Information for students from Portugal

We are delighted you are considering joining UCA to study! Here, you will be able to set your creativity free, learn a wealth of transferable skills, get unique industry insight and be prepared for a successful career in the creative industries.

This page should give you all the information you need to know about applying to UCA from your country, and more about life at UCA too.

And, if you have any questions, see the Get In Touch section to call or email your country’s specialist contact.

Entry requirements

If you do not have UK qualifications, we will consider equivalent qualifications from Portugal for entry onto our Foundation, Bachelor’s and Master’s courses.

Each application we receive is considered individually and therefore these qualifications are provided as a guide.

Please also check the entry requirements on the specific course you are interested in to check for course-specific requirements.

If you are not sure if you have the necessary qualifications please contact

For our Bachelor's courses, we usually require that you have a Portuguese Certificado de Estudos Secundarios with an overall score of 16 or above.

For our International Foundation in Creative Practices and our Integrated International Foundation courses, we usually require that you have a Portuguese Certificado de Estudos Secundarios with an overall score of 11 or above.

For our Master's courses, we usually require that you have successfully completed your Licenciado or Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados from a recognised university.

We accept the Diploma Nivel Secundario de Educacao / Certificado Nivel Secundario de Educacao / Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundarios / Certidao do Decimo Segundo Ano - Pass with a 16 in English achieved within 2 years.

Scholarships & bursaries

UCA offers a number of fee discounts, also known as scholarships, specific to students from overseas.

These discounts are available to new international students and international alumni, who have graduated within the last three years. 

To find out more about what is available, whether you are eligible, and how to apply, visit our scholarships page.

Overseas representatives

UCA works with a number of overseas representatives who can help you make an application to UCA:

Virtual campus tours

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Take a look around our campuses and facilities

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Get in touch

Please let the country manager know if you have any questions or need help with your application!

Trudy Li

Senior Recruitment Manager
Phone/WhatsApp: +44 (0)792 677 186
WeChat ID: 51892726