General Information

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

    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.

   

                        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 2015, valid for 2015, 2016, and 2017).

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 2016, 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.

 

Degrees

Both university and polytechnic institutions confer the degree of licenciado (bachelor). In polytechnic education, the cycle of studies that leads to the degree of licenciado has 180 credits and a normal length of six curricular semesters of students’ work. In certain cases namely those covered by internal legislation or by European legislation, the cycle of studies can have up to 240 credits with a normal length of up to seven or eight curricular semesters of students’ work.

In university education, the cycle of studies that leads to the degree of licenciado has from 180 to 240 credits and a normal length between six to eight curricular semesters of students’ work.

In the first cycle of studies the degree of licenciado is conferred, by universities or polytechnics institutions, to those that, after concluding all the curricular units that integrate the study programme of the licenciatura course, have obtained the established number of credits.