1. What is the special admission procedure for international students who intend to apply for a bachelor degree?
It is a new access and entry scheme to Bachelor programmes, designed for non-Portuguese and non-European students who gather the conditions to benefit from the International Student Status.
2. Who can benefit from the International Student Status?
Non-Portuguese students, except:
a) European native students. These students can apply via the National Admission Procedure.
b) Non-Portuguese and Non-European individuals who have a permanent address in Portugal for the last two years (uninterruptedly), as well as the children that legally live with them. These students can apply via the National Admission Procedure.
c) Individuals who request the access to higher education via the special schemes regulated by the Decree-Law 393-A/99 of 2 October, altered by the Decree-Law 272/2009 of 1 October.
3. What are the conditions of access and entry?
International students can benefit from the International Student Status, provided that:
a) They are holders of a secondary education course or legally equivalent course that confers them the possibility of applying to a higher education course in their country;
b) Or they are holders of a Portuguese secondary course or legally equivalent qualifications.
Additionally, the Committee on Applications evaluates:
a) If the applicant has the specific academic qualification to apply for the Bachelor programme. This evaluation is based on the certificates of completion of the secondary course or, if necessary, through oral or written exams, based on the contents considered for evaluation in the national admission exams;
b) If the applicant has an adequate proficiency level in the language(s) in which the Bachelor programme is lectured;
c) If the applicant fulfils the prerequisites required. At the IPB, only the courses taught at the School of Health require prerequisites of type A (this type of prerequisites consists of a medical report stating your physical and mental capacity; for all the other courses prerequisites are not necessary).
4. How is my application process analysed?
The application process should include:
a) Certificate of a secondary education course or legally equivalent course that confers the possibility of applying to a higher education course in your country. This document should state the course units completed and the marks;
b) Certificate of proficiency level in the language(s) in which the Bachelor programme is lectured (English or Portuguese);
c) Document stating that the student has the prerequisites required (as described in question 3).
The documents are evaluated by the Committee on Applications. If necessary, the Committee on Applications will request the following documentation:
a) Official document stating the programmatic contents and the objectives of the subjects studied;
b) Copy of monographs written, and tests and/or exams taken in any of the course units.
The Committee on Applications may also decide that the applicant needs to take an oral/written exam or other type of assessment, in order to verify that the applicant fulfils the access and entry conditions. The oral exams may be realized via videoconference.
5. Is it possible to apply to more than one Bachelor programme?
Yes. On the application form you can indicate up to three Bachelor programmes by preference order.
6. What are the ranking rules?
The applications are analysed and ranked by the Committee on Applications, having in consideration the academic qualifications and classifications, the competences achieved according to those academic qualifications (in particular in the subjects assessed in the national admission procedure), and the proficiency level in the language(s) in which the Bachelor programme is lectured (English or Portuguese).
7. Can international students benefit from the students welfare services?
The International students benefit from indirect social support, namely at the canteen, and use of technical, sports and culture facilities available.
8. Where can I obtain more information?
You can find more information on the national legislation and on the academic regulations at the Admissions Portal.