Programme Structure

SUPERNOVA is organized into two-semester modules:

  • The Spring semester (applications from July to October) – Classes between February and June.
  • The Fall semester (applications from January to April) – Classes between September and January


More advanced candidates may complete the program in only one semester (either Fall or Spring). 

Candidates requiring a longer period of adjustment may have to follow two semesters of SUPERNOVA. The student will only be able to enroll in the second semester after the settlement of the enrollment fee and final payment. For more information, please check the fees page.

Candidates will follow two semesters of classes under SUPERNOVA, instead of only one, under the following circumstances:

  1. By request of the candidate;
  2. If the candidate does not pass the face-to-face Mathematics diagnostic test, an additional semester is required to attend Introductory Mathematics, and then proceed to the regular Mathematics course.
  3. Under the recommendation of the Admissions Committee;
  4. If the candidate does not pass the required courses after completing the first semester.


Additional flexibility is provided as the Program can be taken either online or face-to-face on Campus. This happens, however, with differentiated costs.

Candidates who opt to take the program online will necessarily have to pass an interview at the end of the program with the team of the Program Committee they intend to join at the undergraduate level. Also

SUPERNOVA offers semester courses taught by highly specialized academics from six different Schools at NOVA University:

  • NOVA School of Science and Technology (NOVA FCT)
  • Information Management School (NOVA IMS)
  • School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH)
  • NOVA Medical School (NMS)
  • NOVA School of Law (NOVA Law)
  • NOVA School of Business and Economics (NOVA SBE)

The subjects are the following:


The simple completion of SUPERNOVA with success might not guarantee direct access to one of the available Undergraduate Programs at NOVA or its partner Universities, for students who are citizens of the European Union, and therefore do not comply with the International Student Special Regime (a regimen designed specifically for candidates from outside the EU). Those interested in assessing directly the bachelors through SUPERNOVA must check this website at the desired institution and look into the Degree’s admission procedures.

In particular, some of the Schools at NOVA and partner Universities guarantee special immediate admission conditions for SUPERNOVA students. Specifically, for this purpose, candidates at the end of the SUPERNOVA must fulfil the following:

  1. Pass to all disciplines chosen from the SUPERNOVA study plan. The Programme’s study plan includes the following mandatory components and the disciplines required by each School mentioned in condition 3:
  2. Attend and pass Club of Ideas, available in Portuguese and English, candidates can choose according to their fluency in the language; and
  3. Compulsory English language course, except for candidates who are native speakers or can certify level B2 or above according to the CEFR (1 hour per day); or
  4. Compulsory Portuguese language course, except for candidates who are native speakers or can certify level B2 or above according to the CEFR (1 hour per day).
  5. Have a minimum attendance rate of 80% in all SUPERNOVA enrolled classes.
  6. Comply with the specific criteria for progression to the Bachelor’s Program they intend to enter (all disciplines below refer to the offer available to SUPERNOVA
  • Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology (Combination of two of the following subjects, depending on the degree chosen)
    • Pass Mathematics;
    • Pass Principles of Physics or Principles of Chemistry;
    • Biology
  • Digital Sciences
    • Pass Mathematics;
    • Pass Foundational Aspects of Data or Foundational Aspects of Information
    • Pass Physics (in the case of Computer Science)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Pass Introduction to Methods of Social Sciences
    • Pass Introduction to Law and Democracy
  • Life Sciences
    • Pass Biology; and
    • Pass Principles of Chemistry
  • Law
    • Pass Law and Democracy with at least a 60% grade
    • Pass Introduction to Methods of Social Sciences
  • Economics and Management
    • Pass Mathematics with a minimum grade of 70%;
    • Pass Principles of Microeconomics

At the end of SUPERNOVA, if students with international student status meet all the requirements mentioned above, they will be guaranteed admission to all NOVA Schools.

Students who wish to study at NOVA FCSH, NSL, NMS, and NOVA FCT will have to formalize their application with each one, complying with the schedule available on each one’s website. Students who wish to study at NOVA SBE and NOVA IMS will be automatically enrolled through an internal process.

The academic year in Portugal usually starts in September and ends in June, so all students who complete the fall edition of SUPERNOVA (September-January) will be able to attend the undergraduate courses they have chosen, but only as external students. Their undergraduate program will only officially begin in September when the academic year starts in Portugal. NOVA SBE is the only school that has a special admission that allows students to start studying the first year of the undergraduate program in February

If the students do not meet the above requirements, they can apply directly to a NOVA School like any other candidate under the International Student Special Regime. In this case, they will have to pass the school’s specific admission tests and start a new application process that does not guarantee immediate admission. However, at this stage, the frequency of the SUPERNOVA will give a positive weight during the analysis of the application. 

All students wishing to repeat the program must do so through the face-to-face version of SUPERNOVA.