academic services – faq
National Call for Admission to Higher Education
To apply to the higher education system in Portugal through the National Call, you must meet all the following requirements:
- Hold a Portuguese secondary school education certificate, or a legally equivalent certificate with your final grade average.
- Hold secondary school leaving exams in the subjects required for the study programme you wish to apply to, performed in the last 2 years.
- Complete any prerequisites specified by the higher education institution for the study programme you wish to apply to.
- Hold an overall application score average equal or higher to the minimum application score set by the higher education institution.
- You are not covered by the International Student Status.
The National Call is managed by DGES (Portuguese Directorate General for Higher Education) and not by higher education institutions. For more information, visit DGES’ website.
To apply to the higher education system in Portugal, you must obtain the updated ENES form, referring to the present year (essential document for the application). If the student does not sit any exam in the year he or she is applying, and use national exams taken in previous years, the student must register again in high school, within the term of the national exams, for the purposes of registration and subsequent issuance of the referred form, under the terms of the CNAES Resolution.
You can apply to a maximum of six combinations of institution/study programmes at a time. In the National Call application form, you will be asked to order the pairs by preference.
Each year, DGES organises the National Call for Admission to Higher Education in three different phases. The dates of each phasevary annually, so keep an eye on DGES’ website. The application is done online here.
Some higher education institutions may ask for certain prerequisites to access their study programmes. They can be physical, functional or vocational conditions that are particularly relevant to certain study programmes.
The only study programmes with mandatory special prerequisites in Politécnico de Leiria are the ones taught at the School of Health Sciences (ESSLei). If you wish to apply to any of its study programmes, you will need to prove that you meet the prerequisite Group A – Interpersonal Communication, by showing a medical declaration (questionnaire).
Admission to the bachelor’s programme in Speech Therapy is also subject to the submission of a statement by a Speech Therapist, attesting to the “absence of language and/or speech disorders” and the mastery of oral and written Portuguese language.
Special admission regimes to higher education
A – Diplomatic mission from Portugal
B – Public employees in an official mission abroad
C – Officials of the Portuguese armed forces
D – Applicants that hold scholarships from Portuguese-speaking countries
E – Accredited diplomatic mission in Portugal
F – Professional sports players
G – East Timor nationals or their children
The application period runs once a year and the dates are approved annually by DGES.
The application is only sent to the Higher Education Access Offices (GAES) or, through diplomatic channels, according to the special regime to which the student qualifies.
Thus, GAES receive applications from regimes A, B, C, E, F and G and the Embassies submit applications to Regimes D.1 and D.2 from the respective countries to DGES.
You can apply to a maximum of three combinations of institution/programme at a time. In the National Call application form, you will be asked to order the pairs by preference.
The special regime allows foreign officials of diplomatic missions accredited in Portugal or their relatives living in Portugal to apply to higher education in Portugal through the special regime.