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Admissions to the International Undergraduate Programs

Join an Institution of Academic excellence, ambitious students, strong connection with the business world and a truly international Program with multiple Exchange and Double Degree tracks, in the vibrant heart of the city of Lisbon!

At CATÓLICA-LISBON, we take great care at selecting our students because we know that exceptional classmates help each other perform at their best, creating outstanding learning experiences, inside and outside the classroom.

We welcome bright students who come from different social and cultural backgrounds. The Admissions Jury treats every applicant equally, without regard to a student’s citizenship or creed.


Key Topics

» Deadlines » Who can Apply » Application Grade » Requirements


Online Application

The Application to our Programs is submitted through our Online Application Platform. The first step will be to create your Applicant Profile.

After creating your user profile, you may login to begin your application. You will be allowed to make changes and save a draft version of your application until you choose to submit the final version.




To submit your Application you will be required to provide Personal and Academic information and documents.

All documents submitted during the Online Application Process are in digital format. Hard copies will only be requested on the First Day of classes.

IMPORTANT: If the submitted documents are written in a language other than English or Portuguese you will also need to provide an official translation in one of these languages by a registered sworn translator. The translation must be attached to the original document.

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Application Deadlines

You may submit your application to the International Undergraduate Programs in one of two Rounds of Admissions:

  • 1st Round: 8 January - 26 March 2018

We advise students to apply in this round. Visa applicants are highly recommended to submit their application in this round of applications, so that they can handle their visa application process on time.

  • 2nd Round: 27 March - 31 May 2018

Applications should be submitted at the earliest to ensure timely consideration of the application.

Competitiveness increases as applications are being evaluated and Conditional Offers are being given. We strongly advise you to submit your application, as soon as possible.

After submitting your Application, the Admissions Jury will evaluate your application and you will receive a notification in 3 to 4 weeks.

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Who can apply?

All students, from any nationality or educational system, who fulfill the mandatory requirements, according to one of the following conditions:

If you are a current Secondary Education Student:

  • Diploma Statement
  • Transcript of Records
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement

If you have finished your Secondary Education:

  • Official Certificate of Secondary Education with final grade
  • Official Certificate of the Mathematics Exam with grade
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement

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Application Formula

The Application Grade is calculated by using the following formula:

  • 50% Secondary Education Final Grade;
  • 35% High-level Mathematics Exam;
  • 15% English Proficiency, Personal Statement and Curriculum Vitae.

Recommended Grades


Application Requirements

Recommended Standard

Secondary Education Average Grade 80% or higher
High-level Mathematics Exam Grade 80% or higher
English Proficiency,
Personal Statement &
Curriculum Vitae
International Mindset & Background


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To submit the Application, Applicants must fulfill all mandatory requirements. The academic performance is the factor we consider the most important, as it is the best indicator of your future success at the attendance of the International Undergraduate Program at CATÓLICA-LISBON.

We also take into consideration the applicant’s profile requirements, for instance, the English Proficiency, the Personal Statement and the Curriculum Vitae (CV) are 15% of the application formula.


Secondary Education Completion

Applicants can apply with predicted grades, before completing their Secondary Education. In this case, applicants have to present their Diploma Statement (Download), signed by a Secondary Education Teacher or Counselor, and their official Transcript of Records with all grades up to the point when the student submits the application.

If you have any questions regarding the Diploma Statement please contact the Marketing & Admissions Office.

Applicants must complete or prove they will complete Secondary Education by 31 August of the academic year.

Applicants who have completed Secondary Education Average Grade , must deliver a Certified Hard Copy of their Secondary Education Diploma and Certficate with Final Grade.


High-level Mathematics Exam

To apply to the International Undergraduate Programs at CATÓLICA-LISBON applicants must perform a High-level Mathematics Exam, either in the current academic year or in one of the 2 previous academic years (since 2016).

List of eligible Mathematics Exams in different countries and educational systems:




General Mathematics






Studentereksamen (level A or B)


Ylioppilastutkintotodistus (only extended course)


Mathematiques - Serie S


Abitur - Mathematik


Maturità Scientifico Mathematics exam


VWO (Wiskunde A or B)


Vitnemal (S1+S2 or R1 or R1+R2)


Matemática A


Matemáticas II


Slutbetyg - Mathematics course C or higher Mathematics 3B/3C



United Kingdom

Mathematics - A Level / Further Mathematics - A Level


SAT Mathematics Level 2 / Calculus AB-APT / Calculus BC-APT


Educational System



Mathematics / Further Mathematics

European Baccalaureate

Mathematics (5 HR Course)

IB Mathematics

Standard Level / High-level / Further Mathematics

If the submitted exam is of an educational system that is not included in the list above, you may opt to perform one of the eligible examiantions or request eligilibity for the exam you have performed.

To request eligibility, you are advised to submit the contents studied in the Mathematics curriculum during the final year of Secondary Education, as well as the Exam score/grade to the Admissions Jury for consideration.
The Admissions Jury will evaluate the contents and, if considered eligible, your examination will be scored in order to fulfill this requirement.
Please contact the Marketing and Admissions Jury at to learn more about the eligibility of your Mathematics Exam.

IMPORTANT: The hard copy of the Certificate with the final grade/score of the Mathematics Exam must be permanently submitted to the Admissions Office.


English Proficiency

The recommended English level to apply is C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Recommended English Proficiency:

  • You are a native English speaker;
  • You have performed and IELTS, TOEFL, or CAE examination with recommended C1 CEFR level or higher.
  • You have been taught exclusively in English for at least one year during your Secondary Education;
  • You perform an English Examination in the final year of your Secondary Education with your diploma granting a CEFR level of B2 or higher.

IMPORTANT: The hard copy of the Certificate must be presented to the Admissions Office.

Internal English Test

If you do not meet any of the above mentioned conditions, you may perform an Internal English Test may be performed on Campus throughout the application.

The Internal Test intends to evaluate the English level of the applicant. To learn more about the dates, please contact the Marketing and Admissions Office at


Personal Statement

The Personal Statement is the best way for the Admissions Jury to learn more about you and know why you decided to apply to the Program.

The Personal Statement should have a minimum of 350 and a maximum of 500 words (one Word sheet). In your Personal Statement tell us more about yourself, beyond your hobbies or current academic curriculum.


To help you in writing your Personal Statement consider the following:

  • Why do you want to study Economics & Finance or Business Administration at CATÓLICA-LISBON?
  • What would you like to tell us about yourself that could be relevant, in order to motivate your application? For instance, do you have an International profile?
  • What makes you a unique applicant?


Curriculum Vitae

The Curriculum Vitae is very important for the Admissions Jury to learn more about all other activities that the student performed. You should include your academic and professional experiences, as well as volunteer activities, practiced sports, spoken languages and any other relevant activities and events you have participated in.



The Admissions Jury may request an Interview as a complementary requirement. Interviews are a common practice but not mandatory, as they will be used to help us in evaluating in detail your application. The number of Interviews does not mean you will be at an advantage or disadvantage during the application process.


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