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International Students

Students who do not have Portuguese nationality.

Who Can Apply

An International Student is considered to be one who does not have Portuguese nationality, except in the following situations:

  • National student of a member state of the European Union;

  • Student who is not a national of a member state of the European Union, has resided in Portugal for more than two years, uninterruptedly, on 31 August of the year in which they intend to enter higher education, as well as their children who legally reside with them;

  • Student who requires admission to higher education through the special access and admission regimes regulated by Decree-Law no. 393-A/99, of 2 October, amended by Decree-Law no. 272/2009, of 1 October;

  • Student who is attending a Portuguese higher education institution (IES), within the scope of an international mobility program to carry out part of a study cycle of a foreign IES with which the Portuguese IES have established an exchange agreement with that objective.

Access Conditions

International students are admitted to the special competition who, cumulatively:

  • Have an academic qualification at the level of secondary education, obtained in Portugal or in another country;

  • Have a current level of knowledge of the Portuguese language;

Knowledge of the Portuguese Language

ISPGAYA holds an interview session, where the applicant, in addition to demonstrating their knowledge orally, can produce documentary support regarding their training in Portuguese.

Assessment Exams

Course Test
Computer Networks and Systems Maths
Digital marketing Portuguese or Mathematics or English
Electronics and Industrial Automation Maths
Management and Computing Applied to Business Economics or Mathematics or Portuguese
Mechatronics Technology Maths
SME management Mathematics or Economics
Technologies and Programming of Information Systems Maths
Tourism management Geography or History or English

Applicants Not Exempted from Exams

Action 1.ª Phase 2.ª Phase
Application 05/02/2024 a 08/03/2024 11/03/2024 a 31/05/2024
Conducting interviews* 12/03/2024 04/06/2024
Portuguese exam** 15/03/2024 05/06/2024
Conducting specific entrance exams 18/03/2024 07/06/2024
Publication of grades 02/04/2024 17/06/2024
Submissions of complaints and re-examination of exams 03/04/2024 18/06/2024
Responding to requests for complaints and re-examination of exams Until Até 09/04/2024 Until 25/06/2024
Registration/Enrolment 02/04/2024 a 17/04/2024 17/06/2024 a 03/07/2024
*Applicants with knowledge of the Portuguese language are exempted from conducting the interview.
**Applicants with knowledge of the Portuguese language are exempted from taking the Portuguese exam. The information available on this page does not exempt you from reading the ISPGAYA international student regulation.

Applicants Exempted from Exams

Phase Dates Results
1st Phase 05/02/2024 to 08/03/2024 02/04/2024
2nd Phase 11/03/2024 to 31/05/2024 17/06/2024

Ranking Criteria

The application grade results from the application of the following formula:
NC = 0.35% * CES + 0.65% * PIE

CES – Grade of the secondary education course or legally equivalent qualification;
PIE – Grade of the specific entrance exam.


Action Price
Application 200 €
Registration/Enrolment 300 €
Fee 2220 €
Fee 4440 €


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