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A system designed for international students who want to access to the degree of licenciado: 1st cycle or an integrated master's degree that fullfil the following conditions:

1. If you do not have Portuguese nationality;

2. If you are not a national from a Member State of the European Union;

3. If you are not legally residing in Portugal until the 31st of August of the year in which you intend to enroll in higher education for more than two years, continuously, and if you are not family of foreign citizens that hold a resident permit for more than two years;

4.  If you don’t intend to enroll in Higher Education through special regimes;

5. If you Hold:

  • A Qualification giving access to Higher Education, meaning any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority in the country in which it was awarded; or
  • A Diploma of Portuguese secondary school or equivalent degree.

 

Higher Education in Portugal is divided into two sub-systems, university and polytechnic education.

Both university and polytechnic institutions award the degree of licenciado (1st cycle).

In polytechnic education, the cycle of studies that leads to the degree of licenciado has 180 ECTS and a normal length of six curricular semesters of students’ work. In certain cases, namely those covered by national or European legislation, the cycle of studies can have up to 240 ECTS with a normal length of eight curricular semesters of students’ workload.

 

International students can, also, access to the degree of mestre (2nd cycle) or doutor (3rd cycle) degree.

Both university and polytechnic institutions award the degree of mestre (2nd cycle). The cycle of studies that leads to the degree of mestre has from 90 to 120 ECTS and a normal length of between three to four curricular semesters of students’ workload.

The doutor (3rd cycle) degree is awarded by universities.

 

How To Apply:

All information is available in this website!

All applications have to be presented at the university or polytechnic institution that students want to enroll.

Each university or polytechnic institution has different application procedures depending on study program. This means different admission requirements, different deadlines and different documents.

 

Our Advise:

Read carefully all information available in this webpage

Ask questions through our info@StudyInPortugal.edu.pt 

Check the webpage from the university or polytechnic institution or call the academic services to get faster and most accurate information.

You should also consult all accredited and registered courses in 2015, in the courses list.

 

But if you are

_ A citizen from a member state of the UE; or

_ Legally residing in Portugal at 31st of August of the year in which you intend to enroll in higher education for more than two years, continuously, or if you are family of foreign citizens that hold a resident permit for more than two years

You can apply for the 1st cycle:

  • through a national contest to enroll a public institution of higher education;
  • through a institutional contest at any private Higher Education institution.

 

How To Apply:

All information is available in this website!

Steps

  1. You need to get equivalence of your foreign secondary school leaving certificate to with final average, in a secondary school in Portugal.

    Search for secondary schools in Portugal where you can obtain the equivalence.

  2. Do you have final exams that may replace the Portuguese final exams?

 

IF YES:

Most Portuguese of Higher Education Institutions’ accept foreign exams and final marks, if they are national or nationwide recognized, in replacement of the Portuguese national secondary school leaving exams;

If your exams are accepted you do not need to make any other admission exam!

The foreign exams must have the same designation as the Portuguese national exams.

These exams are valid for the year that they were performed and for the two next years (ex: exams performed in 2013, valid for 2013, 2014, and 2015).

The certificate of the foreign exam must provide information on the marks, the scale and the minimum mark of that scale (positive scale).

Please note that this certificate must be stamped and signed by the home Institutions or by the Portuguese diplomatic authorities.

The same goes with official translation if the certificate, is not written in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish.

Please be aware that some Higher Education Institutions may ask for certain prerequisites to access to their courses.

IF NO:

All information is available in this website!

 

Steps

You will have to sign up in a secondary school in Portugal for performing national secondary school leaving exams, in the areas required for the course you wish to enroll and by the Institution (ex: Mathematic, Chemistry, Biology, Physic, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Philosophy, Geology…)

You should also consult all accredited and registered courses in 2015, in the courses list.

 You help you prepare you can check the last exams at IAVE website.

Please be aware that some Higher Education Institutions may ask for certain prerequisites to access to their courses.

 

General Information

Application to national contest is annual: calendar for 2015.

You can also check updated information at DGES website