Who requires a visa?

Non-EU residents who wish to visit Portugal for business or a holiday will need a Portugal Visa called a Schengen Visa. Portugal is one of the countries in the Schengen Agreement of 1995.The agreement also includes Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Schengen Visas are issued from the embassy of the country which will be your main destination during your stay Europe. A Portuguese Schengen Visa will enable you to visit Portugal and other Schengen countries for up to 90 days for business or travel. You are not entitled to seek employment. All countries and territories that are members of the Schengen acquis, of the EU or of EFTA. Positive visa list of countries from whose citizens no visa is required to enter the territory of the EU member states for a period of maximum 90 days.

Where to apply?

The jurisdiction of the Consular Section of the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi covers all India for short and long term visa.The residents of the States of Maharashtra and Goa and the Union Territories of Daman, Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli have to apply at VFS Mumbai Visa Application Centre .In the absence of Portuguese Missions in Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka,the residents of these countries have to apply to the Embassy of France in Dhaka , Kathmandu and Colombo,which represent Portugal. The long-term national visa for residents of Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka have to be submitted to the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi.

For Prospective Applicants

The Portugal Visa Application Centre would accept applications for Airport Transit, Schengen Short Term Visa and Long Term Visa (Research, Study/Training, Work, Family Reunion and others),to submit to the Embassy of Portugal in New Delhi / The Consulate General of Portugal. Applicants are requested to kindly read the information on this site carefully. The guidelines listed on this site are to help you prepare your documents as accurately as possible. This will reduce the chances of your application being delayed or declined due to inadequate or incorrect submission of documents. Please note that you may be required to appear personally in the Visa Section at the Embassy of Portugal / the Consulate General of Portugal in Goa for an interview prior to a decision being taken on your application. The Visa Application Centre shall help you to take an appointment for the same..

What documents will be required?

Depending on nationality and duration of stay, some or all of the following may be required:
Passport valid for 3 months after date of return and with a least one blank visa page
Completed application form duly filled in capital letters.
Two colour passport size photograph.
Copy of itinerary with confirmed reservation or acceptance letter;
Proof of departure arrangements.
Proof of sufficient means of support .
Proof of health insurance coverage.
Time required to issue visa:
5-14 days for tourist visa.
Allow up to 2-3 months for student visa.

What is the cost of a visa?
25 Euro to 170 Euro for short-term visas.

How long is the visa valid for?

A short-term visa is valid for a total stay of up to 30 or 90 days (depending on visa), over the period of one year.
A student visa is valid for the duration of the course of study.

Levels of study available are :

  • first degrees: Bacharelato (three years of study) and Licenciatura (four to six years of study);

  • postgraduate courses: Mestrado (four semesters, advanced degree in a scientific area through practical research);

  • doctoral studies: Doutoramento (several years of personal study for a thesis);

  • Postdoctoral programmes: Agregação (reserved for Doutoramento, the highest level of study).

Test Requirements

Students Applying to undergraduate education in Portugal,the main prerequisite is a Secondary School Leaving Certificate. In addition, students pass an entrance examination. All but a very few courses in Portuguese higher education are given in Portuguese. Therefore, students are also required to speak and have a very good understanding of the Portuguese language. Some schools in Portugal offer language learning programs where students can improve their language skills. Public schools in Portugal have competitive admissions. Courses differ in the level of competition and may require more or fewer applicants for admission. Medicine is among the most sought after programs of study in Portugal, and is therefore very competitive. Polytechnics are generally less competitive and private institutions set their own entrance requirements, and are often far easier to gain admission. For entry into postgraduate study in Portugal, students need a bachelor or master degree, depending on what level of study they are applying for. Portugal is generally very good at recognizing foreign qualifications. To date, Portugal recognizes PhDs from other Bologna member states and is intending to give automatic recognition to all first and second cycle degrees from the same.


