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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?

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.

To what courses?

For the 2021/2022 academic year, the U.Porto faculties have 249 vacancies - for 49 1st cycle (bachelor's) and integrated master's degree courses - for Candidates over 23 Years Old. 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  
Faculty of Architecture Architecture 6 Apply
Faculty of Fine Arts Fine Arts 2 Apply
Faculty of Fine Arts Communication Design 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Landscape Architecture 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Biology 8 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Biochemistry 4 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Computer Science 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Environmental Sciences and Technology 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Agricultural Engineering 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Physical Engineering 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Geospatial Engineering 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Physics 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Geology 2 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Mathematics 3 Apply
Faculty of Sciences Chemistry 3 Apply
Faculty of Nutrition and Food Sciences Nutritional Sciences 4 Apply
Faculty of Sports Sports Sciences 13 Apply
Faculty of Law Criminology 5 Apply
Faculty of Economics Economics 6 Apply
Faculty of Economics Business Administration 5 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering 4 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Engineering Sciences - Mining and Geo-Environmental Engineering 1 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Civil Engineering 7 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Environmental Engineering 2 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Electrical and Computers Engineering 12 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Industrial Engineering and Management 5 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Informatics and Computing Engineering 12 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Mechanical Engineering 9 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Materials Engineering 2 Apply
Faculty of Engineering Chemical Engineering 3 Apply
Faculty of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences 9 Apply
Faculty of Arts Archeology 2 Apply
Faculty of Arts Information Science 6 Apply
Faculty of Arts Communication Sciences:Journalism, Public Relations, Multimedia 15 Apply
Faculty of Arts Language Sciences 2 Apply
Faculty of Arts Portuguese Studies 2 Apply
Faculty of Arts Philosophy 4 Apply
Faculty of Arts Geography 6 Apply
Faculty of Arts History 13 Apply
Faculty of Arts History of Art 3 Apply
Faculty of Arts Applied Languages 5 Apply
Faculty of Arts Languages and International Relations 5 Apply
Faculty of Arts Languages, Literatures and Cultures 10 Apply
Faculty of Arts Sociology 5 Apply
Faculty of Dental Medicine Dental Medicine 5 Apply
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences Educational Sciences 7 Apply
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences Psychology 4 Apply
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences Aquatic Sciences 2 Apply
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences Veterinary Medicine 7 Apply

How to Apply?

Application to the Special Contest for Candidates over 23 Years Old is held directly in each faculty of the U.Porto. 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.

When to apply?

In the table below you can find the Applications Calendar for the academic year 2021/2022.

Faculty Candidaturas  
Faculty of Architecture July 6 to August 6 2021 + info
Faculty of Fine Arts June 14 to July 16 2021 + info
Faculty of Sciences June 1 to July 16 2021 + info
Faculty of Nutrition Sciences July 6 to July 12 2021 + info
Faculty of Sports July 6 to July 17 2021 + info
Faculty of Law July 5 to August 6 2021 + info
Faculty of Economics April 15 to April 21 2021 + info
Faculty of Engineering May 17 to August 10 2021 + info
Faculty of Pharmacy July 26 to August 6 2021 + info
Faculty of Arts July 8 to July 31 2021 + Info
Faculty of Dental Medicine Until July 19 2021 + Info
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences July 19 to July 30 2021 + info
Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences July 26 to August 3 2021 + info

Tuition fees

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.

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

Informations and Contacts

On the  website of the Directorate General for Higher Education – Direção Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES), you can find all the relevant information about the Special Contest for Candidates Over 23 Years Old and other Special Contests for admissions to higher education in Portugal.

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

Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP)

U.Porto Rectorate
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Telephone: (+351) 220 408 198/053
E-mail: acesso.es@reit.up.pt
In-person and telephone assistance: Check the Schedule
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