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Considering the growing number of foreign students seeking portuguese universities to complete a full course, it was created in 2014 the International Student Statute (EEI), 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 Access and Admission 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 2020/2011 academic year, the U.Porto faculties have 1004 vacancies - for 51 1st cycle (bachelor's) and integrated master's degree courses - for International Students (check the list of courses/vacancies). 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 Vacancies*
Phase 1
Vacancies*
Phase 2
Vacancies*
Phase 3
   
Faculty of Architecture Architecture 12 12 11 Apply +info
Faculty of Fine Arts Fine Arts 5 10 5 Apply +info
Faculty of Fine Arts Communication Design 3 5 2 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Landscape Architecture 4 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Biology 20 19 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Biochemistry 6 5 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Computer Science 5 5 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Environmental Sciences and Technology 6 6 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Agricultural Engineering 4 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Network and Information Systems Engineering 4 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Physical Engineering 5 5 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Geospatial Engineering 2 1 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Physics 6 6 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Geology 5 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Mathematics 6 6 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Sciences Chemistry 6 5 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Nutrition
and Food Sciences
Nutritional Sciences 8 8 4 Apply +info
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences 15 Apply
Faculty of Law Criminology 6 5 1 Apply +info
Faculty of Law Law 22 16 6 Apply +info
Faculty of Economics Economics 63 0 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Economics Business Administration 40 0 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering 7 1 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Engineering Sciences - Mining
and Geo-Environmental Engineering
4 2 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Civil Engineering 48 20 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Environmental Engineering 7 2 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Electrical and Computers Engineering 20 15 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management 10 2 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Informatics and Computing Engineering 13 3 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Mechanical Engineering 20 10 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Metallurgical and Materials Engineering 7 3 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Engineering Chemical Engineering 10 2 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences 20 5 5 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Archeology 3 3 3 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Information Science 5 5 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences:
Journalism, Public Relations, Multimedia
10 3 3 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Language Sciences 3 3 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Portuguese Studies 2 2 2 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Philosophy 6 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Geography 10 7 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts History 10 5 5 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts History of Art 5 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Applied Languages 6 8 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Languages and International Relations 10 4 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Languages, Literatures and Cultures 12 5 7 Apply +info
Faculty of Arts Sociology 5 6 0 Apply +info
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine 10 4 2 Apply +info
Faculty of Psychology
and Education Sciences
Educational Sciences 8 4 2 Apply +info
Faculty of Psychology
and Education Sciences
Psychology 17 7 7 Apply +info
Abel Salazar Institute
of Biomedical Sciences
Aquatic Sciences 3 3 1 Apply +info
Abel Salazar Institute
of Biomedical Sciences
Veterinary Medicine 2 2 1 Apply +info

* 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 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. 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 and motor capacities (F)
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)

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 2020. 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 2020/2021.

Procedures Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3
Submission of applications 2 January › 27 February 2020 28 February › 4 May 2020 30 June › 17 July 2020
Analysis of applications 2 March › 17 March 2020 5 May › 15 May 2020 20 July › 29 July 2020
Posting of provisional results 18 March 2020 18 May 2020 30 July 2020
Prior hearing 19 March› 1 April 2020 19 May › 1 June 2020 31 July › 13 August 2020
Posting of final results 2 April 2020 2 June 2020 3 September 2020
Submission of complaints 3 April › 24 April 2020 3 June › 25 June 2020 4 September › 24 September 2020
Publication of decision about complaints 28 April 2020 29 June 2020 2 October 2020
Enrolment / Registration 3 April › 15 April 2020 3 June › 15 June 2020 4 September › 11 September 2020
Admission of non-placed applicants 17 April › 24 April 2020 17 June › 26 June 2020 14 September › 21 September 2020
Publication of leftover places 28 April 2020 29 June 2020

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 ¤3,500 to ¤8,000 (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 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.

Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)

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Telephone: (+351) 220 408 237
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