Candidates Over 23 Years Old

Process of evaluation of the capacity to attend Higher Education

Academic Year 2022/2023

Specific Admission Exam: Sociology



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. 

Academic Year 2023/2024

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).

  Single phase
Dissemination of the process to potential applicants from December 2022
Approval of new preparatory courses until 20-01-2023
Publication of exam information and previous year’s tests 09-01-2023
Registration for the tests 04-01 to 14-04-2023
Registration for the tests (late applications) 17 to 28-04-2023
Appointment of invigilators 10-05-2023
Publication of the results of the preparatory course assessments 15-05-2023
Application for exemption from taking the test 16 to 19-05-2023
Publication of the test venues 23-05-2023
Test day 27-05-2023
Publication of test results 13-06-2023
Test consultation and review 13 to 15-06-2023
Publication of interview date / time / place 16-06-2023
Curriculum evaluation and interview 20-06 to 03-07-2023
Publication of the final results 10-07-2023

Registration for the Test

Online form available soon

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
Basic Education History or Mathematics or Biology and Geology History
Biochemistry Biology Biology
Bioengineering Biology or Mathematics Biology
Biology Biology Biology
Biomedical and Laboratory Sciences Biology Biology
Biomedical Sciences Biology Biology
Biotechnology Biology or Chemistry Biology
Business Administration Mathematics Mathematics
Civil Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Descriptive Geometry or Mathematics Physics and Chemistry
Communication Design Drawing Drawing
Communication Sciences Contemporary History or Portuguese

Contemporary History

Cultural Heritage and Archaeological History History
Dietetics and Nutrition Biology Biology
Economics Mathematics Mathematics
Educational and Training Sciences Sociology Sociology
Electrical and Computer Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Practical Test in Electrical Engineering Physics and Chemistry
Food Engineering Biology or Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics Biology
Physics and Chemistry
Hotel Management Economics Economics
Informatics Mathematics Mathematics
Landscape Architecture Biology or Drawing or History Biology
Languages and Communication Portuguese Portuguese
Languages, Literatures and Cultures Portuguese Portuguese
Management Economics Economics
Management (evening classes) Economics Economics
Management (Portimão) Economics Economics
Management (Portimão, evening classes) Economics Economics
Marine and Coastal Management Biology or Mathematics  Biology
Marine Biology Biology Biology
Marketing Economics Economics
Mechanical Engineering Physics and Chemistry or Descriptive Geometry or Mathematics Physics and Chemistry
Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Biology  Biology
Moving Image Drawing Drawing
Nursing Biology Biology
Pharmacy Biology Biology
Physiotherapy Biology** Biology
Psychology Psychology Psychology
Social Education History or Sociology or Psychology History
Sociology Sociology Sociology
Sports Swimming* -
Tourism English English
Tourism (Portimão) English English
Visual Arts Drawing Drawing

* Prerequisite B
**Prerequisite A

Entrance Exams

You can also choose to enroll for the entrance exams for Higher Professional Technical Courses (CTeSP).

Course Previous year's race 2020/2021 Exam information 2020/2022
Accounting (Faro and Portimão) Economics Economics
Automotive Technology and Maintenance Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry or Practical Mechanics Test Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry
Building Construction Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry
Digital Drawing and Modeling Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry Mathematics or Descriptive Geometry
Electrical Installations, Domotics and Automation Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Electrotechnical Practice Test Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics
Executive Secretarial Studies English English
Information Systems and Technologies Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics or Practical Computer Test Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics
Food Safety and Hygiene  Biology or Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics Biology or Physics and Chemistry or Mathematics
Tourism Entertainment Management (Portimão) English or Economics English or Economics
Programming of Internet Devices Mathematics or Practical Electrotechnical Test or Practical Computer Test Mathematics



Check the regulations for the Higher Professional 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
  • 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

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. 


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 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


    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.


    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.


    Cristina Fernandes
    Higher Institute of Engineering
    Telephone: + 351 289 800 124

    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.
    Composite and inverse function.
    Exponential and logarithmic function.
    Derivatives - derivation rules; second-order derivatives and concavities.

    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.




    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


    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


    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.


    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

    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


    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.


    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