• Calendar 2021/2022

    Admissions Period 2021/2022 available here.

  • Vacancies 2021/2022 - Undergraduate Programs and Masters Programs

    Vacancies 2021/2022 available here.

  • Who is an International Student?

    An international student is an applicant who does not have Portuguese nationality and 

    is not a national of another European Union member state,

    has not legally resided in Portugal for more than two consecutive years on August 31st of the year they will enrol at IPL and is not the child of a person fulfilling these requisites who cohabits with the student,

    is not applying to a higher education institution through the special regimes regulated by law (Decreto-Lei n.º 393-A/99, of October 2nd, altered by Decreto-Lei n.º 272/2009, of October 1st),

    is not enrolled in IPL courses which count towards a degree at a foreign higher education institution with whom IPL has established an exchange agreement under an international mobility program

  • What academic qualifications are required to apply for an undergraduate program?

    Portuguese high school diploma or its legal equivalent AND

    National exams or qualifications providing access to higher education in the home country (e.g. ENEM in Brasil, PAU in Spain …)

  • What exams are required for admission?

    Students who have a Portuguese High School diploma must sit the national high school final examinations in the appropriate subjects.

    Students who have non-Portuguese diplomas which are legally equivalent to Portuguese High School diplomas may sit the relevant Portuguese national final examinations as independent students. The exams take place in Portugal or in Portuguese schools abroad. The candidate must register for the exams in the way, and at the time, indicated by the Higher Education Directorate (DGES) of the Portuguese Government.

    The Portuguese national high school final exams may be replaced by final exams of the same subjects taken in foreign countries as long as these are national exams. (Subjects are considered to be the same if they have level, objective and content similar to the corresponding Portuguese courses, even if they are named differently.)

    The Portuguese national high school final exams may also be replaced by exams on the same subjects devised by the relevant units of the higher education institution.

    The exam scores in national or foreign exams are valid in the year in which the exams are taken as well as in the two following years. For each course of studies, the institution sets a minimum subject score which must be attained by all applicants.

  • What language skills should the student have?

    The student should be an independent user of Portuguese or other language of instruction. This corresponds to level B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

    International students who have only attained CEFR level B1 in Portuguese or other language of instruction may still apply, as long as they agree to attend a Portuguese (or other language) course. Confirmation of enrolment is contingent on attainment of level B2.

    If the applicant has a Portuguese High School diploma or an equivalent diploma in the language of instruction no further proof of language ability will be required.

  • Where can you study Portuguese as a foreign language?

    You can attend a course at the higher education institution. This could either be an intensive course at the beginning of the semester or a regular course during the semester. A fee will be required in order to attend these courses.

  • Which documents are required for the application?

    Copy of passport or foreign identity document;

    A sworn statement that the candidate is an International Student as defined above;

    Portuguese high school diploma or equivalent * ;

    A document stating that the academic qualification presented provides access to higher education in the country where it was obtained. This should be validated by the consular authority of that country *

    Diploma certifying attainment of level B2 (according to CEFR) in the language of instruction or certificate of enrolment in a language course* ;

    Certificate that the prerequisites for the course of study are fulfilled;

    Any other documents requested by IPL units.

    * Documents in a language other than Portuguese, Spanish, French or English must be translated and certified by a consular service or endorsed with the Hague convention Apostille by the relevant authority of the State which issued the document.


  • How does one register and enrol?

    Enrolment and registration takes place on-line during the scheduled period. The online application to the undergraduate program is here. If you would like to apply to a master degree program, please contact us at Registration requires payment of a fee which is not refundable in case of cancellation

  • Fees and funding

    The tuition for undergraduate programs at ISEL is 6100€ per year.

    International students from countries of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor), the tuition for undergraduate programs at ISEL is 3050€ per year. 

    In order to find financial support, you may use the european funding guide which is aimed at undergraduate, master's and phd students. This lists 12.000 programs covering a range of areas of financial support, from everyday expenses, tuition and extra costs for semesters abroad, to language courses and costs incurred in scientific projects.

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