The Castelo Branco Polytechnic Institute (IPCB) is a Public Higher Education Institution established in 1980. Located in Castelo Branco, the IPCB has been part of the region's growth, actively contributing to regional development and improving the quality of life of the region.

With six Schools, nearly 40 degrees, 5.000 students, more than 373 lecturers, and 256 non-teaching staff, a high level of teaching and research departments, accommodation, sports facilities and a growing connection with the market and the surrounding community, the IPCB is nowadays a solid institution with high quality standards.

Its main objectives are the initial and continuing specialised education and training of skilled professionals, scientific and technological research, services provision to the community, and the promotion of regional development.

The courses taught at the IPCB combine practical teaching with technical education in a theoretical framework at the highest scientific level, preparing skilled professionals. The IPCB’s Schools have high quality facilities, equipment, and good sports and cultural facilities. The teaching body has a great scientific, technical, and pedagogical capacity.

Served by regular public transport among the various Schools and Halls of Residence, the students live intensely the academic life, as they spend much of their day in the School grounds. Proof of this are the six Student’s Unions, which, represent the IPCB and constitute the IPCB’s Student Academic Federation.

Consult here the six Schools that teach courses in the most diverse areas, namely Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Arts, Education, Health, Management, Engineering, and Tourism.

The city that hosts five of the six IPCB’s Schools, Castelo Branco, is today a modern city, easy and quick to access from any point of Portugal, served by highway and railways. The high level of safety and the excellent conditions of life makes the daily life of IPCB’s students a unique experience. The city of Castelo Branco was considered the 2nd city for the best quality of life in Portugal and the 21st city among 76 European cities. Idanha-a-Nova, where the School of Management is located just twenty minutes by car from Castelo Branco, is an example of the fantastic quality of life of its students, supported by a set of high-quality academic facilities.

Factors going from low crime, housing and food costs to health care make the city a place with all the assets to welcome you and where you can easily live in the next years of your life. To talk about higher education and leave the rest of the academic life out would not be right. The academic life will change the time that you will spend here in the IPCB unforgettable. The academic bands (tunas), academic dresses, traditions, festivals and parties, parades and the end of the academic degree are also fantastic occasions and events that make these years the best time of your life. The friendship that grows in classrooms and other studying times are also taken to the street and to the nightlife.

5 good reasons to study at the IPCB:
  • To obtain an academic education with a comprehensive profile, with a solid technical knowledge and oriented to respond to the requirements of the desired professional activity;
  • To obtain a training that has in its curricular organization the concern of the needs of the businesses and your future professional performance;
  • To be able to develop your skills, potential and spirit of initiative (entrepreneurship);
  • To be part of an Institution that promotes ethical and citizenship values integrated in a modern, young and dynamic academic environment;
  • Above all because at IPCB we believe in you!

The support provided, such as canteens, bars, lodging, and medical care are also attributes that make the IPCB a worried and intervening institution in the quality of life of its students.

Accommodation and food:
  • 4 student halls of residence;
  • 5 canteens (lunch and dinner);
  • 7 bars
Cultural activities:
  • Concerts;
  • Fashion shows;
  • Exhibitions
Professional Orientation/Internship/Entrepreneurship support
Sports facilities:
  • Tartan court;
  • Lawn field and covered pavilion for: athletics, rugby, football, handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, horse riding, etc.
Psychological support


Technological services:
  • Digital libraries;
  • Virtual campus;
  • E-learning platform;
  • Scientific repository
Castelo Branco close to everything 
  • Lisbon – 2h00m
  • Porto – 3h00m
  • Madrid – 4h00m