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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

About the Institution

Academic Authorities

President Prof. Doutor Manuel Damásio
Rector Prof. Isabel Babo

Student Ombudsman

The Student Ombudsman is the person responsible to collect complaints about the problems of an academic or administrative nature, which may not be solved immediately by the respective bodies, as described in paragraph a) of Article 3. of the Rules of Student Ombudsman ULP

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General description of the institution

Universidade Lusófona
Universidade Lusófona is the largest non-public University in Portugal. The University name comes from the word "Lusofonia" which names all the Portuguese speaking countries and their common linguistic and cultural background.

The university assumes itself as the leading institution responsible for the development of this geographical and cultural space with more than 200 million inhabitants.

With a student body of more than 12.000 students and 679 teachers, the university offers a very rich environment, either in scientific as in social and cultural terms. The large amount of foreign students studying here, namely the ones from Brazil and Africa, adds a lot to the already very lively University ambient.

Since the beginning, Universidade Lusófona has assumed a very strong international cooperation strategy that involves the following main aspects:

  • Support for foreigner students - Universidade Lusófona runs a Cooperation Program with the PALPS which constitutes the biggest program at a national level, giving support to citizens who are originally from the former colonies and want to enroll in a higher education program;
  • Promotion of International Career Opportunities - Universidade Lusófona has a career Services Office that aids in creating employment abroad and that promotes an entrepreneurial project with human resources, technical means and partnerships that accompany the insertion of the graduates into an active working life;
  • Training of HR ¿ Universidade Lusófona has a specific incentive system that promotes the training of university employees and alumni so they can obtain a BA and Master's degree. The class schedules are adapted to their needs and the attribution of scholarships cover a considerable part of the expenses;
  • Adaptation of training models - Almost all of the courses have a night class schedule (after working hours) which corresponds to the immense task of qualifying human resources in Portugal;
  • International Exchange ¿ Universidade Lusófona actively participates in the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) and Erasmus European programs, though promoting the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students and also teachers at all levels.

List of programmes offered

List of Courses

General admission requirements

Entry application

Applicants to COFAC schools must have completed secondary school or have equivalent qualifications. Under the current legislation, any secondary education course is enough qualification to apply for any COFAC course.
In accordance with Resolutions No. 1134/2006 and 67/2007 of CNAES the tests of admission are valid for three years. Therefore, the applicant must submit evidence of completion in 2008/2009 or 2009/2010 and/or 2010/2011 of the national exam of the subject that the institution has taken as test of admission for the course they want to apply to, as indicated in ANNEX I, with a minimum grade of 95 points.

Older than 23 years-old

In compliance with the law (Decree-Law 64/2006 - Regulates access for older than 23 years-old to Higher Education), these tests aim to assess the ability of people older than 23 Years-old WITH ANY EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS to attend an undergraduate course in an institution of higher education.

The assessment of all Candidates includes:
Appreciation of professional and academic CV;An interview to assess the candidate's motivations;A theoretical and/or practical test to assess of knowledge and skills necessary for entry into higher education.


Transfer is the act whereby a student enrols and registers in the same course but in a different institution. There may or may not have been interruption of registration in a higher education course.

Changing course

Changing course is the act whereby a student enrols in a higher education course different from that in which he performed the last registration, in the same or another educational establishment. There may or may not have been interruption of registration in a higher education course.
University Degree HoldersFor applicants who hold a univerisity degree.

Re.entry application

Re-entry is the act whereby a student enrols and registers in an institution or course in which they have had a valid enrolment which expired.
Decision NotificationA list of the Course change, University Degree Holders and Transfer requests will be posted and expeditiously communicated to the interested party using, for example, electronic mail.

General arrangements for the recognition of prior learning (formal, informal and non-formal)

Decree-Law No. 74/2006 on "Academic Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education" establishes in art.45 (Accreditation), paragraph 1 c), that for further studies towards the attainment of an academic degree or diploma, higher education institutions must recognize, through the allocation of credits (ECTS), candidates' work experience and post-secondary education.

Decree-Law No. 64/2006 on "Special Conditions of Access and Entry in Higher Education" mentions in Art.13 the obligation of schools to recognize, through the allocation of credits in their courses (ECTS), the professional experience and training admitted through special arrangements for access and admission to higher education.

