War in Ukraine

Nova SBE Message for Peace and Togetherness

Nova SBE understood its role from the very beginning. And ever since, it has been committed to participating in the positive transformation of our world. That’s why, soon after a terrifying pandemic, it is saddened to witness a devastating and unnecessary war.

But peace and togetherness among all humans are at the core of Nova SBE’s values, and every day, on campus, students and faculty from all around the world come together to show that unity in diversity makes us more human.

And tomorrow, as with yesterday, we are a school with a role to play. One we cannot avoid or delay. That’s why Nova SBE is launching aid initiatives to support all Ukrainians in need and respond to the impossible suffering this folly is causing in the hope of contributing to an open, sustainable, and more inclusive world.

Aside from these emergency funding initiatives, Nova SBE is also putting together and supporting the creation of all sorts of resources for this purpose – talks, events, initiatives – and is developing support and advice tools (academic and non-academic) to help its community understand the current situation.

A message from the Dean

Nova SBE is shocked and incredibly saddened by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. My heart goes out to the people of Ukraine who are enduring the impossible suffering of this folly, and we condemn the strategy and the tactics of the aggression against them. At the same time, we remain committed to the role of education as a bridge to a better and more peaceful world. Now more than ever.

I hope that this situation ends as soon as possible. But, in the end, it will depend on human agency. And however little we can do, we all have a Role to Play.

Admissions of Ukrainian Students

Do you need support regarding payment plans, scholarships, and mental support? Then please reach out to the Life at Nova SBE team. Make sure you also check the legal information below and the means of communication of NOVA University Lisbon for additional information.

The Decree-Law no. 62/2018, of August 6, which amended the legal regime of the International Student statute, created the legal framework for the admission of students in a humanitarian emergency to higher education institutions, preserving that these students are guaranteed full access to social grants, including scholarships, and their exceptional equality to national students’ status for the purpose of tuition fees payment, fees, and emoluments.

For this legal diploma, students in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons are those coming from countries or regions where it is currently prevailing a recognized condition of armed conflict, natural disaster, generalized violence, or human rights violation, thus resulting in the need for humanitarian response.

These students are admitted through a special public tender for international students organized by each higher education institution, with specific rules designed to recognize and acknowledge the academic career path already obtained in the country of origin. After admission, higher education institutions can credit the education or training carried out within the scope of other cycles of higher education studies that may or may not award a degree, the education/training obtained within the framework of the Bologna Process, or the one obtained previously by the limits imposed by national Law.

According to Articles 44 to 45b of Decree-Law No. 74/2006 of March 24, the admitted students are part of the study programs of the higher education institution where there are enrolled. Therefore, all the admitted students will integrate the present semester into the curricular year according to the accreditation provided by the foreign higher education. If these students cannot prove their qualifications with documents, the higher education institutions may carry out alternative procedures.

In addition to this Decree-Law No. 74/2006 of March 24, students also may enroll in single curricular units available in the higher education institution. Anyone is eligible to apply for the student statute of the emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons anyone if in one of the following situations:

a) Benefit from the refugee status referred to in Law no. 27/2008, of June 30, in its current phrasing

b) Benefit from the subsidiary international protection statute referred to in Law no. 27/2008, of June 30, in its current phrasing

c) Comes from countries or regions to which the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations or the International Organization for Migration have declared the existence of an emergency situation that requires a humanitarian response

d) Holders of the temporary residence permit referred to in article no. 27 of Law no. 27/2008, of June 30, in its current phrasing

e) Holders of a residence permit granted to anyone who is or has been a victim of criminal offenses linked to human trafficking or for aiding illegal immigration, as referred to in article no. 109 of Law no. 23/2007, of July 4, in its current phrasing

The request to apply for the student statute of emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons is submitted directly to the higher education institution and must be attached by documentation issued by the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (Portuguese Immigration and Border Service – SEF), the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations or the International Organization for Migration, proving that the student is in one of the aforementioned situations.

It is also foreseen the possibility of applying by each of the higher education institutions, alternative procedures to verify admission conditions to students in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons when their qualifications cannot be documented.

Another alternative for accessing higher education is through the course change regime, regulated by Ordinance No. 181-D/2015, of June 19.

Source: DGES


Students can apply to the Nova SBE Bachelor’s programs with this call if they don't hold the nationality of a member state of the European Union and haven't lived in Portugal for more than two consecutive years.

All candidates should apply through the SUPERNOVA Foundation Program, managed by NOVA University Lisbon. The SUPERNOVA Foundation Program will help students with adapting to the European teaching system. It aims to level up the candidate's technical knowledge and provide the required language competencies (when needed) to students who wish to apply, in the future, for a Bachelor's degree or integrated Master's in one of NOVA University Lisbon's schools. This multidisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to choose three courses offered by NOVA University Lisbon's schools, and attend the Ideas Club and Portuguese and English classes, thus developing language skills to pursue the intended studies of a NOVA University Lisbon degree.

