercises and/or projects, depending on the number of attendees and the course requirements.
  • The cycle of studies works in day time and after working hours shift with the same plan of study. Working students enrolled in daytime can attend the after working hours shift.
  • Academic year divided into winter and summer semesters. The winter semester begin in September and finish in mid-January, followed by an examination period. The spring semester normally begins in March and finishes in June, followed by an examination period.
  •  Programmes of studies involves strong components of laboratory work instilling practice to the theory learned.
  • Within the framework of Erasmus Plus programme, some part of studies can be carried out at partner universities abroad.
  • Several forms of teaching such as lectures, seminars, lab work and projects. A strong emphasis is placed on individual work.
  • A student-centred, up-to-date and appropriately planned teaching and learning environment.
  • A good environment, with several extracurricular activities (sports, music, students union, etc).
  • Several facilities for students, including: internet, bank, accommodation, canteen, student lounges, sports facilities, bookshop, library with access to top international journals and on-line databases.


You will enjoy  your time at ISEL, and the experience will shape your future.