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There are many forms of admission to the 1st cycle / undergraduate cycles of study (bachelors and integrated masters) at the University of Porto. If you are a national of one of the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) or East Timor, you can benefit from one of the special regimes sponsored annually by the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES). Otherwise, you should apply through the Special Contest for International Students, created in 2014 as part of the implementation of the International Student Statute (ISS). Here's what you need to know:

Who can apply?

To apply to a U.Porto course through the ISS, you must fulfil one of the following requirements:

  • 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.

Note: Students who fulfil the requirements of the ISS but who enrolled at U.Porto before the 2014/2015 academic year, are considered equivalent to Portuguese students until concluding their studies, without interruption, at the University.

How to apply?

Applications should be submitted to the academic services of the U.Porto faculty where the student wishes to study. Applications are completed upon electronic submission of the application form and all necessary documents, plus payment of all due fees.

Applications for the academic year 2016/2017 are closed. 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

What is needed?

The entry requirements are established by each faculty of the U.Porto in accordance with the Regulations for the application of the U.Porto International Student Statute. 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 (covering material from the subject area entrance exams for that cycle of studies, as defined by the general admission regime to higher education in Portugal) 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 established for a given cycle of studies in accordance with the general regime of admissions to Portuguese higher education [see Prerequisites];

Vacancies

For the 2017/2018 academic year, the U.Porto faculties have 414 vacancies for 47 1st cycle courses (bachelors) and integrated master coursesaccessible through the Special Contest for International Students. The faculties of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Medicine and Dental Medicine, and the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS) do not have vacancies available through this contest. Check the map of available vacancies by course.

Tuition Fees

The annual fee/tuition amount to be paid by ISS students is defined by each U.Porto faculty according to the real cost of each cycle of studies.

For the 2016/2017 academic year, the annual fee/tuition to be paid by full-time 1st cycle/undegraduate (bachelors and integrated masters) ISS students at the U.Porto 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. To know what amount you might pay, find your course(s).

Students with scholarships from the Fundação da Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) or another third-party entity may also benefit from 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 should provide proof of the type of scholarship they have been awarded.

Useful Legislation

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).

Contacts and useful information

The site of the Directorate General for Higher Education (DGES) has all of the relevant information regarding the Special Contest for International Students. For more information, contact the U.Porto Office for Admissions to Higher Education (GAES-UP) or the academic services of the school/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) 220 408 237
E-mail: acesso.es@reit.up.pt
Open for in-person and telephone assistance year-round:
10 am › 12:30 pm / 2 pm > 4 pm (Mon, Wed, Fri); 12 pm > 5 pm (Tue, Thu)
In-person and telephone assistance hours during the period of university applications (2016):
21 July to 12 August: 9.30 › 15.30 (Mon-Fri)
16 to 19 August: 10.00 › 16.00 (Mon, Wed, Fri); 10.00 › 17.00 (Tue, Thu)
22 August to 9 September: 10.00 › 12.30 / 14.00 › 16.00 (Mon, Wed, Fri); 10.00 › 12.30 / 14.00 › 17.00 (Tue, Thu)
12 to 23 September: 9.30 › 12.30 / 14.00 › 16.30 (Mon-Fri)
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