Bachelor's Programs

International Students


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 Programme, managed by NOVA University Lisbon. The SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme will help students in the process of 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, to a bachelor's degree or integrated master's in one of NOVA's schools. This multidisciplinary program offers students the opportunity to choose three courses offered by NOVA's schools, attend the Ideas Club and Portuguese and English classes, thus developing language competences to pursue the intended studies for a University degree at NOVA.

Candidates to the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Hold a High School diploma or a document that attests 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)



An International Student (non-EU) who wishes to apply for a Bachelor’s degree at Nova SBE will have to present their application by filling in the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme application form and attaching the needed documents.

After submitting the online application, the candidate will receive an email from NOVA University Lisbon's International Development Office acknowledging that the documents were received and a pre-screening will be conducted, resulting in the following outcomes:

Conditional acceptance on doing and succeeding the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme, fulfilling Nova SBE’s criteria: 

  • Candidates that qualify for the program path will have to achieve Nova SBE’s minimum cumulative criteria to enroll.
  • Pass the Applied Mathematics course – 13 points (out of 20).
  • Pass the course offered by Nova SBE (Principles of Microeconomic) – 10 points (out of 20).
  • Pass the English course – Mandatory English proficiency, except for those who prove a B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Have a minimum class attendance rate of 80 %.

A deferred decision for a possible direct entrance at Nova SBE:

  • Applications of candidates that qualify for direct entrance will be shared with the Nova SBE Bachelor’s Admissions Committee, who will make the final decision for this path after evaluation.

Unsuccessful (not entering Nova SBE):

  • This result will be based on the evaluation conducted by the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme Team, who will communicate the final decisions to all applicants. Students may attend the program but will not be joining Nova SBE after it.
  • A motivation letter stating why the candidate is interested in completing the program and/or what is the reason for wanting to take a Bachelor’s degree after the successful completion of the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme;
  • A recommendation letter (optional)
  • A document attesting the completion of high school. In case of not having finished high school at the time of application, the candidate must submit an official declaration from the school attesting when the candidate will be finishing high school
  • A transcript of records with a full list of courses and corresponding grades. In case of not having finished high school at the time of application, the candidate must submit the transcript of records (with all the courses and respective grades) completed at that time*:
  • Traced copy of the front and back of the identification document (ID, Citizen's Card, or Passport), with due consent of the holder, for data validation
  • A document certifying your language level for English and/or Portuguese
  • A document demonstrating that the payment of the application fee was made. After submitting the online application, the candidate will receive an email from the International Relations Office acknowledging that the documents were received and providing instructions for enrollment fee payment
*Students who are still finishing high school by the time they apply must submit the Diploma that proves they finished high school (or a legally equivalent document) until the end of the first month of classes of the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme. 

The applications to the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme are open in the following periods:

  • From July to October: for candidates willing to attend the semester from February to June (Spring intake);
  • From January to April: for candidates willing to attend the semester from September to January (Fall intake).
SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme:
  • Application fee: 70 €*
  • Enrollment fee: 500 €* (Upon acceptance)
  • SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme:  3.000 €* (To be paid 30 days before the beginning of the programme)
  • Enrollment fee: 10 % of the tuition fee to be deducted from the total tuition fee. No exceptions or late payments will be accepted*
  • Annual tuition fee: 7500 €**
  • All payments should be made in euros
**The tuition fee is subject to change and is non-refundable. Admitted students can defer for up to one semester without having to reapply. However, they must pay the enrollment fee to guarantee their place and inform the school no later than one month before the beginning of the term. If this deadline is disregarded or if there is an unsuccessful request to defer, it will be necessary to submit a new application.



Settling in Portugal

Nova SBE has partnered with Kleya, a company that provides specific services to expats, giving them the possibility of asking for assistance when settling in Portugal. Kleya can help with many different day-to-day life needs, such as setting up a tax number (in Portugal, it’s called “NIF”), finding a rental property, checking rental contracts, setting up utilities, cleaning services, etc. Check this page for more information on pricing and conditions.


For further information regarding the SUPERNOVA Foundation Programme, please contact