Special Access Contest for International Students

Enroll in Degree | Applications 2023/2024

Decree-Law No. 36/2014, of March 10, amended and republished by Decree-Law No. 62/2018, of 6 August

Written Exam (Onsite) 1st Phase 

Exam | 24 de junho 2023 | 9.30 (hora de Portugal) | all tests except Physics and Chemistry
Exam | 27 de junho de 2023 | 10.00 (hora de Portugal) |  only physics and chemistry
nominations | 15 de Março a 16 de junho 2023


Matrices for Written Tests

Philosophy exam matrix 

Physical Chemistry exam matrix

Portuguese language test matrix 

Mathematics test matrix A

Mathematics test matrix B

Mathematics test matrix Applied to Social Sciences

Proof of Access Matrix for International Students 

Economics proof matrix

History proof matrix

Geometry proof matrix

Check here the entrance exams to be carried out for each degree
Who can benefit from the International Student Status?

Anyone who does not have Portuguese nationality is considered an international student.
The following are not covered by the provisions of the previous point:

  • Nationals of a Member State of the European Union;
  • Those who, not being nationals of a Member State of the European Union, have legally resided in Portugal for more than two years, without interruption, on January 1 of the year in which they intend to join UAL, as well as their children residing with them legally, and the time of residence for study is not relevant for this purpose;
  • Those who require admission 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;
  • Foreign students who are attending UAL within the scope of an international mobility program to carry out part of a study cycle at a foreign educational institution with which UAL has established an exchange agreement for this purpose.
What are the access and entry conditions?

You can apply for enrollment and enrollment in the undergraduate and integrated master's study cycles at UAL:

  • Holders of a qualification giving access to higher education, understood as any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority that attests to the approval of a teaching program and gives them the right to apply for and be able to enter higher education in the country in which it was awarded ;
  • Or holders of a Portuguese secondary education diploma or legally equivalent qualification.

Only international students who, cumulatively, have:

  • Specific academic qualification for entry into the study cycle, which will focus on the subjects of the entrance exams established for the study cycle in question within the scope of the general access and admission regime, in order to ensure that only students are admitted through this competition that demonstrate knowledge in the subjects of the entrance exams of level and content equivalent to those of the students admitted through the general regime of access and Portuguese admission;
  • Level of knowledge of the Portuguese language required to attend this cycle of studies, or undertake to achieve it at UAL before starting their frequency, as defined in article 6 of Regulation No. 230/2014, published in the Diário da República, 2nd Series, no. 109, of 6 June 2014.

Note: Candidates with dual nationality, one of them from a member state of the European Union, cannot apply through this access regime.

Where can I make my application?

Application submission for International students is done online through the application platform.

The application process instruction is done by uploading the required documents. The delivery of the original documents is required at the time of registration.

Students from Brazil

Os alunos detentores do ENEM, realizados em 2023, ou que o tenham feito nos 2 anos anteriores, (2021 ou 2022) ficam dispensados da realização das provas internas desde que comprovem, através da apresentação da Ficha ENEM, o desempenho mínimo de 475 pontos na(s) prova(s) objetiva(s).

What documents do I have to present?

The application must be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Simple photocopy of Passport or Foreign Identity Card;
  • Declaration, under oath, that you do not have Portuguese nationality and are not covered by any of the conditions listed in paragraph 2, article 2, of Regulation 230/2014;
  • Document proving the completion of Portuguese secondary education or equivalent;
  • Document proving a qualification that, in the country in which it was obtained, grants them the right to apply for and enter higher education in that country, duly validated by the competent authority of that country;
  • Document proving the classification obtained.

The aforementioned supporting documents must be issued in Portuguese and endorsed by the consular service or presented with the Hague Apostille affixed by the competent authority of the State where the document originates.

If these documents are not written in Portuguese or English, they must be translated into Portuguese by a translator recognized by the Portuguese diplomatic representation.

Is it possible to apply for more than one degree study cycle?

Yes. The candidate may apply for more than one course and must submit an application for each course he/she intends to attend. Each application process is subject to the payment of the fees contained in the table of fees, fees and charges of UAL.

What are the ranking criteria?

Candidates will be ranked for the respective courses by assigning an application grade, on a scale from 0 to 200, calculated using the following weighting: 65% for the final grade of secondary education and 35% for the grade of the respective entrance exam. Candidates will have to respect the minimum grade of 95 points in the entrance exam and 95 points in the application average. Candidates will be sorted in descending order of their application grades and their placement will be made in the existing vacancies.

Where can I check the result of my application process

The results of each stage of the process should be consulted on the application platform.

Exclusion of candidates

Candidates who:

  1. They have not filled out their application form correctly, either because they omit some element, or because they indicate others that do not correspond to those contained in the documents delivered;
  2. Do not meet the conditions to submit to the competition;
  3. Have not completed the instruction of the respective processes within the due time;
  4. Make false statements.

Note: The application fee will not be refunded if the candidate is not selected.


For more information call 808 29 29 29 or write to tickets@autonoma.pt


Updated on 03/24/2023