ISCTE Business School | University Institute of Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

No. Students: 3,200 (650 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 180
Funding type: Public
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*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons to study at ISCTE Business School | University Institute of Lisbon

The culture of the school is based on the following deeply imbedded values which are shared by all faculty and staff of the school and communicated to all stakeholders in different ways:
  • Relevance to and close links with the business community in Portugal and increasingly internationally
  • Excellence and rigour in all aspects of the Schools work
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in research, programmes, faculty and students/participants
  • Social responsibility and ethical behavior
  • Open, integrative and supportive relationships and behavior within the School and with all stakeholders
  • A welcome environment that embraces a multicultural and diverse population


The extremely sophisticated and competitive nature of organisations today has forced Business Schools to rethink the way they do and teach management, and the way they impact business and societies at large.

ISCTE Business School (IBS) plays a decisive role in preparing highly qualified managers for the local industry. As the School looks to its future in contributing to management knowledge and practice, and preparing ethically responsible managers and leaders to impact organisations in a globalised world, I feel privileged to have set in motion several changes that build on previous achievements and will allow IBS to deliver graduates consistent with its mission.

IBS is in the process of consolidating its position as one of the few Portuguese Business Schools offering first and second cycle programmes in the main functional areas of management; this distinguishing feature is undoubtedly due to the faculty’s long-standing leadership in fundamental, applied and interdisciplinary research.

The teaching model that will be fostered rests on four main pillars: “Critical Thinking Skills”, “Analytical Skills”, “Technological Skills” and “Soft Skills”. The proximity between students and faculty, a unique feature of IBS culture, will facilitate the consolidation of the skills during students’ academic and professional lives.

The School maintains strong ties with the corporate world through the Career Services that offers mentoring programmes for undergraduate and master students, internship and job opportunities through the Career Forum, Career Week, Company Open Days and IBS Networking. The School also places great emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship through business plan courses offered in undergraduate and master programmes, which benefit significantly from the experience of its faculty engaged in the MIT-ISCTE Venture Competition.

Students will be able to make meaningful impact in a globalized world only if they are extremely well prepared to address key challenges facing modern organisations, share experiences in a cosmopolitan setting and build worldwide networks. At IBS, students are exposed to curricular contents that have a global dimension, and share experiences and build their networks with faculty with significant international exposure and colleagues from different parts of the world.

One third of IBS faculty has extensive international experience. Similarly, one third of IBS students enrolled in different programmes come from abroad and are placed in organizations that have a wide range of international activities. This indeed makes the School one of the most international in Portugal.

For a well-established School like IBS, membership of global accreditation agencies such as the AACSB, AMBA and EFMD, and initiatives such as the GRLI and PRME, aims to improve the academic experience of all stakeholders but more importantly of faculty, students and staff.

This very ambitious agenda is overseen externally by a prestigious Corporate Advisory Board, International Scientific Advisory Board and an Audit Committee, and internally by the Scientific, Pedagogic, Masters and Undergraduate Committees. The breadth of these bodies enables the School to benefit from the best external guidance and internal collegiality to achieve its mission in the most efficient and effective manner.

I am optimistic about the School’s capacity to prepare and equip future managers and leaders with the knowledge to make a meaningful impact on organisations and society in a global world.

Mohamed Azzim
Dean ISCTE Business School
May 15, 2014


ISCTE Business School has been recognised by highly reputed foreign agencies and associations as one of the best Portuguese business schools and a reference both nationally and internationally in several programmes. Some of IBS accreditations and international references are shown below:

Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES)

The Agency of Evaluation and Accreditation in Higher Education (A3ES) evaluates and accredits Portuguese higher education institutions and their programmes.

Association of European Universities (EUA)

EUA is an Association of European Universities that supports and represents higher education institutions in 46 countries. Its members are higher education institutions, Deans associations and other organisations with an active role in higher education and research.

Association of MBA's (AMBA)

Our Executive MBA has received accreditation from AMBA, the Association of MBAs. The Executive MBA of ISCTE Business School is the only EMBA in Portugal that has been granted the prestigious MBA accreditation from AMBA - Association of MBAs.