Student accommodation is a term used in debates over the impact of student housing in the Portugal, especially with regard to the recent expansion of numbers in Higher Education. As increasing numbers of young people attend universities, institutionally-owned halls of residence have become increasingly incapable of coping with the demand for housing. At the same time, house-sharing has become considered a normal and sometimes desirable part of the student experience. In most university towns today, students only stay in halls for their first year, then move out into private student accommodation. Home stay is a popular form of accommodation as it provides an opportunity to practice newly acquired language skills and affords an insight into the Portuguese lifestyle. Portuguese people are known for their hospitality, and our host-families particularly enjoy meeting people from around the world and making students feel part of the family. In many towns, this trend has led to the emergence of student areas. These tend to be low-rent areas which are situated near to city centres, and often have plenty of leisure facilities within walking distance. On the other hand, they tend to have lower rents. Student areas are often perceived negatively by local or neighbouring populations, and the perceived negative social or economic impact of students on their chosen neighborhoods has led to tension in so-called town-gown relations. Accommodation Facility for Portuguese Higher Education Institutions The majority of Portuguese Higher Education Institutions offer accommodation in Student Residences. These are usually spread out around the city/town. Higher Education Institution campuses which include housing facilities are rare in Portugal.

Final Checklist

Make sure you have the following before leaving home

Before coming to Portugal, make sure all documents you sent to the university you will be studying in (application form, your school history and study plan) are in order.

Identity card or passport which, according to the Universidade de Lisboa, you should carry with you at all times.

Address of where you will be staying. You can book a room in a students dorm in advance, by contacting the university international relations department.

European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance.

Vaccination record card,updated with a tetanus shot.

All foreign exchange students coming from non - EU countries should hold a study visa obtained at the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in their home country, which is valid for one year. As far as students coming from EU member states are concerned,they are allowed in the country upon the presentation of a valid ID card or passport and their entry in Portugal is not subject to any control.

However, the law states that for stays longer than 3 months these students should request to the Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras a residence permit within 3 months after their arrival. All EU citizens are entitled to this permit,which is valid for one year and can be extended for equal periods.This request should be submitted to the Servico de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras.

Two passport-type photos.

Check list: what do to after getting here?

Contact the university international relations department, which will introduce you to the university and the teachers.

Get in touch with other students by contacting the students union, which often carries out several welcoming activities in September/October for new students to get to know the university and each other.

Seek out every opportunity to learn Portuguese, through formal courses or informal learning.

Take walks to get to know the city you will be living in,after you have settled in.

Structure of Studies

1st Cycle

First-cycle studies leading to the professional title of a Bachelors. Bachelor degree programmes,at least 6 semesters, leading to the professional title of Bachelor or at least 7 semesters.This is the Polish equivalent of the Bachelor degree. These are focused on preparing students for future employment,or for continued education within Master degree programmes. To obtain this degree, students must earn at least 180 ECTS credits.The duration of this course is 3 to 4 Years.

2nd Cycle

Second-cycle studies - Called as Master degree programme (1.5 to 2 years) following the first cycle studies and leading to the professional title of Master.These are focused on theoretical knowledge as well as application and development of creative skills.Master degree holders may enter a doctoral programme (third-cycle studies).To obtain this degree,students must earn 90-120(Transfer and Acumulation System) ECTS credits.The duration of the course is 1.5 to 2 years.

Long cycle studies

It is also known as the Single long-cycle studies.These study program basically based on an integrated study program,which contains both basic studies and in-depth specialization.The Master degree programmes which consist 10 to 12 semesters leading to the professional title of magister or an equivalent degree.Its depends on the study course profile.To obtain this degree,students must earn at least 300 ECTS credits (10-semesters studies) or at least 360 ECTS credits(12-semesters studies).

