The Special Admissions Contest for International Students serves as a "gateway" to the Undergratuate - 1st cycle (Bachelors) and Integrated Masters degrees - courses of the U.Porto for candidates who are not Portuguese nationals or from another European Union country. Here's what you need to know ...

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

When to apply? Taxes and Financial Support Informations and Contacts

Who can 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 the last two years, or who are attending a Portuguese instituion of higher education under an international mobility programme or exchange protocol. Candidates with dual nationality, being one of them from a Member State of the EU, can't apply either.
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 2018/2019 academic year, the U.Porto faculties have 567 vacancies for 48 1st cycle (bachelor's) and integrated master's degree coursesaccessible through the Special Contest for International Students. The faculties of Medicine and Dental Medicine do not have vacancies available through this contest. Check the below the map of available vacancies by course.

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 Course Vacancies
(Phase 1)
Faculty of Architecture Architecture 5 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Archaeology 0 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Information Science 3 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences
- Journalism, Public Relations, Multimedia
0 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Language Sciences 2 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Portuguese Studies 2 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Philosophy 2 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Geography 10 Application + info
Faculty of Arts History 0 Application + info
Faculty of Arts History of Art 5 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Applied Languages 0 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Languages and International Relations 0 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Languages, Literatures and Cultures 5 Application + info
Faculty of Arts Sociology 1 Application + info
Faculty of Economics Economics 23 Application + info
Faculty of Economics Business Administration 5 Application + info
Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering 4 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Engineering Sciences
- Mining and Geo-Environmental Engineering
4 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Civil Engineering 30 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Environmental Engineering 6 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Electrical and Computers Engineering 20 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management 6 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Informatics and Computing Engineering 13 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Mechanical Engineering 14 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 5 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Engineering Chemical Engineering 6 Application
Application - Brazil
+ info
Faculty of Fine Arts Fine Arts (Branchs; Painting; Sculpture; Multimedia) 6 Application + info
Faculty of Fine Arts Communication Design 3 Application + info
Faculty of Law Criminology 7 (Phase 1) Application + info
Faculty of Law Law 15 (Phase 1) Application + info
Faculty of Nutrition and
Food Sciences
Nutritional Sciences 0 Application + info
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences 1 Application + info
Faculty of Psychology and
Education Sciences
Educational Sciences 0 Application + info
Faculty of Psychology and
Education Sciences
Psychology 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Landscape Architecture 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Biology 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Biochemistry 1 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Computer Science 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Engineering Sciences 5 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Environmental Sciences and Technology 4 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Network and Information Systems Engineering 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Physical Engineering 3 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Physics 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Geology 0 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Mathematics 1 Application + info
Faculty of Sciences Chemistry 2 Application + info
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences 10 Application + info

For personalized information about the courses you wish to enroll in, go to the "International section" of ​​this website.

How to apply?

Applications should 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. You 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 which you wish 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 and motor capacities (F)
Faculty of Arts History of Art Visual capabilities (D)
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences Interpersonal communication (B)
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences Functional, physical and sports aptitude (C)

The satisfaction of the prerequisites is proven at the time of registration and enrolment by providing supporting documents. Excluded from this lot are the prerequisites for the 1st cycle (bacelor) degree on Sports Sciences (Faculty of Sports), which can only be satisfied by completing a set of functional, physical and sporting aptitude tests. In this case, candidates of the 1st Phase of this contest must present a solemn declaration on how they will register in the Prerequisites, which will take place in the month of February / March 2017. The candidates of the 2nd Phase must present proof of registration in the Pre-requisites.
For more information see the Prerequisite area of the DGES site.

When to apply?

In the table below you can find the Applications Calendar for the academic year 2017/2018.

Procedures Deadlines (Phase 1) Deadlines (Phase 2) Deadlines (Phase 3)
Submission of applications 12 December 2016 › 30 January 2017 4 April › 24 April 2017 30 June › 19 July 2017
Analysis of applications 31 January › 10 February 2017 26 April › 8 May 2017 20 July › 28 July 2017
Posting of provisional results 10 February 2017 8 May 2017 28 July 2017
Prior hearing 13 February › 12 February 2017 9 May › 22 May 2017 31 July › 11 August 2017
Posting of final results 3 March 2017 29 May 2017 5 September 2017
Submission of complaints 6 March › 27 March 2017 30 May › 20 June 2017 6 September › 26 September 2017
Publication of decision about complaints 3 April 2017 27 June 2017 3 October 2017
Enrolment / Registration 10 March › 21 March 2017 5 June › 16 June 2017 11 September › 18 September 2017
Admission of non-placed applicants 27 March › 31 March 2017 21 June › 26 June 2017 21 September › 26 September 2017
Publication of leftover places 3 April 2017 29 June 2017

Fees and Financial Support

The frequency of 1st Cycle (Bachelor) and Integrated Master degrees courses of the U.Porto implies a payment of an annuity that, in the case of students covered by the International Student Statute (ISS), varies between ¤3,000 to ¤6,000 (check the values by course). 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 50% 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.

Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)

U.Porto Rectorate
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 220 408 237
E-mail: acesso.es@reit.up.pt
Open for in-person and telephone assistance year-round:
9:30 am › 12:30 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri); 12 pm > 5 pm (Tue, Thu)
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