Universidade Catolica Portuguesa

Over the years the Catholic University of Portugal has established its position as one of the leading academic communities in the country through its high quality teaching, demanding training programmes, the prestige of its lecturers, and the many leading managers, lawyers, scholars, officials, businessmen it has taught and who have been successful both in Portugal and internationally.

Business Administration degree was the first one in Portugal and has been systematically ranked top of the list. The Economics degree is also highly ranked in Portugal. By choosing certain optional subjects, students can also acquire knowledge in specific areas of Business Administration.

The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration(FCEE) is located at Palma de Cima campus.

UCP has been a pioneer in some aspects of university development in Portugal, e.g. business administration and management, food engineering, multimedia, digital arts.

UCP holds prestigious triple accreditation: AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.

Triple accreditation is the accreditation awarded to 68 business schools worldwide by the three largest and most influential business school accreditation associations:
AACSB - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
AMBA - The Association of MBAs
EQUIS - European Quality Improvement System

Campus facilities

The main site of the university has two campuses, one in the city, the other in the outskirts, some 15 km away.

Palma de Cima is the largest and oldest campus. It is located in the northern area of Lisbon, near "Cidade Universitária", which houses the various faculties of the state-run University of Lisbon, the National Library and the University Stadium. It can be reached by underground and several bus-routes.


The John Paul II University Library (BUJPII) occupies Floors 3, 4 and part of Floor 5 of the building of the same name. It contains around 250,000 books and 3,600 periodicals. It includes numerous specialist databases in the areas taught on UCP degree courses and links for research in catalogues at other libraries. The European Documentation Centre is also located in the Library. The library uses an open access system. There are some study and work rooms for groups of 3-5 people.


In addition to the rooms used for IT classes, students have free access to computers in a space that is open all day on Floor 4 of the building that houses the faculties of Human Sciences (FCH), Law (FD) and Theology (FT).
The Economics and Business Administration building (FCEE) has 24-hour a day, seven-day a week access to computers in an open space. The Universia Room (20 computers and 1 printer) is on Floor 2 of the John Paul II University Library.

Other (Gym, sports and societies)

The Lisbon University Stadium is next to the Palma de Cima campus. This has equipment for a wide range of sporting activities. Students from UCP enjoy special prices. For more information: www.eul.pt. UCP has several sports groups, which are part of the Sports Association.

Student Associations
ADUC - UCP Sports Association

Choir: www.coro.lisboa.ucp.pt/
Tuna Académica de Lisboa

Grupo de Teatro NOSTER

Volunteer groups
GASUC - Grupo de Associação Social da Universidade Católica
GAS'ÁFRICA- Grupo de Acção Social - África

International Student Associations
AIESEC-Lisboa Católica- AIESEC Portugal local committee
ELSA- European Law Students Association/

Academic calendar

Autumn Semester:
Beginning September - End of January

Spring Semester:
Mid February - End of June

Welcome week/orientation takes place during the first week of classes and is compulsory for all students to attend.

Click here to view the calendar.


Academic life

Grading system

The Portuguese grading system runs from 0 (lowest) to 20 (highest), with a passing grade of 10. Universidade Catolica Portuguesa courses are structured around the European Standard Credit System (ECTS).

Most courses are evaluated through ‘continuous evaluation’, which uses a combination of class attendance and participation, individual and group coursework and final tests. On bachelor level, students need to achieve the minimum passing grade in all evaluation elements; otherwise they are requested to take a final exam that counts 100% of the final grade.

On registration at UCP  you will be advised of the specific evaluation methods for your chosen courses.

Students grading is based on their semester work. It may include questionnaires, mid-term tests, group assignments, etc. There is also a final exam at the end of the semester.



PORTUGUESE SPA workload requirements:

You are required to take a minimum of 20 ECTS per SPA semester from the subjects approved by EBSL, although you may want to register for more if you wish.

ENGLISH SPA workload requirements:

You are required to take 30 ECTS per SPA semester from the courses approved by EBSL.

