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International Students - Students in Humanitarian Emergency due to the War in Ukraine

U.Porto is open to students affected by the war in Ukraine. Discover what you can do in order to join us.

In response to the humanitarian situation caused by the current military conflict in Ukraine, the Portuguese government grants temporary protection to displaced people from that country by offering them the opportunity to apply for the status of the student in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons.

A student with this status is allowed to attend Portuguese higher education institutions, including the University of Porto, while benefiting from the same rights and having the same obligations as national students.

Here is what you need to know...

The student interested in enrolling in a study cycle at the University of Porto should submit the respective application to the academic services of the Faculty he/she wishes to attend. The application should include a document stating the provision of temporary protection, issued by the Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF).

For more information on how to apply for special temporary protection, visit the SEF portal.

Students who were already enrolled in Higher Education (or who hold a foreign academic degree or diploma which does not meet the minimum requirements for its recognition in Portugal) should apply to a study programme similar to the one they would be attending in Ukraine.

When the candidate is not able to present documental evidence of his or her qualifications, the Faculties can determine alternative procedures to evaluate if the candidate meets the admission requirements of the study programme.

If the candidate presents a European Qualification Passport for Refugees, the Faculty may use that document to verify if the candidate meets the meets the admission requirements for a specific course.

Enrolment can occur at any moment during the academic year, irrespective of the study programme.

In the case of Medicine courses, please consult the Faculty of Medicine (FMUP) and/or the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS), since enrolment deadlines are defined on a national level by the Medical Schools.

Requests for recognition are exclusively submitted online by filling in a specific form.

For more information, visit the Directorate-General of Higher Education (DGES) page.

Students granted the status of the student in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons are subject to the tuition fees and administrative charges applicable to national students, except for the application fee, which will not be charged.

You can consult the current tuition fees on the pages of the courses offered by the university (bachelor's degrees and integrated master’s degrees, master's degrees and doctoral programmes).

Even though there is an increasing number of courses partly or completely taught in English, most of our training programmes are taught in Portuguese. That is why it is convenient to have some linguistic preparation before coming to Portugal or during your stay.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FLUP) offers a wide range of Portuguese as a Foreign Language Courses. These courses are dedicated to those whose first language is not Portuguese and who wish to learn the language, as well as learn about Portugal and its culture.

Students in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons may request a scholarship funded by the Portuguese Government. Apart from that, they have access to indirect social support mechanisms – food services in canteens and bars, accommodation and medical support – promoted by U.Porto.

For more information about the social support mechanisms available to U.Porto students, contact U.Porto’s Social Support Services (SASUP), by sending an e-mail to [email protected].

The award of the status of the student in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons is valid until the completion of the study programme, unless otherwise stated by the law. This status does not need to be renovated.

If a student decides to interrupt his or her academic career and later return to the study programme he or she attended at U.Porto, the student can only keep the status if the document stating the provision of temporary protection is still valid.

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For more information on how to travel to Portugal, please contact the Consular Emergency Office (Gabinete de Emergência Consular – GEC) by telephone [(+351) 217 929 714 or (+351) 961 706 472] or send an email to ([email protected] or [email protected]).

Alternatively, you can also contact the Portuguese embassies located in the countries bordering Ukraine:

Portuguese Embassy in Warsaw (Poland)

Telephone: (+48 22) 511 10 10/11/12
Emergency telephone: (+48) 781 159 430
E-mail: [email protected]

Additional information

Portuguese Embassy in Bucharest (Romania)

Telephone: (+40) 212 304 118
Emergency telephone : (+40) 746 22 44 55
E-mail: [email protected] | [email protected]

Additional information

Portuguese Embassy in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Telephone: (+421) 220 768 454
E-mail: [email protected]

Additional information

Portuguese Embassy in Budapest (Hungary)

Telephone: (+36) 12 017 616/7/8
Emergency telephone : (+36) 306 019 706
E-mail: [email protected] | [email protected]

Additional information

We suggest consulting the Refugee Welcome Kit to facilitate student integration in Portugal.

There are also two hotlines available for Ukrainian refugees: 218 106 191 (for calls outside Portugal) and 808 257 257 (for calls from Portugal).


Serviço de Formação e Organização Académica (FOA)

Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
Praça de Gomes Teixeira
4099-002 Porto, Portugal

Tel.: (+351) 220 408 081
E-mail: [email protected]

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