SUPERNOVA was designed for students who have recently finished high school and plan to apply to Higher Education in Portugal.
SUPERNOVA 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 - Spring ( February 2022)
Applications Open until October 31st, 2021
* We recommended that you submit your application in advance, in order to have enough time to make the necessary visa arrangements.
SUPERNOVA 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:
SUPERNOVA is constituted by a set of courses from six different Schools at NOVA:
The completion of SUPERNOVA might not garantee direct access to one of NOVA's Undergraduate Programs. Therefore, those interested must check the website of the desired college and look into the Degree's application procedures.
However, some of the Schools guarantee special immediate admission conditions for SUPERNOVA students. Specifically, for this purpose, students at the end of the SUPERNOVA must fulfill the following 3 conditions:
Note: To pass a course, the student must obtain a minimum grade of 10 (out of 20), to fulfill the conditions of direct access to each School it is important to consider the minimum grade required above.
At the end of SUPERNOVA, 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 pass the school's specific admission tests and start a new application process that does not guarantee immediate admission. However, at this stage, the frequency of the SUPERNOVA 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 SUPERNOVA 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 SUPERNOVA, 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 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 SUPERNOVA 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 that 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 must be from an internationally recognized examiner, such as IELTS, Cambridge 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 SUPERNOVA fee: €2.700* (30 days before classes start)||Online SUPERNOVA 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 a 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 a legally equivalent document) until the end of the first month of classes of SUPERNOVA.
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. Download here a sample test for practice.
Please find below a list of the main topics of this exam:
According to the candidate's results in the mathematics diagnostic test, he will be placed in the class corresponding to the level presented: with a result in the mathematics test equal to or greater than 10 out of 20 and an average of mathematics in Secondary / High School equal to or greater than 10 out of 20, will attend the Basic level math class at SUPERNOVA.
Candidates with a result equal to or greater than 12 in the diagnostic test and an average of mathematics in Secondary / Secondary Education equal to or greater than 15 out of 20, will attend the Advanced level mathematics class at SUPERNOVA.
Important information: for undergraduate programmes at SBE and IMS, only the advanced level of Mathematics at SUPERNOVA is valid. Programme duration = 1 semester. The advanced level is only taught in English.
For undergraduate programmes at FCT, mathematics is taught in Portuguese and SUPERNOVA lasts for 1 year. In the 1st semester it will be mathematics basic level | in the 2nd semester, it will be advanced level mathematics.
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 Programme´s fee and the following steps, including information about the start of classes, timetables, school calendar, etc.
Note: Visas must be requested up until 60 days before the start of classes, 30th of November for Spring editions and 30th of May for fall editions, respectively. The non-compliance to SUPERNOVA's team and Consular services requests could lead to not receiving the required Visa in time, which SUPERNOVA does not take responsibility for.
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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