NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities



The NOVA way of being in the social sciences, arts and humanities
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities - NOVA University of Lisbon (NOVA FCSH) opened its doors in January 1978 with a focus on the social sciences and humanities, challenging the leading role of the Colleges of Letters in the Portuguese panorama.
Since that year, NOVA FCSH has been a pioneer in many areas of knowledge, but, above all, in the vision it has developed for teaching and research, which winds up today in a permanent commitment: interdisciplinarity, internationalization and transfer of knowledge for society.
The NOVA way of being in the social sciences, the arts and the humanities is reflected in the numbers of excellence, in the people who are part of the community and in our daily challenges.
For the academic year 2020-21, NOVA FCSH offers 15 undergraduate degrees; 43 master's degrees, nine of which in teaching; 24 doctorates; 14 postgraduate courses and one specialization course.
The academic community welcomes almost 5,000 students, more than 300 professors, most of whom with a PhD, and about 1,500 researchers, of whom 150 are full-time staff. It also offers more than 400 mobility protocols in 22 countries.
Leadership is part of its DNA: it achieved first place in Social and Human Sciences research regarding the most cited publications (CWTS Leiden ranking of 2019); of the 14 Research Units evaluated by the Foundation for Science and Technology, eight had the classification Excellent and four obtained Very Good; it was considered the best university in Portugal to study arts and humanities (2017 Times Higher Education ranking).

NOVA FCSH has two campuses: at Avenida de Berna, where the undergraduate, master's and postgraduate courses are taught, and at Campolide (Colégio Almada Negreiros), where the Research Units and Doctoral courses operate.

Mobility students

International and National Mobility
The School of Social Sciences and Humanities has made considerable efforts on internationalization and receives an increasing number of students and teachers from internationally acknowledged universities every year. The School has established a wide network of partnerships to this effect. The University participates in several European programmes, namely Erasmus+, Erasmus-Mundus and Santander Universities Scholarships.

NOVA FCSH hosts several partnerships with international higher education institutions for the mobility of students, by means of bilateral agreements.

The Almeida Garrett programme provides a national framework for the mobility of students in Portugal, with the aim of reinforcing the quality and dimension of the national higher education system.
This program allows students to attend a partner Portuguese university, in a given period of mobility, assuring full academic recognition.

Outgoing students can apply to universities offering positions for students, in accordance with the regulations. More information is available at the School’s Intranet.

For incoming students, for the mobility take place, partner Universities need to nominate their students and should send all necessary documentation, properly completed, signed and stamped.
After arriving at NOVA FCSH, mobility students should go to NEIMA-International Students & Exchange Office - 1st Floor of Tower B (Ticket International/Erasmus), in order to receive all necessary information regarding administrative procedures.


