Special Admission Regime - International Students

Application Requirements
1. Not having Portuguese nationality;
2. Not being a citizen of an EU Member State;
3. Not having required admission by special access regimes or admission in the national access regime;
4. Not attending a Portuguese higher education institution in the context of international mobility program to carry out part of a 1st Cycle Study Plan in a foreign higher education institution with whom the Portuguese institution has established an exchange agreement for that purpose;
5. Being foreign, outside the European Union, and legally residing in Portugal for less than two years, uninterruptedly, on August 31st of the year to be admitted to UTAD (residence authorisation to study is not considered for this purpose);
6. In case of having dual citizenship, with one being from an UE member state, except Portugal, the candidate can only apply to this special admission if he/she does not normally reside in Portugal.
Required qualifications
1. Holders of a qualification that gives them the right for application and enrollment in a higher education institution in the country in which it was obtained;
2. Holders of a Portuguese high school diploma (for example, Portuguese school abroad) or legal equivalent degree.
Cumulative requirements of admission
1. Hold specific academic qualification for admission in the study cycle (s) to which an application was submitted;
2. Have a level of knowledge of the Portuguese language appropriate to the course or acquire it in UTAD.
Specific academic qualification
Candidates must have acquired knowledge for the specific exam subjects considered indispensable to be admitted on the course to which an application has been submitted, respecting the general access and admission regime of the public higher education in Portugal;
If the applicant is the holder of a Portuguese high school diploma, the classifications of thevadmission exams will be used in accordance with the weight used for degrees in UTAD for the general access regime and enrollment in public higher education in Portugal;
When the candidate holds a course of one of the foreign educational systems, the exams classifications of equivalent admission exams required for the national access and enrollment in public higher education will be used;
In the remaining situations, the candidate must submit to exams equivalent to the specific exams required by the general access and enrollment in public higher education in Portugal and respective classification weight.
UTAD performs the specific exam in accordance with the admission exams required for the national general access to the public higher education system.
Knowledge of a Language
With the exception for candidates with proven upper secondary education provided in the course teaching language, the frequency of any of the bachelor's and and integrated master's study cycles in UTAD requires language knowledge, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
International candidates, who have only the intermediate level of language proficiency, corresponding to the B1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, can apply to this special application access, with the commitment to frequent an annual course language of the Common European Framework level B2 of Reference for Languages.
Exceptionally, students can apply even not holding the B1 level, with the commitment to attend an intensive language course in UTAD.
In this situation, the confirmation of registration is dependent on obtaining the B1 level, not being released from performing an annual course B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
The application may be submitted up to a maximum of three courses, in descending order of preference, under the condition (s) of having passed the specific matching exams.
The application is submitted through the computer application available on the UTAD academic services website, respecting the deadline established by the calendar applicable to this contest.
The application determines the payment of a fee in accordance with the applicable table.
The application must be accompanied by the following documents:
1. Simple photocopy of the passport or foreign identity card;
2. Statement, under oath, that the applicant is not of Portuguese nationality, nor is subject to any circumstances which may prevent the application to this contest;
3. Document proving completion and classification in the Portuguese secondary teaching or equivalent, or document proving possession of qualification and classification that awards the student the right to application and enrolment in higher education in the country in which it was obtained, and what it provides, validated by the competent authority of that country;
4. B1 or B2 certificate issued by an institution of recognized standing whenever the candidate has not attended secondary school in the language in which the course is offered;
The documents must be translated whenever they are not issued in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish and endorsed by consular services or presented with the affixing of the Hague Apostille by the competent authority of the State where the document originates
Candidate Ranking
Candidate ranking for each cycle of studies is sorted by descending order of final classification. The ranking list of candidates is published on the website of the UTAD academic services.
The annual tuition fee can be paid in its entirety at the time of registration and enrolment or fractionated into eight monthly and successive instalments, in which case the enrolment and registration will only be validated only after payment of the first instalment, which corresponds to 30% of the total tuition, plus the respective rates for enrolment and registration.
Tuition Values
1st cycle study programme in Nursing: 4000€/year
Other 1st cycle study programmes: 3000€/year


​Fee (€)
​Application + validation/enrolment for pre university exams ​125,00
​Request for exam re-evaluation ​30,00
​Certificate of exam approval ​15,00


What Start Finish
​Posting of vacancies - 1st phase ​08-05-2017 ​-
​Applications - 1st phase​ 08-05-2017 30-06-2017
​Disclousure results - 1st phase​ 05-07-2017 -​
​Posting of vacancies - 2nd phase 07-07-2017​ ​-
​Applications - 2nd phase​ 10-07-2017​​ ​30-08-2017
​Disclousure results - 2nd phase​ ​01-09-2017 ​-
Enrolments ​19-09-2017 ​23-09-2017


Exam Phase Day Hour 
Portuguese​ 1st 28-06-2017 10:00​
Physics and Chemistry 1st 28-06-2017 14:30​​
​Economy 1st ​28-06-2017 14:30​​​
​Descriptive Geometry 1st 28-06-2017 14:30​​​​​
​Biology and Geology 1st 29-06-2017​ ​10:00
​English 1st 30-06-2017 10:00​
Mathematics 1st ​30-06-2017 ​10:00
Portuguese​ 2nd ​06-09-2017 ​10:00
Physics and Chemistry 2nd ​06-09-2017​ ​14:30
Economy ​​2nd ​06-09-2017​ ​14:30
Descriptive Geometry 2nd ​06-09-2017​ 14:30​​
Biology and Geology 2nd ​07-09-2017 10:00​​
English 2nd ​08-09-2017 ​10:00
Mathematics ​​2nd 08-09-2017​ ​10:00