Admission procedures

This page is intended for candidates who wish to apply for a Bachelor's Degree or Integrated Master's Degree (1st cycle) at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, either via:

  • General Regime - through the 12th grade (National and European Union Applicants); or
  • Other forms of admission:
    • International Student Status (Brazilian applicants and all non-EU applicants);
    • Change of Institution/Course Pair;
    • Degree Holders;
    • Above 23 years old.

You can make your application here.

General Regime - via 12th grade (National and EU Applicants)

The general regime is aimed at National and European Union Applicants who wish to enroll in a Bachelor's Degree or Integrated Master's Degree (1st cycle) at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

There are two ways of accessing the general regime:

  1. Applicants who have completed Portuguese secondary education;
  2. Applicants who have completed foreign secondary education.

 Applicants who have completed Portuguese secondary education:

  • To have completed a secondary education or have a legally equivalent qualification;
  • To have taken, in the year in which they are applying or in the two previous years, the entrance exam(s) - national secondary education exams - set for the Bachelor's degree course(s) or Integrated master's degree course(s) they wish to apply to.

The application score results from the weighted average of the final grade of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification at 60% and the grade of the entrance examination(s) at 40% (in case of 2 examinations, 20% each), with the exception of some courses identified below.


Applicants who have completed foreign secondary education:

  • To have completed a foreign secondary education course,  in Portugal or abroad, legally equivalent to Portuguese secondary education;
  • The final examinations of foreign secondary education considered to be homologous are admitted as entrance examinations, according to the following correspondence table.

The application score is calculated in a similar way to that of Portuguese secondary school candidates.

2021/22 Admissions - In case of cancellation of the homologous foreign secondary school final examinations , as a mitigation measure against the COVID-19 pandemic, the final grade of the subjects corresponding to the required entrance examinations will be used for the purposes of calculating the application score, converted to the 0-200 scale whenever necessary.

For more information, please consult the Directorate General for Higher Education website

A documentação varia mediante o ensino secundário frequentado pelo candidato: 

  1. Applicants who have completed Portuguese secondary education;
  2. Applicants who have completed foreign secondary education.

If you have completed Portuguese secondary education in Portugal you will need to present the following documents:

  • "Cartão de cidadão" (ID);
  • 1 Photo (Passport size);
  • "Ficha ENES" obligatorily issued in the year in which you apply (you should request this document at your secondary school);
  • An English language level certificate is also required for international degrees and the Integrated Master's in Medicine.

The national exams of the 2nd phase can be used in any phase of UCP applications, as long as they appear in the "Ficha ENES".

Please note: To apply for the Integrated Master's in Medicine this year will only be considered the national exams of the 1st Phase of 2020/2021 and also the national exams of the 1st and 2nd Phases of 2018/2019 and 2019/2020.

The form ("Ficha ENES") is obtained from the secondary school where the student has taken the last exams and must be handed in to the University within the deadlines indicated in the calendar.


If you have completed foreign secondary education, in Portugal or abroad, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • ID document;
  • Taxpayer identification number;
  • 1 Photo (Passport size);
  • Official diploma certifying foreign secondary education completed successfully  (1) (with final grades);
  • Equivalence of Foreign Secondary Education Qualifications to the Portuguese education system (2);
  • An English language level certificate is also required for international degrees and the Integrated Master's in Medicine.

(1) Certificates issued outside Portugal must contain the Apostille or be legalised by a Portuguese diplomatic or consular authority in the country of origin of the document. When the documents to be submitted are written in a foreign language other than Spanish, English or French, the respective official translation should be provided (made under the terms foreseen in the notarial law).

(2) The declaration of equivalence is obtained from the Portuguese secondary school in your area of residence or from the Directorate General of Education.

The following additional documentation may also be required:

  • Declaration, issued by a competent entity for the effect (duly authenticated), with information on the grading scale used and respective minimum grade for approval;
  • Information on the foreign education system to which the qualification relates (e.g. number of years of schooling, entrance requirements, school certification).

Select the minimum score you wish to consult:


Minimum score in the entrance examinations: 95 points (0-200), except:

  • Medicine (Lisboa) - 140 points
  • Administração e Gestão de Empresas (Lisboa) - 120 points
  • Economia (Lisboa) - 120 points
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Lisboa) - 120 points
  • International Undergraduate Program in Business Administration (Lisboa) - 120 points
  • International Undergraduate Program in Economics & Finance (Lisboa) - 120 points

Minimum application score of 100 points (0-200) except:

  • Medicine (Lisboa) - 150 points
  • Administração e Gestão de Empresas (Lisboa) - 140 points
  • Economia (Lisboa) - 140 points
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Lisboa) - 120 points
  • International Undergraduate Program in Business Administration (Lisboa) - 140 points
  • International Undergraduate Program in Economics & Finance (Lisboa) - 140 points
  • Medicina Dentária (Viseu) - 110 points

Select your desired location:


Lisboa - Headquarters:

  • International Undergraduate Programs: Motivation letters, CV, English certificate, and interview, if applicable.
  • Licenciatura em Enfermagem (Nursing): Group A - Interpersonal communication proven by medical certificate.
  • Integrated Master's in Medicine: Group A - Interpersonal communication proven by medical certificate; minimum English proficiency score [Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR): level C1] | motivation letter | interview.

