Below is a sampling of typical FAQs and our best answers to them. Please scroll to the end of the page for questions on costs and on the GRE examination.

General questions

What are the application deadlines for MIT Portugal programs?

The calls are open from January 25th to April 13th, 2016 (1st call, PhD) and from January 25th to June 23rd, 2016 (1st call, Advanced Courses). Please visit Apply for further information

I am finishing my five-year degree now. May I apply to the Program even though I will not have my degree certificate until later this year?

Yes, you may apply now. You will need to provide your degree certificate in September showing you have completed a five-year degree or a Bologna Master's degree.

Do classes take place every day? What if I’m working -- can I do this at night?

There are specific schedules for each of the programs. (Please check the Education section of this website.) Some classes take place during the work day and others are in the evenings and on the weekend. If you need more information than what you can find on the website ask the contact person of your chosen area (please check contacts)

How can I have access to the subjects that will be taught and their content?

The curriculum for the courses is listed online for each of the programs. (Please check the Education section of this website.) If you need more information than what you can find on the website ask the contact person of your chosen area (please check contacts)

How do I know if my English is good enough?

The Program requires English fluency. You must be able to interact at a highly professional level with MIT faculty and staff, understand all lectures in English, and read and write in English. As part of the candidacy process, you may be asked to conduct an interview, which will be in English.We do not accept any English test scores.

How long will I be able to stay at the MIT, in the US?

Visiting students will stay at MIT for one semester to 12 months.

I don't live close to any of the partner institutions. How do I know where to apply, or even if I have a chance to get in? Do I have to apply in person? If not, which documents do I need to submit?

Please see the Applying to the Program information online.

I have a degree in a field that is not related to one of the focus areas, but would like to further my knowledge in one of the areas. Can I do this?

Application's criteria and information about students' degrees being accepted into the program can be found here. You can also contact the coordination of each program directly. Please see contacts.

I have sent e-mails to one of the coordinators of a focus area, but have not received a reply. How can I access further detailed PhD information about the program?

Please direct your questions about a specific degree program to the contact person for that area. You may also send general questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How many letters of recommendation do I need, and what is the procedure for getting these letters to the MIT Portugal Program?

Two reference letters are required. Each focus area has an email address to which these letters must be sent You must provide your two referees the email address for the program to which you are applying; the letters must be emailed by each referee directly to MIT Portugal. (The reference letter template for the referees is available  pdf here ) It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that MIT Portugal receives both letters before the application deadline.

I've applied for a scholarship and did not get it. Can I apply again at a later date?

Applications for scholarships are open each year.

Is the call open only for Portuguese?

we accept applications regardless of the students' nationality. 

My company would like to find out more information about your program and possibly join it. What are the requirements? Can any company join?

Please visit the Program Affiliates section of the website.

What are the requirements? I finished my undergraduate studies  with a final grade of 14? Can I take the program?

The requirements for application to each of the programs is listed in the Applying to the Program section of the website.

What do I need to do to apply for an MIT Portugal PhD?

Application requirements for each of the programs is listed in the Applying to the Program section of the website.

What is the registration/enrollment procedure?

After admission to a program, the coordination of MIT Portugal and program’s coordination will provide you all  the necessary information and guidance to help you with the registration/enrollment procedure.

What's different and innovative about this program, when compared to others?

The MIT Portugal degree programs represent a historical first, in that they are each offered in association by multiple Portuguese institutions. This collaboration allows excellent Portuguese faculty to join with MIT professors in offering the degrees. The involvement of MIT Portugal's Program Affiliates also provides a high degree of access to corporate research opportunities and greater exposure to future employers. PhD scholarships recipients will also have the opportunity to spend intensive research periods at MIT.

Are the MIT Portugal Program degrees MIT degrees?

No, the degrees are offered by national consortia of universities in Portugal, and the diploma you receive will be a Portuguese diploma. However graduates do receive a certificate recognizing their completion of an MIT Portugal degree, and these certificates feature the MIT Portugal Program name and logo and state the support by MIT of these educational programs. In addition, MIT Portugal graduates are granted Affiliate Member status in the MIT Alumni Association.

When do classes start?

In Sustainable Energy Systems and Transportation Systems usually in September; in Bioengineering Systems and Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing in January.

I have the old Portuguese "licenciado" five-year degree, can I apply to the PhD programs?

Yes, as stated at the entry requirements section. 

In order to apply, how much must I know already about my future PhD thesis? Does it have to be worked out in detail or not at all?

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You do not need to have a work plan or specific topic for your PhD thesis. You will develop your research area once you enter the Program. However, you should use your Motivation Letter to indicate your potential areas of focus within your selected program's research topics, and describe your particular interests and how you wish to develop them in the context of the MIT Portugal Program.

Can I apply to more than one area? For example, if I am applying to the SES Program, can I apply simultaneously to the EDAM program?

Yes. However, to do this you must complete a separate application form for each course to which you wish to apply, justifying your serious interest in each.

Can I work in the USA with an MIT Portugal degree? Will it be recognized?

Non-US citizens who want to work in the US need to obtain a visa. This process requires the US employer to propose itself as your sponsor. In terms of recognition, the MIT Portugal Program Executive Master’s, MSc and PhD diplomas are official Portuguese degrees. Most US employers do not require their highly skilled employees to have US degrees. Some may ask you to provide proof of equivalency to certain US standards and/or a translation into English of your official course transcripts. Information on obtaining a US Visa is available here.


How much does this course cost? I did not get a scholarship but am still interested.

The PhD programs cost approximately 3000 Euros per year. The CTIS MSc program costs 9.000 Euros; the Sustainable Energy Systems Executive Master’s at Lisbon is 2.750 Euros; the Executive Master’s in Sustainable Energy Systems at Porto, in Bioengineering Systems and in Technology Management Enterprise are approximately 3000 Euros.

GRE Exam

Do I have to take the GRE General Exam to apply to the Program?

No. You may apply to the Program without a GRE score. However, candidates who completed their last degree five or more years ago, or whose final degree marks are not at the highest level, may want to consider submitting a GRE score in order to strengthen their application. Candidates for the Transportation Systems PhD and CTIS programs will be prioritized based on their submission of good GRE scores; candidates to otherprograms submitting GRE scores will receive a factor of preference.

What is the address of the GRE examination site in Portugal?

Prometric, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Campo Grande, 376; 1749-024, Lisboa, Portugal. (Website:

Online Application Form

What if I have difficulty submitting the online application form and materials?

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