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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

Entry requirements

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. 


1st                                           17.00 – 20.00

2:1                                           15.00 – 16.99

2:2                                           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.

Students who have achieved a grade C or higher in one A-level subject or a 5 or higher in an International Baccalaureate subject which is assessed by completing essays in the English language already meet our English language requirements and will not need to provide a separate qualification. 

Please see our English Language Requirements page for our standard entry requirements.

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For more information on how to apply as an international student please visit our section on  International Application Information.

Undergraduate applicants   Postgraduate applicants


Students from Portugal can apply for our Sports, Catholic School Alumni or Care Leavers’ scholarships. These are available to new, full-time undergraduate degree students in any subject area.


St Mary's has over 40 active partnerships with higher education institutions around the world. In the Philippines, we have an agreement with University of Santo Tomas

In-country representatives 

St Mary's has an appointed agent in the Philippines who offers face-to-face counselling and can help you with your application.

OK Estudante Lisboa

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

OK Estudante Porto

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

OK Estudante Leiria

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

OK Estudante Faro

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

OK Estudante Funchal

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

OK Estudante Vila Real

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

OK Estudante Setúbal

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

Meet us in Portugal

St Mary’s staff visit Italy to attend fairs, visit schools and meet potential students. Please see our travel calendar for when we will next be visiting a city near you. 

Meanwhile, if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email

The local community

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.

In the 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.

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