2023 Edition: Apply Here (no disponible)


Course Structure

To ensure an effective integration of international students in their bachelor and integrated master degrees, UTAD offers the Portuguese Language Preparatory Course, formatted in four modules:

– Level A1

– Level A2

– Level B1

– Level B2



Applications: From July 4, 2022 (12h – noon) to September 30, 2022 (12h – noon)

Registration/Enrollment: Until January 6, 2023

Start of Course: January 10, 2023

End of Course: July 31, 2023



Application fee: 250 euros

Annual fee: 2,500 euros

Payment must be made by bank transfer (*) and the student’s name and the name of the holder(s) of the bank account used for the payment must be included in the proof. Without this information it will not be possible to locate the payment and therefore the application process will not be completed.

The registration fee (250 euros) is non-refundable under any circumstances.

The annual fee (2500 euros) is non-refundable, but the amount paid can be used for other editions of the Preparatory Course.




– IBAN: PT50000706950009609000012





In some countries, it is common for a declaration to be required to carry out the bank transfer to pay the application fee or annuity. If this is your case, download the document here, fill in your personal data and send it by email (international@utad.pt) to be signed, stamped and sent back to your email.

Please be aware that financial transactions between different countries can take a few days (sometimes weeks). Therefore, the location and proof of payment of the application or annuity may take a few days.


How to apply

To register for the Portuguese Language Preparatory Course, the candidate must submit the Application Form with ALL the required documents, observing the application period (07/04/2022 to 09/30/2022).

Before starting your application, please have with you ALL the documents requested to be attached, including proof of payment of the application fee.


Necessary documents

  • Copy of passport;

Make sure the passport is properly signed. If it is not signed by you, we advise you to request a new passport before applying. In Portugal, the signed passport is a condition for other documents that will be needed here,

  • Secondary school completion certificate;
  • Certificate of curricular units attended in secondary education and the respective grades detailed;
  • Certificate of knowledge of languages ​​(French, English or Spanish) with Level B1 (minimum);

If you do not have a formal language certificate, you can replace it with a Declaration of Honor (downloadable template) stating that you have knowledge at Level B1 (minimum). To prove this competence, UTAD reserves the right to request an online interview, whenever it deems appropriate.

  • Proof of payment of the application fee in the amount of 250 euros (non-refundable);


Letter of Acceptance

After completing the entire application process, that is, verifying the validity of the passport, analyzing the school documents sent, verifying the adequacy of the language certificate and locating the payment of the application fee, the candidate will be accepted or not in the Preparatory Course of Portuguese Language. If accepted, within 10 days, through the International Relations and Mobility Office – GRIM, UTAD will issue a Letter of Acceptance to the candidate.

The Letter of Acceptance is a mandatory document to be presented at the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate in the applicant’s country of origin, without it, it will not be possible to issue a study visa.

ATTENTION: The period of 10 days will not be counted from the submission of the application, but from the completion of the application process. To complete the process ALL documents must be submitted, must be correct and the application payment must be located. If something is missing (documents or payment), the application will not be completed.


Important information

  • Accommodation

Until the student arranges suitable accommodation for him/her during the period of study at UTAD in Vila Real, a room may be provided in the University Residences, subject to availability verification with the Social Services. For more information, visit: www.sasutad.pt

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) helps international students to find accommodation in Vila Real. Information visit: https://www.facebook.com/esnutad/


  • Annuity

The annual fee for 2022/2023 is €2,500 (two thousand five hundred euros). Payment must be made in full (not payable in installments) at the time of registration (until January 6, 2023).

The student can pay the tuition fee before arriving in Portugal by bank transfer (the same reference used to pay the application fee). The proof must contain the name of the student and the holder(s) of the bank account, only then can the payment be located. The proof must be sent to the email: international@utad.pt


  • Health insurance

Every international student who comes to study in Portugal must have health insurance appropriate for their situation, valid for the entire Schengen area and valid for a period equal to or greater than the duration of the course (at least until the 31st of July, 2023).

Failure to present adequate health insurance to the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate may result in the visa application being rejected.

All students enrolled at UTAD benefit from individual school insurance to cover personal accidents related to academic activities, which will be valid throughout the academic year.


  • Visa

The student visa must be applied for at the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate serving the country of the applicant student. The Embassy/Consulate is responsible for granting or rejecting the application for a study visa and UTAD has no power to interfere. The tourist visa is not suitable for studying or carrying out research activities in Portugal.

For more information on the types of visas and documents that must be presented, access https://portaldascomunidades.mne.gov.pt/pt/rede-consular, as the Portuguese Consulates/Embassies, in the different countries in which they are present, usually request some documents of their own and have peculiar procedures.


  • Residence Permit (AR Autorização de Residência in Portuguese)

Residence permits (AR) need to be issued by the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) for students who stay in Portugal for more than 90 days. Without such permit, the stay will be illegal.

The SEF has on its web page a list of documents that must be presented for the Residence Permit to be issued.

To learn more, access https://imigrante.sef.pt/solicitar/estudar/art91-a/.

UTAD informs the SEF about all international students who have been accepted in the Portuguese Language Preparatory Course. All cases of students who have been accepted, have registered, but are not attending the Portuguese Language Preparatory Course will also be communicated to SEF.