Please note the following when selecting your modules:

  • You may not enrol in any course that you have previously taken at EBS London, Regent’s University London

  • Ensure the module you are interested in is running in your SPA semester (AS =autumn semester = 1st semester SS= spring semester = 2nd  semester)

  • Courses must be one  semester long. Students may not be allowed to take yearlong courses

  • All courses must be taught and examined in the target SPA language

  • You must submit your Learning Agreement with the courses you have registered for no later than three weeks after your arrival at the host institution

Language Support

The Faculty of Human Sciences runs Portuguese for Foreigners courses, as follows: Intensive course in early September: 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday, for 3 weeks; Annual course - 2 hours per week

For further information, contact: c.santos@fch.ucp.pt

A Portuguese language course for exchange students is provided in collaboration with the Faculty of Human Sciences. The course is offered every semester.

Passing requirements

PORTUGUESE SPA passing requirements:

Students must pass a minimum of 15 ECTS credits per semester during their Study Period Abroad.

ENGLISH SPA passing requirements:
Students must pass 30 ECTS per semester during their Study Period

Students must sit all the exams and complete all assignments for the courses they have registered for.

There are options to take resit exams on SPA at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa.

If you fail to meet these requirements, you will be required  to make up the missing credits.
Please contact the Outbound Unit (outbound@regents.ac.uk) for more details.

Disability provisions

Please contact the IPO for more information regarding the support services at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa.


Portugal enjoys a Mediterranean climate with summer temperatures around 30ºC (86ºF), falling to around 12ºC (54ºF) in winter. Portuguese summers are typically very dry.

Lisbon has many interesting and beautiful sights to see including the Tower of Belem and Jeronimos Monastery, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Within 30 minutes of the campus lie some of Europe’s most spectacular beaches, popular with sunbathers as well as surfing and water sports enthusiasts.

For more information and ideas of where to visit please have a look at: www.visitportugal.com

For more information please view the Country Information Packs available on the IPO Study Abroad pages on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


UCP does not have on campus housing but the International Office provides help to all exchange students to find housing in Lisbon.

Students who need accommodation in Lisbon should contact:
e-mail: mandrade@ci.ucp.pt  or mcamara@ci.ucp.pt
Tel: + 351 21 721 40 00 (X 2617)

Cost of living

Universidade Catolica Portuguesa suggests the following:

  • Academic expenses (e.g. books, stationary): €70 - €100

  • Room: €200-€400 / Apartment: €450 - €850

  • Insurance: €25 - €040 monthly

  • Groceries: €80 - €150

  • Transportation: €35 - €50

  • Others: €100




Student feedback can be found on Blackboard. Click here to log into Blackboard.


Students who have been nominated to study at Universidade Catolica Portuguesa will be sent an application pack via email the semester before they are due to start their SPA

Health Insurance  
You must provide evidence of having an appropriate, comprehensive health insurance covering you for the entire stay in Portugal. This is usually required at the time of submitting your application.

If you come from an EU country, remember to apply for a European health insurance card (EHIC) before leaving.

Visa requirements

Students from within the EU or the EEA do not need a visa to live, work or study in Portugal. Students from non EU countries should obtain information from their nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate.

Embassy of Portugal in London

11 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PP
Tel: 020 7235 5331 - Fax: 020 7245 1287
Check out the Embassy website for more details http://www.secomunidades.pt/web/londres  

Portugal Visa / Consular Section in London

3 Portland Place, London W1B 3HR
Tel: 020 7291 3770 - Fax: 020 7291 3799

This is for your information only, it is the student's responsibility to obtain the correct visa.


Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
Faculdade de Ciencias Economicas e Empresariais
Palma de Cima

Contact: Vanda Mineiro
Department: International Office
Phone: 00 351 21 72 06 245
Fax: 00 351 21 72 70 252
Email: vandamineiro@ucp.pt

Please note: The information on this page is accurate at the time of publishing. Some details have been sourced from external websites.




Country: Portugal
Language of tuition: English,Portuguese
Level of study: Undergraduate
Partner type: Erasmus+ exchange

Applicable Regent's programmes for a study period abroad: