Special Admissions - International Students

Non National EU Highschool Applicants



Qualifications Entrance Exams Application Fee

On this page, you will find the necessary requirements to apply to the Integrated Masters in Medicine and other information regarding the application steps.


Conditions for Application

The Application implies the reading of the Regulation for Access and Admission to the Integrated Master’s in Medicine of the Católica Medical School at Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Check here for The Regulation for Access and Admission


Applicants should read the Terms of Confidentiality and Processing of Personal Data.

All contacts and/or clarifications of information should be made by email to medicina.fm@ucp.pt.


Nationality Requirements

  • Not being a national citizen of an European Union (EU) Member State;
  • Not being a direct descendant, spouse (husband/wife) or partner of a national of a EU Member State;
  • Has not been legally residing in Portugal continuously for more than two years on the 1st January of the year in which he/she intends to enter higher education (himself/herself, his or her spouse or any of the parents with whom he or she lawfully resides);
  • Not being a beneficiary of the status of equal rights and duties conferred in accordance with international treaties between the Portuguese State and the State of which they are nationals Students who are in emergency situation for humanitarian reasons (those may apply under the International Student Status, in accordance with article 7 of the REE I UCP, and should therefore contact the info@ucp.pt).

This regime should also be used by international students who are already students in a foreign higher education institution or who are holders of a higher education degree (national or foreign).

The admission at UCP of foreign citizens who are not covered by the provisions of the International Student Status must apply under the terms applicable to students of Portuguese nationality.


Access Qualifications

- Be the holder of a secondary school qualification or equivalent. (The applicants will need to require a Certification of Equivalence at Direção Geral de Educação here);

- Having one of the follow options:

  • Successful realization of the required entrance exams, considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams (The required entrance exams are considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams in accordance to the Deliberation No. 606/2022).



02 Biology and Geology (B) 
07 Physics and Chemistry (Q) 
16 Mathematics


  • Internal written exams, in English language and exams conducted in person, provide by Católica Medical School, with the Portuguese national exams subjects set for the Integrated Master's Degree in Medicine (subjects available on IAVE.pt)


Please note: You will need to identify the complete name of your secondary school where you complete your secondary diploma and final average.

Attention: For this year, only 2021/2022, 2020/2021 and 2019/2020 foreign exams performed will be considered.


Entrance Exams 

- Exams from International Diplomas

Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology + Environmental Management
07 Física e Química Chemistry AS level or Chemistry A level and Physics AS level or Physics A level
16 Matemática Mathematics-Further or Mathematics AS level or Mathematics A level

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology SL/HL

07 Física e Química

Chemistry SL/HL and Physics SL/HL

16 Matemática

Further Mathematics or Mathematics or Mathematics Analysis and Aproaches - SL/HL or Mathematics Applications and Interpretations - SL/HL

Baccalauréat Européen (BAC Europeu)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biologie

07 Física e Química

Chimie and Physique

16 Matemática

Mathématiques - BAC ES or Mathématiques - BAC S or Mathématiques 3 or Mathématiques 5

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia Biology Ecological (SAT Exams) or Biology Molecular (SAT Exams)
07 Física e Química Chemistry (SAT Exams) and Physics (SAT Exams)
16 Matemática Mathematics Level 2  (SAT Exams)

Advanced Placement Exam (AP Exams)

Portuguese National Exams Equivalent Exams
02 Biologia e Geologia AP Biology (AP Exam)
07 Física e Química AP Physics 1: Algebra Based  (AP Exam) and AP Chemistry (AP Exam)
16 Matemática AP Calculus AB (AP Exam) or AP Calculus BC (AP Exam)

The required entrance exams are considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams in accordance to the Deliberation No. 606/2022.

A successful applicant must score a minimum of 140 (0 of 200) in each of the entrance exams, when translated to the Portuguese National grading system.

Note: The national final exams are valid as entrance examinations in the year it is sat and in the two following years, according to the Deliberation No. 1233/2014 of the Comissão Nacional de Acesso ao Ensino Superior.