Services and Facilities

ISCTE is strategically located in the centre of Lisbon. It is directly served by a subway station and a number of convenient city buses that provide fast and easy access to almost everywhere in the city. There are a number of hotels within walking distance as well as restaurants, shops and one of Lisbon's largest sports and recreational facilities. The airport is a ten-minute drive away.
Though located in the heart of Portugal's capital, the ISCTE campus offers a peaceful atmosphere with plenty of fresh air and open space. The facilities include four buildings (45,000 m2), one of which is the "Edifício II", which was inaugurated in 2003 and awarded the Valmor Prize, Portugal's foremost award for architectural excellence.
ISCTE Business School (IBS) has a dedicated building for graduate education where the classes take place. Ultra-modern and fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology, this centre has several study rooms, computer labs, recreational areas, a restaurant, a permanent art gallery, and a modern documentation centre. Our documentation centre can boast of more than 3,000 monographic titles, 170 scientific magazines and generic databases such as Proquest, Web of Knowledge, JSTOR - and financial-oriented databases - Bloomberg, Reuters, Datastream, Worldscope, Compustat, CRSP, to which all students have free access. ISCTE has also recently subscribed to Wharton's Research Data Services (WRDS), a comprehensive, breakthrough, web-based data management system that allows faculty and students to retrieve information easily from a wide variety of financial, economic and marketing data sources without actually having to be within the physical space of the Library or the Documentation Centre. Our School is one of the few in Europe to have WRDS. The documentation centre provides the following services: assisted research, local reading, home borrowing and use of laptops.
The main library is a state-of-the-art facility that offers every service imaginable in a full-service bibliographic facility. In addition, PhD students have access to dedicated areas that include individual workstations and meeting rooms.
Furthermore, each student has free access to all areas of the campus, and can feel free to take advantage of all the study, recreational and catering facilities available. One of Lisbon's largest sports centres, with several sports pavillions, football and rugby fields, jogging tracks, swimming pools, and other sports and fitness facilities is within two minutes walking distance.

Students also benefit from:
  • Access to the ISCTE Library, situated in "Edifício II". Our library specializes in Management and the Social and Technological Sciences. There are approximately 80.000 titles and 30.000 journals in paper or in digital format.
  • Access to the Financial Lab, with its vast array of financially-oriented databases - Bloomberg, Reuters Xtra/ Knowledge, Datastream, Worldscope, Compustat (North America), Eventus, CRSP, Thomson One Banker and WRDS.
  • Remote access to excellent research systems such as B-On (more than 16,000 scientific magazines available), ABI/Inform Global, Proquest, Web of Knowledge and JSTOR.

Each student also has free access to all areas of the campus and can take advantage of all the study, recreational and catering facilities that are available. One of Lisbon's largest sports centres, with several sports pavillions, football and rugby fields, jogging tracks, swimming pools, and other sports and fitness facilities is within two minutes walking distance.

Student life

Life at ISCTE Business School

ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, is a public university-level institution established in 1972.
With close to 8,000 students, 400 faculty members and 200 non-academic staff, we are proud of our reputation as one of the most dynamic, innovative educational institutions in Portugal. As one of the most sought-after schools in the country, ISCTE-IUL always fills its enrolment capacity.

Our community-service sector has received growing impetus over the years thanks to the efforts of ISCTE-IUL teachers and graduates and, as a result, a number of scores of valuable relationships with outside companies and state-run and civil organizations have been established. Among the most worthy of note are the Institute for Corporate Management Development (Portuguese acronym INDEG), renowned for its success in post-gradate education and research and for its service to the community.

ISCTE-IUL is heavily involved in encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship. The nationally recognised Audax centre (Centre for Research and Support in Entrepreneurship and Family Business) is a not-for-profit research centre within ISCTE-IUL that maintain partnerships with local authorities, business associations and international institutions.

Students' Association

The ISCTEs Students Association «Associação de Estudantes do ISCTE AEISCTE» is an autonomous organization held by the students of ISCTE. Its mission is to socially and culturally complement the students academic life while they are with the ISCTE.

In the Association headquarters, located in the ISCTE main building, you will be able to find information about events held not only in Lisbon, but also in other cities of Portugal. There, you can also find leaflets about concerts, performing arts and movie festivals that take place in Lisbon, and much more

There is a students counselling office which could provide some help for any individual problem, not only concerning the student life but also the private life too.

To be a member of AEISCTE, all you have to do it is apply for. Afterwards you will receive the Membership Card. The enrolment costs 5 euro, and you need to hand over 2 pictures of yours.

With this Membership Card you have access to many discounts, like:

  • Medical clinics about 10%-20% of discount,
  • Language Schools depends on the school discount is 10%-50%,
  • Renting a Car,
  • Gyms 50% of discount in inscription and 10% of discount of monthly payment,
  • Danka Discount in the copy canter at ISCTE University,
  • Dancing classes,
  • All event that takes part at ISCTE, like parties

IBS Spirit

IBS provides its students with a great environment to learn as well as opportunities to relax and take a break from your studies. As well as the auditoriums and classrooms where you will take your classes we have many private and group study rooms which can be reserved. The campus also houses five café/bars, two restaurants and many spaces to relax in. Wi-Fi internet is available, to IBS , throughout the campus.

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