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Undergraduate Studies (1st cycle - Licenciatura)

Undergraduate programs (1st cycle - Licenciatura) in Portugal can be found in a wide range of higher education institutions. In order to attend an undergraduate program in Portugal, you must have a high school diploma or the equivalent, perform the national final exams of secondary education corresponding entrance exams required to apply to the specific courses students wish to attend, as well as meet additional requirements.

For students who hold a foreign Secondary School Leaving Certificate equivalent to the Portuguese secondary education, the entrance exams can be replaced by final exams of those courses.

The national contest takes place at the end of the school year and is organized into three phases. Students can apply to all three phases of the contest. The application for higher education is held exclusively online.

The academic year in a Portuguese college runs from September until July. 

There are a number of other higher education programs that you can select from and obtain your first cycle degree (Licenciatura), although those listed above are among the most popular study areas.

First and First+Second Cycles Studies


Postgraduate Studies (2nd and 3rd cycles - Mestrado and Doutoramento)

Portugal has a very good reputation for their excellent postgraduate study programs. Those who want to study in Europe for a postgraduate program often look at Portugal to do this. International students really enjoy the country and the postgraduate programs offered in Portugal research has precedence.

Second Cycle Studies Third Cycle Studies

Students wishing to acquire their Undergraduate degree have the opportunity to earn that degree in a vast range of programs. Students can earn a Bachelor degree in any of the following:

  • Medicine
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Pharmacology
  • Art History
  • Linguistics
  • Sociology
  • Communication technology
  • Information Technology
  • International Business Administration
  • Finance
  • International Finance
  • Literary Studies
  • Creative Arts
  • Psychology
  • International Economics