General Regime - via 12th Year

Application requirements:

  • Candidates that have completed the 12th grade of Portuguese high school or hold a legally recognised equivalent qualification;
  • Candidates that have completed high school or 12th grade internationally. To this end, they are to obtain recognition of legal equivalence with the Portuguese secondary school system.

As regards admission requirements, candidates are admitted if they take the Portuguese National Exams or request the acceptance of the equivalent final examination completed on a foreign educational system. *

In order to find out about equivalent subjects to the university admissions, please contact Católica-Human Sciences.

* NOTE: The hard copies of all final Secondary Education documents must be certified by the Portuguese Consulate in the study location, by the Student's Country consulate in Portugal, or have Apostille.


Candidates are accepted according to the following entrance required exams:

Undergraduate Degrees

Required Exams

Communication and Cultural Sciences Portuguese or History or English
Applied Foreign Languages Portuguese or English

Portuguese or Biology and Geology or Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences*

Social Work Portuguese or History or Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences*
Philosophy Portuguese or History or Philosophy
NEW | Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Math A and Portuguese or Math A and Philosophy

*can be replaced by Math A or B

The application grade is calculated as follows:

  • Final Secondary School grade: 60%
  • Result of the Required Exams: 40%


Applications Calendar 2020/2021



1st Phase

2nd Phase


July 6 to August 10

September 16 to 23



August 13

September 24

(payment of enrolment
and first tuition fee)
August 13 to 18

September 24 to 27

Confirmation of the registration
(by e-mail)
Until August 21 Until September 28



Applications - How to apply:

Candidates may submit their applications as from the month of July within the deadlines set by the calendar available on the Universidade Católica Portuguesa website by any one of the following means:

  • Online, via the UCP website or through the following link.

In either situation, the application is only accepted following the delivery of all of the necessary documentation and the payment of the non-refundable application fee.



Madalena Guerra

"At Católica we are not ‘just another student’. Lecturers know us as individuals, are always available to guide us along our academic journey and to encourage critical thinking."