Ages 23 and over

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The competitive application process for applicants aged 23 and over is aimed at all those who wish to build their personal project and enhance their future. Academic qualifications are not required, but you must have turned 23 by December of the year preceding your application. 

 

You do not need any academic qualifications to apply for the Special Application Process for Access to Higher Education for applicants aged 23 and over. Applicants, who must have turned 23 years old by December of the year preceding their application, need only sign up to take an entrance exam, which will assess their aptitude for Higher Education.

Note : This process is not open to international applicants (i.e. applicants who have not resided legally in Portugal for more than 2 years).

Application calendar for 2021/2022

  Single phase
Dissemination of the process to potential applicants from December 2020
Approval of new preparatory courses until 21-01-2021
Publication of exam information and previous year’s tests 08-01-2021
Registration for the tests 04-01 to 16-04-2021
Registration for the tests (late applications) 19 to 30-04-2021
Appointment of invigilators 11-05-2021
Publication of the results of the preparatory course assessments 14-05-2021
Application for exemption from taking the test 17 to 20-05-2021
Publication of the test venues 25-05-2021
Test day 29-05-2021
Publication of test results 14-06-2021
Test consultation and review 14 to 16-06-2021
Publication of interview date / time / place 18-06-2021
Curriculum evaluation and interview 22-06 to 02-07-2021
Publication of the final results 09-07-2021

 

Apply here

Check what the specific component of the entrance exam is for undergraduate degree courses and consult the tests from the previous year.

The present list of courses may change due to the opening of places and courses that may be proposed and authorised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

Course 2020/2022 exam information Previous year's race 2020/2021
Agronomy Biology Biology
Landscape Architecture Biology or Drawing or History Biology
Drawing
History
Visual Arts Drawing Drawing
Bioengineering Biology or Mathematics Biology
Mathematics
Biology Biology Biology
Marine Biology Biology Biology
Biochemistry Biology Biology
Biotechnology Biology or Chemistry Biology
Biomedical Sciences Biology Biology
Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences Biology Biology
Communication Sciences Contemporary History or Portuguese Portuguese
Educational and Training Sciences Sociology Sociology
Communication Design Drawing Drawing
Sport Swimming* -
Diet and Nutrition Biology Biology
Economics Mathematics Mathematics
Basic Education History or Mathematics or Biology and Geology History
Mathematics
Social Education History or Sociology or Psychology History
Sociology
Psychology
Nursing Biology Biology
Food Engineering Biology or Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics Biology
Physics and Chemistry
Mathematics
Civil Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Descriptive Geometry or Mathematics Physics and Chemistry
Mathematics
Electrical and Computer Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Practical Test in Electrical Engineering Physics and Chemistry
Mathematics
Informatics Engineering Mathematics Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Descriptive Geometry or Mathematics Physics and Chemistry
Mathematics
Pharmacy Biology Biology
Physiotherapy Biology** Biology
Management Economics Economics
Management (night) Economics Economics
Management (Portimão) Economics Economics
Management (Portimão, evening classes) Economics Economics
Company Management Mathematics Mathematics
Hotel management Economics Economics
Marine and Coastal Management Biology or Mathematics  Biology
Mathematics
Animated Image Drawing Drawing
Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Biology  Biology
Languages and Communication Portuguese Portuguese
Languages, Literatures and Cultures Portuguese Portuguese
Marketing Economics Economics
Cultural Heritage and Archaeology History History
Psychology Psychology Psychology
Sociology Sociology Sociology
Tourism English English
Tourism (Portimão) English English

* Prerequisite B
**Prerequisite A

Entrance exams

You can also choose to enroll for the entrance exams for Higher Vocational Technical Courses (“TeSP”).

