International students at the University of Porto. © U.Porto

Considering the growing number of foreign students seeking portuguese universities to complete a full course, it was created in 2014 the International Student Statute (ISS), which regulates the access to U.Porto for candidates who do not have Portuguese nationality or from another Member State of the European Union. In the case of 1st cycle and integrated masters courses, this is done through the Special International Student Contest. Here's what you need to know ...

Who can apply? To what courses? How to apply?

When to apply? Fees and Financial Support Informations and Contacts

Who can (and cannot) apply?

This contest is open to all students who are nationals from a country outside the European Union , except for those who:

  • have legally resided in Portugal for more than two years, without interruption, on 1 January of the year in which they intend to enter higher education, as well as children legally residing with them;
  • benefit, on 1 January of the year in which they intend to enter higher education, the status of equal rights and duties granted under an international treaty granted between the Portuguese State and the State of which they are nationals.;
  • are attending a Portuguese instituion of higher education under an international mobility programme or exchange;
  • have dual nationality / citizenship, being one of them the portuguese.

In addiction, the candidate must fulfil one of the following requirements set forth in the U.Porto International Student Statute:

  • Hold a Portuguese secondary school diploma or legal equivalent, issued by a secondary school or by the appropriate services within the Ministry of Education;
  • Hold a qualification that grants access to higher education, understood as any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority in the country of origin, attesting to the student's completion of an educational programme that confers them the right to apply and enrol in higher education in Portugal. Validation of this qualification should be issued by the official education services of the country in which the qualification was obtained.

To what courses?

For the 2022/2023 academic year, the U.Porto faculties have 850vacancies - for 50 1st cycle (bachelor's) and integrated master's degree courses - for International Students . The faculties of Medicine and Dental Medicine do not have vacancies available through this contest.

Below you can find updated information on the number of vacancies available for each course in each phase of the contest and the respective links to the application pages.

Faculty Curso Phase 1* Phase 2* Phase 3*  
Faculty of Architecture Architecture 15 15 10 Apply
Faculty of Fine Arts Fine Arts 5 10 3 Apply
Faculty of Fine Arts Communication Design 2 4 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Landscape Architecture 4 4 1 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Biology 22 20 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Biochemistry 6 5 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Computer Science 5 5 1 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Environmental Sciences and Technology 6 6 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Agricultural Engineering 4 4 1 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Physical Engineering 5 5 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Geospatial Engineering 2 1 1 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Physics 6 6 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Geology 5 4 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Artificial Intelligence and Data Science 6 6 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Mathematics 7 6 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Chemistry 6 6 2 Apply
Faculty of Nutrition
and Food Sciences
Nutritional Sciences 11 11 2 Apply
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences 15 Apply
Faculty of Law Criminology 3 3 1 Apply
Faculty of Law Law 5 4 3 Apply
Faculty of Economics Economics 50 0 0 Apply
Faculty of Economics Business Administration 20 0 0 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering 5 5 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Chemical Engineering 10 4 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Civil Engineering 35 15 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Electrical and Computers Engineering 7 30 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Environmental Engineering 10 2 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management 10 4 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Informatics and Computing Engineering 20 8 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Materials Engineering 5 2 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Mechanical Engineering 15 5 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Engineering Sciences - Mining
and Geo-Environmental Engineering
4 2 Apply
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences 15 3 2 Apply
Faculty of Arts Archeology 5 5 3 Apply
Faculty of Arts Information Science 5 5 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences:
Journalism, Public Relations, Multimedia
10 3 3 Apply
Faculty of Arts Language Sciences 3 3 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Philosophy 6 4 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Geography 10 7 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts History 10 5 5 Apply
Faculty of Arts History of Art 5 4 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Applied Languages 7 8 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Languages and International Relations 10 4 0 Apply
Faculty of Arts Languages, Literatures and Cultures 12 5 7 Apply
Faculty of Arts Sociology 5 4 3 Apply
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine 5 5 6 Apply
Faculty of Psychology
and Education Sciences
Educational Sciences 8 4 2 Apply
Faculty of Psychology
and Education Sciences
Psychology 25 15 7 Apply
Abel Salazar Institute
of Biomedical Sciences
Aquatic Sciences 4 4 0 Apply
Abel Salazar Institute
of Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine 2 2 1 Apply

* To the vacancies indicated for each phase will be added, except where indicated, the remaining vacancies of the previous phase of the contest.
For personalized information about the courses you wish to enroll in, go to the "International" section of this website.

How to apply?

