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:

  • Candidates from the Azores
  • Candidates from Madeira
  • Portuguese emigrant and emigrant family member candidates
  • Contracted military candidates
  • Candidates with physical or sensory disabilities

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 to apply?

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) website.

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
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Interpersonal communication
Faculty of Arts Archaeology Visual capabilities
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences Visual and motor capacities
Faculty of Arts Art History Visual capabilities
Faculty of Medicine Medicine Interpersonal communication
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine Interpersonal communication
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences Medicine Interpersonal communication

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, check the Prerequisite area (in portuguese only) of the DGES website.


For the 2020/2021 academic year, the U.Porto has 4,173 general and special regime CNA vacancies. Check the vacancy map (in Portuguese).

Contacts and useful information

In the DGES website you will find all the information you need about the Higher Education in Portugal. 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
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