To study in Portugal, you must obtain a residence visa and a residence permit.
You must be admitted to a higher education institution, a secondary education school, an unpaid traineeship or a voluntary service.
|Where to apply|
You may apply for a residence visa at the embassy or consulate in the country of origin or residence.
A residence visa does not automatically grant you a right of residence but allows you to enter Portugal for the purpose of applying for a residence permit, if the requirements are met.
In general, you must prove that you have sufficient means of subsistence, travel insurance and a return ticket.
For higher education, you must hold a valid travel document and if you are under 18, you must prove you have parental consent. You must have been admitted to the higher education institution.
For secondary education, you must:
For unpaid traineeships, you must hold a valid travel document and if you are under 18, you must prove you have parental consent. You must have been accepted by an enterprise as an unpaid trainee or into an approved vocational training programme.
For voluntary service, you must meet the minimum age requirement and must have been placed with a voluntary service organisation, officially recognised in Portugal.
|Refusal of visa||The residence visa will be refused if you have been the subject of an order to leave Portugal and are applying while the prohibition period is still running or if you are listed in the Schengen Information System or in the SEF's Integrated Information System.|
|Duration of validity of permits||The residence visa allows you to stay in Portugal for four months so that you can submit an application for a residence permit at the SEF.|
|Where to apply|
Temporary residence permit
A temporary residence permit is an official document issued by the SEF that allows you to live in Portugal for a specific period of time. You must submit the application to the SEF.
For higher education, you must present a confirmation of enrolment, payment of fees at the relevant institution and sufficient means of subsistence. You must be covered by the national health service or have a health insurance.
For secondary education, you must be enrolled in a secondary school and you must be covered by the national health service or have a health insurance.
As an unremunerated trainee, you must have a residence visa and be covered by the national health service or have a health insurance. You must present a traineeship agreement with a company or with an approved vocational training institution duly certified by the Institute for Employment and Professional Training (IEFP).
As a volunteer, you must have a residence visa and be covered by the national health service or have a health insurance. You must present a contract with the organisation that is responsible for the voluntary programme in Portugal, including the description of work duties and conditions, working hours and training details.
Each category of student must also:
|Refusal||The residence permit will be refused if you have been the subject of an order to leave and you are applying while the period of prohibition to enter is still running or if you are listed in the Schengen Information System or in the SEF's Integrated Information System. It may be refused for reasons related to public order, public security or public health.|
|Validity of duration of permits|
A temporary residence permit for higher education is valid for one year, renewable for further periods of one year or for the duration of the period of study if it is less than one year.
A temporary residence permit for secondary education may not exceed the validity of one year but may be renewed for a further period of one year if the necessary conditions are still met.
A temporary residence permit for an unremunerated traineeship is valid for the duration of the traineeship or a maximum of one year. In exceptional cases the permit can be renewed once, and only to obtain an officially recognised professional qualification.
A temporary residence permit for volunteers is valid for one year, not renewable.
If your application for a residence permit is refused, you may challenge the decision before the administrative court. You will be notified of the refusal decision as well as the reasons for the decision, the right to appeal and the deadline for making an appeal.
The residence visa is cancelled if the application for a residence permit is refused.
|Further information||More on studying to Portugal|
|Employment during studies|
You are allowed to work only outside school hours and with SEF’s prior authorisation provided that you have an employment contract and that you are registered with the social security office.
Unremunerated trainees and volunteers are not allowed to work with their residence permit.
|Employment after studies||You can work as an employee or in self-employment after your studies once you apply for and obtain the necessary temporary residence permit.|
|Family reunification||If you hold a residence permit for study or student exchange or if you are an unremunerated trainee or volunteer, you are entitled to family reunification with:
No information available at the moment.
- Immigration and Borders Service (SEF)
- Institute for Employment and Professional Training (IEFP)
- Authority for Labour Conditions (ACT)
- High Commission for Migration (ACM)
- Ministry of Internal Administration (MAI)
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE)
- Portuguese embassies and consulates abroad
- Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security (MSESS)
- Ministry of Justice (MJ)
- Ministry of Education and Science (MEC)