Applications must be submitted online (check the links for each course above) to the academic services of the U.Porto faculty where the student wishes to study, within the indicated deadlines. It is up to each U.Porto faculty to establish the entry requirements in accordance with the Regulations for the application of the U.Porto International Student Statute (in portuguese). In general, applicants to 1st cycle (bachelor) and integrated master courses at the U.Porto must:

  • Hold specific academic qualifications in the areas of knowledge required for the cycle of studies they are applying to. The candidate should provide proof of these qualifications with substantiating documents at the time of application and/or by taking a written and/or oral and practical exams at the faculty at he/she wishes to study;
  • Be an independent speaker of Portuguese, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFRL. Language skills may be verified with an assessment of speaking skills by video conference;
  • Satisfy the Prerequisites (physical, functional or vocational skills which have a particular relevance for the course) that may be established for the cycle of studies you wish to attend. These are the U.Porto courses that require prerequisites:
School / Faculty Course Prerequisite
Faculty of Arts Archaeology Visual capabilities  (D)
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences Visual capabilities (D)
Faculty of Arts History of Art Visual capabilities (D)
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine Interpersonal communication (B)
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Interpersonal communication (B)
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences Functional, physical and sports aptitude (C)
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences Veterinary Medicine Interpersonal communication (A)

Please consult and read carefully the information provided by the Faculty that requires the prerequisite(s). For the 1st cycle (bachelor) degree on Sports Sciences (Faculty of Sports), which requires the completion of a set of functional, physical and sporting aptitude tests, candidates must register for the prerequisites by email: prerequisitos@fade.up.pt.

When to apply?

In the table below you can find the Applications Calendar for the academic year 2022/2023.

Attention: This calendar is not applied by the faculties of Economics e Engineering and Sports. We therefore advise you to consult the information provided by each of these faculties.

Procedures Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
Submission of applications 3 January › 28 February 2022 1 March › 13 May 2022 19 July › 25 July 2022
Analysis of applications 1 March › 15 March 2022 16 May › 30 May 2022 26 July › 29 July 2022
Posting of provisional results 16 March 2022 31 May 2022 1 August 2022
Prior hearing 17 March› 30 March 2022 1 June› 15 June 2022 19 August › 1 September 2022
Posting of final results 31 March 2022 17 June 2022 2 September 2022
Submission of complaints 1 April › 22 April 2022 20 June › 12 July 2022 5 September › 23 September 2022
Publication of decision about complaints 29 April 2022 18 July 2022 3 October 2022
Enrolment / Registration 1 April › 14 April 2022 20 June › 4 July 2022 5 September › 9 September 2022
Admission of non-placed applicants 18 April › 2 May 2022 5 July › 15 July 2022 12 September › 16 September 2022
Publication of leftover places 3 May 2022 18 July 2022

Fees and Financial Support

The frequency of 1st Cycle (Bachelor) and Integrated Master degrees courses of the U.Porto implies a payment of an annual fee that, in the case of students covered by the International Student Statute (ISS), varies between ¤3,500 to ¤8,000 (check the values by course for the 2020/2021 academic year). Minding the ties that bind Portugal to the countries of the CPLP - Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor), a reduction of up to 45% may be applied to the tuition paid by students from those countries.

The University of Porto promotes and/or sponsors various types of financial aid programmes for its international students. For students who benefit from scholarships awarded by external entities, governments or partner institutions, this support may be translated into a a reduction in their tuition, equal to the difference between the amount of the annual fee/tuition and the amount of the subsidy bestowed upon the University of Porto by the donor entity. In these cases, the student must provide proof of the type of scholarship they have been awarded.

Each faculty of the U.Porto may also grant financial incentives for students enrolled under the Special Contest for International Students on a non-merit basis, depending on the overall access classification. The maximum value of this incentive corresponds to the difference between the value of the annual fee applied to students with ISS and the value of the maximum annual fee fixed for the national students. This support is granted under the Regulations of the program of incentives for international students of the University of Porto (in Portuguese).

Once at U.Porto, our international students can also apply for merit scholarships awarded to those students with exceptional academic performance, independently of their geographic origin or socio-economic status.

Learn more about funding opportunities for international students at U.Porto.

Informations and Contacts

General legislation regarding the Special Contest for International Students is available (in Portuguese only) for consultation in the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES) website. For more information, please consult the Regulations for the application of the U.Porto International Student Statute (English version forthcoming).

For more information, contact the U.Porto Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP) and/or the academic services of the school/faculty that you wish to apply to.

In the "Internacional" area of this website you will find detailed information about all the services and facilities available to international students at the University of Porto.

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