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 assist students from different countries in adapting to the European education system, developing language and academic skills at an appropriate level for successful progression to an undergraduate course at one of the best and most reputable young universities in the world, NOVA University. Students are guaranteed progression to the first year of a relevant degree at Nova University, provided the progression criteria are met.
This multidisciplinary program offers the student the opportunity to choose different disciplines offered by NOVA's Schools taught in Portuguese and / or English, depending on the student's preference; to attend the Clube de Ideas, where students are introduced to the main debates and critical thinking perspectives and analytical and writing skills while assessing ideas, cultural norms, assumptions and practices of European culture and Western thought against their own perspectives.
The program also includes English or Portuguese classes for foreigners to initiate skills in that language. Students are allocated to this module depending on the level of proficiency in English or Portuguese at the time of entry. Students with levels above B2 are exempt from taking this module.
This program is regulated by University approved rules which are described here.
Next Edition - Fall ( September 2021)
Applications Open until May 31st, 2021
* 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 (SPU) can be taken Online or On-Campus, with differentiated costs. Students who take the program online present an interview at the end of the program with the team of the School Selection Committee they intend to join.
The Program can be carried out in one of two periods of the year:
The programme is constituted by a set of courses from six different Schools at NOVA:
The completion of the Pre-University Semester does not guarantee direct access to one of NOVA's Undergraduate Programs, and those interested must apply at the end of the Pre-University Semester to the School in which they intend to enter.
However, some of the Schools guarantee special immediate admission conditions for Pre-University Semester (SPU) students. Specifically, for this purpose, students at the end of the SPU must fulfil the following 3 conditions:
Note: To pass a course, the student must obtain a minimum grade of 10 (out of 20), to fulfil the conditions of direct access to each School it is important to consider the minimum grade required above.
At the end of the SPU, if the students do not meet any of the above requirements, they can always apply directly to a NOVA School like any other candidate under the International Student Special Regime. In this case, they will have to present the Faculty´s admission tests and start a new application process that does not guarantee immediate admission. However, at this stage, the frequency of the SPU will give a positive weight during the analysis of the application.
These are the degrees available in all six NOVA Schools that you can apply for after the Pre-University Semester and the language in which it is taught. Please note that your application must be made according to the rules and the number of places defined by each School for International Students. During the application process for the Pre-University Semester, the candidate can be pre-accepted in a maximum of three degrees and choose one after the successful completion of the Program.
NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA FCT): (Lectured in English and Portuguese)
NOVA Information Management School (NOVA IMS) - Data Science : (Lectured in English)
NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH): (Lectured in Portuguese)
NOVA Medical School (NMS | FCM): (Lectured in Portuguese)
NOVA School of Law (NOVA Direito): (Lectured in English and Portuguese)
NOVA School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE): (Lectured in English)
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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|On-Campus Program||Online Program|
|Application Fee: €70*||Application Fee: €70*|
|Enrolment fee: €300* (Upon acceptance)||Enrolment fee: €1.000* (Upon acceptance)|
|Face to Face Pre-University Semester fee: €2.700* (30 days before classes start)||Online Pre-University Semester fee: €3.000* (45 days before classes start)|
Program Cost Includes:
Program Cost does not include: (Expenses not required for the Online Program)
The following expenses are not included in the cost of the program so students will need to prepare for these:
Total expenses vary by student and are subject to change depending on currency fluctuations and personal habits. The approximate cost is 650 € monthly per student if you get a place in a University Residence; if it is in a Private T1 apartment you can increase the values up to 3.3 times. For quick reference, visit the links below for an estimated cost of accommodation and comparison of costs between 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: Analysis
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. After reviewing all application elements, the Admissions Committee makes the final decision and informs candidates by email. 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 Zoom.
Step 3: Admission´s tests
Candidates interested in entering the FCT, Nova SBE or IMS Schools will have to submit a mathematical diagnostic test during the application.
Step 4: Enrolment
If accepted, applicants should inform which program option they prefer, which subjects they will attend and confirm their participation in the program by paying the enrolment fee. This information will be included in the acceptance letter that will be sent to the applicant to start their visa process, if necessary. If you do not take this step within the requested deadlines, the vacancy may be assigned to another candidate on the waiting list.
Step 5: Registration
Once participation in the program is confirmed, students will be contacted by NOVA with instructions for paying the Semester´s fee and the following steps, including information about the start of classes, timetables, school calendar, etc.
All of our communications are sent to the email that the candidate gave on the application form. Applicants are responsible for checking their email account regularly (including spam and junk boxes).
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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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