For the mobility to be formally considered and recognized by U.Porto/FEUP, either studies or internship/placement, a student must previously accomplish all our application procedures and deadlines.
We alert that the submission of an application does not ensure for itself the student acceptance for mobility! Applicants should not purchase travel, rent accommodation or travel to Porto without first being formally accepted. The approval of a mobility application is formally recognized through the sending, to the student, of the Letter of Acceptance issued by the U.Porto Rectorate.
All applications to U.Porto/FEUP must be submitted online. Therefore, unless specifically requested, no documents should be sent to us by post or e-mail.
The first step you should take is to contact the International Relations Office of your Home University. Each University has its own internal process to select students for partner institutions. If your University assigns our Faculty as your mobility Host Institution, you need to formalize your application.
PLEASE BE AWARE that, if a student intends to apply under the Erasmus+ program, at the time the internal selection process that is carried out in the Home School, the School must take into account the bilateral agreement(s) in force with our Faculty, and FEUP's Courses, number of vacancies and duration of mobility’s that the agreement(s) cover!
The deadlines to submit a student mobility application are:
Mobility for Studies
Full Academic year – 31st May
(results announced by UP’s Rectorate from 1st of June on)
1st semester - 31st May
(results announced from UP’s Rectorate from 1st of June on)
2nd semester – 15th October
(results announced by UP’s Rectorate from 16th October on)
Mobility for Internship/Placement
2 months before the starting date
(eg: If the internship/placement is planned to start on the 1st of September, the application must be fully submitted (upload included) until the 1st of July).
PLEASE NOTE that in order to perform a mobility period at U.Porto/FEUP, either studies or internship/placement, a student must first formalize an online application and receive an Acceptance Letter (see Application Procedures topic).
No mobility at FEUP will be formally considered without previous completion of the following procedures:
A student selected by his/her Home Institution have to register at U.Porto Online application page in order to get a username and password needed to create an Application Form. The system will, automatically, send an e-mail to the registered student containing the username and password.
We strongly advise any student interested in undertaking a mobility period at the U.Porto/FEUP to read the Online Application Guide also available in the same page (sidebar on the right).
For a more effective and easier way to fill in the Application Form, we strongly recommend the student to organize first all the information and personal documents with the responsible for the mobility at the Home Institution. Once the online application form is fully completed, it must be submitted by the student. After submitting the application, the student must print the PDF file of the Application Form, sign it and collect the signature(s) and stamp(s) of the Home Institution Responsible(s) Person(s) for the Mobility.
Please note that an application is only finished after the upload of all mandatory documents is made.
To conclude the application, the student must make the upload of the following mandatory documents in ONE single file:
NOTE: For an internship/placement application, the CV (Curriculum Vitae) is a mandatory document! In the UP Application Form, section referred to the Professor Responsible for the Mobility at the Host Institution, the name and contacts of the Supervisor at FEUP must be indicated!
Without the upload of the PDF file with all the mandatory documents, an application is not considered complete and will be automatically rejected in the system.
Any application must be submit until the correspondent deadline otherwise, it will not be analyzed and will be rejected in the system (see Application Deadlines topic).
Once all the stages are concluded, the application is considered completed and will be processed by FEUP. The Learning Agreement proposal will be analyzed by a FEUP Mobility Coordinator for each mentioned engineering area (see the contact list below). It may take at least one month to reach a final decision on any individual application, counting from the date it is submitted in the online system (upload included).
As soon as the application has been approved by the Faculty of Engineering, it will be validated by the Central International Office of the University of Porto – UP’s Rectorate, which will send the student an Acceptance Letter + Approved Learning Agreement, together with other relevant information.
FEUP Mobility Coordinators for the exchange programmes in each Engineering area:
The academic year in Portugal starts in September and ends in July; the 1st semester goes from September to February and the 2nd semester goes from February to the beginning of July. As a reference you can check our current Academic Calendar here
If a student intends to perform a mobility at FEUP during the whole academic year (both semesters), on page 2 of the online application form (Study Period at the University – Period of classes), must choose Yearly and the dates will appear automatically.
If a student intends to perform a mobility at FEUP during the 1st semester (winter semester), on page 2 of the online application form (Study Period at the University – Period of classes), must choose 1st semester and the dates will automatically appear.
If a student intends to perform a mobility at FEUP during the 2nd semester (spring semester), on page 2 of the online application form (Study Period at the University – Period of classes), must choose 2nd semester and the dates will appear automatically.
If a student intends to perform a mobility at FEUP during a specific period that not corresponds to the dates of the predefined semesters, on page 2 of the online application form (Study Period at the University – Period of classes), must choose Other Period and the corresponding dates of Start and Conclusion.
Extension of study period
Only students who are attending the 1st semester and wish to stay for the 2nd semester can formalize a request to extend the study period. This procedure does not apply to students who are already registered for the whole academic year. Students who are performing a mobility only during the 2nd semester cannot propose an extension, since they are already attending the 2nd/last part of the academic year.
Requirements to formalize the procedure:
-- Type of change: Extension of the studies period
-- Period of classes: Yearly
-- Then had the study plan proposal for the 2nd semester (please consult the Online User Guide in order to remember how to add disciplines)
-- Then save, print/download the PDF. Changes form, sign it and send it to the Home Institution, for signature(s) and stamp(s).
Deadline to formalize the extension request:
The proposal to extend the study period in the U.Porto Online system is the 15th of November and the correspondent Form, signed by the student and also signed and stamped by the Home Institution, must be delivered to FEUP’s Cooperation Division (room A215 or email@example.com) until the 30th of November.
