What qualifications do I need?

To apply to an undergraduate degree program through the ISS, a student must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • hold a qualification providing access to higher education, such as any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority attesting to completion of an education programme that entitles him or her to apply for and enter higher education in the country in which it was granted. Verification of this qualification should be issued by the official education services of the country in which the qualification was obtained.
  • hold a Portuguese secondary education diploma (for instance, obtained in a Portuguese school abroad) or another legally equivalent qualification*.
  • be already enrolled in a foreign higher-education institution with a cooperation agreement with Iscte in the first year of a course defined as higher education by the legislation in the country in question.
*Countries with legally equivalent diplomas:
Angola, Cabo Verde, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Mozambique, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and Ukraine (Portaria nº. 224/2006).
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cuba, Denmark, France, Guiné Bissau, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, Morocco, Moldova, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Romania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, the United States of America, Venezuela and Zimbabwe (Portaria nº. 699/2006).

Language Knowledge
If you wish to apply for Portuguese-taught programmes, please be aware that their attendance requires knowledge of the Portuguese language at the level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages/CEFRL.  Students should have an elementary understanding of Portuguese, meaning they are able to communicate in a simple and coherent way, both orally and in writing, on everday subjects and other subjects of personal interest.
If you wish to start learning Portuguese while abroad, you can contact Camões - Institute of Cooperation and Language, which offers courses in Portuguese language and culture in other countries. For information about their Language Centers (by country) and other opportunities learning the Portuguese language abroad, please see the link.
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