Documentation to be delivers by the applicant via Access:

  • Proof of your medical condition in order to ensure the necessary conditions for further functional studies in Physical Education and Sports;
  • Frequency Declaration or Qualifications Certificate or na equivalent document
  • Copy of the ID document
  • 1 Photography
  • Copy of the fiscal number

Documentation to be delivered by the applicant via Entrance:

  • Proof of your medical condition in order to ensure the necessary conditions for further functional studies in Physical Education and Sports;
  • Frequency Declaration or Qualifications Certificate;
  • Sports Curriculum with the due proof;
  • Copy of the ID document
  • 1 Photography
  • Copy of the fiscal number

Prerequisites for International Students
General Registration Procedures

Enrolment is compulsory for all students going to the University for the first time. The registration is the action whereby the student is allowed to attend the courses in which they register. Results obtained in courses in which the student is not registered are null and ineffective. Documentation to be submitted by the student

  • Enrolment/Registration Form
  • ID card
  • 2 Photographs
  • Declaration of the employer (for worker-students)
  • Payment of school insurance and medical assistance tax.
  • Payment of the enrolment and registration.
  • Copy of the Tax Identification Card

ECTS credit allocation based on the student workload needed in order to achieve expected learning

ECTS in the ULP
The publication of the Law-decree 42/2005, of February 22nd, established the regulatory principles and instruments for the creation of the higher education European space, among which, the ones referring to the curricular credits system. In the Universidade Lusófona, all courses that offer a degree are organized and structured in agreement with the Bologna principles. The ECTS credits system is used in all three cycle studies.

"ECTS Credit" defines a measuring unit for the student's work under any possible perspective, namely, training sessions of a collective nature, personal guidance sessions of the tutorial type, internships, projects, field work, study and evaluation. Therefore, the credits of a curricular unit correspond to the numerical value that expresses the work a student must undertake in order to meet the learning goals for a given curricular unit.

The main guidelines considered for the ECTS credits' attribution are: 

  1. The student's total hourly load is 42 hours per week;
  2. The academic year at the Universidade Lusófona has the duration of 40 weeks and the courses may be organized as follows: 
    1. On a quarterly basis, with 560 hours of work from the full-time students;
    2. biannually, with 840 hours of work from the full-time students;
    3. annually, with an estimated 1680 hours of work from the full-time students.
  3. The number of credits to be obtained by the student according to the course's organization is:
    1. Quarterly:20ECTScredits;
    2. Biannual:30ECTScredits;
    3. Annual: 60 ECTS credits.
  4. The credits for each curricular unit are expressed in multiples of half a credit.The attribution of credits per curricular unit considers:
    1. The calculation of the number of hours needed for the acquisition of the competences foreseen for the curricular unit.
    2.  The characteristics and diversity of the methodologies to use in the student's teaching-learning process.
    3.  Any curricular unit incorporating the studies plan of more than one course must have the same number of credit units, regardless of the course, as long as the learning results and the pre-requisites are the same.
  5. ECTS credit is equal to 28 student work hours. Each curricular unit has a clearly identified total student work load. The distribution of the total work load is made according to the following typology: 
    • T: Theoretical classes; 
    • TP: Theory-practice classes;
    •  PL: Laboratory classes;
    •  TC: Supervised Field Work; 
    • S: Seminar; 
    • OT: Tutorial classes;
    •  E: Internships;
    •  TO: Guidance work; 
    • O: Other work;
    •  TI: Independent work and evaluation.
  6. In the scope of the internal evaluation and quality certification plan, students and teachers evaluate the hourly load assigned to each curricular unit by means of questionnaires. The review and possible readjustment of ECTS credits and/or learning results are implemented according to the diagnosis and the existing legal framing.

Arrangements for academic guidance

Students with issues concerning their studies are welcome to contact their respective Faculty Office for Study Affairs. While studying at ULP students can also ask for the help of a psychologist, and advisor for academic problems; and applicants can ask for help of advisor for selection of relevant study field at ULP at International Office (contact email - wanting to go to a foreign university as an exchange student can ask for help at Students' Mobility Department (contact email - Students can choose from a wide list of partner universities in Europe as well as other parts of the world.