Changing course consists of the act by which a student enrolls and/or enrolls in an institution and course different from those in which, in previous school years, he or she carried out an enrollment (Portaria nº181-D/2015 of June 19).

Students may request a course change if they:

  • Have been enrolled and registered in another institution/course pair and have not completed it, in Portugal or abroad;
  • Have taken the national secondary school exams corresponding to the entrance examinations set by the Faculty of Humanities for the year in which they request the Change of Institution/Course Pair (these national exams may have been taken in any previous school year) or similar examinations;
  • Have, in these exams, the minimum classification required by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa for that year.
Change of course of a national higher education institution

The course change request can be made in person at UCP's School Office or sent by email to secretaria.ffcs@ucp.pt, within the stipulated deadlines.

Documentation required for application
  • Citizen's Card;
  • Application addressed to the Director of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences, requesting the transfer;
  • Curriculum Vitae of the course you are attending or have attended previously;
  • Certificate of the subjects passed, with the respective marks, credits and workload or ECTS; 
  • Curricula of the subjects for possible equivalence attribution;
  • ENES form;
  • Motivation Letter.
Change of course of a foreign higher education institution

The transfer request can be made in person at UCP's School Office or sent by email to secretaria.ffcs@ucp.pt, within the stipulated deadlines.

Documentation required for application
  • Passport;
  • Application addressed to the Dean of the Faculty, requesting the transfer;
  • Curriculum Vitae of the course you are attending or have attended previously;
  • Certificate of the subjects passed, with the respective marks, credits and workload or ECTS. The certificate must be accompanied by a statement explaining the marks contained therein, if they differ from the zero to twenty point system;
  • Subject programs for the attribution of eventual equivalences;
  • Secondary school leaving certificate with classifications per subject;
  • Motivation Letter

Note: The original documentation must be duly authenticated by the consular services or embassies of Portugal based in the country to which the qualification relates, or by the consular services or embassies of foreign countries in Portugal, or with The Hague Apostille, for countries that have adhered to the Hague Convention. If the application is made by email, the apostilled documents will have to be delivered at the time of enrollment.

Changing course - Within UCP

Candidates changing course within the UCP only need to submit an application addressed to the Dean of the Faculty, requesting the change of course, since the necessary documentation will be presented by the School Services, which already have the student's file. This request will be submitted to the appreciation of the Direction of the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences.

Equivalence Request

Admitted candidates may request the attribution of equivalences and the respective ECTS credits, corresponding to the course units in which they have passed at their educational institution of origin.