Special Contests 2017/2018
- International Students (Non-EU nationals)
- Graduates of Other Higher Education Courses
- Graduates of Technological Specialisation Courses
- Titulares de Diploma de Técnico Superior Profissional
- Admissions to Medical School for Candidates with Bachelors Degrees
- Candidates with Bachelors Degrees in a Related Field
Candidates Over 23 Years Old
The Special Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old is intended for students older than 23 and fits within the U.Porto framework for promoting Lifelong Learning.
- Who can apply?
- How does it work?
- Tuition fees
- Useful legislation
- Contacts and useful information
This special contest applies to students who, cumulatively:
- • Are older than 23 (as of the 31 December of the year preceding the contest);
- • Do not hold a diploma granting access to higher education;
- • Have passed the specially designed exams, taken at the U.Porto, to evaluate their capacity to attend higher education;
- • Satisfy the prerequisites, when required by the desired course [see Prerequisits]
Note: Candidates who hold a secondary education diploma, other legally-equivalent qualification, or even a higher education degree, but who have not completed the entrance exams (national secondary school final exams) for the desired course are also allowed to apply.
Application to the Special Contest for Candidates over 23 Years Old is held directly in each faculty of the U.Porto. The Law and Medicine courses do not have vacancies for this admissions possibility. The contest consists in the completion of a specific exam that counts for 50% of the final score. The other 50% of the score consists in a personal interview and an evaluation of the applicant's professional and academic curriculum.
For the academic year 2016/2017, the following application calendar applies:
|Faculty/School||Vacancies||Applications (2016)||Final Results (2016)|
|Architecture||6||July 12 to August 12||September 12||+ Info|
|Fine Arts||16||July 11 to August 12||September 20||+ Info|
|Sciences||40||June 27 to July 27||September 6||+ Info|
|Nutrition Sciences||4||July 11 to July 13||July 25||+ Info|
|Sports||17||July 15 to August 12||September 12||+ Info|
|Law||7||July 11 to August 5||September 12||+ Info|
|Economics||17||July 11 to July 22||Until August 24||+ Info|
|Engineering||46||Until August 8||September 23||+ Info|
|Pharmacy||9||July 25 to August 11||September 6||+ Info|
|Arts||46||July 11 to July 17||August 16||+ Info|
|Dental Medicine||5||July 11 to July 15||August 8||+ Info|
|Psychology and Education Sciences||11||July 18 to August 5||September 8||+ Info|
|Abel Salazar Institute of
|8||August 1 to August 12||September 12||+ Info|
For the 2016/2017 academic year, the U.Porto has 232 vacancies for the 1st cycle (bachelors degree) and integrated masters courses available for applicants through the Special Admissions Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old. Check the vacancy map (in Portuguese).
Students who are admitted to the U.Porto through the Special Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old are covered by the general tuition fees regime of the U.Porto.
The generic legislation for the Special Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old can be found (Portuguese only) in the the Directorate General for Higher Education– Direção Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES) website. For more information, check the Regulation of Exams to evaluate the ability of Candidates Over 23 Years Old to attend the U.Porto (in Portuguese).
On the DGES website, you can find all the relevant information about the Special Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old and other Special Contests of admissions to higher education. 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, or the academic services of the faculty that you wish to apply for.
Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)
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)