Mobility Programmes

Academic Information

Academic calendar 2016/2017

1st Sem. 1st Semester Duration  12-09-2016 to 28-01-2017
Orientation Programme
12-09-2016 to 18-09-2016
Beginning of classes (Bachelor)
Beginning of classes (Master and PhD)
End of classes (All cycles)
Christmas Holidays 19-12-2016 to 02-01-2017
Assessments 03-01-2017 to 14-01-2017
Re-sitting 16-01-2017 to 28-01-2017
Release of final classifications 10-02-2017
2nd Sem. 2nd Semester Duration 30-01-2017 to 27-05-2017
Orientation Programme
24-01-2017 to 29-01-2017
Beginning of classes (All cycles)
End of classes (Bachelor)
Carnival Holidays 27-02-2017 to 03-03-2017
Easter Holidays 03-04-2017 to 16-04-2017
Assessments 29-05-2017 to 09-06-2017
Re-sitting 12-06-2017 to 24-06-2017
Release of final classifications 03-07-2017
Special period of examinations (only  available for regular students)
10-07-2017 to 15-07-2017
Release of final classifications 23-07-2017

*Not all master degrees start from the date mentioned above. Please consult the specific calendar information on the master that you are attending.

Students need to confirm if the same calendar applies to the school that he/she is attending as specific differences may occur. The school calendar will always prevail.

Subjects taught in Portuguese

Classes are usually given in Portuguese. Most students can take subjects from one, two or more different degree courses across the whole range of degree programmes at the university.

There are some restrictions in the rules on applications to take some optional subjects due to overlapping schedules or application limits, so students must find out about them on arrival.

Students wishing to attend courses in Portuguese should consult the website here and then choose the Programme, level, area and courses.

Those requiring assistance in choosing courses will need to contact their Erasmus departmental coordinator.

Subjects taught in English 

ISCTE-IUL offers many English-taught courses specially considered for international students in all 4 Schools. 

Some subjects are grouped into semester programmes delivered every year, such as:

University Massachusetts Dartmouth/ISCTE-IUL programme

_ "Studying History in Portugal Programme" (undergraduate programme): major fields of study encompass European and World History along with key issues in Portuguese History.

Full list of ISCTE-IUL English-taught courses or taught in Portuguese with tutorials in English for the 1st semester 2016/2017 to be announced soon. Last academic year(2015/16)  list can be consulted at the following links:

Business School

School of Social Sciences

School of Sociology and Public Policy

School of Technology and Architecture

University Massachusetts Dartmouth/ISCTE-IUL programme

Study in Portugal Network/ISCTE-IUL Programme

International students have to register for subjects through the Study Information System (Fenix). For this purpose students will receive a detailed package of information once their nomination is received by IRO.

Those requiring assistance in choosing courses will need to contact their Erasmus departmental coordinator.

PhD, Master and Degree Programmes in English

  • Business School
Doctoral Programmes here
Masters Double and Dual Degree Programmes here
Masters Programmes here
Double Degrees Bachelor here
  • School of Sociology and Public Policy

European Master in Social Work with Families and Children


Summer School courses

Throughout 1 to 3 weeks during July and August ISCTE-IUL offers some Summer School Courses. The courses are meant to:

  • Visiting students;
  • ISCTE-IUL students;
  • Adults and professionals.

For more information please check the link here.


Foreign students take the same type of examinations as Portuguese students, who are continuously assessed in a number of different ways. These include formal examinations at the end of each semester, participation and class attendance, group projects and case studies or essays.

In some courses taught in Portuguese, foreign students will be allowed to do their reports and written examinations in English or another foreign language but this must be agreed upon by teachers on a case-by-case basis.

Grades and transcripts

As many different national grading scales co-exist in Europe, a common ECTS grading system has been developed to facilitate the mobility of students and their grades between institutions. The grading scale is based on the combined use of keywords with short explanations and alphabetical definitions from A to F.

ECTS Grade  % of successful students normally achieving the grade  Definition
A 10 Excellent
B 25 Very Good
C 30 Good
D 25  Satisfactory
E 10 Sufficient
F - Fail

Grades are given on a scale of 1 to 20 and the minimum passing grade is 10. A final mark is given at the end of each semester.

Students that fail their continuous assessment can take a resit examination later in the same semester: January/February and June/July

Examination dates and results are posted on Fenix academic system.

To check exam dates and resits, please go to here.

Students are advised not to book flights back to their home countries at the end of the semester before finding out the dates of exams and resits

At the end of the academic period students are automatically issued with an official certificate.

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