Candidates for the SUPERNOVA Foundation Program must comply with the following requirements:

  • Hold a High School diploma or a document that certifies to the completion of High School, including a transcript of records with a full list of courses and corresponding grades
  • Have a minimum of B2 fluency in at least one of the following languages: Portuguese or English (depending on the language of the Bachelor’s degree you want upon completion of the program)

Learn all the relevant information regarding the SUPERNOVA Foundation Program.

If you are currently a Bachelor's student, you should also apply to the SUPERNOVA Foundation Program.

Alternatively, you may apply to attend isolated courses and/or apply to Nova SBE as a freemover student.

Once you officially become a Bachelor’s student at Nova SBE, the tuition fee established for students in humanitarian emergencies is equal to that of Portuguese or European citizens (697€).

Students in an emergency situation due to humanitarian reasons who enter through a special public tender for International Students may apply for a scholarship grant.

The request is submitted online, using the form available here, using login credentials previously obtained from a higher education institution. The deadline for submitting the scholarship grant application for a complete academic year is usually September 30 or until 20 days after registration/admission, if it takes place after the first given date. But it can also be submitted until May 31 during the academic year. In this case, the awarded amount of the scholarship is proportional to the period of the academic year remaining.

General information can be found here, and specific information can be found at the DGES website.


  • Application: Please find all the relevant information to apply to one of our programs here.
  • Scholarships: Ukraine applicants will have the opportunity to apply to our Merit, Means-tested scholarships and the scholarships offered by DGES. Specific scholarships for Ukraine citizens may be created via partnerships with corporate partners and donors.
  • At the Master’s level, it isn’t possible to require a transfer between schools, 
  • If you desire to attend courses or work project/thesis, you may apply to Nova SBE as a freemover student and/or to our isolated courses.
    • Freemover students recognized as students in humanitarian emergency situations may have the possibility to have financial assistance.


Ukraine – Russia

Initiatives, support, and information


Solidarity with Ukraine

To celebrate the presence of Yulia Tymoshenko in the 2022 Estoril Conferences, Nova SBE created the Nova SBE Yulia Tymoshenko Scholarship for candidates who, through their personal experiences, demonstrate a commitment to being the purpose generation.

This is Nova SBE’s way of cultivating an open attitude that enhances diversity in all of its dimensions.

Learn more:

Donating supplies

To centralize and coordinate all goods, the Nova SBE Students’ Union set up two drop-off donation points – the Welcome Desk and the Nova SBE Students’ Union headquarters, at the entrance of the KMPG Gallery, both at the Carcavelos Campus – where anyone can leave clothing and shoes, toiletries, blankets, sleeping bags, bandages, nappies, and baby wipes, and sanitary products.

Donating money

Anyone willing to make monetary donations can do so with the MBWay platform through the “Juntos Vamos Ajudar a Ucrânia” (Together Let’s Help Ukraine) movement it created. If you’re an international citizen who doesn’t have the app or a valid credit card that can be associated, you can donate to:

International Committee of the Red Cross – Ukraine Crisis

With Visa, Mastercard, or PayPal options

FIA-TE – A solution to help migrants rent a house

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has increased the influx of refugees in Portugal, bringing to light the long-lasting problem of overcoming the conventional rent guarantor. As a result, millions of refugees who are forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disasters, usually find themselves unable to rent a house in the accepting country.

Nova SBE could not remain indifferent to this problem, brought to us by a partnership between Associação Pão a PãoJRS Portugal - Serviço Jesuíta aos RefugiadosCRESCER - Associação de Intervenção ComunitáriaLisbon Project, VdA – Vieira de Almeida, Sociedade de Advogados and Fundação Ageas via the promotion of an internship program. That is why the Nova SBE Leadership for Impact Knowledge Center is contributing to the FIA-TE project to help find an alternative mechanism to the conventional rent guarantor for refugees and immigrants who have a job or source of income in Portugal.

Patient Innovation Stands With Ukraine

Following the recent events in Ukraine, Patient Innovation felt compelled to collect and share some do-it-yourself (DIY) solutions for emergency relief, that can potentially be of help to those affected by the war.


We understand that the current situation may be distressing, so please contact the following teams if you need relevant information or additional clarifications.

If you are a student:
Contact your Program Manager:


If you are a candidate:

Bachelor's programs: foundation.programme@unl.pt
Master's programs: leadyourfuture@novasbe.pt
PHD programs: phd@novasbe.pt


If you are looking for job opportunities:

Employment and training for displaced Ukrainians - Portugal for Ukraine