International Students

We are pleased to introduce the University Institute of Maia – ISMAI and we hope you will choose our University Institute.

At ISMAI, you will not only find outstanding education but also a large and modern university campus with excellent transport facilities, which include the Metro station ISMAI, rIght next to our university institute.

The atmosphere on campus is defined by cutting-edge technology and a close, almost family-like relationship with students.

The quality of ISMAI's degree programmes is nationally and internationally recognised.

All courses are accredited by the Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education and are taught by highly qualified academic staff. The number of teachers who hold a PhD degree is highly above the number required by law.

ISMAI is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

ISMAI students benefit  from personalised support from our Vice-Rector's Office for International Relations and the International Relations Office, which is always available to provide the support they need to facilitate their integration in the academic community.

 

We hope to see you at ISMAI soon.

Course Offer

ISMAI offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in different areas.

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International Student Applications

Application deadlines and necessary documents

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Frequently Asked Questions

The international student is the student who:

  • does not have Portuguese nationality;
  • is not a national of a European Union Member State;
  • has not legally resided in Portugal continuously for more than 2 years (on 31 August of the year in which s/he intends to enter higher education, as well as any children who legally reside with him/her);
  • does not request entry to higher education through the special entry regimes regulated by Decree Law no. 393-A/99 of 2 October 1999, amended by Decree Law no. 272/2009 of 1 October 2009;
  • does not attend ISMAI as part of an international mobility programme to complete part of a course at a foreign higher education institution with which ISMAI has established an exchange agreement.
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The following international students may apply to matriculate and register on undergraduate courses:
  • Holders of a qualification that grants access to higher education, which is considered to be any diploma or certificate issued by a competent authority that proves that a secondary education course has been passed in that country and gives the holder the right to apply for and enter higher education in the country in which it was issued;
  • Holders of a Portuguese secondary education diploma or legally equivalent qualification.

International candidates will sit admission exams at ISMAI  OR provide documentary proof that they have knowledge of the admission exam subject matters established for the course in question (higher education admission exams or secondary education exams that prove knowledge of the admission exam subject matters).

Candidates must provide:
• Certificate/ diploma of completion of secondary education, certified by the official education services;
• Certified declaration issued by the official education services in the country of origin, translated into English or Portuguese, proving that the secondary qualification held, obtained in that country, is sufficient to enter official higher education in the country for courses equivalent to the one to which the application is made (OR a certificate of equivalence to Portuguese secondary education issued by a competent Portuguese body);
• Documentary proof of the knowledge of the admission exam subject matters (exams taken in the country of origin to enter higher education in that country or secondary education exams that prove knowledge of the admission exam subject matters);

N.B.
• Qualifications and other education documents must include the grading scale used and the final grade achieved in the education programme.
• For application procedures, sudents are allowed to submit certified copies of the necessary documents electronically. For enrollment/ matriculation, students must submit the original documents authenticated by a Portuguese consular or diplomatic authority (or with a Hague Apostille from the competent authority in the state in which the document was issued). Whitout these, students will not be able to matriculate at ISMAI.
• Documents which are not originally written in Portuguese or English must be translated (certified translation) into one of these languages. Documents in French or Spanish may also be considered for application.

The following exams can be considered for application to ISMAI undergraduate courses, if applicable:

• Turkey: Undergraduate Placement Examination (LYS)

• Brazil: ENEM - Exame Nacional de Ensino Médio

• China: Gaokao

• Colombia: Examen de Estado - Instituto Colombiano para la Evaluación de la Educación (ICFES)

• Indonesia: Secondary school certificate (Ijazah Sekolah Menengah Atas, SMA) + state exam (Surat Keterangan Hasil Ujian Nasional)

• India: High School Certificate (Standard XII)

• Mexico: Bachiller ou Bachiller Técnico + EXANI - II – by Centro Nacional de Evaluación para la Educación Superior- (Ceneval)

Other exams might also be considered for application purposes, after institutional analysis.

Admission exam subject matters will focus on the syllabus of the admission exams for the course in question within the scope of the general entry regime, namely on the syllabus of the respective subjects in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades of Portuguese secondary education.

Syllabi

Economics

English

Geography

History

History of Culture and the Arts

Mathematics

Mathematics Applied to Social Sciences

Physics and Chemistry

Portuguese

Candidates may attend a free information session on the admission exam.

Candidates must have knowldge of the language in which the degree programme is taught.
For that purpose, candidates must provide documentary proof of language knowledge OR sit a language test at ISMAI.

