Admissions | 1st Cycle (Bachelors) and Integrated Master Degrees
The end of each academic year is always the same. Once classes end, thousands of students take the national secondary school final exams hoping to guarantee a place at the U.Porto. With twice the number of applicants as there are vacancies, the 1st cycle (bachelors degree) and integrated masters courses at the U.Porto are the most sought after within Portuguese higher education. As a result, the U.Porto courses reach nearly 100% capacity, and also boast the highest entry marks in the country. This reality is evidenced every year during the National Contest for Admissions to Higher Education, which is the main means of admission to this level of education.
But not the only one. In partnership with the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES), a body of the Ministry of Education and Science that presides over admissions to higher education in Portugal, the U.Porto provides various contests and special regimes of admissions to accommodate specific groups. Included in these groups is the Special Contest for Internacional Students, created in 2014 to facilitate the entry of students from non-European Union countries to the U.Porto.
This is what you need to know:
Applying for 1st cycle (bachelors degree) and integrated masters courses at the U.Porto must be done in accordance with the general proceedings for admissions to Higher Education in Portugal, through various contests and specific regimes with unique rules. For 2021/2022, the following admissions possibilities are in effect:
- National Contest for Admissions to Higher Education
- Special Regimes
- Special Contests
- International Students
- Candidates Over 23 Years Old
- Graduates of Other Higher Education Courses
- Graduates of Technological Specialisation Courses
- Admissions to Medical School for Candidates with Bachelors Degrees
- Candidates with Bachelors Degrees in a Related Field
- Re-Admission, Transfer or Course Change
For the 2021/2022 academic year, the U.Porto opens close to 6,500 vacancies for its 52 courses at the 1st cycle (bachelors degree) and integrated masters level (check our guide of degree courses - in portuguese). This figure includes the near 5,000 vacancies accessible through the National Contest for Admission to Higher Education, and over 1,500 vacancies available through the special contests and Course Change and Transfer regimes.
For the 2021/2022 academic year, the base value of the annual tuition fee for bachelor degrees and integrated masters at the U.Porto is 697,00 Euro (+1.95 Euro for academic insurance). This amount does not apply to ISS (International Student Statute) students.
For more information see the Regulamento de Propinas da U.Porto. In the section on Scholarships and Financing you will also find useful information about financial support available to the U.Porto students.
For more information see the Regulamento Geral dos Primeiros Ciclos de Estudos General Bachelors Degree Regulations and the Regulamento Geral dos Ciclos de Estudos Integrados de Mestrado General Integrated Masters Regulations of the U.Porto. Additionally, each course also has its own regulations.
The information given in these pages does not substitute the the DGES website. In many cases, it will also be important to consult the website/contact the academic services of the school/course you wish to apply for.
The U.Porto also has an Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP), which is housed in the Rectory building. The mission of GAES-UP is to help applicants of the Portuguese Higher Education system and provide candidates (potential and effective) with necessary information throughout the whole year.
Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)