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Catholic University of Portugal

Address: R. de Diogo Botelho 1327, 4169-005 Porto, Portugal

Description Catholic University of Portugal

  • Year of foundation: 1967;
  • Location: Porto and Lisbon, Portugal;
  • Students age: from 18 years;
  • Number of students: 18,920;
  • Language of instruction: Portuguese;
  • Type of study: autonomous university.

Catholic University of Portugal, founded in 1967, is an institution of higher education with a humanistic matrix, focused on conducting transformational research, the formation of educated and competent professionals capable of anticipating and leading the transformations of the future. A large university translates its values into results, taking into account the requirements of social responsibility.

Over the past 50 years, the Catholic University of Portugal has developed a teaching and research strategy inspired by the tradition of Catholic universities. The strength of the university is its graduates: among them are the Nobel Prize laureate, prominent businessmen, political leaders, famous scientists, members of the church leadership, artists, social entrepreneurs.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Catholic University of Portugal

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Quick overview: The duration of a bachelor's degree is 6-8 semesters: this cycle of study provides students with basic knowledge in scientific areas, important skills for employment, continuing their studies at the master's level.

Brief information: Integrated Masters - from 18 HP.

About the educational program: Some programs - theology, dental medicine - have a structure of two integrated levels (1st cycle and 2nd cycle). The integrated cycle includes a set of training modules, writing and defending a thesis or project / internship report. After completing an integrated master's degree (usually 10 semesters) with 300 ECTS credits, students earn a master's degree and are considered professionally qualified.

Quick overview of Master's degree - from 21 years: The duration of the master's degree is 3-4 semesters, from 90 to 120 ECTS credits. This cycle of study requires:

  • Attending educational modules;
  • Developing and publicly defending an original dissertation / implementation of an internship or project;
  • Developing and defending relevant reports.
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Quick overview: The production of original knowledge, interdisciplinarity are the structural vectors of doctoral studies at the Catholic University of Portugal.

Doctorate UCP:

  • Creates opportunities for the development of scientists in the international environment;
  • Promotes professional development, integration of future doctors into the competitive knowledge market, offering end-to-end soft skills courses that match this reality.

With over 20 doctoral courses spread across 11 academic units, Católica guarantees doctoral students a path with the distinctive mark of excellence. Each course has its own strategy closely related to the activities of the 15 UCP research centers.

Accommodation, housing and food

There are no youth hostels at the Catholic University, but there are two hostels nearby:

  • Colegio Universitário Pio XII;
  • Colegio Universitário Montes Claros.

RUF provides a residence for girls: it is located halfway between the Cidade Universitária and Entre-Campos metro stations, a 15-minute walk from the UCP.

It is advisable to start looking for accommodation before leaving for Portugal, choosing between the main forms of residence: residence, common room or house. The Catholic University of Portugal (UCP) has support services for foreign candidates seeking housing.

Events Catholic University of Portugal

The town offers water sports on the river, on the beaches of the south coast of Estoril. It offers a gastronomy that captivates everyone who tastes it, and the famous pastéis de nata are renowned worldwide. The city has a lively nightlife - in the bars of Bairro Alto, Cais de Sodre, numerous nightclubs, many of which are located on the banks of the Tagus River.

In hot weather, the city hosts countless open-air music festivals featuring famous performers - Nós Alive, Super Bock-Super Rock, Rock in Rio, to more themed ones like Sumol Summer Fest on the outskirts of Lisbon.

Popular events are Saints Memorial Days in June. They are held in different districts of Lisbon, from Castelo to Mouraria, with a lot of music, dancing to the rhythm of popular songs. Streets lined with garlands are saturated with the scent of fried sardines and the scent of basil. St. Anthony's Day, June 13, is a national holiday and a big party is held at night from June 12.


  • Internationalization is an integral part of the mission of the Catholic University of Portugal. The institution provides a framework for research, teaching, serving a universal community, and is essential to the institution's development strategy.
  • The position of the Catholic university, various educational institutions, UCP programs in international rankings - Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS University Rankings, Financial Times, Eduniversal, U-Multirank - testifies to the recognition of the high quality of education.
  • UCP is committed to the development of global education, internationalization of research, transfer of knowledge, meets the highest international standards.
  • Catholic University of Portugal is Portugal's leading institution, renowned for excellence, high-level research and strong links with the local community.
  • The university is located in 4 cities: Lisbon (headquarters), Porto, Braga, Viseu.
  • Employment rate - 97.5% of graduates of undergraduate and integrated graduate programs.

Equipment Catholic University of Portugal

The Palma de Sima campus extends over an area of approximately 37,000 m² + a separate area of approximately 12,000 m² where construction is planned.

The Lisbon campus includes 3 buildings with a total area of 43,000 m², where good infrastructure  for educational process is prepared:

  • Classes;
  • Audience;
  • Computer rooms;
  • João Paulo II University Library;
  • Priest's house;
  • Administrative and school services;
  • Congress center;
  • Bars;
  • Canteens;
  • Restaurant;
  • Social spaces;
  • Book Shop;
  • Stationery, copy centers.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

Católica is a non-profit government institution and its courses are not funded by the government.

Tuition fees are based on actual costs, which vary depending on the equipment, premises, laboratory needs of each course.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Applicants provide documents:

  • High school diploma or legally equivalent diploma;
  • Certificate of the National Final Exam of Secondary Education / Passing the Portuguese National Exams for the entrance examinations required for the course you are applying for;
  • Copy of the passport;
  • The photo;
  • Sworn statement that the applicant is eligible for international student status;
  • Diploma of secondary education with a complete list of courses (courses taken, their classification);
  • Payment of the registration fee (in case of refusal, the amount is not refundable);
  • Students from countries outside the European area must have health insurance valid in Portugal.

Scholarships Catholic University of Portugal

To reduce the financial efforts of students and their families, UCP offers scholarships / cash awards for academic achievement; subsidizes dinners in the canteen; provides discounts to families with more than one child attending UCP; allocates social assistance.

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Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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