ISCTE Business School | University Institute of Lisbon

Lisbon, Portugal

No. Students: 4,200 (650 int'l)* No. of Academic staff: 180
Funding type: Public
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Type of education:

*: Approximate

Why should I study here?

Discover the top reasons for why you should consider coming to 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 ISCTE Business School has the appropriate expertise to boost executives, organizations and entrepreneurial skills in a progressively globalized world. We are reference in the teaching of Management both in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking world, and we aspire to similar recognition in Europe.

In terms of teaching and training, we have 1,500 bachelor students, 350 masters and doctoral students, and over 800 students enrolled in the Executive Masters offered by “INDEG-IUL – Executive Education”.

Our research unit, BRU-IUL, counts on with more than one hundred researchers, both national and foreign, who produce cutting-edge research in the fields of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, quantitative methods, and human resources and organizational behavior. The breadth and scope of our research allows the transfer of knowledge to organizations and society as a whole. The unit has its own dynamics with an International Scientific Board comprised of renowned foreign academics and an Audit Committee comprised of national chartered accountants.

Our international presence is becoming increasingly relevant. We offer several masters and Ph.D. programs in English that welcome a number of foreign students, dual degrees in partnership with premier international schools, and master and Ph.D. programs that are offered in Brazil, China, Cape Verde and Mozambique in association with reputed local schools.

The ISCTE Business School has the largest student exchange program in Portugal, receiving more than 200 students per year from all over the globe and sending an equal number of students in the framework of partnerships with over 50 universities from every continent. On an annual basis, IBS also organizes several overseas summer schools.

The School is internationally accredited by AMBA and is member of AACSB, EABIS and EFMD. It is also the only national member of the AIBE – Alliance for International Business Education, a network of schools that unites some of the most prestigious schools in Latin America, U.S., Europe and Asia.

The School has a long tradition of links to the corporate world and offers, besides more generic programs, specialized programs in the different areas of management at all levels of teaching (bachelor, master and Ph.D.), unparalleled in the Portuguese university context.

The faculty comprises doctorates, national and foreign, and other prestigious professionals like invited lecturers who are the first contact our students have with the corporate world.

Our graduates, postgraduates and doctorates are sought by the best national and international corporates to occupy the most demanding positions, which give us a clear signal of the reputation we have achieved.

We are most certainly at a level of development that allows us to face the challenges of the future with optimism. I am counting on the support of all in our efforts to offer excellence in education and an unmatched academic experience, and to achieve recognition at an international level that we have consolidated at the national level.


Accreditation and Recognition of ISCTE Business School

ISCTE Business School has been recognized by a host of prestigious international agencies and associations as Portugals best business school when it comes to the international focus provided by several of its programmes. The following list will give you an idea of the internationally-recognized organizations ISCTE Business School belongs to and the international accreditation and recognition it has received:

  • 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.
  • EFMD - ISCTE Business School belongs to the select group of business schools in Portugal accepted at EFMD - European Foundation for Management Development.
  • EMBA - ISCTE Business School is a member of Executive MBA Council.
  • ABIS - ISCTE Business School is the only Portuguese business school accepted at The Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), which is a unique alliance of top international business schools, academic institutions and companies.
  • EDAMBA - IBS's doctoral programmes are recognised as being among the best in Europe. ISCTE Business School is the only Portuguese business school accepted by the European Doctoral Programmes Association in Management and Business Administration (EDAMBA), which has also recognized such prestigious institutions as ESADE, HEC, INSEAD and London Business School.
  • PRME - ISCTE Business School was accepted as a member of PRME on February 2011. As an institution dedicated to creating ethical, effective and holistic leaders for the 21st Century, we not only remain committed to integrating the Principles of Responsible Management Education throughout all our institution’s efforts, but hope to help lead the way in developing new ways of teaching the competencies needed in the ever-evolving, ever more complex global business environment that is the 21st Century.
  • GRLI - ISCTE Business School was accepted, as a first Business School in Portugal, to GRLI - Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.
  • EDUNIVERSAL - ISCTE Business School was awarded 3 palms in the Eduniversal ranking (Excelent Business School), doubling the Deans' votes in comparison to the previous year.


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


ISCTE-IUL 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 ISCTE-IUL students, throughout the campus.

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