International Student Status – Brazilian Nationals


Brazilian students may apply for FCH-Católica Degree programmes with ENEM. On this page you will find information for students who meet the eligibility requirements set out in the  International Student Status Regulations .

For this purpose, an international student is a student who, cumulatively:

  • Is not a European Union (EU) Member State national;
  • Is not a direct descendant, spouse (husband/wife) or partner of a European Union Member State national;
  • Has not been legally and uninterruptedly residing in Portugal for longer than two years as of 1 January of the year in which they intend to enter higher education (as well as their spouse or either of the parents with whom they may legally reside);
  • Does not enjoy, as of 1 of January of the year in which they intend to enter higher education, 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.

The admission of non-national citizens who do not fall under the International Student Status shall be processed under the conditions applicable to students of Portuguese nationality.

As such, you must enrol in a Portuguese secondary school to take the Portuguese national examinations and submit one of the examinations required by FCH-Católica. Alternatively, you may take, either in Portugal or in Brazil, an equivalent exam to the one required, through the international education system, for example, the IB or SAT Exams. To find out which finalist subjects are equivalent to the requested entrance exams, please contact FCH.


Entry Requirements

For an application to be considered, the candidate must:

  • Meet the requirements for International Students Status;
  • Have completed secondary education;
  • Have taken the ENEM (entrance exam);
  • Have been granted equivalence to a Portuguese secondary education diploma or have achieved a qualification that grants the candidate access to higher education in their country of origin.


Applications 2024/2025


1st Phase

2nd Phase

  • Applications: December 4 to January 4
  • Results: January 18
  • Registration: January 19 to 26
  • Applications: January 5 to February 29
  • Results: March 15
  • Registration: March 18 to 25

3rd Phase

4th Phase

  • Applications: March 1 to April 29
  • Results: May 14
  • Registration: May 15 to 22
  • Applications: April 30 to June 12
  • Results: June 24
  • Registration: June 26 to July 3

Should there be any vacancies left after the third phase of admissions, the Faculty of Human Sciences may make these vacancies available for a third phase. These applications may either be assessed in order of submission, until vacancies are filled, or be ranked, within a schedule to be set by the Faculty.

ENEM Exams and Vacancies


Undergraduate Degree



Communication and Cultural Sciences Essay: 50% and
Human Sciences and their Technologies: 50%

Applied Foreign Languages

Essay: 50% and
Human Sciences and their Technologies: 50%
Psychology Essay: 50% and
Human Sciences and their Technologies: 50% or 
Natural Sciences and their Technologies: 50%
Social Work Essay: 50% and
Human Sciences and their Technologies: 50%
Philosophy (B-Learning) Essay: 50% and
Human Sciences and their Technologies: 50%
Philosophy, Politics and Economics Essay: 50% and
Mathematics and their Technologies: 50%


Application Score

The application score is calculated as follows:

  • Final secondary education diploma mark (minimum pass mark): 60%
  • Score in the relevant ENEM subject for the degree to which you are applying (minimum pass mark 475): 40%


NOTE: Exam marks will be converted to the Portuguese grading scale, in accordance with applicable legislation.


Required Documentation

Note: Original documentation must be duly certified by the Portuguese consular services or embassies based in the country in which the qualification was obtained, or by the consular services or embassies of these foreign countries in Portugal, or bear the Hague Apostille, in the case of countries which joined the Hague Convention. Where the application is submitted by e-mail, any documents bearing the Apostille will have to be submitted during enrolment. 


Application Process

Step 1 – Start your online application (HERE)

Please fill in your personal details, select the degree you wish to apply for, and attach all required documentation.*

The original document or a certified copy must be submitted to the Secretaria Escolar (Administrative Office) during enrolment.

* Please note that all documents must be submitted in PDF format.


Step 2 – Payment of application fee

After completing your application and attaching the required documentation, you must complete payment of the application fee (165.00€ - which is non-refundable). Please note that your application will only be considered complete after payment of this fee.

Step 3 – Application Results

Results will be made available in the Candidate Area on the scheduled date, with the indication of “Admitted” or “Not admitted”. You can access this area using the login details you will receive at the end of your application.

After results are released, you will receive an email with instructions on how to enrol.




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