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International Applicants

Application requirements



As from 2014, the University of Coimbra organises a special call for applications to its 1st cycle and integrated master programmes for international students.

In order to apply, you'll have to meet the five requirements described in this page:



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General profile:

Other eligible profiles:

  • Non-European Union nationals residing legally* in Portugal for less than two years, uninterruptedly, on 31 August of the year in which they apply to UC;
  • Applicants who have two or more foreign nationalities, of which one corresponds to an EU State nationality, except Portuguese, can only apply if they do not reside permanently in that EU State.

* The time of the residence permit for studies does not account for the time of legal residence in Portugal.



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Secondary education diploma or equivalent qualification



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Exams, grades and admission scores required by degree programme

  • In the case of the applicants with a Portuguese secondary education diploma, the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this table;

  • In the case of the applicants with:

    • a secondary education diploma, who have passed the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this page;
    • a secondary education diploma, who have passed the A-Level exams, the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this page;
    • a secondary education diploma awarded in Continental China, who have passed the National Secondary Education Exams (Gaokao), the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this page;
    • a secondary education diploma awarded in Macao, Hong Kong or Taiwan, who have passed the National Secondary Education Exams (Liankao), the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this page;
    • Brazilian secondary education diploma, who have passed the National Secondary Education Exams (ENEM), the admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this page;
  • In all the other cases, international applicants, on their own initiative (as "alunos autopropostos"), have to take and pass the Portuguese admission exams. The admission score is calculated in accordance with the grades and weighting factors specified in this table.

The Portuguese admission exams can be made in a secondary school in Portugal or in a Portuguese school abroad. The deadlines for registration in those exams are published annually by DGES.

The eligible grades of the admission exams are the ones obtained in 2017 or in the three previous civil years: 2016, 2015 or 2014.

The minimum admission score for applying to a degree programme is 120, except in the case of the A-Level qualification, according to the applicable Portuguese legislation.



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Knowledge of the Portuguese language

1. The enrolment in any 1st cycle or integrated master programme of the UC requires independent proficiency in the Portuguese language (B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

2. The international applicants who have only an intermediate level of proficiency in Portuguese (B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), may apply to this special call as long as they agree to enrol in an Annual Portuguese Language Course at UC as specified in point 5 below.

3. Exceptionally, international applicants without B1 level proficiency in Portuguese, may also apply as long as they agree to enrol in the Foundation Year Programme in Portuguese Language at UC before they enrol in the degree programme to which they applied:

  • a) The enrolment in the course is subject to the payment of an additional fee as indicated in the tuition fees page.
  • b) If the applicants are placed in the degree programme to which they applied for, they must proceed with the enrolment and pre-registration. This pre-registration is subject to the payment of a registration fee as indicated in the tuition fees page.
  • c) The confirmation of registration is dependent on the achievement of the B1 level of proficiency in Portuguese;
  • d) If the confirmation referred to in the sub-paragraph c) does not occur, the placement of the applicants is delayed one year, during which the applicants have to enrol in an Annual Portuguese Language Course; the actual registration in the degree programme is always subject to the approval of the applicants in the language course;
  • e) The payment mentioned in sub-paragraph b) is transferred to the student account in the academic information system of UC and its reimbursement is not applicable;
  • f) The balance of the student account in the academic information system of UC can be used by them to make any necessary payments to UC within a maximum time limit of 3 years;
  • g) The applicants who are not able to have their registration confirmed, must make a new application to a new special call in case they're still interested in enrolling in the degree programme.

4. The applicants who have not followed their secondary education in Portuguese language must:

  • a) Self-declare that they have B1 level proficiency in Portuguese or higher;
  • b) Present a "DEPLE" (Elementary Diploma of Portuguese as a Foreign Language) or a B1 level certificate issued by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of UC (FLUC) or submit to a Portuguese language exam at FLUC. This exam is subject to the payment of a fee and shall take place in accordance with the calendar available in the page about the Portuguese language courses at FLUC.

5. The applicants who have not followed their secondary education in Portuguese and do not present a "DIPLE" (Intermediate Diploma of Portuguese as a Foreign Language, B2 level), or a B2 level certificate issued by FLUC, must agree to enrol in an Annual Portuguese Language Course:

  • a) This course is lectured at FLUC and is subject to the payment of a fee;
  • b) This course can be followed during the first year of the degree programme in which the applicants are registered;
  • c) At the end of the first year, FLUC informs the academic services of UC about the achievement or non-achievement of the applicants regarding the B2 level of proficiency.

6. As long as the B2 level is not achieved, the applicants must re-enrol in the Portuguese language course until that level of proficiency is achieved.

7. The applicants who followed their secondary education in Portuguese may also be required to enrol in a B2 level course of Portuguese language if their proficiency level is deemed to be inferior:

  • a) The enrolment in the course shall be suggested by the degree programme coordinator, even if that necessity is detected by other teacher;
  • b) The applicants may ask to be submitted to an evaluation before they enrol in the degree programme;
  • c) The evaluation referred to in sub-paragraph b) is subject to the payment of a fee.



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Pre-requisites

1. Pre-requisites are capacities of functional, physical, sport, interpersonal, and vision nature, which are required by some degree programmes. These degree programmes are listed in the pre-requisites page.

2. The applicants who are not able to present a proof of pre-requisites in the moment of the application must self-declare that they have them. The confirmation of those pre-requisites is done after the arrival of the students, upon appointment made by the university services, within the maximum time limit of three months after the start of the classes:

  • a) The specification of the pre-requisites is available in the pre-requisites page;
  • b) The self-declaration implies that the applicants have read the specification referred to in sub-paragraph a) and that they're responsible for ensuring that they have the declared pre-requisites;
  • c) The non-confirmation of the pre-requisites implies the cancellation of their registration in the degree programme to which they applied to;
  • d) The initial payment associated with the enrolment and registration of the students (as indicated in the tuition fees page) is not returned in the cases in which the registration is cancelled, under the terms of the sub-paragraph c), and that amount is transferred to the student account in the academic information system of UC;
  • e) The balance of the student account in the academic information system of UC can be used by them to make any necessary payments to UC within a maximum time limit of 3 years.

3. The evaluation and confirmation of the pre-requisites regarding Group C - Functional, Physical and Sports Fitness is done by the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education of UC (FCDEF) and they're subject to the payment of a fee as indicated in the tuition fees page.

4. The evaluation and confirmation of the pre-requisites regarding Group B - Interpersonal Communication and Group D - Vision Capacity are done by a doctor registered in the Portuguese Medical Association or by the Medical Services of the UC. In this case, it is subject to the payment of a fee as indicated in the tuition fees page.



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If you meet the requirements described above, go to the application page.