Tutoring Programme

The Tutoring Program’s mission is to promote the students’ academic success, bridging the gap between High School and University and contributing to the maintenance of a teaching-learning process of excellence at IST. At IST, the Tutoring Programme exists since the start of the academic year in 2003 and was the first in Portugal to develop and implement mentoring activities which are adequate to the existing reality of Portuguese higher education.

The tutor is a Professor at IST who personally supports a group of students in the 1st and 2nd academic years of an undergraduate and integrated Master’s programme, so that they can develop their intellectual, emotional and interpersonal skills to their full potential.

In 2011, a book about Monitoring and Tutoring programme was published, presenting the 8 years of existence of the programme of promoting the integration and the academic success of IST through a description and quantification of the work developed.

The Tutoring Programme was awarded in 2013 by the European Observatory On Good Practices in Strategic University Management, for its quality of work, as the best practice within the context of a European University.

All IST students are entitled to a tutor. More information »

For more information, please contact us, via the Academic Development Unit, by email: nda@tecnico.ulisboa.pt.

Mentoring Programme

This innovative project was first implemented at IST in 1996, the Mentoring Programme allows the proximity of students from the same degree programme of the same academic year or of advanced years, contributing to a better integration. The Mentoring Programme takes place annually in order to ensure the best adjustment to the levels of work expected and required at IST.

How the Programme works:

The Mentoring Programme is implemented with the support of students of advanced academic years (Mentors) who apply their academic experience and voluntarily accompany new students (Mentees) in order to facilitate their adjustment and integration. Mentees can be 1st year students or international students, and only one of these categories can be assigned as the selected option.


During the Welcome Week mentors must necessarily be present on the day of their degree programme. The process of assigning the mentors is done on that same day. New students are organised into groups of 20 and are accompanied during the process of registration by two mentors. These mentors will be automatically assigned to these students, accomplishing in this way the first contact.


During the academic year, regular monitoring is required. Occasionally, throughout the year small surveys are held as well as three types of events: training courses (free workshops on soft-skills), team-building (socio-cultural events and networking between mentors) and sharing sessions between mentors (brainstorming on different ideas and analysis of specific issues).


Registration for the Mentoring Programme takes place during the month of August. The registration is valid only if the mentor actively participates in the Welcome Week (instruction will be given at the end of August. It is necessary to realise the serious commitment when registering for the Mentoring Programme. Though the redesign of the programme made it more demanding, there is on the other hand a greater investment in mentors.

The official webpage of the Mentoring Programme is at the following link.
For more information, please contact us, via the Student Support Unit, by email: nape@tecnico.ulisboa.pt.

The Social Services of the University of Lisbon

In compliance with the policy framework set by the Government, the Social Action in Higher Education is developed within the respective educational institutions, through a structured intervention model directed to meet the challenges of the socio-economic context in which the students find themselves.

In this context, SASULisboa is a legal person under public law, has a legal personality with financial and administrative independence, under the terms and scope defined by law and the Statutes of the University of Lisbon, aimed to ensure the mission and functions of social action at the University of Lisbon.

Students with Special Educational Needs

Técnico is an inclusive school, of all and for all. A significant number of our students, with medically proven specific learning or mobility needs, are supported in order to have equal opportunities, rights and access to education and services.

The Working Group for Students with Special Educational Needs seeks to support these students by promoting the:

  • Physical and technological accessibility;
  • Adaptation of teaching practices;
  • Accessibility in information and communication;
  • Employability;
  • Integration;
  • Collaboration in research projects;
  • Regulatory measures.