Course Previous year's race 2020/2021 Exam information 2021/2022
Construction    
Accounting (Faro and Portimão) Economics  
Digital Design and Modeling Mathematics or Drawing or Descriptive Geometry  
Tourism Management and Animation (Portimão) English or Economics  
Electrical Installations, Home Automation and Automation Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Electrotechnical Practice Test  
Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Buildings and Infrastructures Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry or Practical Mechanics Test  
Device Programming for the Internet Mathematics or Practical Electrical Engineering Test or Practical Computer Test  
Executive Secretariat English  
Food Safety and Hygiene  Biology or Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics  
Information Systems and Technologies Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Practical Computer Test  
Automotive Technology and Maintenance Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry or Practical Mechanics Test  

 

Regulations 

Check the regulations for the Higher Vocational Technical Courses at the University of Algarve here

Registration for the tests is done online on the Application Portal (before applying, read the instruction manual available in the document box) and requires the payment of fees.

Necessary documentation

  • Curriculum vitae presented, preferably, according to the Europass model, available at http://europas.cedefop.europa.eu/ ;
  • A declaration, under honour, that you do not have a qualification that would entitle you to access higher education;
  • Documents proving the facts stated in your curriculum vitae (diplomas, certificates of qualifications, statements proving professional experience, reports and other relevant elements);
  • Simple photocopy of the identification document or equivalent document.

After the application has been validated by the relevant Services, no further documents may be submitted.

The aptitude test for taking a higher education course at the University of Algarve must include:

  • A test, which includes a specific component
  • Appreciation of the applicant’s educational and professional curriculum
  • An interview that aims to assess the applicant's motivations
+23

Ad-hoc and preparatory courses

This course aims to prepare applicants for the examination of the specific component of Mathematics for Access to Higher Education for those aged 23 and over seeking entry to the degrees in Food Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at the Institute of Engineering; in Computer Engineering, Marine and Coastal Management at the Faculty of Science and Technology; and in Economics and Business Management at the Faculty of Economics.

It also allows entry to Higher Professional Technical Courses in Civil Construction; Digital Design and Modelling; Electrical Installations, Home Automation and Automation; Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Buildings and Infrastructures; Device Programming for the Internet; Food Safety and Hygiene; Information Systems and Technologies and Automotive Technologies and Maintenance.

The preparatory course for the specific component of Mathematics is taught by the Instituto Superior de Engenharia (Institute of Engineering - ISE).

Conditions of admission

  • Applicants will be admitted in order of registration.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have enrolled for the aptitude test for entry to the University of Algarve for ages 23 and over. 

Places

The minimum number of students required for the course to operate is eight.

    Required Documentation

    • Registration form duly completed;
    • Curriculum Vitae;
    • Qualification certificate (copy);
    • Identity Card, Citizen Card or equivalent identification document;
    • Taxpayer number;
    • Contact phone number and/or email address.

    These documents can be handed in to the ISE secretariat, e-mailed to ise@ualg.pt or sent by post.

    Tuition fees

    The tuition fees for the course are 180 euros.

    Upon registration, a down payment of 50 euros must be made, which will be discounted from the total tuition fees to be paid. The outstanding tuition fees must be paid no later than the payment deadline of 3 February.

    Payments can be made in cash, by cheque payable to the University of Algarve or by bank transfer to IBAN: PT50 0035 0205 00011532530 40 (Ref. ISE Cursos M23).

    Proof of payment must be e-mailed to ise@ualg.pt

    subscription

    Registration takes place from 6-27 January 2021, using an online form.

    Course dates

    Classes will take place at the ISE (Campus da Penha) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 30 January to 5 May.

    The necessary teaching materials are provided.

    Certification

    In order to pass the course, students must attend at least 75% of the classes and take the preparatory course assessment tests, obtaining a weighted average equal to or greater than 9.5 out of 20.

    A certificate will be given to all participants who have attended the course regularly and successfully.

    Applicants who have passed the preparatory course may request exemption from taking the test for the specific component of Mathematics, which is the entrance exam required for the aforementioned degrees. In this case, the applicant’s mark will be that obtained for the course.

    Contacts

    Cristina Fernandes
    Higher Institute of Engineering
    Telephone: + 351 289 800 124
    E-mail: ise@ualg.pt

    Conteúdos programáticos / Programme contents

    I - Numbers and operations
    Natural, integer, rational, irrational, real and complex numbers.
    Sets: properties and operations.
    Algebraic expressions.
    Powers and radicals.
    Equations and inequalities.
    Systems of equations .

