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Rules & Quick Reference Guide

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To best help you through your time at CATÓLICA-LISBON but also in Lisbon, we have prepared a QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR MSc STUDENTS.

In here you will find everything you need to know about our school, our academic conduct and integrity, our resources, facilities, services, master programs, educational activities, administrative procedures and student life in general.

The STUDENT ASSESSMENT RULES compiles all useful information about exams, assessment rules, class absence policy, grading criteria, average criteria and plagiarism.

Please, do read it carefully, since you must make informed decisions. 

The Third Language Waive will only be accepted if you do a formal request in your personal area [E-SCA] or in the "Secretaria Escolar". 

Please be reminded that an original certificate is required and you will have to hand it in at the Secretaria Escolar > Library Building > Ground Floor. Should you not comply with this procedure, the Students Affairs cannot proceed with your request.

More information about this mandatory requirement HERE.

CATÓLICA-LISBON recognizes the outstanding performance of Master students for their achievements during the master program, with the Dean's List, and upon completion, with the Graduation with Honors.

For more information, please click HERE

The ACADEMIC INTEGRITY CODE aims to provide specific guidelines about students' expected behaviour while attending Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. 

Below you will find useful resources to better understand what constitutes plagiarism and how you can avoid it:

As usual, when in doubt do not hesitate to ask for advice from a Faculty member.

Master students must have completed at least 42 ECTS at CATÓLICA-LISBON before going abroad.

After completing all courses of the study plan, and before defending the thesis, students are allowed to take an additional semester of optional courses. In this case, another annual registration fee will be charged, plus the tuition fees of a full semester. The maximum number of credits allowed for this additional semester is 36 ECTS. 

Penalty for giving up from the International Master Program

A student who has been selected for a partner university, but decided to give up from the Exchange semester before going abroad, he/she will be requested to pay a penalty fee and will need to do a formal request to change for the national program with specialization or fill in the international requirement with an internship abroad.

A student that was abroad and completed the exchange semester, but failed to complete the minimum number of ECTS or decided to change to the national program, he/she will need to do a Formal Request to change to the national program with specialization. However, this student will continue paying the fee for the international program during the thesis semester.

The student that was abroad and completed the exchange semester successfully with a minimum of 18/20 ECTS approved, will not be allowed to change for the national program with specialization.

Courses in which a student has failed (at CATÓLICA-LISBON or abroad) do not appear in their final transcript. However, if and when applicable, the Central Administrative Services will include a note about the fact that the student did not comply with the requirement of completing at least 18 ECTS during the exchange semester. 

This is the note that will be included in that case:
The student completed an exchange semester abroad but did not fulfil the school's standard of obtaining a minimum of 18 ECTS credits during that period.


Courses failed are not taken into consideration when calculating a student's final average. 

The final average grade for students who started the program before Fall 2015:
The final MSc average grade is calculated as the weighted average of the curricular units which the student successfully completed with a quantitative grade (on a 0-20 scale), with the weights being given by the number of ECTS credits of each unit.