Undergraduate students in the School of Public Administration, School of Business, School of Arts and School of Physical Education and Sports of the Macao Polytechnic Institute (hereinafter “MPI”) with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or above and a good command of either English or Portuguese are eligible to apply for this exchange programme.

In addition to the above general prerequisites, applicants from the School of Health Sciences must fulfill the following conditions:
2. Time and Duration
This exchange programme may take place in the first and/ or the second semester of each academic year.
3. Host Institutes in Portugal
4. Degree Programmes Provided by the Host Institutes in Portugal
5.; Online Applications
MPI will assess the applications and decide the acceptance. The Student Affairs Office (hereinafter “SAO”) will announce the results in due course.
Pre-Departure Registration
Before departing for Portugal, students have to select the programme they are going to study in , and submit the following documents to SAO within a designated period of time:
  • the application form;
  • the acceptance letter;
  • the study agreement;
  • the latest academic transcript;
  • a curriculum vitae (CV) ; and
  • any other documents required by the host institute

If there is any time-clash between the courses in the programme, students are required to consult with the respective MPI Programme coordinator, revise their course selection, and submit the study agreement again.

VISA to Portugal
Holders of Portuguese Passport do not need a visa. Students holding a passport of the Macao Special Administrative Region, or the People's Republic of China, must obtain a Schengen visa at the Portuguese Consulate General in Macao and Hong Kong before departing for Portugal.
All documents and fees for the Schengen visa applications are to be submitted to the Portuguese Consulate General in Macao and Hong Kong ( The current application fee for a Schengen visa is approximately MOP745.00. (Please note that the application fee is subject to change without prior notice.) Students holding other passports may approach the SAO staff for guidance on making such applications.
Students have to prepare all the necessary documents for the visa application such as passport, ID card and other documents.
8. Arrival Date
Students should arrive at the host institute at least four (4) working days before classes begin. This is to ensure that they have enough time to complete all the formalities, such as student registration, opening a bank account, and to familiarize themselves with the new environment.
9. Post-Arrival Registration
When students arrive at the host institute, they must present to the registry the Registration Documents, including the study agreement, which should have been signed by both the student and the student's MPI Programme coordinator, for the endorsement of the host institute.
Please note that any student who fails to present any of the important registration documents, like the application form and study agreement (which is signed by the MPI Programme coordinator and the student) to the respective registries of the host institutes may be declined to be officially registered. Furthermore, they may not be allowed to attend classes and / or take part in assessments, and will not be provided with any insurance coverage.
If, during the registration process, a student would like to switch to other programmes or courses, he or she must obtain the respective MPI Programme coordinator's approval again and submit to the host institute a revised and signed study agreement as approved by that coordinator and endorsed by the person authorized by MPI.
10. Academic Calendar
Kindly refer to the website of each host institute for its latest academic calendar.
11. What are the likely items of expenditure in Portugal? How much are they approximately?
Tuition fees Students pay only MPI’s tuition for the semester, there is no additional tuition payable to the host institute. MPI’s tuition details: (
Registration fees Students are exempted from paying the registration fees of MPI and the host institutes.
Students are exempted from paying MPI's hostel fee and the annual medical insurance premium of the non-local students for the period in which they are studying in the host institutes.
The host institutes will provide free hostel accommodation to students when they are in Portugal under this programme.
Living subsidy Students will each receive from the host institute a monthly living subsidy of approximately EUR100.00.
The host institutes will provide students with free transportation, (a) from the international airport in Lisbon / Porto / Algarve to the student hostel when they first arrive in Portugal under this programme; and (b) from the hostel to the airport when they depart for Macao at the end of the programme.
Bus passes details: ( All registered students in Portugal can enjoy concessionary bus fares. Train information in Portugal and other places in Europe: (
Meal expenses Students are responsible for their meal expenses. For reference, the minimum price of a set lunch at a typical city restaurant is above EUR 7.00. Alternatively, students may enjoy their meals free of charge at the host institutes’ student canteens.
Health care and insurance
Each student must buy an international health insurance, with a minimum validity period of six months, against the risk of accidents and for the expenses of medical consultation and hospitalization. The host institutes have also insured all of their students against accident medical insurance.
There are campus clinics at the host institutes, offering general medical services to students.
Only pharmacies sell medicines in Portugal. Some stronger medicines can be bought only upon the presentation of a prescription.  It is recommended that students carry with them a sufficient amount of the medications which they take on a regular basis.
Visa renewal fee The renewal fee for the Schengen visa is around EUR162.00 to EUR200.00. The host institutes will provide guidance to those who need to renew their Schengen visas in Portugal.
Penalty for failing to declare entry to Portugal
Students are required to complete an Entry Declaration Form from the Immigration Department within 72 hours after their arrival in Portugal, so as to regularize their entry thereto. The host institutes will give guidance to students on how to complete the procedure for regularizing their entry.
Any student who fails to regularize his or her entry to Portugal will face a fine of EUR30.00.
Permanent residency visa application fee
Any student who wishes to travel to other European countries should change his or her Schengen visa to the Permanent Residency visa beforehand. The application fee for the Permanent Residency visa is about EUR147.00.  The host institutes will give guidance to students on how to apply for the Permanent Residency visa.
Other fees The host institutes may require students to pay other fees not tabulated herein.
The above fees are only for reference and subject to change. In the event of discrepancy, the fees published by MPI, the host institutes, or the relevant authorities will prevail.
12. Class Attendance
Students are required to meet a minimum percentage of class attendance for each programme.
Please note that each host institute has its own minimum percentage of class attendance. Students who fail to meet the requirement will not be allowed to take their final assessment and will be given a failing grade thereof.
13. Supplementary Examinations
Any student who fails the final assessment must attend its supplementary assessment as scheduled in the host institute’s academic calendar.
14. Regulations, Guidelines and Legislations
All students must comply with the rules and regulations of the host institutes, in addition to the laws of Portugal.
15. What documents do I need to bring with me to Portugal?
  • Your passport (with a minimum validity period of six months) together with a Schengen visa, if necessary;
  • Your resident / citizen identity card (with a minimum validity period of one year);
  • Six (6) recently taken and coloured passport photographs of you against a white background;
  • Your international medical insurance card and the corresponding insurance policy;
  • Your personal hospitalization insurance card and the corresponding insurance policy;
  • Your updated vaccination record;
  • A copy of your study agreement; and
  • The acceptance letter issued by the host institute.
Students must bring along the originals of the above items to Portugal, and are advised to carry with them at least three copies each of items no.1 and 2.
16. Post-Exchange Matters
Students must produce their academic transcripts issued by the host institutes to MPI’s Registry for credit conversion and / or subject equivalence.
17. How do I find out more about this exchange programme?
Interested students should refer to MPI’s website, News for Students, emails, or approach SAO / the relevant MPI Programme’s coordinator for information of the exchange programme.
  • Address: Student Affairs Office, Room A119, Chi Un Building, Macao Polytechnic Institute
  • Telephone: (853) 8599 6625
  • Email:
Students who are currently in Portugal can visit the International Student Office of each host institute for assistance.