About Ciências

ULisboa is one of Portugal's leading universities. In 2013, the institution merged with Lisbon's Universidade Técnica to form an even bigger organization, comprising 18 different Faculties and Schools.

The Schools of ULisboa can be found in various locations across the city - from trendy Baixa, where you will find the Faculty of Fine Arts, to bustling Cidade Universitária, where the students from the Faculty of Sciences, the School of Arts and Humanities or the Faculty of Law spend their time studying in the libraries, or relaxing in one of the many student cafés between classes.

Integrated into Ulisboa, the Faculty of Sciences prepares students to distiguish themselves by their technical and scientific skills, valuing critical thinking and intellectual autonomy. The Faculty of Sciences provides a suitable environment for the development of high-level research and promotes the capacity for innovation to successfully meet the challenges of society.

The Faculty of Sciences was created by Decree on the 19th April 1911, and celebrated its first centenary in 2011. From its creation until 1985, the year when it was transferred to its current location in Campo Grande, the Faculty of Sciences was based in a building previously belonging to the Polytechnic School whose scientific tradition dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. Besides this shared location, the Faculty of Sciences takes on the historical, cultural and scientific heritage of its predecessors.

With over 100 years of history, and a focus on research and broadening horizons by forming international partnerships with other institutions worldwide, the Faculty of Sciences is the perfect place to spend a semester or two!

Tuition fees and taxes

For exchange students studying at Faculdade de Ciências no tuition fees will be requested*. Nevertheless, students may be charged a small tax on the same basis as local students for costs such as insurance, student unions and the use of study-related materials or equipment.

If you plan on studying at Faculdade de Ciências as a Free Mover, because there is no Agreement established between universities/institutions, you will have to pay a fee - more informations on these conditions.

On the other hand, if you intend to apply as a Full Degree student you need to know that Faculdade de Ciências has fixed tuition fees for all students following a full degree. These fees vary for each degree. For more details about the tuition fees and taxes that apply to the degree you are interested in click here.

*The exemption of tuition fees is only applicable to exchange students (non-Erasmus) if the Agreement establishes so.

Grants and scholarships

Unfortunately Faculdade de Ciências does not provide study grants or scholarships, therefore you need to find other ways of funding your studies.

For more information on ULisboa's Social Services Scholarships please access here.

Exams, grading system and academic calendar

The continuous evaluation model (through written tests, spoken presentations, work groups or others) is decided by each course responsible Professor. Yet, the enrolment in the first and second calls (examination period) is mandatory and it is made through the student's user account.

Students can enroll in both examination dates and if they pass the first call exam, the second call will only be considered as grade improvement.

In the winter semester, exams take place between January and February, and in the summer semester, between June and July. For detailed information on each date you should always check the exams calendar available in our website.

The Portuguese grading system expresses itself in values between 0 and 20, being 10 the minimum grade for approval. Most of the times, tests, essays or exam grades appear in decimal values, such as 9,5. When such happens the final grade is rounded down if the decimal value is 0,4 or inferior, or rounded up if the decimal value is 0,5 or superior.

Even so, you should have in mind that the Professor may contemplate other elements, like class attendance and participation, to add to exams and essay grades, which can affect your final grade.

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters:

  • Autumn/Winter semester, which starts during the 2nd or 3rd week of September and ends during the midst of February;
  • Spring/Summer semester, which starts during the midst of February and ends in July.