For the International Undergraduate Programs and Integrated Master's in Medicine, the prerequisite classification is included in the calculation of the application score with a weight of 15%, 50% being attributed to the final classification of the secondary education course and 35% to the grade of the entrance examination.


Porto Regional Centre:

  • Licenciatura em Direito (Law): Vocational aptitude prerequisite that takes the form of a written test. Note: Considering the limitations imposed by the contingency plan created under COVID-19, the 2021 applications should be submitted, exceptionally, without the prior approval of the vocational prerequisite test.
  • Licenciatura em Enfermagem (Nursing): Group A - Interpersonal communication proven by medical certificate.
  • Licenciatura em Cinema: Completion of an online vocational questionnaire and the submission of an artistic portfolio. Candidates will be called for an interview via Skype, to be scheduled after registration.
  • Licenciatura em Som e Imagem (Sound and Image): Interview and portfolio submission, if applicable. Note: Considering the limitations imposed by the contingency plan created under COVID-19, applicants must complete an online vocational questionnaire and submit an artistic portfolio. They may be called for a telephone or Skype interview, to be scheduled after registration.

For the courses of Cinema (Porto) and Sound and Image (Porto) the classification of the pre-requisite is included in the calculation of the application mark with a weight of 15%, 50% being attributed to the final classification of the secondary education course and 35% to the classification of the entrance examination.


Viseu Regional Centre:

  • Integrated Master's in Dental Medicine: Group A - Interpersonal communication proven by medical certificate.

The application score can be calculated using the final classification of the secondary education course and the entrance examination(s). The application score (except Cinema, Sound and Image, International Undergraduate Programs, and Medicine) is calculated according to the following formula:

  • Final classification of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification: 60%.
  • Classification of the entrance examination or examinations (in the case of 2 examinations, 20% each): 40%

Calculate your application score here:

Final classification of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification
Classification of the entrance examination(s)
 


Example of how to calculate the application score

For a degree in which the entrance examinations are Portuguese and History:

  1. Applicant A obtained a final mark of 130 in secondary education, 150 in the national examination of the subject of Portuguese and 120 in the national examination of the subject of History.
  2. To obtain the application score, the scores are multiplied by their respective weight, i.e:
       130x0,6 (130=60%);
       150x0,2 (150=20%);
       120x0,2 (120=20%),
       which amounts, respectively, to 78 | 30 | 24.
  3. By adding these results we get the application score: 78 + 30 + 24 = 132.

For Cinema, Sound and Image, International Undergraduate Programs, and Medicine the calculation is as follows:

  • Final classification of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification: 50%
  • Classification of the entrance examinations: 35%
  • Classification of the prerequisite: 15%.

Calculate your application score here:

Final classification of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification
Classification of the entrance examination(s)
Classificação of the prerequisite
 

 

    Other forms of access / entry

    The eligibility requirements for International Student Status vary according to nationality.

    To consult all the information, select your nationality: 

    To access the International Students Admissions area click here

    Note: If you are from a member state of the European Union, you should consult the general regime.

    The Change of Institution/Course Pair is the act by which a student enrolls and/or registers in a different institution/course pair from the one(s) in which, in previous school years, they carried out an enrollment (Portaria n.º181-D/2015 of 19 June).

    It is aimed at students who:

    1. Have been enrolled and registered in another institution/course pair and have not completed it;
    2. Have taken the national exams of secondary education corresponding to the entrance examinations set by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa for the year in which they request the Change of Institution/Course Pair (these national exams may have been taken in any previous school year);
    3. Have, in those exams, the minimum classification required by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in that year.

    The change to a programme for which prerequisites or specific vocational aptitudes are required is conditional upon their satisfaction.

    The change of institution/course pair is not allowed in the academic year in which the student has been placed in a higher education institution/course pair under any access and admission regime and has enrolled and registered.

    This access regime is aimed at candidates holding a medium or higher education degree, either Portuguese or foreign, who have attended Higher Education.

    For more information please contact the Teaching Units
     

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa, under the scope of the Decree-Law 64/2006, of 21st March, and by dispatch NR/R/0108/2006, allows access to its undergraduate courses for people over 23 years of age who do not hold a qualification for access to higher education, but can prove their capacity to attend it.

    Select the desired option:


    You must meet the following requirements:

    • Turn 23 years old by 31 December 2020;
    • Not to be the holder of a qualification for access to higher education;
    • The applicants are subject to a special test, which will take place in the respective Faculty/School/Institute.

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    Consult the calendars:

    Lisboa | Porto | Braga | Viseu | Faculty of Theology

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    For further information or in case of doubt, please contact us:

    Lisboa: Tel.: (+351) 21 721 40 00 | E-mail: info@ucp.pt

    Porto: Tel.: (+351) 22 619 62 06 | E-mail: candidaturas@porto.ucp.pt

    Braga: Tel.: (+351) 25 320 61 00 | E-mail: secretaria.ffcs@ucp.pt

    Viseu: Tel.: (+351) 23 241 95 00 | E-mail: info.viseu@ucp.pt

    Faculty of Theology: Tel.: (+351) 21 721 41 50 | E-mail: direcao.ft@ucp.pt

     

    For more specific information, you can also contact the Teaching Units.

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    You may consult her the regulation for the tests especially designed to evaluate the capacity to attend higher education for people over 23 years of age.

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