Yes. Candidates may attend a free information session on the language test.
  1. The candidates shall be ranked by course by assigning a mark to the application on a scale of 0 to 200, calculated as follows:
    1. 65% based on the grade achieved in the education programme that grants international students the right to apply for and enter higher education in the country in which it was awarded or the final grade achieved in Portuguese secondary education or legally equivalent qualification;
    2. 35% based on the grade achieved in the exams or documentary proof grade referred to in Article 2(5) of the Regulations on the Application of International Student Status at Instituto Universitário da Maia – ISMAI.
  2. The grade achieved in the programme referred to in paragraph 1(a) shall be converted to a scale of 0 to 200 based on the final grade achieved in the programme and the grade scale on the foreign documents established in Article 2(3) of the Regulations on the Application of International Student Status at Instituto Universitário da Maia – ISMAI.
  3. The minimum entry grades:
    1. Written exam, possibly complemented by an oral or practical exam – 95;
    2. Application mark – 95.
  4. Candidates shall be ranked in descending order of application mark, and they shall be assigned to the places available.
  5. The placement lists shall be made public and the results expressed in the following way:
    1. Admitted;
    2. Not admitted;
    3. Excluded.

Applications shall be made by delivering or digitally submitting the application form, together with the necessary documents, and paying the respective applicable fees.

For enrollment/ matriculation, students must submit the original documents authenticated by a Portuguese consular or diplomatic authority (or with a Hague Apostille from the competent authority in the state in which the document was issued).

Whitout these, students will not be able to matriculate at ISMAI.

Documents which are not originally written in Portuguese or English must be translated (certified translation) into one of these languages.

Documents in French or Spanish may also be considered for application.

  • Application form
  • Passport/ ID card;
  • Fiscal no. card;
  • Certificate/ diploma of completion of secondary education, certified by the official education services;
  • Certified declaration issued by the official education services in the country of origin, translated into English or Portuguese, proving that the secondary qualification held, obtained in that country, is sufficient to enter official higher education in the country for courses equivalent to the one to which the application is made (OR a certificate of equivalence to Portuguese secondary education issued by a competent Portuguese body);
  • Documentary proof of the knowledge of the admission exam subject matters (exams taken in the country of origin to enter higher education in that country or secondary education exams that prove knowledge of the admission exam subject matters);
  •  Proof of knowledge of the language in which the course is taught (when applicable)
  •  Sworn declaration of the applicant stating that s/he does not have Portuguese nationality and is not impeded to apply to ISMAI under International Student Status, as laid down in Decree-Law nº 36/2014, of 10 March 2014, amended by Decree-Law nº 113/2014 of 16 July 2014 and in the "Regulations on the Application of International Student Status at Instituto Universitário da Maia – ISMAI".
  • Documentary proof of approval in pre-requisite tests (applicable to the Physical Education and Sports degree).

 Nota bene:

  • Qualifications and other education documents must include the grading scale used and the final grade achieved in the education programme.
  •  For application procedures, sudents are allowed to submit certified copies of the necessary documents electronically. For enrollment/ matriculation, students must submit the original documents authenticated by a Portuguese consular or diplomatic authority (or with a Hague Apostille from the competent authority in the state in which the document was issued). Whitout these, students will not be able to matriculate at ISMAI.
  • Documents which are not originally written in Portuguese or English must be translated (certified translation) into one of these languages. Documents in French or Spanish may also be considered for application.

Application deadlines are defined annually and made known on a public notice.Applications usually open in March/ April but deadlines can vary.

Application deadlines

For information on applications, please contact info@ismai.pt

The amounts to be paid for application, matriculation and annual tuition fees are defined annually. Fees and charges

If you hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant area, you can apply for a postgraduate course at ISMAI.
To apply for a Mater’s degree at ISMAI, the following documents are required:
• Passport/ ID card
• Undergraduate Diploma/ Certificate
• Statement from the university/ country’e educational authority stating that the undergraduate degree is official and allows application for postgraduate courses
• Curriculum Vitae
• Fiscal number card
Nota bene:
 - Qualifications and other education documents must include the grading scale used and the final grade achieved in the education programme.
 - For application procedures, sudents are allowed to submit certified copies of the necessary documents electronically. For enrollment/ matriculation, students must submit the original documents authenticated by a Portuguese consular or diplomatic authority (or with a Hague Apostille from the competent authority in the state in which the document was issued). Whitout these, students will not be able to matriculate at ISMAI.
For further information, please contact pos-graduacoes@ismai.pt

No. International Students cannot apply under the regulations for students over 23.

Yes, ISMAI implements initiatives directed towards the social and academic integration of the students admitted, and organises suitable actions – namely in the scope of language and culture – including a visit to the most culturally important and economically significant places in the Porto metropolitan area.

Secretariat - Email: info@ismai.pt

International Relations Office - Email: gri@ismai.pt

 
 
You can count on ISMAI’s team to help you with application procedures, accommodation and integration in the regional and academic community.
For further information, please contact
Secretariat

info@ismai.pt

International Relations Office

gri@ismai.pt