According to the student studies cycle and the type of mobility he/she intends to perform at FEUP, please consider the following information:
Learning Agreement for studies mobility (1st or 2nd cycle students)
The student must be sure that chooses only the subjects that will be available in the semester corresponding to the proposed study period. When planning the learning agreement proposal, the student must choose only the courses that he/she realistically intend to attend and complete, so as to avoid further unnecessary changes to the agreement.
The student should also bear in mind that a semester corresponds to 30 ECTS and a whole year of studies to 60 ECTS. The maximum workload allowed for all students at FEUP is 37,5 ECTS per semester, and the recommended workload for mobility students is 20–30 ECTS per semester, 20 ECTS being the minimum required.
FEUP offers the following Course Programmes:
The student can click on each unit course/subject for relevant information about lectures and the language in which they are given, subject programmes, number of theoretical and practical classes, etc. Please note that the information displayed is subject to possible changes and updates.
Please also note:
- Timetables for each subject will be only available at the beginning of each semester.
- We can only accept/approve a Learning Agreement that indicates unit courses/subjects present in our official course programmes, approved by the Portuguese Ministry of Higher Education. So, for instance, if the student intends to undertake final project/diploma work at our Faculty during your ERASMUS exchange, he/she should consult the links above to check the official name/title and course unit/subject code.
- The teaching language is decided by the teacher of the subject and may vary from one academic year to another, so the best thing to do is check the information page of the subjects the student is interested in attending. When it says “Portuguese – suitable for English-speaking students” it means that the classes are taught in Portuguese, but there are study materials in English and they can do their evaluation work in English also.
However, there are some classes completely taught in English. Soon available a list of English taught subjects in each one of our degrees.
Also note that, some teachers may allow students to write assignments and take exams in other languages, namely in English, but this situation can only be agreed upon arrival in each individual case.
- The study programmes of our official course programmes may undergo changes before the start of the academic year (1º semester in September/2nd semester in February). The Learning Agreements approved by our Faculty may, therefore, be subject to adjustments and changes upon the student's arrival at FEUP. We also safeguard that the more diversified a Learning Agreement is (in Courses and/or in curricular years), the greater is the probability of occurring overlapping of schedules that involves possible changes and/or adjustments.
Learning Agreement for Master’s Thesis students
If you choose to write your whole Master's thesis at FEUP and get an evaluation and ECTS credits for it, you will not be allowed to register for any other course subjects since the Master's thesis course unit requires full-time attendance. Furthermore, certain mandatory procedures apply, such as that students must submit a written Master’s thesis and be prepared to defend it before a panel of referees at FEUP, who will assess the work and assign a grade to it. To apply under these terms, please choose "Programme Erasmus+ Studies" on the first page of the online application form. On page 5 of the application form, choose the specific Master's thesis course unit that you would like to enroll in.
If you choose to partially develop and write your Master's thesis at FEUP but defend and get the credits for it only at your Home Institution, you should not enroll in any course units at FEUP; no grade or ECTS credits will be given by FEUP. Instead, you should contact your potential FEUP’s Supervisor beforehand and agree on the specific work programme to be followed. Then, to formalize the mobility period under these terms, you should choose the option "Programme Erasmus+ Placements" on the first page of the online application. On page 5 of the application form, you must indicate the name of your Supervisor at FEUP and provide a brief outline of your planned thesis work in the "Work programme" field.
Learning Agreement for Internship/Placement Mobility
If you are going to undertake an ERASMUS mobility period, you should choose the option "Programme Erasmus+ Placements" on the first page of the online application. On page 5 of the application form, indicate the name of your supervisor at FEUP and add a short summary of your planned work programme in the "Work programme" field.
PLEASE NOTE that if you perform an Internship/Placement Mobility, no grade or ECTS credits will be given by FEUP. An Assessment Report can be provided by FEUP's Supervisor.
Learning Agreement for PhD Students
If you are a PhD student and want to complete a part of your PhD thesis at our faculty, you should choose the option "Programme Erasmus+ Placements" on the first page of the online application. On page 5 of the application form, you must indicate the name of your Supervisor at FEUP and provide a brief outline of your planned dissertation work in the "Work programme" field.
PLEASE NOTE that if you are a Post-Doctoral Researcher intending to spend a period at FEUP not as a mobility student, then you should, with the help of your FEUP Supervisor, contact the Human Resources Division for your registration at FEUP.
A Free Mover Student is a student whose Home Institution does not have any kind of agreement with the University of Porto and/or our Faculty of Engineering
A free mover student has to pay a fee which amounts to 1/5 of the regular annual fee, that in the academic year 2016/2017 corresponds to approximately 200¤ per course unit. This fee, reviewed each academic year, is equal for all course units (except Master's thesis course unit, which a free mover student cannot complete at FEUP). The more course units a student selects, the higher the overall fee will be.
Should a student wish to complete a free mover period without enrolling in any course units, for example, an internship with free mover status, or completion of the thesis at FEUP (but defending it at the Home Institution), a fee will probably need to be paid (for further information on this issue, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
As a free mover applicant, please follow the standard procedures in terms of deadlines, required documents, forms, etc.
PLEASE NOTE that neither our Faculty nor the University of Porto will provide any kind of financial support to incoming free mover students.
This webpage directed to Mobility Students contains very specific information regarding the procedures for application and steps to take upon arrival. Additional information can be found in FEUP’s Admissions Portal. Don’t overlook the rest of the additional information which is equally valuable for the success of your stay in Porto and FEUP!