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St Mary's University warmly welcomes students from Portugal.

St Mary's has a lively and diverse student community, with students from over 100 countries outside the UK representing approximately 10% of its 6,000 students.

Below you will find lots of useful information for Portuguese applicants, but if you still have more questions, please feel free to email

Study at St Mary's

A degree at St Mary’s is about much more than the course you study; our community approach looks to support you on a personal level. Below is a list of our course categories:

Undergraduate academic requirements

St Mary’s accepts the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários with an overall grade of 14, although some of our undergraduate degrees may require an interview or that you to have studied specific subjects as part of your curriculum.

We understand that not everyone is able to attend an interview on campus, and so wherever possible we do attempt to arrange an alternative, such as an interview over Skype. Further details about specific subjects and interview requirements are found on the Entry Requirements section of each course page.

If you have any questions about whether your qualifications may be accepted, our entry requirements, or the applications process please contact the St Mary’s Admissions Team by emailing or calling +44 (0) 20 8240 4029.

Postgraduate academic requirements

We accept applicants with Portuguese university degrees, although the entry requirements may depend on the type of degree awarded and when it was awarded. The Licenciatura is considered equivalent to a UK Honours degree.

The UK academic requirements for each course are listed in the Entry Requirements section of each course page, and we will compare them with against the grades you obtained in Portugal. 

Please use the table below as a general guide, but if you are interested in applying to St Mary’s University and are unsure whether your qualifications are suitable please email or call +44 (0) 20 8240 4241. 

First equivalent

  • Portuguese University Grade (out of 20): 17.00 - 20.00

2:1 equivalent

  • Portuguese University Grade (out of 20): 15.00 - 16.99

2:2 equivalent

  • Portuguese University Grade (out of 20): 13.00 - 14.99

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to evidence your English language ability required for academic study. Please see our English Language Requirements page for our standard entry requirements.

Tuition fees

Please note:tuition fees do not include accommodation.


We offer a range of scholarships to students from the UK and EU. A full list of scholarships - along with eligibility criteria - is available in the scholarships and bursaries section of our website.

We have put together step-by-step guides to the application process to help you when you apply:

St Mary's in Portugal

We often travel to Portugal to attend events around the country, but we also appoint agents who can offer you face-to-face counselling and help with your application.

In many countries, we also have partnerships set up with other universities.

OK Estudante Lisboa (Lisboa)

Rua Alexandre Herculano, Nº 2, 1º Dto. 1150-006 Lisboa
Tel: (+351) 218 289 204

UCADEMICS (Portugal) (Lisboa)

Avenida de Berna, 11, 3º Andar, 1050-030 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 211 319 469

OK Estudante Leiria (Leira)

Av. Combatentes da Grande Guerra, Nº 79, 1º B 2400-123 Leiria
Tel: (+351) 244 033 883

OK Estudante Funchal (Funchal)

Centro Comercial Europa – Lj 26 Rua do Bom Jesus, 8 a 10 9050-028 Funchal
Tel: (+351) 291 098 099

OK Estudante Setúbal (Setúbal)

Rua Fran Pacheco, Nº 171 2900-376 Setúbal
Tel: (+351) 265 095 400

OK Estudante Évora (Évora)

Edifício de Santa Catarina Rua de Santa Catarina, Escritório nº 6, R/C 6E, 7005-625 Évora, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 266 704 078

OK Estudante Faro (Faro)

Rua do Montepio, Nº 26, 1º Frente 8000-300 Faro
Tel: (+351) 289 823 648

Study Wing (Amora)

R. Luz Soriano, Centro Comercial Girassol, Loja 31, 2845-310 Amora, Portugal
Tel: +351 965 062 614

OK Estudante Vila Real (Vila Real)

Rua Dom António Valente da Fonseca, Nº 17, 2º Esq. 5000-539 Vila Real
Tel: (+351) 254 044 117

OK Estudante Coimbra (Coimbra)

Rua de Olivença, nº 11 - 3º Andar, sala 303, 3000-306 Coimbra, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 239 092 876

OK Estudante Porto (Porto)

Rua Alexandre Herculano, Nº 341, 4º Andar, Sala 14 4000-055 Porto
Tel: (+351) 218 289 204

Explore the campus

Open days and campus tours

If you're able to visit London, attending an open day is a fantastic opportunity to get an insight into what life is like as a St Mary's student. If you can't make it to an Open Day, we run campus tours every Wednesday at 12pm.

Virtual tour

We know that for it's important to you to see where you'll be living and studying before you make your decision. However, we also know that for many people it's not always easy to make it to the campus.

That's why we've developed a virtual tour of campus, allowing you to explore that facilities and the beautiful views that we have to offer.

Launch the virtual tour

Life at St Mary's

Living on campus

The Students' Union

You are welcomed as a member of our thriving Students’ Union as soon as you arrive at St Mary’s and there are lots of opportunities to get involved.

There are a wide range of clubs and societies for you to join and a full list can be found on the Students’ Union page.


St Mary’s is one of London’s top-performing sports institutions. Sport St Mary's provides students with state-of-the-art sports facilities equipped to world-class standards, as well as funding opportunities for high performance athletes.

Whether you’re interested in pursuing a degree in sport or joining one of St Mary’s sports clubs, you will find all the sports facilities and quality training that you need to get involved and keep healthy and active.

Local area

There are organisations in and around London that bring together members of the local Portuguese-speaking community through social events, sports and cultural activities, including Canning House and The Portuguese Speakers Community Centre.

You can also find a wide range of Portuguese restaurants, bars and cultural events nearby. TimeOut lists over a hundred of these in the London area.

Useful links

The Portuguese Consulate in London

The Portuguese Consulate in London has useful information for nationals from Portugal living in the UK.

UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is the UK's national advisory body serving the interests of international students and those who work with them.

British Council

The British Council provides comprehensive advice on many aspects of studying in Britain.

UKVI information on student visas

The website has all the information you need to know about study visas.

Study London

Study London is a great place learn more about studying in London.

Visit Britain

useful information for people visiting Britain.

Visit England

Visit England has more information about visiting England.

Visit London

Visit London has interesting information about the capital.