3rd cycle studies

3RD Cycle Studies are also called as Doctoral degree programmes.The total duration of these Programmes is 6 to 8 semesters.These Programmes are accessible to graduates of the Master degree and leading to the PhD degree.These Programmes are offered by the university-type schools as well as some research institutions which belong to the departments of the Portugal Academy of Sciences, along with research and development institutions. The PhD degree is awarded to candidates who submit and successfully defend a doctoral dissertation before the thesis committee, and who pass the doctoral examination.

How to Apply


Portugal,the westernmost country in mainland Europe,is a desirable place to live. But the country offers more than just the prospect of a golden tan, with a wide range of higher education courses available.Higher education is divided into two main bodies:Universities - teaching is traditionally based on theory and research,with degrees such as medicine,law,natural sciences, economics and psychology taught there. Polytechnics - provide vocational training that lead into a profession. Nursing, healthcare, accounting and teaching degrees are only offered by polytechnic institutions.

How To Apply

The application process for studies at universities and polytechnics in Portugal varies depending on whether you intend to enroll in a program as an undergraduate (first cycle) student or graduate (second and third cycle) student, and the responsible body of the institution. How to apply for undergraduate (first cycle) degrees at public institutions in Portugal In order for you to apply for first cycle programs at public institutions in Portugal, you will have to follow 2 main steps as explained below:

You must first get your upper secondary school studies and your school leaving certificate officially recognized as you will have to present these documents during the application process.

Submit your application through the Portuguese online centralized system .

How to apply for graduate (second and third cycle) degrees at public institutions and for any type of degree at private institutions in Portugal

You will have to submit your application to the school of your choice.

Along with your application, you will also have to attach evidence of your previous studies, as your university or polytechnic will evaluate whether you qualify for the program you applied for.

You may need to have your documents translated if requested by the institution you are applying for.

Entry requirements

Most universities ask prospective students to sit an entrance examination, public universities use a national exam, whereas private institutions set their own. Universities will also require you to have minimum qualifications in order to apply, usually including an internationally recognized undergraduate degree. When applying to a higher education institution, it is worth contacting your chosen university international office for advice on studying in Portugal. All the relevant application information should be available online. Funding to study in Portugal EU students are eligible to apply for grants in the same way as Portuguese students. Grants will be available from individual institutions and, to be eligible, students must apply to a course or university that is recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education.

Application Requirements

Undergraduate studies (first cycle)

Students seeking to study first cycle (undergraduate) degrees at universities and polytechnics in Portugal, must:

Have completed upper secondary education

Have passed the university entrance examination in their home country

Meet the study program pre-requisites if required. A pre-requisite is a subject any applicant must meet before being allowed to register for a course. For example,students seeking to study music in Portugal,will be required to pass an aptitude exam in music.

Master studies (second cycle)

If you are applying for a master program at university in Portugal,you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor or equivalent degree diploma.

Doctoral studies (third cycle)

In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Portugal, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master degree program.

Language requirements for studies at universities and colleges in Portugal

Since the language of instruction at Portuguese universities and colleges is Portuguese, you are required to prove your level of command of the Portuguese language. You may do so by presenting the results you received at school examinations if you studied Portuguese as part of your study program or by presenting Portuguese language courses diplomas. In general, most institutions require a minimum level of command corresponding to the B1/B2 level according to the European language passport. Please, note that the Portuguese language requirement usually applies to studies at the first cycle (undergraduate). Master and research programs may not require any knowledge of Portuguese since they are often designed for international students. Minimum grade point requirement to access higher education studies in Portugal

Each year,the Portuguese Ministry of Education publishes the number of available study places at public universities and polytechnics.Private institutions in Portugal have limited study places as well.This is the reason why applicants are ranked based on their grade point average from their previous studies.Therefore,always check with your Portuguese school about the minimum passing grade you need to meet, especially if you are applying for first cycle (undergraduate) programs.

Student visas

As an EU citizen, you are permitted to live in any EU country while studying as long as you:

Are studying for more than three months;

Are enrolled at an approved university/other institution;

Have sufficient income (from any source) to live without needing income support.

Have full health insurance cover.


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