Incoming Exchange Students

Application Procedures
Learning Agreement
Language Requirements
Transcript of Records
Application Deadlines
Academic Calendar

International Guide
Portuguese Language Courses
Erasmus Student Network - ESN-Porto


Application Procedures

Application forms and supporting documents are exclusively submitted online. Therefore, no documents have to be sent to the University of Porto (U.Porto), unless paper originals are absolutely required by the students' Home University. Students selected by their Home University have to register online in order to obtain their username and password to access the U.Porto's Application Form: 

Online Application > Ask for login

An automatic e-mail is sent containing a username and password, required to access the Application Form. We strongly advise students to read the Online Application Guide also available on the same page (on the right-hand side menu). To make filling the Application Form in more effective and easier, we recommend students organise all the information required with their exchange coordinator, particularly with regard to filling in their Learning Agreement (see below), before accessing the online form. Once it has been completed and electronically submitted, the form has to be printed, signed by the student and competent Erasmus/Exchange Coordinators, stamped, and uploaded at U.Porto's site.


Obligatory documents to be submitted with the application form:

- Learning Agreement (integral part of the application form)

- Official transcript of records

- Copy of ID card or passport

- Language certification (Portuguese B2 or English B2)

- Proof of health insurance coverage


Learning Agreement
The Learning Agreement is a fundamental component of the application, as it is a proposal of studies during your exchange period at the University of Porto. Students must complete their Learning Agreements with a minimum of 20 ECTS credits to a maximum of 30 ECTS credits per semester.

a) Study Plans

A description of the undergraduate and master's courses offered and ECTS credits can be found at Programmes/Cycle of Studies, under the corresponding tabs. Please note that only students attending an equivalent postgraduate level at their home university can select subjects from the Master's degrees. Select the most appropriate degree and on the menu to the right of the page, click on 'Plano de Estudos/Study Plan' (information in English is available in most cases by clicking on the EN button at the top of the pages). Please note that each subject programme indicates the language of instruction for that particular subject. Furthermore, students should take care to select subjects in the semester corresponding to the proposed semester of mobility.

b) Choosing subjects

Undergraduate exchange students are free to choose subjects from practically any of our undergraduate degrees, except for Communication Studies (see (d) below) and subjects called 'Project' or 'Seminar' (see (c) below). This selection should, however, be limited to a maximum of three degrees, to avoid potential timetable clashes. Postgraduate students can only select subjects from a maximum of two master's courses. Restrictions apply to final acceptance pending approval from the course Director and availability. Students and coordinators should be aware that, given this freedom of choice, initial learning agreements may be subject to changes due to unforeseen circumstances, namely timetable clashes, at the start of each semester.


c) Subjects not open to exchange students

Please note that the subjects including the following titles are not open to exchange students in any of the Faculty's undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as they follow specific requirements for regular students:

- Dissertation

- Project

- Supervision Seminar

- Training Report

- Internship


d) Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Communication Studies
lease note that only students proposing an exchange period under the specific Erasmus/Cooperation agreements in Communication and Media studies can apply to these degrees (see exception above).

e) Undergraduate degree in Information Science
The degree in Information Science is lectured jointly at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Engineering
(location: Campus II: Asprela). The location and timetables are specified in each subject record.


Language Requirements
Please note that a large majority of the subjects at FLUP are taught ONLY in Portuguese, so applicants are required to have some preparation in the language before arrival (please see below under Portuguese language preparation). Students should carefully analyse the study plans and take note of the language of instruction as specified on each subject record under “Teaching Language”. A number of subjects are taught in English, most notably in language-related degrees (Languages, Literature and Culture, Languages and International Relations, etc.). There are also a number of subjects taught in French, Spanish and German (check the subject record).

Non-speakers of Portuguese may also select subjects specified as taught in Portuguese followed by the indication “Suitable for English-speaking students”: this means that English may be used for assessment purposes (writing papers, taking exams, etc.) and lecturers provide tutorials in English, whenever possible.

Please note that subjects indicated as taught only in Portuguese are not open to non-speakers of Portuguese or Spanish (i.e., do not explicitly include the reference “Suitable for English-speaking students”).

