Concurso Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior
The application must be presented online through the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES) portal.

The National Contest for Admissions to Higher Education – Concurso Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior (CNA) is the general regime of admission the U.Porto Bachelors Degree and Integrated Masters courses, and is especially – but not exclusively – meant for students who have completed their secondary education in Portugal.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the CNA, the candidate must:

  • Hold a secondary education diploma, or equivalent;
  • Take, or have taken within the last two years, the national exams corresponding to those required for entry in the course(s) and faculty(ies) – up to a maximum of six – they will apply for;
  • Satisfy any prerequisites required by the school/course they will apply for [see Prerequisites]

Quotas and exceptional situations

Beyond the general vacancy quota, the first phase of the CNA reserves a percentage of vacancies for students with specific characteristics. These quotas include:

Students with legally equivalent, non-Portuguese secondary school diplomas can also apply to the CNA (e.g.: students from the European Union who wish to take a course at the U.Porto). In these cases, the entrance exams will be substituted by final exams in the subjects of those courses, according to the conditions defined by DGES.

How does it work?

The contest takes place at the end of the academic year, after having taken the national secondary school final exams, and is organised into three different phases, which occur between the months of July and October. The application must be presented online through the Directorate General for Higher Education – Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES) portal.

Candidates can apply to the various phases of the contest as long as the marks they present for each are equal to or greater than the minimum required marks for entry established annually by the 14 faculties of the U.Porto for each of their courses. The minimum marks established for each academic year can be seen in the Guide to Applying to Public Higher Education, available in the DGES website.

What is needed?

To apply for a course at the U.Porto through the CNA, applicants must have the following documents at the time of application:

  • Access code for the on-line application system;
  • National Secondary School Exams – Exames Nacionais do Ensino Secundário (ENES) Statement issued by the Secondary School where the national exams were taken (this document is proof of secondary school qualifications and of the marks obtained in the national secondary school exams, which correspond to the exams required for entry in the desired U.Porto course and faculty)
  • Prerequisite Statement if the U.Porto course and faculty has prerequisites [see  Prerequisites]

Candidates covered by the mentioned quotas and students with legally equivalent non-Portuguese secondary school diplomas may have to present additional supporting documents at the U.Porto's Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP).


Applying for a bachelors degree or integrated masters course  at the U.Porto may require satisfying certain conditions of a physical, functional or vocational nature that have a particular relevance for the course. The following U.Porto courses have prerequisite requirements:

School / Faculty Course Prerequisite
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences Functional, physical and sports aptitude (C)
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Interpersonal communication (B)
Faculty of Arts Archaeology Visual capabilities  (D)
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences Visual and motor capacities (F)
Faculty of Arts Art History Visual capabilities (D)
Faculty of Medicine Medicine Interpersonal communication (A)
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine Interpersonal communication (B)
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences Medicine Interpersonal communication (A)

The satisfaction of the prerequisites is proven at the time of registration and enrolment by providing supporting documents. However, the prerequisites for the Sports Sciences course (Faculty of Sports) can only be satisfied by completing tests of functional, physical and sports aptitude. In this case, proof is provided at the time of application by presenting the Prerequisite Statement issued by the faculty. For more information see the Prerequisite area of the DGES site.


For the 2019/2020 academic year, the U.Porto has 4,031 general and special regime CNA vacancies. Check the vacancy map (in Portuguese).


All the legislation relating to the CNA is available (Portuguese only) in the DGES website.

Contacts and useful information

In the DGE website you will find all the information you need about the CNA. If you need any further help, please contact the U.Porto's Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP), located at the Rectorate building.

Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)

U.Porto Rectorate
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Phone: (+351) 220 408 237
All year personal and phone support
10h00 › 12h30 / 14h00 > 16h00 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday); 12h00 > 17h00 (Tuesday and Thursday)
Personal and phone support during the Higher Education application period
19 July 2017 to 11 August 2017: 09h30 › 15h30 (Monday to Friday)
14 August 2017 to 8 September 2017: 09h30 › 12h30 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday feira); 13h00 › 17h00 (Tuesday and Thursday)
11 to 22 September 2017: 09h30 › 15h30 (Monday to Friday)