IPVC consists of six schools – Technology and Management; Health; and Education (in Viana do Castelo); Agriculture (in Ponte de Lima); Business (in Valença) and Sports and Leisure (in Melgaço) – with experience and focus on providing students with essential background knowledge, analytical skills and strategic thinking that employers value highly in the labour market, be it regionally, nationally or internationally.

The Polytechnic and its six Schools are located in the Alto Minho, also known as the Green Coast, the north-west region of Portugal. The Alto Minho is a region rich in natural and cultural heritage. The Minho River, after which the region was named, forms the natural border between Portugal and the Spanish province of Galicia. Its population density is above the national average (about 300/Km2). The population is also significantly younger than in the rest of Portugal.

 Updated 20.10.2014