Scholarships and Funding
In order to ensure equal opportunity for admission to its courses, as well as to reward the merit of those students with outstanding academic performance, the U.Porto promotes and/or sponsors a wide range of financial supports for its students. Included among these are:
Students enrolled in a bachelors, masters or integrated masters course at the U.Porto can apply for the scholarships awarded by the Social Services of the U.Porto (SASUP).
The scholarship consists of a monthly stipend to aid in the costs of attending the U.Porto. Economically disadvantaged students are thus supported in bearing the financial burden of not only school supplies and tuition fees, but also housing, food, transport, and other costs.
Students from Portugal, other European Union member states, or countries that enjoy a cooperation protocol with the U.Porto (excluding the International Student Statute - see Other support), according to the conditions established by the Ministry of Education and Science in the Regulations of Attribution of Scholarships to Higher Education Students, may apply for these scholarships. The scholarship is awarded and renewable on an annual basis. The deadlines and application results are published in a timely manner on the SASUP website.
Aside from normal scholarships, the U.Porto awards merit scholarships each year to the students ranked at the top of their class. This scholarship consists of a monetary prize – equalling five times the minimum national salary in effect – and is intended for students enrolled in a bachelors, masters or integrated masters course who show exceptional academic performance, independently of their socio-economic status.
Merit scholarships are attributed in accordance with the General Regulations of Attribution of Merit Scholarships to Higher Education Students. The U.Porto and its faculties are responsible for the selection of the awarded students, according with the criteria and requirements set out in the Regulations.
Each year, the U.Porto also awards a set of Incentive Prizes to the best students of the 1st year of each of its 14 schools/faculties. The prizes are delivered during the commemorative ceremony of the Day of the University. The value of the prize is equal to the tuition fees.
Through its schools and research centres, the U.Porto sponsors and awards scientific initiation scholarships and research scholarships to holders of bachelors, masters or doctorate degrees to obtain scientific training in research projects or in national scientific and technological institutions. The scholarship is typically one year in length, renewable for up to three years, and cannot be awarded for periods spanning for less than three consecutive months.
Attending a course at the U.Porto can be financed with study and research scholarships awarded by external institutions, government entities or partner institutions of the U.Porto through national and international agreements and partnerships.
Candidates for such scholarships include, for example, students from Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP), on the basis of the historic ties that unite Portugal with Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Mozambique.
Included among the institutions that provide these kinds of support are the Portal of Portuguese Communities – Portal das Comunidades Portuguesas, the Camões Institute – Instituto Camões, the Foundation for Science and Technology – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Santander Universidades programme, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation – Fundação Caloust Gulbenkian, the Millennium BCP Foundation – Fundação Millenium BCP, or the UT Austin Portugal, CMU Portugal and MIT Portugal programmes.
For further information on financial aid for international students, 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
Telephone: (+351) 220 408 198/053
In-person and telephone assistance: Check the Schedule