Foundation Year Programme – Science & Technology

Faculty of Sciences and Technology

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Academic year


Course Type

Non Degree Course

Qualification Awarded



1 Year(s)

ECTS Credits


Course Coordinator(s)

Helena Maria Mamede Albuquerque (lena@mat.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
Foundation Year Programme – Science & Technology is a course for international students with the main purpose to complement their original pre-university education so that they can later attend successfully a higher degree course. It is intended to consolidate the scientific concepts necessary for the continuation of studies and also develop their understanding in a critical and reflective way. A specific preparation at the level of oral and written Portuguese is also given to the students.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
It is intended that this course consolidates and deeps previous scientific knowledges, developing the following skills : abstraction and ability to formulate, analyze and solve scientific problems; ability to use mathematical models to study real situations with logic and critical reasoning. Individual and group work skills must be developed too.
Mode of Study
Admission Requirements

International students with a level of education equivalent to the Portuguese high school diploma and with basic speaking and writing skills in Portuguese.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Regulation No. 339/2012, August 7
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
The final grade, expressed on a scale of 0-20, is calculated based on the weighted average of the marks obtained in the course units . All courses are evaluated continuously (50 % ) and by a final exam ( 50%).
Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019