Porto was built along the hills overlooking the Douro river estuary. It has been continuously inhabited since at least the 4th Century, when the Romans referred to it as Portus Calle. Bridges and port wine characterize Porto, Portugal's gracious northern capital and second largest city after Lisbon. One of the reasons tourists or travelers visit Porto is to sample its legendary Port wine, which is processed, blended and aged in the various lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia that are magnificently located by the banks of the great Douro River. Still a thriving industrial centre and Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto blends industry with charm. The “Cidade Invicta” (unvanquished city), as it is known, mixes history, architecture, culture, gastronomy, trade, encounters and discoveries. In 2001 the city, the historic centre of which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, was the European Capital of Culture and was also elected as the best European destination in 2012, 2014 and 2017.
In 1825, the first medical school was founded in Porto, entitled the Royal School of Surgery, which was transformed in 1836 into the Medical-Surgical School. The Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto was created by a decree in 1911. The inauguration of Hospital S. João occurred on June 24, 1959 and as a result of the acquired status of Teaching Hospital, the Faculty of Medicine was installed in the Hospital which until that date had the use of some wards of Hospital Santo António.Today, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto is a prestigious institution at national and international levels.
The Hospital of São João was inaugurated in 1959 as a teaching hospital, connected to the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto. The 01 (-1) floor of the hospital is where you can find the students association.
CIM (Centro de Investigação Médica - Medical Investigation Center) is a building opened in 2011 located in the hospital campus. The center works together with the Hospital and the Faculty and grants a better research experience for all students. It has many departments like biochemistry, biology, physiology and much more, with up to date equipment and laboratories.
You will be given one lunch ticket per weekday. You will eat at Health restaurant in the 01 floor of the hospital. No pocket money will be given.
Lodging will be in the University of Porto student dorms. There are single and double rooms, toilets and showers are shared and each floor is strictly for male or female students. Laundry room and kitchen are available. We will lend you kitchen supplies, but you will be asked to leave a deposit.
If you want a monthly pass for public transportation you will have to charge it with the monthly fee of around 40€ and that will allow you to travel all around the whole city and the hospital surroundings. It includes Porto metro, train and buses . Combined tickets for buses, Metro and train within the urban area of Porto cost €7 for one day and €15 for three days. We have a wide net of public transports, which connect the hospital, the student dorms and the downtown area. You can easily get to the beach from the hospital by bus /metro(1,20€ - one single ticket), in about 30 minutes. For further information visit the following websites:
- BUS | www.stcp.pt
- METRO | www.metrodoporto.pt/en/
- Serralves Museum and gardens;
- Palácio de Cristal;
- Avenida dos Aliados;
- S. Bento train station;
- D. Luis bridge;
- Matosinhos Beach;
- Sta. Catarina Street;
- Igreja de S. Francisco;
- Electric Tram;
- Flores Street;
- the Lello Library;
- the Dragon Stadium;
- Serra do Pilar;
- Casa da Música;
- Parque da Cidade;
- Galerias Paris;
- Majestic café;
- Sé do Porto;
- Miradouro S. Bento da Vitória;
- Bolhão Market;