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Incoming Exchange Students

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Partner Schools

Following its internationalization strategy Nova SBE carefully selects new bilateral agreements with schools all over the world.

Currently there are agreements in place with more than 200 schools from more than 50 countries in all continents.

Visit our agreements webpage and check all the existing agreements for both undergraduates, masters, MBA, PhD and Research programs.


If you are a partner institutiion and need additional information please contact our Responsible for Incoming Students:

Maria João Xavier Martins

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+351 21 380 1689

General Information and Rules



Exchange students entering both the first-cycle and second-cycle Programs make their choice from our list of available courses. A typical Portuguese student takes four/five courses per semester, corresponding to about 30 ECTS credit units. The programs are structured in semesters, meaning that all courses last one academic semester only.

Each first-cycle course contains roughly 60 contact hours divided into three 90-minute sessions per week. Additionally to the classes, the teaching staff also provides open office time for individual consultations.
There are two sorts of second cycle courses: half-courses, covering one half of a semester, and full-courses covering an entire semester. Each half course contains 18 contact hours, divided into two 90-minute sessions per week. Each full course contains 36 contact hours, divided into two 90-minutesessions per week.

Assessment methods

Students’ course evaluation is conducted on an individual basis, and final grades are on a scale of 0 – 20. Curricular courses or Work Project approval requires that the final grade is equal to or greater than 10.

Each course’s evaluation can be based on a student’s participation in class, coursework, classwork, tests, examinations and other evaluations, according to rules defined by the Course Instructor at the beginning of the academic period, in the course syllabus. Individual written work cannot count for less than 50% of the final grade.

For undergraduate students, there are two turns of exams. Students can only take 2 exams in the second turn.  For the master level, there will only be one final exam period (please see the calendar section).

Grading scale

We use a 0-20 scale to grade students, following the Portuguese convention. The top-grade, 20 points, distinguishes an outstanding performance and is very rarely awarded. The bottom grade, 0 points, is awarded only to extremely disastrous performances. Note also that the fail range is from 0 to 9; hence, 10 points is the threshold to pass. You can compare our scale with the ECTS grading scale in Table 1.

Table 1: Grading scales at Nova School of Business and Economics:

ECTS Scale

% of successful students normally achieving the grade




EXCELLENT – outstanding performance with only minor errors



VERY GOOD – above the average standard but with some errors



GOOD – generally sound work with a number of notable errors



SATISFACTORY – fair but with significant shortcomings



SUFFICIENT – performance meets the minimum criteria



FAIL – some more work or considerable work required before the credit can be awarded

* indicated as "Failed"

Application Procedures and Deadlines

First things first. You must apply to be admitted as an exchange student at our School. Your application must be placed directly by your home university if there is a partnership agreement between the two institutions. The application should be addressed to our International Student Representative.
Application procedures are simple. You need:


Application Procedures First Semester Second Semester

Biographical Data Form (link to be provided by the International Office).

June November
Learning Agreement (to be sent to the International Office). July end November
Please pay attention - late enrolment is not accepted

*June for undergraduate courses / July for master courses
**please check the academic calendar

Please note that the Students Exchange Office may be closed for holidays in August and in the last week of December.

In order to enroll in second-cycle courses, incoming students must have at least 180 ECTS from their home university. Applicants to the Master's programs in Economics, in Finance and in Management are required to hold an undergraduate degree. The Programs demand the use of quantitative techniques, so we expect applicants to have had exposure to adequate quantitative subjects in their previous academic studies. Students are expected to be fluent in oral and written English as the Masters are totally offered in English.

Learning Agreement

This is the major element of your application. In order to carefully choose the courses to attend at Nova SBE, we suggest that you follow the guidelines below:

• Choose from those courses available to exchange students;
• All courses are taught in English.
• Make sure your academic background meets the prerequisites defined for each selected course. A description of all the courses may be found in the site for each of the academic programs to get an idea of their content.
• Ensure coherence with home university studies. Select courses at Nova SBE that complement those at home and seek the pedagogical assistance from your Student Exchange co-ordinator to design your study plan.
• Learning Agreements are signed once before your arrival and once more after the last enrollment period (should you need to make changes).

Freemover Students

Students interested in spending a semester or a year abroad without participating in exchange programs can enroll as Freemover students at Nova SBE, choosing among 50+ courses available every semester.

