International Applicants

International Applicants

If you’re a non-EU national applying to a bachelor’s degree at Politécnico de Leiria, you can benefit from the International Student Status when submitting your application.


How to apply

To apply to a bachelor’s programme at Politécnico de Leiria, international applicants have to go through the Special Call for International Students.

Please check the language and academic qualifications required for bachelor’s programmes below.

The application is done online at the Applications Portal.


Required documentation

  • Copy of a valid ID card/passport.
  • Portuguese secondary school diploma or foreign equivalent.
  • Letter issued by the applicant’s country authorities assuring the applicant has the right to and the necessary competences to apply for a bachelor’s degree at a foreign higher education institution.
  • Copy of Portuguese secondary school leaving exams results transcript, or equivalent.
  • Copy of their country’s secondary school leaving exams results transcript.
  • Copy of certificate stating the applicant has passed their country’s secondary school leaving exams, which are equivalent to Portuguese ones. It must include their final results and rating scales.
  • Language proficiency certificate of the language in which the study programme is taught.
  • Copy of certificate stating the applicant has completed secondary school education and has studied subjects of similar level and content of the ones studied by Portuguese students. It must include their final results and rating scales.
  • For applicants addmited to the School of Health Sciences, it is also mandatory to bring a proof of achievement of the prerequisite Interpersonal Communication – Group A (type of proof: medical questionnaire declaration).
  • For applicants addmited to the Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Therapy, it is also mandatory to bring a declaration written by a Speech Therapist, attesting the absence of language and/or speech disorders and the mastery of oral and written Portuguese language.
  • Power of attorney, when the application is submitted by State Attorney.

Language requirements

Academic qualifications

International students must be proficient in the language the study programme is taught (B2 level), according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

International students without a B2 level can also apply, as long as they attend a language course at Politécnico de Leiria, in the language in which the study programme is taught, that will enable them to achieve the above-mentioned level.

Students who have attended secondary school in the language in which the study programme is taught, are not required to comply with the above rules.


Order No. 15/2000 – Provas para Estudantes Internacionais – PT

Order No. 134/2000 – Aditamento ao Despacho n.º 15/2000 Provas Estudantes Internacionais

If the applicant holds a Portuguese secondary school diploma or a legally Portuguese equivalent qualification, their academic qualifications will be assessed based on the National Call for Admission to Higher Education.

If the applicant does not hold a Portuguese or foreign secondary school diploma, their qualifications will be assessed based on documentary evidence of:

  • Educational achievement in exams of similar level and content than those of the students admitted through the general access regime for the study cycle, including the corresponding final results and rating scales;
  • And/or educational achievement in a level of education that provides acquisition of knowledge in subjects of similar level and content than those of the students admitted through the general access regime for the study cycle, including the corresponding final results and rating scales. 

In any case, applicants can ask to sit the Portuguese higher education admission exams. They take place at Politécnico de Leiria and are similar to the Portuguese secondary school leaving exams.


Vacancies 2021/2022

Bachelor’s programmesVacancies
Communication and Media8
Sports and Well-Being5
Primary Education10
Social Education8
Applied Portuguese Language40
Human Relations and Organisational Communication8
Human Relations and Organisational Communication (EaD)4
Social Work8
Translation and Interpretation Portuguese/Chinese – Chinese/Portuguese5
Bachelor’s programmesVacancies
Public administration5
Biomechanics5
Accountancy and Finance4
Automotive Engineering8
Civil Engineering15
Electrical and Computer Engineering7
Energy and Environmental Engineering8
Industrial Engineering and Management5
Computer Engineering18
Mechanical Engineering8
Management18
Games and Multimedia10
Marketing8
Solicitorship12

Bachelor’s programmesVacancies
Fine Arts6
Interior and Spatial Design2
Product Design – Ceramic and Glass2
Graphic Design and Multimedia Design4
Industrial Design 2
Cultural Programming and Production4
Sound and Image3
Theatre2
Bachelor’s programmesVacancies
Tourism and Recreation5
Marine Biology and Biotechnology10
Biotechnology10
Food Engineering10
Restaurant and Catering Management5
Events Management5
Tourism and Hotel Management10
Marketing for Tourism5
Tourism10
Bachelor’s programmesVacancies
Dietetics and Nutrition6
Nursing5
Physiotherapy5
Speech Therapy8
Occupational Therapy5

Settling into Politécnico de Leiria checklist

1. Apply and get the results

2. Register and pay

  • Register at the Student Portal.
  • Pay the registration fee (€500) and 20% of your annual tuition fees (€600).

3. Get a Portuguese study visa

  • Visa advice for international applicants.
    TIP: The process of verifying the authenticity of official documents may be quicker if you take the original copies of the required documentation with you to the Portuguese consulate.

4. Travel to Portugal

  • Gather all the documentation you need and plan your journey.
  • Pack your bags and we’ll be here ready and excited to welcome you.

Applications calendar

Academic Year 2021/2022First PhaseSecond Phase
Applications period22 January to 15 April 20217 May to 30 June 2021
Exams *8-9 July 2021
Results **4 May 202119 July 2021
Claiming period5-6 May 202119-20 July 2021
Enrolment and registration7-31 May 202121 July to 17 August 2021
* When applicable.
** If the programme you’re applying to requires prerequisites, these results are only provisional.

International students

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Important note about exams

If you have to sit exams to apply to higher education, check out the assessments’ content and register using this form.