    II - Functions
    Function - definition, graph, properties and applications.
    Affine and quadratic functions.
    Polynomials.
    Composite and inverse function.
    Exponential and logarithmic function.
    Derivatives - derivation rules; second-order derivatives and concavities.
    Successions.

    III - Trigonometry
    Angles and triangles - trigonometric concepts from a right triangle.
    Trigonometric circle - trigonometric functions.
    Trigonometric relations.
    Fundamental formula of trigonometry.
    Derivatives of trigonometric functions.
    Trigonometric equations. 

    The Ad-hoc Economics Course aims to prepare applicants for the examination in the specific component of Economics for Access to Higher Education for those aged 23 and over and who are seeking entry to degrees in Management, Hotel Management and Marketing at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism.

    Conditions of admission

    Preferential condition: registration for the aptitude tests for those wishing to take UAlg courses.

    Places 

    20

    Regime

    After business hours

    Necessary documentation

    • Application form duly completed
    • Proof of registration for the aptitude tests for those wishing to take UAlg courses
    • Copy of certificate or diploma attesting to academic qualifications
    • Identity card, citizen card or equivalent identification document
    • Taxpayer number
    • Contact phone number and/or e-mail address

    Tuition Fees

    20 Euros

    Subscription

    Registration must be completed by 15 April 2021, using an online form

    Ranking criteria

    Applicants will be admitted in order of enrolment and until the proposed number of places runs out. 

    Course dates

    Available soon

    Certification

    A certificate will be awarded to all participants who have attended the course regularly and successfully. 
    * Passing this course does not exempt applicants from taking the specific component test.

    Contacts

    Helena Rodrigues | Gabinete 37 da ESGHT, Campus da Penha
    9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
    Tel. +351 289 800 171
    E-mail: cl@ualg.pt

    Conteúdos programáticos / Programme contents

    I - Economic Activity and Economic Agents

    1. Families and Consumption:

    • Types of Consumption, Determinants of Consumption.

    2. Production:

    • Production Factors, Combination of Factors and Production Costs.

    3. Markets:

    • Concept of Supply and Demand
    • Market Classification
    • Behavior of Entrepreneurs

    4. Currency and Financial Institutions:

    • Currency, Credit and Inflation
    • Money Market
    • The Banks

    5. The State and the Rest of the World:

    • Concept and Functions
    • The General State Budget
    • The Public Debt
    • International Trade

    II - Notions of National Accounting

    1. National Production 

    2. National Income

    3. National Expenditure

    III - Economic Organization of the Society

    1. Economic Growth and Development

    IV - Portugal and the Economic Union

    1. Forms of Integration

    2. Institutional Operation

    3. Single Market

    4. Economic and Monetary Union and the Functioning of the Eurozone

    5. Common Policies

    The Ad-hoc English Course aims to prepare applicants for the exam of the specific component of English for Access to Higher Education for those aged 23 and over and who are seeking entry into degrees in Management, Hotel Management and Marketing at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism.

    Conditions of admission

    Preferential condition: registration for the aptitude tests for those wishing to take UAlg courses.

    Places

    20

    Regime

    After business hours

    Necessary documentation

    • Application form duly completed
    • Proof of registration for the aptitude tests for those wishing to take UAlg courses
    • Copy of certificate or diploma attesting to academic qualifications
    • Identity card, citizen card or equivalent identification document
    • Taxpayer number
    • Contact phone number and/or e-mail address

    Tuition Fees

    20 Euros

    Subscription

    Registration must be completed by 16 April 2021, using an online form

    Ranking criteria

    Applicants will be admitted in order of enrolment and until the proposed number of places runs out. 

    Course dates

    10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st May, from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, in distance learning.

    Certification

    A certificate will be awarded to all participants who have attended the course regularly and successfully. 
    * Passing this course does not exempt applicants from taking the specific component test.

