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Study at University in Portugal

Are you a candidate to higher education in Portugal? Entry into higher education in Portugal is in compliance with some requirements. Find out more!

In Portugal higher education is structured in accordance with the principles of Bologna, in a binary system:

  • university education and polytechnic education

offered by public and private non-university institutions.

The following academic qualifications are conferred at higher education:

  • First degree (licenciado)
  • Master degree (mestre) – both by university and polytechnic institutions
  • Doctorate degree (doutor) – by universities.


What is necessary

 It is essential to collect information, in the country of origin, at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate on the documents to be submitted in Portugal.

Study visa

Nationals of the European Union, as well as nationals of Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, don’t need a visa to enter Portugal or to study here.


More information:

 Ministério dos Negócios Estrangeiros 

Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras


 Applicants holding foreign qualifications

 Foreign students can apply to higher education in Portugal and to this effect, satisfy the same conditions as required for Portuguese students;

Holders of foreign qualifications must apply equivalence to the 12th grade, at a secondary school with pedagogical autonomy;

Students who have been registered and enrolled in a higher education institution abroad may request a change of course or transfer.