2021/2022 Edition: Apply Here

Course Structure

The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro has developed a Preparatory Course for International Students that leads to access to a variety of educational programmes of the 1st Cycle Study (Graduation and enclosed Masters) and the 2nd Cycle Study (Masters).

Level A.1
Level A.2
Level B.1
Level B.2


Applications: From September 1st at 12:00 to November 7th at 12:00.

Registrations: Until 08th January 2022

Course beginning: 11th January 2022


How to apply 

To apply for the Preparatory Course you must fill in the application form during the defined period.
Complete the online form and upload the necessary documents:

  • A copy of the passport (it must be signed)
  • A Certificate proving that you have completed the necessary education to to get in higher education.
  • A Certificate with all approved subjects and grades
  • A Certificate stating that you have language skills (French / English or Spanish) that allows you to follow on the course. If you have not a formal Certificate but you believe you have knowledge enought to study Portuguese, you can upload a Certificate of Honer (Download a template). UTAD can request an online enterview to evaluate your language knowledgement.
  • The application has a cost of 250 euros, not reimbursable in any case. You must pay this amount by bank transfer (*) and upload the proof of payment in the application form.

-IBAN: PT50000706950009609000012

Note: If you need a Declaration to make a bank transfer in your country, download the document here and send it to international@utad.pt to be signed and stamped.

After evaluating your situation, in case you are accepted, UTAD will send you a Letter of Acceptance that you must present at the Portuguese Consulate in your country (or a near one) to request the issuance of the Visa.

Important Information

1. Accommodations

You can have a room at the University Residences (depending on the rooms’ availability) during the period of your study at our university. The fees of twin room are € 130 (one hundred, thirty euros) per student, fees of single room are 165 (one hundred and sixty five euros). The monthly fees should be paid before day 8 of each month.
To book accommodation please send an e-mail: international@utad.pt 

2. Tuition Fees

Please note that the fees for Academic Year 2021/2022 are € 2,500 (two thousand five hundred euros). Payment is due on the registration moment.
If you need to pay your fees before you arrive in Portugal by bank-to-bank transfers, please contact the International Relations office to the following email: international@utad.pt. We do not advise you to pay in advance, unless it is required by the consulate to issue the visa.
Making arrangements for payment of student fees is just one part of the registration process to become a student at the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
International students, requiring a visa to study in Portugal, should ensure funds are available both to pay fees and to cover living expenses while getting settled in Vila Real, as this is a requirement of current Portugal immigration rules.
Please be aware that the University is obliged to inform the Foreign and Border Service (SEF) about any student covered by the immigration rule who withdraws from the study program due to non-payment of fees.

3. Accident/health Insurance

Please do not forget that as an overseas student traveling abroad you will need to buy travel and health insurance. Policies can differ, though often will cover for lost or stolen possessions or for medical care. International students, in particular, should be careful to purchase an insurance that is appropriate for their circumstances and not a standard policy for a Portuguese citizen.

a. Individual accident insurance at UTAD

All the students registered at UTAD benefit from school insurance to cover personal casualties. All the injuries related to academic activities (e.g. laboratory experiments, study visits, etc.) are covered. The individual accident insurance is valid for the duration of the academic year. Every academic year it must be renewed with the registration during September.

b. Health and life insurance

Possessing a health and life insurance covering the whole Schengen Area is compulsory for international students studying in Portugal. Whether studying in your own country or abroad, students should protect themselves from the unexpected – accidents, illnesses, and theft can occur anywhere. Students traveling abroad might need international student health insurance to pay for medical bills and other expenses that can occur out of academic daily life. Having a good international student insurance plan can provide a student with the protection they need to avoid large financial losses.

4. Visa request

To study or carry out research activities in Portugal, you need to request a visa for studies to the nearest Portuguese Consulate/ Embassy of your city of residence. You should get information about the types of visa that apply to your case and how you should proceed to obtain it in the web portal of the Portuguese Communities Office.

5. Get in a Degree Course in the following academic year (2022/2023)

The attendance of the Preparatory Course in 2020/2021 does not automatically guarantee a vacancie to a degree course in the following academic year, being necessary to apply to the  desired course, according to the regulation for acessing to Higher Education as an International Student.

However, until now, all the students of the preparatory course who decided to follow in a bachelor or a Master degree here did it sucessfully.