This is a guide to the normal entry requirements, assuming you’ve followed the Portuguese education system. An admissions tutor will study your application, so make sure you include your academic background and personal information when you apply.

Entry requirements vary depending on what sort of course you’re coming to BU to study.

  • BU International College Foundation Certificates
    You can undertake a Foundation Certificate before going on to an undergraduate course if you have successfully completed 12 years of schooling in Portugal and achieved a minimum of IELTS (Academic) 5.0.
  • Undergraduate courses
    You can apply to study a Bachelor's degree from year one if you have a Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários (previously Certidão di Décimo Segundo Ano) or a Diploma Tecnico Profissional from Escolas Profissionais (three years)
  • Top-up courses
    If you have a Bacharel/Bacharelato in a relevant subject you can apply for a Top-up course.
  • Postgraduate courses
    You can apply for a taught postgraduate course with us if you have a Diploma de Estudos Superiores Especializados (DESE) Licenciado.
  • Research programmes
    ​You need any postgraduate degree to be considered for a BU research programme.

You can find more information about English language requirements for entry to BU on our English language requirements page. Full information about preparatory courses is available on the Bournemouth University International College website.

If you need help with your visa or want more information about the immigration process, you can find it on our immigration information page.