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Gather all the complete and necessary information to apply and make sure if it is necessary to recognize any degree or diploma.

Some documents you may need:

  • Application form
  • Secondary education leaving certificate, or legally equivalent qualification
  • Results of final exams of secondary education corresponding entrance exams
  • Evidence of physical, functional or vocational skills, if required
  • ID card or passport
  • Other Diplomas or Degrees, as well as the grades and academic background
  • Health insurance or European Health Insurance Card
  • Visa or Residence Permit
  • Official translation of documents or recognition by the Portuguese diplomatic or consular representation in your country
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or individual Portfolio
  • Motivation letter
  • Photograph
  • Language skills proof
  • For PHDs Short draft for a Doctoral thesis project


Academic calendar:

The academic year is divided in two semesters, the first starting in September and ending in January/February, and the second starting between February and June/July.


  • Christmas (25th of December)
  • Break between semesters
  • Carnival (around 1,5 month before Easter)
  • Easter (between March and April)
  • Summer (July and August)

Applications for the national contest for the 1st cycle (Licenciatura and Mestrado integrado), usually take place between July and August.  There is a second phase of this contest, in September, for available vacancies and a third phase in October.  

Applications for the other cycles take place in the dates and with the requisites indicated by the higher education institutions.

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