- Of Selection

  • English Proficiency

Minimum English level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), attested by one of the following certificates:

a) Cambridge English Exams - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) - minimum score of 180;

b) International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic - minimum score of 7;

c) Test of English as a Foreign Language, Internet-based Test (TOELF iBT) - a minimum score of 94;

d) Satisfaction test carried out at Católica Languages & Translation - level C1 of CEFR;

e) Applicants who provide proof that they have English as their first language or have attended secondary school exclusively in English.

  • Group A - Interpersonal Communication

This prerequisite aims to prove the applicants' interpersonal communication skills.

The medical declaration, attained by completing the form in the following regulation, shall prove the absence of any mental, sensory or motor deficiency that seriously interferes with the functional capacity and interpersonal communication to the point of impairing the applicant's own learning or that of others.

The respective result, expressed as Apt or Not Apt, does not influence the calculation of the application score.


- Of Ranking

  • Motivation Letter / Portfolio

After completing the 1st step of the application (the online application data), all applicants must duly fill in all the mandatory fields of the Portfolio online.

The portfolio consists of a set of questions related to the following themes: Reasons for choosing FM-UCP; Knowledge about PBL (Problem-based Learning) methodology; Voluntary work; Importance of volunteer work.

  • Mini-Interviews

After the 2nd step of the applications (the online portfolio), all applicants will participate in mandatory face-to-face mini-interviews of equal duration in English at the building of Católica Medical School.

These mini-interviews aim to assess whether the applicants have the essential skills required for a medical student and a future doctor.


Required Documentation for the Application 

If the applicant is no longer in secondary education, the following documentation is required:

- Photograph (passport type);
- Identification Document - Citizen Card or Passport;
- Qualifications Certificate (Final or Provisional): Foreign Secondary School certificate/ diploma (obtained abroad or in Portugal), legally equivalent the Portuguese Diploma. The applicants will need to require a Certification of Equivalence at Direção Geral de Educação here.
- Proof of the successful realization of the required entrance exams, considered equivalent to the corresponding Portuguese national exams  (Final or Provisional). This document (equivalent to Portuguese ENES file - Exames Nacionais do Ensino Secundário) needs to be compulsorily issued in the year of the application.;
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (Final or Provisional);
- Special Quotas - Applicants who wish to apply for these special vacancies should indicate so upon applying. Supporting documentation of the respective conditions will be asked during the application.

If the applicant is finishing secondary school, he/she must submit provisional documents, i.e. the grades obtained so far, as well as a prediction of the final grades.

In the 4th step of the application (submission of final documents), the applicants shall insert the final grades and official documents.


Application Calendar




from March 15th (from 9a.m.) to June 1st 2022 (until 11:59p.m.)

Last call: from July 15th (from 9a.m.) until July 21st 2022 (until 11:59p.m.)

Motivation Letter / Portfolio *


from March 15th (from 9a.m.) to June 4th 2022 (until 11:59p.m.) - 72 hours after validation of the Application

Last call: from July 15th until July 25th 2022 (until 11:59p.m.) - 72 hours after validation of the Application

Internal Exams ** (Mathematics; Physics and Chemistry; Biology and Geology)         (in person)

from June 27th until July 1st 2022

Last call: from 1st until August 5th 2022


(in person)

from July 4th until July 16th 2022

Last call: from July 28th until July 30th 2022

Submission of documents and final scores


from August 1st until August 10th 2022

Publication of results


August 12th 2022



from August 16nd until August 16th 2022

Beginning of classes

(in person)

 September 5th 2022

*The applicant only receives the call for internal exams after submission of the motivation letter / portfolio.

** Results available on the application platform on August 4th. 


Application Fee

The application fee for the integrated Master in Medicine will be €350.00. This amount is not refundable.


How to Apply

The submission of the application implies the reading of the Regulation.

In order to start their application, applicants must:

Register here 

After creating the account, applicants will receive the access data in their email. Once they have access data, applicants may proceed to formalise their application on https://applications.fm.ucp.pt .

If you do not remember your username or password, you should access the email address https://applications.fm.ucp.pt/passwordResetRequest and follow the instructions to recover your username or password.