Compulsory Language Certificates

  • Non-native speakers of Portuguese: Language certificate (DIPLE or equivalent) or certified level of Portuguese B2 level (CEFR), i.e., part of student’s studies, as shown on a transcript of records.
  • English B2 certification: Students who are not studying or do not speak Portuguese must submit a language certificate with their application form, attesting to knowledge of English at B2 level or higher (home university certification, TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, etc.).
  • Portuguese language preparation: Applicants are required to submit proof of attendance of a Portuguese A1 language course by the application deadline, 31st May (i.e., the student is attending or has already concluded one of these courses). Because students are required to have a B2 level certification of English at the application stage, the recommended OLS course, if available at the home university, is Portuguese A1.

Other languages

  • Spanish: Spanish speakers are not required to submit Portuguese or English language certification. However, non-native speakers of Spanish should certify a minimum B2 level of Spanish.
  • French and Italian: French and Italian speakers must certify their knowledge of English, but are not required to take a preparatory Portuguese course.

Transcript of Records

Applicants must also upload a Transcript of Records with their application, i.e., a certificate issued by the Home University showing a list of courses taken, the ECTS credits per subject, local or national credits, if applicable, local grades and, if possible, ECTS grades awarded. Please note that this document is an integral part of your application and is a requirement in the ECTS procedures stipulated by the EU: applications cannot be officially accepted if it is not included.

Application Deadlines

1st semester and annual applications: 15 March to 15 May 2019

2nd semester: 15 October 2019


Academic Calendar for 2019/2020

Beginning of Academic Year: 9 September 2019

1st Semester: 16 September 2019 - 8 February 2020

Classes: 16 September - 20 December 2019

Exams: 6 - 25 January 2020

Resit Exams: 27 January - 8 February 2020


2nd Semester: 10 February - 11 July 2020

Classes: 10 February - 29 May 2020

Exams: 1 – 23 June 2020

Resit Exams: 25 June - 11 July 2020


Main holidays:

Christmas: 23 December 2019 - 3 January 2020

Easter: 6 - 13 April 2020


Please note that the International Office (SRI) only manages accommodation in the University’s Halls of Residence.


Halls of Residence

- Students can apply for accommodation at the University's Halls of Residence on the online application form mentioned above.

- Each year, U.Porto receives more requests for accommodation than the number of places available for exchange students. For this reason, rooms are allocated on a "first come, first served" basis.

- Requests for accommodation in a Hall of Residence will be only considered after the student’s proposed Learning Agreement has been accepted by the faculty the students are applying to.

- Submitting a request does not justify any legal claim to accommodation in a Hall of Residence.

- Students will receive an answer to their requests in due time.


Private accommodation

Porto offers a wide range of private accommodation for students. The International Office/SRI compiles a list of offers based on contacts from landlords but takes no responsibility for the conditions offered or arrangements between tenants and landlords.

Should you be interested in this obtaining this list, please send a request to SRI at


World SPRU
Please note that this Residence hall is privately-owned and not the responsibility of the University of Porto

Porto Youth Hostel

Useful sites to find accommodation
In partnership with the Porto Academic Federation
Site dedicated to exchange students: you can find useful tips on the city and the university left by ex-Erasmus students, accommodation offers and, most important, it is a place to meet other students that will be studying in Porto (and other places in Portugal).
Busca Quarto is a site dedicated to ads for rooms and flats to share.
Student Republics

International Guide
Please consult U.PORTO'
S International Guide as it contains a wide range of useful information on aspects like procedures, services, life in Porto, transport, etc.

Portuguese Language Courses

The Faculty offers several Portuguese language courses, including intensive courses (Beginner's) for exchange students, usually in September/October and in February/March. There is also a 1st Semester Course (Oct. - Feb.) and a 2nd Semester Course (Feb. - June), with several levels ranging from Beginners to Advanced. Information can be found at Portuguese language courses.


Erasmus Student Network - ESN-Porto
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a student organisation founded in 1990 to support and develop student exchange, whose mission is to foster student mobility in Higher Education under the principle of "SHS - Students Helping Students". Local offices can be found in many European universities, and this is also true of the University of Porto. Please see the ESN-Porto website, register and receive information about activities, events, excursions, etc., which are organised throughout the year for exchange students (it is open to all international students, not only Erasmus). The ESN has also set up a network of local students to help incoming students. For more information, please see ESN-Buddy.



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