See if you qualify

  • Students studying at one of Nova SBE’s partner universities will be accepted with authorization from that institution
  • Applicants must be officially enrolled in a Degree Program at their home university


Required documents

  • Academic transcript
  • CV
  • Confirmation of enrollment from home university
  • Online application form
  • Professional passport photo
  • Confirmation of English Level B2, TOEFL 72 or IELTS 6 (a declaration from your Home University is also accepted)

Important Information:

  • Freemover students may apply for courses at a Bachelor’s and Master’s Level;
  • Freemover students are allowed to take classes and examinations up to 32 ECTS per semester, subject to the availability of places in classes;
  • To enroll for Master’s elective courses, students must have completed three years of a Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS);
  • However, Freemover students are not registered as regular university students and are not entitled to complete a university degree at Nova SBE. Freemover students are required to organize all aspects of their study abroad independently – admission, enrollment and non-academic requirements such as visas, accommodation and also traveling, living, and academic expenses.

Tuition fee – Academic Year 19/20

  • For Bachelors Level Courses
    • European Students: €2000 per semester
    • Non-European Students: €3750 per semester
  • For Master's Level Courses: €5000 per semester
  • For both levels courses: €5000 per semester

NB: Fee to be applied regardless of the number of courses


Intake Application Classes start in
1st April to May 15 September
2nd September to October 15 Late January/February

Life at Nova SBE

Welcome Meeting 

The Students Exchange Office organizes a Welcome Meeting for incoming foreign exchange and study abroad students.

This event takes place on the Thursday before the beginning of each semester.

In the Welcome Meeting, you will receive some general information about the school, the location of the support services and classrooms, and you will know the relevant people, including your buddy (first-cycle only), whom you may call for advice and help as needed. 

Second-cycle students have a Manager of Second-cycle Programs to assist them with any concerns they may have. First-cycle students enrolled on second-cycle program courses will be able to contact the Student Exchange Office if they require any additional support or information.

During your stay you will be able to engage in all the students’ activities and benefit from the interaction with your peers:


The MSN - Masters Student Network has been created to improve student life at NOVA Masters and to guide students in their initiative and motivation.

Several Student Clubs have risen under this MSN umbrella. 

Professional clubs: NOVA Investment Club, NOVA Consulting Club, NOVA Women in Business Club, Communication Club, CEO Club, Consumer Goods, NOVA Economics Club, NOVA Social Consulting Club and TMT Club.

Social Clubs: Sports Club, Express Yourself Club, Wine and Food Club, Nova Hapiness Club and Nova International Club.

Know more about the Clubs  

NOVA Students’ Union

Throughout the school year the Student´s Union organizes several events and activities dedicated to students.

Nova Su website




Exchange Students

Our programs are internationally oriented and we offer a wide variety of interesting topics to study.

Studying at Nova School of Business and Economics is a unique social and human experience. Here students will build lasting friendships for the rest of their lives and develop a network of contacts that will prove invaluable throughout their careers. Moreover, the diversity of profiles within each program will provide a truly enriching experience, during which students will share experiences with peers from a great variety of backgrounds.


With two million inhabitants, Lisbon is the center of Portuguese culture, business and politics, and offers the perfect opportunity to study Economics, Finance and Management. Its geographical location represents a priceless advantage. Mild winters and long summers provide the conditions to enjoy all that is on offer and make the practice of activities such as surfing, windsurfing and body boarding possible all year long.

Studying in Lisbon enables you to develop a personal and professional network, representing the stepping stone to new contacts and opportunities throughout Europe. Portuguese is spoken by more than 250 million people in the world, and the business relationships between Portugal, sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil are particularly strong. Considered the gateway to these regions and also a central capital with easy access to the rest of the world, Lisbon plays an increasingly important role within Europe and worldwide.


Our programs are internationally oriented and we offer a wide variety of interesting topics to study. Exchange and Study Abroad students must choose from the list of courses available to them.


Most of those courses are taught in English but there are still a few that are taught in Portuguese, although examinations can be made in both languages.

When selecting your courses make sure you check the languages of instruction and if there are any mandatory prerequisites.

Have an idea of the courses, their contents, language of instruction and availability to exchange students.



All Masters’ courses are taught in English and exchange students can choose them according to information on each course description. To get an idea of the courses, their contents and availability to exchange students please follow the links:

> Masters in Economics

> Masters in Finance

> International Masters in Finance

> Masters in Management