General Information - National Call

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 enrol 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 call to enrol a public institution of higher education;
    through a institutional call at any private Higher Education institution.

 

How To Apply:

All information is available in this website!

Steps

    You need to provide a certificate of equivalence with your final grade average (GPA), from 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 grades, 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 2018, valid for 2018, 2019, and 2020).

The certificate of the foreign exam must provide information on the grades, the grading scale and the minimum grade of that grading 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 register 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 check all accredited and registered courses 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 award the degree of licenciado (1st cycle). 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 (1st cycle) 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 (1st cycle) is awarded, by universities or polytechnics institutions, to those that, after concluding all the curricular units that integrate the study programme of the licenciatura (1st cycle) course, have obtained the established number of credits.

Legislation

Portaria n.º 211/2018, de 17 de julho - Aprova o Regulamento do Concurso Nacional - 2018/2019
Portaria nº 211/2018, de 17 de julho
Aprova o Regulamento do Concurso Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior Público - 2018/2019
State: Vigente
Declaração de Rectificação n.º 32-C/2008, de 16 de junho
Declaração de Retificação nº 32-C/2008, de 16 de junho
Rectifica o artigo 42.º do Decreto-Lei n.º 296-A/98, de 25 de setembro
State: Vigente
Acesso ao Ensino Superior