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Exam periods

Regular exam periods take place at the end of each semester, followed by a supplementary period; there is a special period taking place in September in accordance with the calendar proposed by FLUP’s Academic Council


Regular Period


Regular period is meant for students enrolled in a curricular unit in a given school year and who meet the requirements defined in the curricular unit’s page.
There are no limitations on the number of curricular units to complete in this period.
It is not necessary to register for an exam.

Supplementary exams

This phase is meant for enrolled students who meet the requirements defined in the curricular unit’s page, but who have either given up, failed to attend or didn’t get approval in the regular period.
There are no limitations on the number of curricular units to complete in this period.
It is not necessary to register for an exam.

Special Period - 1st and 2nd cycles

A special exam period is available for students enrolled in 1st and 2nd cycle courses who:
  • Need approval on a maximum of 21 ECTS to conclude their cycle of studies;
  • Have special education needs and disabilities (in this case, there are no limitations on the number of curricular units to complete);
  • Have to submit Dissertations/Internship Reports in order to conclude their cycle of studies.
In accordance with the Amendment to the Regulation on the Student-Worker Status in the University of Porto, , Order No. GR.09/10/2019, Student-Workers have the possibility of registering in “up to five exams or specific final exams, besides from those of the regular and supplementary exam periods, with a limitation to two exams/final exams per curricular unit”.

Students may only request these exams for curricular units with a final exam or those with distributed evaluation and a final exam.

Students must register for the special exam period. To do so, they shall submit a request online (right side menu on students’ personal area), which will only be accepted if the student has paid all tuition fees up to date.


PAYMENT: Registration in the special exam period, either to conclude a course of study or meant for students under special admissions, is subject to payment of a ¤12 fee per curricular unit, as per the U.Porto’s Table.
Check the amendment to the regulation regarding the maximum number of registration credits as well as registration deadlines.

Grade improvement

Students may request a resit exam in order to improve grades attained either in final exams or in written tests taken throughout the semester. Both components can be subject to grade improvement, as long as that possibility is indicated in the curricular unit’s page.
Students may only request a grade improvement exam once per each curricular unit. Students may register for a grade improvement exam up to the supplementary exam period of the school year immediately after the year of approval.
In such cases, students shall comply with the study plan and with the evaluation methods in force during that year.
The highest grade will prevail.
Once a student has obtained a diploma for a certain degree, they can no longer request grade improvements.

Registration deadline for grade improvement:
Up until 48 hours before the reassessment exam;
After this deadline, registration may still take place upon payment of a late request fee.
Registration requests shall be submitted in the Online Requests option (on the right side menu within the students’ personal area, after clicking on the ‘+’ icon besides the name of the course). Requests will only be accepted if the student has paid all tuition fees up to date (check manual here).


PAYMENT: Registration for grade improvement exams has a ¤12 fee per curricular unit.

In the scope of Order No. G.R.04/05/2013 and the statement regarding the registration for grade improvement exams, “grade improvement fees are not refundable, even if a student waives their rights to resit an exam, and regardless of the moment the student chooses to waive such rights.”

Students enrolled in single curricular units or in curricular units with credits awarded for prior learning are not entitled to resit exams.

Once a student has obtained a diploma for a certain degree, they cannot request grade improvements.
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