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Undergraduate and Integrated Masters

Students have the opportunity to choose bachelors and integrated masters programmes at NOVA University Lisbon. As an institution internationally renowned for its teaching quality NOVA similarly offers a distinctive education portfolio at national level.

The first cycle degree (bachelor) at NOVA has a duration of six semesters (three years).

Some programmes at NOVA, namely in the areas of Engineering and Medicine, have a structure consisting of two integrated study cycles – first and second cycles – and are thus called Integrated Masters. The first cycle (bachelor degree) has a duration of six semesters and the second cycle has a duration ranging from four to six semesters. The integrated cycle comprises a set of curricular units, and the writing and public defense of a theses, project or internship report.

To know more about the programmes available visit the Courses Catalogue.


Applications to public higher education institutions (such as NOVA) take place on an annual basis through a national competition run by the Portuguese Directorate-General for Higher Education - Direção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

There is a numerus clausus regime meaning that vacancies for each programme are limited.

Candidates can apply through the General Regime or benefit from the Special Conditions for top-level athletes, Portuguese citizens on an official mission abroad, national or foreign staff in a diplomatic mission, permanent staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces, and scholarship holders within the framework of cooperation agreements signed by Portugal.

National Call

To apply students must hold a High School degree (or its legal equivalent) as well as comply with the specific access requirements of the programme/institution of their choice.

All the information regarding the National Call is available HERE

Special Contingents

If you wish to apply through a special contingent you must do it only in the first phase of applications, with the exception of the special contingent with disabilities, who may also apply in the second phase.

Other forms of access:

Candidates can also apply to Higher Education through other Special regimes and competitions:

Special Regimes:

  • A. Diplomatic mission abroad
  • B. Portuguese citizens on an official mission abroad
  • C. Permanent staff of the Portuguese Armed Forces
  • D. Scholarship holders from the PALOP
  • E. Foreign diplomatic mission in Portugal
  • F. Top-level athletes 
  • G. East Timor students

Special Competitions:

These competitions are directly managed by the higher education institutions.