The Pre-University Semester was designed for students who have recently finished high school and plan to apply to Higher Education in Portugal.
The Pre-University Semester will help students in the process of adapting to the European teaching system. It aims to level up the technical knowledge of candidates from different countries and provide the required language competencies (when needed) to students who wish to apply, in the future, to a bachelor's degree or integrated masters in one of the Schools of NOVA.
This multidisciplinary programme offers students the opportunity to choose different courses offered by NOVA´s Schools, attend the Ideas Club and Portuguese or English classes thus developing language competences in order to pursue the studies for a University degree at NOVA.
This program is regulated by University approved rules which are described here.
Next Edition - Fall ( September 2020)
Applications open until April 30th.
* We recommended that you submit your application in advance, in order to have enough time to make the necessary visa arrangements.
The Pre-University Semester may be followed in two different periods of the year:
The programme is constituted by a set of courses from six different Schools at NOVA. Each student must select courses from at least two different Schools. Beyond these courses it is compulsory to attend to the following components:
At the end of the semester, well-succeeded candidates may apply to a regular Bachelor programme in one of NOVA Schools under the International Student Special Status.
Candidates to the Pre-University Semester must satisfy the following requirements:
Equivalent European-level fluency B1 means that the student must be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
If English or Portuguese is not the native language in the home country, the candidate will need to submit a certificate indicating the level of English or Portuguese he/she has.
This certificate may be from an internationally recognized examiner, such as IELTS, Cambridge, etc. or a signed letter from an English / Portuguese institution or teacher stating their level of proficiency within the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
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Program Cost Includes:
Program Cost does not include:
The following expenses are not included in the cost of the program so students will need to prepare for these:
Pre Departure Expenses:
Total expenses will vary by student and are subject to change depending on currency fluctuation and personal spending habits. As a quick reference please visit the following links to have an estimated cost of accommodation and a comparison of the cost of living in your current city and Lisbon:
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Step 1: Online Application
The application is done through an online form and requires the upload of the following documents:
* Students who are still finishing High School by the time of application must submit the Diploma that proves they finished High School (or legally equivalent document) until the end of the first month of classes of the Pre-University Semester.
Step 2: Interview
The Admissions Committee is constituted by one faculty member from each of the NOVA schools and is coordinated by the Vice-Rector for International Development. Applicants may be invited for an interview by the Admissions Committee to examine the information provided in the application and evaluate if the applicant is suitable for the program. Interviews will be done vía Skype.
Step 3: Admission
After reviewing all application requirements, the Admissions Committee will make its final decision and inform applicants by e-mail. All applicants are responsible to check their e-mail accounts regularly (including spam and junk folders). If accepted, applicants must confirm their participation in the programme by paying the programme fee. In case they do not confirm, the spot may be given to another candidate on the waiting list.
Step 4: Enrollment
Once the participation in the programme is confirmed, students will be contacted by NOVA with instructions for the next steps, including information on disciplines enrollment.
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International Development Office
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Rectorate
In case you have questions about the Pre-University Semester:
Please check the Frequently Asked Questions
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