International Student is a student who does not have Portuguese nationality, who is not a national of a member state of the European Union, or others who do not reside in Portugal, without interruption for more than 2 years.
Decree-Law no. 36/2014, of 10 March, which regulates the International Student Statute, allows foreign students to apply for Portuguese higher education through a special competition to access and enter the undergraduate study cycles taught at Portuguese higher education institutions, which are responsible for carrying out the aforementioned competition.
For more information please consult www.studyinportugal.edu.pt
Note: The status of International Student applies exclusively to candidates 1st cycle or 1st + 2nd cycle (Graduations) and never to candidates of 2nd cycle (Master) or 3rd cycle (Doctorate).
International students are admitted to the competition for access to higher education who, cumulatively:
The application for the special international student access and admission contest is made online on the dfa FCT-UNL academic management computer system, by filling in an application form and uploading the following documents:
The documents must be translated into Portuguese or English, whenever they are not issued and Portuguese, English, French or Spanish, and endorsed by the consular service or presented with the apposition of the Hague Apostille, issued by the competent authority of the State where the document originates .
The application is subject to the payment of a fee listed in the UNL Fees and Fees table.
Higher education in Portugal is part of the European Higher Education Area, thus adopting a system of transferable and cumulative credits (ECTS), based on three study cycles:
ECTS is the qualification system of the European Higher Education Area that facilitates the mobility of students between countries and the recognition of their academic qualifications and periods of study abroad.
A full year of study or work is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits. In a normal academic year, these credits are generally divided into several modules (subjects / subjects). A 1st cycle diploma (bacharelato) consists of 180 or 240 ECTS credits.
Participating institutions publish their course catalogs on the Internet; they include detailed descriptions of study programs, curricular units, university regulations and services for students.
Course unit descriptions include ‘learning outcomes’ (ie, the knowledge that students should obtain and the skills that they should acquire) and the volume of work (the time that students need to achieve those results).
Learning outcomes are expressed in credits. A student’s workload varies between 1500 and 1800 hours per school year and a credit usually corresponds to 25-30 hours of work.
The ECTS User Guide describes the system and how it is used in more detail.