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Check if you have the necessary IB admission scores

UC accepts applicants with a secondary education diploma who have done the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in 2020 or in the three previous years: 2019, 2018, or 2017.

To be able to apply students must have at least a score of 28.2. This is equivalent to 120 in the Portuguese 0-200 scale. Please note that this is the minimum score required for application, except for Pharmaceutical Sciences and Dentistry (140) and Chemical Engineering (130).

The table below shows the IB scores and their equivalent average score in the Portuguese 0-200 scale, to which all scores must be converted:

IB scores Portuguese scale scores [0-200]
0 0
24 100
28.2 120
30.3 130
32.4 140
34.5 150
36.6 160
38.7 170
40.8 180
42.9 190
45 200

Additionally, students must apply with at least one or two subjects taken at a higher level (HL) depending on the chosen degree programme. To learn which are the required admission exams for your chosen undergraduate degree programme check this table.

The evaluation and ranking of the applications take also into account the curriculum analysis of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).

The selection process will occur later and will be based on the ranking of the scores, converted to the Portuguese scale, of all international student submitted applications.

Portuguese Language Requirements

Different pathways are available according to the Portuguese language proficiency of applicants:

  1. Students with B2 level proficiency in Portuguese can enrol directly in UC degree programmes.
  2. Students with B1 level proficiency in Portuguese can also enrol directly in UC degree programmes but must follow in parallel the Annual Portuguese Language Course.
  3. Students without B1 level proficiency in Portuguese must enrol in the Foundation Year Programme in Portuguese Language, before the start of the degree programme of their choice in the subsequent academic year.

Further information available on the Additional Application Requirements page.

Special requisites for specific degree programmes

Some degree programmes have specific pre-requisites regarding capacities of functional, physical, sport, interpersonal, and vision nature. See more information on the Additional Application Requirements page.