Universidade Católica Portuguesa, under Decree-Law No. 64/2006, of 21 March, and by directive NR/R/0108/2006, allows access to its undergraduate degrees for those aged 23 and over who, while not having qualifications that grant them access to higher education, are able to prove their ability to attend a HE degree.

Please consult the General Regulations for special exams suitable to assess the ability to attend Higher Education for mature students.


Applications 2022/2023


Applications: March 14 to May 20
Release of the list of candidates admitted to exams: May 25
Written exam:  May 31
Interview:  June 3
Release of final results:  June 7
Enrolment: To be announced

The application can be made in person at UCP’s  Secretaria Escolar (Administrative Office) or sent by email (max. 10MB) to secretariaescolar@lisboa.ucp.pt and cmorgado@ucp.pt within the set deadlines.


Required Documentation
  • Portuguese ID card;
  • Application form ;
  • CV;
  • Documents (diplomas, qualification certificates, letters of recommendation) that the candidate considers useful to support the submitted CV;
  • Declaration, on honour, that the candidate does not hold qualifications that grant them access to higher education;
  • Motivation letter addressed to the Board of the Faculty of Human Sciences.


Assessment Components

The assessment of the candidates’ ability to attend FCH-Católica undergraduate degrees is carried out through the following components:


1.       Evaluation of educational and professional CV;
2.       Explanation of the candidate’s motivations for wishing to enter higher education and interview;
3.       Written examination to evaluate the knowledge and skills considered fundamental for admission and progression in the degree to which the candidate is applying.

Bibliography 2022/2023

Written Exam 2022/2023

Application fee for over 23 (2022/2023): 210.00€

For more information on the application process, please contact Cristina Morgado (cmorgado@ucp.pt).


Gilberto Couto

Gilberto Couto

"Its main advantages are, in my opinion, that it is a plural and comprehensive degree, in terms of content; that it is taught by a capable and approachable teaching staff; and its organization, methodology and assessment, namely distance learning, which allows the study of Philosophy to be combined with the demands of students’ family and professional life.”

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