European Union Candidates

Cidade Europeia Por do Sol

Admission Requirements

Candidates who are not covered by the International Student Status - shall be treated as National Candidates.

Candidates from Member States of the European Union may apply to higher education at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, provided they meet the following requirements:

secondary school diploma or legally equivalent degree;

results obtained in 2018, 2017 or 2016 of one of the following options in the order presented: 

The final national examination of foreign secondary education  considered homologous to entrance exam for the course - Annex I of the International Student regulation;


National final exams of foreign secondary education;


A passing grade in the subject of the foreign secondary education considered equivalent to the entrance exam;


Alternatively, completion of the national exams in Portugal of the entrance tests required for the course to which you are applying.


Application Grade

The application grade is calculated as follows:
- Final grade of secondary school education or equivalent degree: 60%
- The final national exam Classification of one of the subjects of secondary education mentioned: 40%
The classifications obtained are converted to the Portuguese scale based on Portuguese law.



- Photocopy of identification document (passport or identity card)
- Photocopy of identification tax number (or any other fiscal identification document)
- A photograph
- Secondary School Diploma with complete list of courses (courses taken and their classification) and final classification*
- Certificate of the marks obtained in the final national secondary school exam*

Payment of Application Fee (if not admitted the amount is non-refundable)


Applicants may also be requested to submit:

- Document indicating the rating scale in the country concerned, including mention of the positive scale, issued by competent authority, whenever the certificates do not indicate the country's grading scale  and/or Portuguese law does not provide information for conversion of the grades of that country *;
- Document issued by competent authority attesting the evaluation in the final national exams of the subjects relevant for the course *

* The original of this document must be submitted at the start date of classes and: a) be legalized by Portuguese diplomatic or consular authority, OR b) contain the Hague Apostille issued by the competent authority of the issuing country, if that country has joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Hague Conference). 

To request equivalence, the document in the original language and a translation into Portuguese (official translation) must be submitted.

Formalizing your application

Before submitting or sending your application, you  must ensure that applications to the program you are interested in are open.

- Braga » send email to with the documents mentioned above *;
- Lisboa » send email to with the documents mentioned above *;
- Porto » Online | Email with the documents mentioned above *;
- Viseu » send email to  with the documents mentioned above *;

After sending the documentation by email, candidates will receive an email confirming receipt of application with the necessary information for making payment via bank transfer. The application will only be considered complete after receipt of payment.


The application deadlines can differ per programme. Check the calendar.