FAQ’s Incoming Students

– How do I apply to study as an Erasmus+ student?
– What are the criteria to be accepted as an Erasmus+ student at UFP?
– Can I attend UFP as a ‘free mover’?
– My university does not have an agreement with UFP. Are there any other opportunities for me to study at UFP?
– I will be arriving at UFP this year to study as an Erasmus+ student. Where should I go to register?
6 – How many credits should I take?
7 – What courses may I take?
8 – What level of courses may I take?
9 – How will I be assessed?
10 – Will I have a Personal Tutor?
11 – I was accepted for a semester at UFP as a mobility student. Can I request an extension of my study period?

1 – How do I apply to study as an Erasmus+ student?

Once your home institution has approved your participation in the programme you will need to download and complete UFP’s Incoming Application Form (PDF). This should be returned to the International Office at UFP.

2 – What are the criteria to be accepted as an Erasmus+ student at UFP?

If you wish to study at UFP under the Erasmus+ programme, your home university must have a formal agreement with UFP.

You must then contact the Erasmus+ Coordinator at your home institution to discuss your eligibility. If no agreement exists it is not possible to participate in the Erasmus+ programme.

3 – Can I attend UFP as a ‘free mover’?

Unfortunately, UFP does not admit ‘free movers’ to the University.

4 – My university does not have an agreement with UFP. Are there any other opportunities for me to study at UFP?

You can come as Visiting Student (VS) status allows students at other universities to spend up to one academic year at the University at the discretion of the academic department concerned. Please contact us for further details.

5 – I will be arriving at UFP this year to study as an Erasmus+ student. Where should I go to register?

Registration means that you become a member of the University and entitles you to full use of University facilities.

If you are starting your exchange at UFP in the First Semester, registration takes place during the first two weeks of September. Registration takes place at the International Office.

Students visiting UFP under Erasmus+ who are in the second, third or fourth year of the normal first degree at their home university will be registered as undergraduate students.

Students visiting UFP under Erasmus+ who are studying for their postgraduate degree at their home university will be registered as Taught Master’s students and those studying for their Doctoral degree will be registered as Research students.

 6 – How many credits should I take?

The normal workload for UFP students is 60 ECTS credits per year i.e. 30 ECTS credits per semester. This is the workload that is expected of exchange and visiting students; you will not be permitted to diverge significantly from these guidelines.

 7 – What courses may I take?

If you have sufficient knowledge of Portuguese to attend classes and do coursework in this language, you can take any course offered by the Faculty you will be registered in. If not, you can attend the courses available in English. Please note that we do not offer special courses for Erasmus+ students.

 8 – What level of courses may I take?

Normally, exchange students may apply to take courses at level 1 (first cycle). You can only apply to second cycle courses if you have already completed the equivalent to 180 ECTS. All course choices are subject to timetabling and the previous study which applicants have undertaken. Advice will be offered by the relevant Departmental Coordinator where appropriate.

 9 – How will I be assessed?

UFP uses ECTS as both a credit transfer and accumulation system. 20 point grading system applied for the assessment of examinations, projects, essays, tests and other tasks. Knowledge is assessed through continuous evaluation. In the Portuguese System the marks are expressed out of twenty – the pass mark is 10/20 and the highest is 20/20. Class attendance is mandatory in, at least, 40% of the given lessons. In practical and laboratorial courses presence in at least, 70% of classes is required. In the Health Sciences Faculty, class attendance is mandatory to 60% of theoretical classes, 80% of practical and laboratorial courses and 90 % of clinical courses.

10 – Will I have a Personal Tutor?

Before coming to UFP students are assigned an Academic Tutor. You will have a tutor to act as your personal academic advisor for the period of your stay. Your tutor will advise on your choice of courses, and will receive reports on your progress. All issues regarding courses, syllabi, academic matters and Learning Agreements are the tutors’ responsibility and should be dealt directly with them. We advise students to meet with their academic tutor upon arrival and at least once a month.

11 – I was accepted for a semester at UFP as a mobility student. Can I request an extension of my study period?

Erasmus+ and exchange students who are accepted for a semester at UFP cannot extend their original study period.