Over 23 Candidates


This access route is intended for candidates who are 23 years of age as of 31 December of the year preceding the assessment exams for those over 23 years of age and who have not completed secondary education, or who have not passed the entrance exams required for the course for which they wish to apply, or whose exams have already expired (exams are valid for a period of 2 years after they are taken). 

Candidates who pass the over 23 assessment tests are recognised as candidates for the Access route for Over 23 years of age candidates .


Applications must be submitted online using the appropriate form.  Candidates however will first  be required to register on the website .

Step 1:  Register here .
Step 2:  Fill in the application form here .

Candidates must first register for the over 23 assessment test  and  attach  the following documents  in electronic format to the application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae (Europass  CV);
  • A photocopy of your transcript records and proof of your professional experience stated in the CV;
  • Document confirming the transcript of records and the date on which the subject was completed (applicable only if candidates apply for exemption from taking the specific exam under Article 31 of the Regulation on Acceptance and Admission );
  • Proof of date of birth;
  • If you are a national of a non-EU country, a document confirming that you do not have international student status, but fall under one of the criteria to which such status does not apply.

Applications will only be reviewed after the application fee has been paid.

Candidates for the degree in Music are automatically registered in the Vocational Aptitude Test (PAVE), and must pass the branch/instrument for which they intend to apply. Tests will be taken within the time frame indicated under Application Deadlines .

The authentication of application documents and the validation of identification and visa documents must take place by 31 December of the year of enrolment. Foreign diplomas and certificates must be legalised by the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate  in the country they were issued or by endorsement with the Hague Apostille .

The information on this page does not replace the need to read the regulations in force  on this matter.



1st Phase – Single Phase

  • Registration for assessment tests: 18/Mar/2021 to 04/Jun/2021
  • Specific tests: 14/Jun/2021 to 25/Jun/2021
  • Specific test results: by 09/Jul/2021
  • Interviews: 12/Jul/2021 to 16/Jul/2021
  • Assessment test results: by 23/Jul/2021


1st Phase

  • Applications: not applicable – application is automatic for those who pass the mature student tests.
  • Placement results: by 30/Aug/2021
  • Enrolment: 30/Aug/2021 to 13/Sept/2021
  • Placement results following re-placement and/or redistribution of places available, if applicable: by 07/Sept/2021
  • Enrolment following re-placement and/or redistribution of places available, if applicable: 07/Sept/2021 to 10/Sept/2021


See course details for information on places available .


Assessment tests for over 23 candidates aim at assessing the candidate’s ability to attend a Bachelor’s degree or an Integrated Master degree, and take place every year. These tests comprise:

  1. Specific subject assessment test(s) (60%) – written theory test on the relevant field(s) of knowledge for entering the intended course
  2. Curricular analysis (30%)
  3. Interview (10%)

Subject assessment tests consist of a written theory test, taken at the University of Évora and for which candidates must register, for admission to the course in which the candidate wishes to enrol at UÉ through the access route for mature students.

Candidates may ask to be exempted  from the subject assessment test(s) provided they fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Must have passed, in the past 3 years, in the Portuguese secondary education system, the subjects equivalent to those of the admission tests required by UÉ under the National Access Route applicable to the course for which they are applying;
  • Must have passed, at a higher education institution, at least two semester curricular units or an annual curricular unit in the predominant scientific area of the course for which they are applying, or of the scientific area of the entrance exam in the National Access Route;
  • Must have passed, in the past 3 years, the curricular units of the Preparation Course for Admission to Higher Education of the UÉ equivalent to those of the entrance exams applicable to the course for which they are applying.

Additional information on subject assessment tests:

To take the subject assessment test and the interview, both part of the Assessment Test, students must show their identification document, which a member of the jury panel will confirm at the time of the test and interview.

The curricular analysis will take into consideration the candidate’s academic and professional curricula.

The candidate’s motivation, commitment and comprehension and analytical skills will be assessed during the interview.

Other requirements:
Candidates submitting applications for courses that have prerequisites  must meet those requirements and submit documentary evidence when enrolling.



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