International Student Statute

This special competition is aimed at students from outside of the European Union.


Who is eligible to apply for undergraduate programs at NOVA FCSH under the International Student Statute (EEI):

  • Students who wish to enrol into one of the undergraduate degree programs (“Licenciatura”) offered at NOVA FCSH, entering into their first year;
  • Students who have already started their undergraduate studies at another higher education institution, but wish to continue their studies at NOVA FCSH, through the accreditation of their already acquired knowledge and skills;
  • Students who have successfully completed the Pre-University Semester of NOVA University of Lisbon (SPU), and who have also successfully completed a course offered by NOVA FCSH within the SPU.

International students who are not eligible to apply under the International Student Statute (EEI):

  • Nationals of an EU member state;
  • Students who are family of Portuguese citizens, or citizens of an EU member state, regardless of their own nationality, as set out per the terms of Point e) of Article 2 of Law 37/2006, published on the 9th August 2006;
  • Students who, despite not being covered by the previous two points, have legally and uninterruptedly lived in Portugal for more than 2 years (as of January 1st of the year in which they wish to enter higher education), as well as children living with them. (Please note that time lived in Portugal with a study visa/permit is not taken into account in this instance);
  • Beneficiaries, on the 1st of January of the year in which they wish to enter higher education, of the statute of equal rights and duties (awarded under the international treaty approved between Portugal and their country of origin);
  • Students who require admission to higher education through the Special Access Regimes governed by the Decree-law 393-A/99, of the 2nd of October 1999, as altered by the Decree-law 272/2009, of the 1st October 2009 (in Portuguese);
  • Students enrolled at a foreign higher education institution who attend a Portuguese higher education institution to complete a portion of their degree, under an international mobility/exchange program agreed to between the institutions.

Application fee: 70€

The 2024/25 yearly tuition fee, for students enrolled in an undergraduate program under the international student statute, is 3500€.

As well as tuition fees, students must also pay the following fees at the time of enrolment:

  • School insurance – 12€
  • Administrative fees – 35€

Please note that none of the fees paid as part of the application and enrolment process, including tuition fees, are subject to refund.

This information does not exempt applicants from reading Order No. 4504-A / 2019, which regulates the payment of tuition and other fees at NOVA FCSH (in Portuguese)

Procedures Important dates
Applications 15.04.2024 to 10.05.2024
Knowledge Test Check the relevant Application Notice
Ranking 17.06.2024 to 20.06.2024
Publication of results by 21.06.2024
Preliminary hearing 24.06.2024 to 05.07.2024
Registration and enrollment To be announced
Start of classes 16.09.2024


Applications must be submitted through the InforEstudante Platform, accompanied by the following documents:

a) Passport or foreign Identity Card scan;

b) Sworn Statement, by the applicant, declaring that they do not possess Portuguese nationality, nor are they covered by any of the exceptions that, under the terms of Decree-Law no. 36/2014, of the 10th of March 2014, preclude them from applying under the International Student status;

c) High School diploma, or legal equivalent, duly authenticated by the pertinent authority of the issuing country. (This document must be accompanied by an official translation whenever not originally issued in Portuguese, English, French or Spanish);

d) Letter of Intent, written in Portuguese, stating the reasons for applying to their chosen undergraduate program at NOVA FCSH;

e) Language certificate that attests to the applicant’s command of the Portuguese language (minimum required: B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, or CEFR);**

f) Certificate of completion of the Pre-University Semester (SPU) at NOVA University of Lisbon, if applicable.

Please find the relevant Application Notice (in Portuguese) to the undergraduate program you will be applying to, for more information regarding the specific requirements of each program.

**The following applicants exempt from presenting this document:

  • nationals of countries whose official language is Portuguese;
  • holders of secondary education diplomas (or equivalent) obtained in Portugal, in a Portuguese-speaking country, or from an institution where the teaching language was Portuguese
Degrees Places
Antropologia 2
Arqueologia 0
Ciência Política e Relações Internacionais 2
Ciências da Comunicação 2
Ciências da Linguagem 0
Ciências Musicais 0
Estudos Portugueses 0
Filosofia 0
Geografia e Planeamento Regional 0
História 0
História da Arte 1
Línguas, Literaturas e Culturas 3
Sociologia (diurno) 0
Sociologia (pós-laboral) 0
Tradução 2





Applications are graded and ranked according to the following criteria:

  • 40% – Knowledge Test;
  • 35% – High School GPA, or equivalent;
  • 25% – Letter of Intent.

Each of the above criteria is graded on a scale from 0 to 200 and is not individually subject to rounding. The calculation of the final grade, however, which is done according to the percentages indicated above, is rounded up or down to the closest decimal point.

The applicants are then ranked according to the final grade attributed to their application, from highest to lowest.


The final result of the application is expressed as Colocado (Placed) or Não Colocado (Not Placed), and the final ranking is published on the InforEstudante platform.


Students who have simultaneously successfully completed the Pre-University Semester of NOVA University of Lisbon (SPU) and a course offered by NOVA FCSH within the SPU, have guaranteed admission into their chosen undergraduate program, as long as there are places available.


Applications of students who have successfully completed the SPU, but who have not successfully completed a NOVA FCSH course within the SPU, will be subject to the same grading and ranking as other applicants.

Results will be published on the InforEstudante platform (Applications > Degrees > Details > Classification List), by the date stated on the applications’ calendar.

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The Undergraduate Office assists undergraduate applicants through the International Student Statute.


Office Location

  • Tower B, 1st floor

Office hours

+351 21 790 83 46 | Ext. 31422/24