International Applications

Internationalization and innovation are the prime features of a law-training course that prepares future lawyers capable of integrating multidisciplinary teams focused on finding responses to the great challenges of the XXI century. Internationalization not only of our teaching staff but also of our students is what we aim for to be international and global.

How do I know if I am an International Student in Portugal?
  • Nationals from a Member State of the European Union
  • Students who are not nationals of a European Union Member State, but who have been legally residing** in Portugal, uninterruptedly, for more than two years (the time they have held a residence permit for studies is not relevant for this purpose), January 1st of the year in which they intend to enrol at NOVA School of Law, as well as their children who legally reside with them
  • Students who apply for admission at NOVA School of Law through the special regimes for access and admission regulated by Decree-Law No. 393 -A/99, of October 2, as amended by Decree-Law No. 272/2009, of October 1
  • Students who are attending NOVA School of Law in the context of an international mobility programme for the completion of part of a study cycle in a foreign higher education institution with whom NOVA School of Law has established an exchange agreement for that purpose
  • Family members* of Portuguese nationals or of nationals of a Member State of the European Union, regardless of their nationality, under the terms defined by point e) from the Article 2 of Law No. 37/2006, dated 9 August
  • Students granted equal status of rights and duties under an international treaty between the Portuguese State and the State of which they are nationals on January 1st of the year in which they intend to enrol at NOVA School of Law
  • International students who are in an emergency situation for humanitarian reasons can also apply for international student status (cf. article 8-A of Decree-Law No. 36/2014, as amended by article 3 of Decree-Law No. 62/2018 of 8 June)

*Family members of Portuguese nationals or of nationals of a member state of the European Union, regardless of their nationality:

  1. The spouse of a citizen/citizen of the Union;
  2. The partner with whom a citizen/citizen of the Union lives in a non-marital partnership, formed in accordance with the law, or with whom the citizen/citizen of the Union maintains a permanent relationship duly certified by the competent entity of the member state where he/she resides
  3. The direct descendants who are under 21 years of age or are dependants of a citizen/citizen of the Union as well as the spouse or partner as defined in the previous sub-paragraph;
  4. The direct ascendant being a dependant of a citizen/citizen of the Union and of the spouse or partner as defined in point 2.

**Legal resident means a foreign citizen/citizen holding a residence permit in Portugal, valid for one year or more, in accordance with the provisions of paragraph v) of article 3 of Law no. 23/2007, of 4th July, as amended, which approves the legal regime for the entry, stay, exit and expulsion of foreigners from national territory

Pre-University Semester

The Pre-University Semester is a multidisciplinary programme, developed for international students outside the European Union who have completed (or are close to completing) secondary education and who in the future wish to apply for higher education in Portugal. It provides the student with the opportunity to choose three subjects offered from at least two different Schools of NOVA University and to attend classes in Portuguese and English according to the student’s preference, as well as to help them adapt to the European educational system, to level up their technical knowledge, and to provide where necessary the language skills required to start university studies at one of NOVA’s Schools.



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Access to the degree for international students follows its own procedure distinct from the open competition for access.

You can consult all the information regarding access and entry conditions, deadlines, criteria and tuition fees through Bachelor’s Page and by accessing the International Student tab.

The conditions of access and enrolment in the NOVA School of Law Master’s courses for international candidates are the same as for students of Portuguese nationality. Conditions for enrolment, namely tuition fee prices, are different. 

You can consult all the information regarding enrolments, deadlines and criteria through the link below, by choosing the master’s degree you wish to attend and accessing the “Applications” tab.

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International applicants wishing to join the NOVA School of Law PhD programmes can consult the conditions of access and instructions for applications via the link below, having only to first choose the programme that best suits their preferences and then select the “Applications” tab.
The conditions of enrolment and registration (namely tuition fees) are different for national and international students.

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Students coming from Ukraine: how to join NOVA School of Law

Regarding students coming from Ukraine in the present context of humanitarian crisis, please verify the conditions for admission to the various study cycles of NOVA School of Law.

According to the Dean’s Order N.º 09/2022 and Dispatch 94/2022, from the Rector of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, citizens in emergency situations for humanitarian reasons coming from Ukraine are exempted from fees at Universidade NOVA de Lisboa’s courses.

Consult Dean’s Order N.º 09/2022

Consult Rector’s Order N.º 94/2022

Female Afghan students with refugee or temporary protection status:

According to the Dispatch 37/2023, from the Rector of NOVA University Lisbon, female Afghan students in Portugal with refugee or temporary protection status are exempted from emoluments and fees in the courses of NOVA University Lisbon in which they are accepted or enrolled.

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Studying at NOVA School of Law

Joining the Faculty is synonymous with new challenges and experiences, and as a result, we have put together useful information to help our students’ integration into a new stage in their lives, so that they can enjoy the best experience of studying at NOVA School of Law. This will certainly be a path of discovery, of work and study, but also of intellectual and personal development, which will provide a range of experiences and good memories to accompany them in the future.

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