    Contacts

    Helena Rodrigues | Gabinete 37 da ESGHT, Campus da Penha
    9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm
    Tel. +351 289 800 171
    E-mail: cl@ualg.pt

    Conteúdos programáticos / Programme contents

    The Technological World

    • Technological innovation: man and machine, robots, intelligent machines, telemedicine.
    • Social changes: in the family, in the community, in education, in human relationships and at work.

    The World Around Us

    • Threats to the environment: ecological disasters, endangered species, consumption habits, management of natural resources.
    • Demographic issues: population distribution, mobility.
    • Bioethics issues: genetic manipulation, cloning.
    • Civic and solidary intervention (individual, group, institutional): daily attitudes and behaviors, rationalisation of consumption: reduction, recycling, reuse, alternative living standards - vegetarianism, veganism, new age travelers, tree people, environmental movements and organisations and volunteering.

    The World of Work

    • The changing world of work: changing rhythms and workplaces: flexible working hours, creation of leisure spaces, the home as a workplace, internationalisation of work, flexible employment: self-employment, job-sharing, working conditions: health and hygiene, safety, work environment, lifelong learning, new technologies in the world of work.
    • Young people in the face of change: diversity of paths: gap year, time off, social action activities, volunteering, choice of professional activities, leisure.

    A World of Many Cultures

    • The diversity of English-speaking cultures: habits and customs, lifestyles.
    • The multicultural society: equal opportunities, equal rights, social / socio-economic inclusion, discrimination and intolerance: religious, political, ethnic.

    The English Language in the World

    • Evolution of the English language as a social, political and cultural phenomenon: languages of the world and expansionism: Portuguese, Spanish, English, Dutch, the English language and the information society, the future of the English language.
    • Diversity in the English language: Englishes : standard varieties, interaction of English with other languages: linguistic and cultural enrichment.

     

    Tips

    Learning success depends largely on how we organise our study

    These tips can help you improve your academic performance, whether you are planning to take the test for those over 23, or simply want to be successful in your chosen course.

    1. Organise and systematise the information you collect

    • Make essential data sheets and sort them by themes subjects, authors, etc.
    • Make lists of terms used in the discipline and look for a definition for them, so that you understand what is being talked about
    • Try to summarise what you read using your own words
    • Avoid limiting yourself to underlining study texts
    • Make notes in the margin of the texts and then copy them on to your worksheets
    • Take note of anything you are unsure of

    2. Diversify your sources

    Don't be dependent on a single book or website. It is good to have access to several perspectives, which complement each other and which together offer a more complete picture of what you are studying.

    3. Be cautious with the internet

    Not everything you read on the internet is scientifically reliable. Make sure that the site belongs to a reputable institution and offers guarantees of quality of the information provided.

    4. Nurture doubt and curiosity

    5. Enjoy silence: it helps you concentrate

    6. Write about what you are studying
    Writing requires us to organise ideas and make them clear. Additionally, it helps us to choose the most appropriate words, to know our limitations and to overcome them. And it is also a great exercise that will help you prepare for the tests for the over-23s.

    7. Consult dictionaries and grammar books
    Mastering the meaning of words and the organisation of a text is an essential skill for academic success.

    8. Prepare for interviews
    Before your interview, reflect on your professional experience, on your motivations, on the area of study in which you intend to invest your future and note down all these ideas. Find out a little more about the course and make sure you are on the right track. Review all this information before starting the interview.

    9. Organise your Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    There are various models of CV that you could use. The mandatory model under our regulations is the Europass one. Remind yourself of one very important thing: make sure you bring all your documents available that prove your qualifications, the training carried out, the courses you have attended, that is, the documentation that allows you to prove what you said on your CV.

    10. Get ready for the test
    If possible, attend one of our preparatory or ad-hoc courses in order to acquire and consolidate knowledge, in direct contact with those who are qualified to prepare you: our teaching staff.

    Documentos

    Regulamento para a avaliação de capacidade para frequência do ensino superior dos maiores de 23
    Manual de instruções de candidatura online - passo a passo

    See how you can apply for special application processes after taking the entrance exam for applicants aged 23 and over