Academic authorities

  • Conselho de Faculdade Presidente: Joana Gomes Cardoso. Personalidades externas: Joana Gomes Cardoso, João Duarte Fernandes, Maria Helena Roseta, Ricardo Araújo Pereira. Representantes dos Docentes e Investigadores: João Aires de Freitas Leal, Henrique Nuno Pires Severiano Teixeira, Salwa El-Shawan Castelo-Branco, Diogo Sasseti Ramada Curto, Maria Helena do Nascimento Rego Pereira Trindade Lopes, José Manuel Viegas Neves, João Mário Lourenço Bagão Grilo, Luís Vicente Baptista, Maria Margarida Abreu de Figueiredo Medeiros Mendes Godinho. Representante dos Estudantes: Bárbara de Carvalho Raposo. Representante dos trabalhadores não docentes e não investigadores: Pedro Manuel Coutinho Diniz de Sousa.
  • Diretor Francisco José Gomes Caramelo
  • Subdiretor - Estudantes Maria Antónia Diniz Caetano Coutinho
  • Subdiretor - Gestão Curricular e Avaliação Maria José Leitão Barroso Roxo
  • Subdiretor - Investigação Susana Salvaterra Trovão
  • Subdiretor-adjunto - Apoio à Gestão Curricular e Avaliação do Ensino Luís Manuel Aires Ventura Bernardo
  • Subdiretor-adjunto - Apoio à Gestão de Projetos de Investigação Catarina Maria dos Santos Guerra Tente
  • Subdiretor-adjunto - Comunicação António Maria Salvado Coxito Granado
  • Subdiretor-adjunto - Internacionalização e Relações Externas Fabrizio Macagno
  • Conselho Gestao Francisco Caramelo (Diretor); Isabel Antunes (Administradora Executiva); Susana Trovão, Maria José Roxo, Maria Antónia Coutinho (Vogais)
  • Conselho Científico Presidente: Francisco Caramelo; Membros efetivos: Susana Salvaterra Trovão, Maria José Roxo, Amélia Aguiar Andrade, Carlos Ceia, João Luís Lisboa, João Paulo Oliveira e Costa, Paulo Filipe Monteiro, Iva Pires, João Soeiro de Carvalho, Clara Maria Abreu Rowland, Clara Nunes Correia, Margarida Brito Alves, Catherine Moury, André Teixeira, Fabrizio Macagno
  • Conselho Pedagógico Presidente: Maria José Roxo (por delegação); Representantes dos Docentes e Investigadores: Alexandra Maria Pinheiro Pelucia; Luís Manuel Bernardo, Luís Miguel Chaves, Maria Zulmira Veríssimo Castanheira; Representantes dos Estudantes: Gonçalo João Dias Santos Veiga, Pedro Daniel Gomes Fernandes, Pedro Alexandre Amendoeira Mendes, Daniel Ricardo Pinho Anselmo
  • Conselho de Estudantes Presidente da AE da NOVA FCSH: Pedro Fernandes; Estudante eleita para o Conselho de Faculdade: Bárbara de Carvalho Raposo; Membros eleitos: Pedro Monteiro Costa Rodrigues de Sá Catarina Martins Carneiro Pires Rodrigo Dias Lourenço
  • Administrador Isabel Antunes

Admission and enrollment

Students are admitted to NOVA FCSH, through the National Access Competition for Higher Education, and register at the Academic Services - Undergraduate Section, within the period set by ministerial dispatch. In addition to the payment of the first instalment of tuition fees, administrative costs and educational insurance, the following documents are also required:
- 2 photographs
- Identity Card (original)
- Tax Payer Number (original)

Students who have applied for admission through other Special Admission Procedures "Concursos Especiais" (older than 23 years of age and/or holders of higher education and training qualifications), as well as Transfers, Course changes and Readmissions, should register at the Academic Services - Undergraduate Section, after the decision concerning their application process is taken.

Applications for 1st cycle courses under the Regulation of the International Student
Information at

After the selection process has been completed, students who have been admitted register at the Academic Services - Masters Section (see the school's academic calendar in this Guide). In addition to the payment of the first instalment of tuition fees, administrative costs and educational insurance, the following documents are also required:
- Identity Card (original)
- Tax Payer Number (original)
- Certificate of competence (original plus one copy)

After the selection process has been completed, students who have been admitted register at the Academic Services - PhD Section (see the school's academic calendar in this Guide). In addition to the payment of the first instalment of tuition fees, administrative costs and educational insurance, the following documents are also required:
- Identity Card (original)
- Tax Payer Number (original)
- Certificate of competence (original plus one copy)

Practical information


Mário Sottomayor Cardia Library
The BMSC was named after Professor Mário Sottomayor Cardia in 2008, following the donation of his private book collection, made by the family to the Faculty. This library is open to students, teachers, researchers and NOVA FCSH workers, as well as to anyone interested. Holder of a colletion with more than 150 thousand titles (142 thousand books, 4 thousand magazines and 4 thousand units of non-book material) BMSC asserts itself as a reference library in the area of ​​Social Sciences and Humanities.

Location: NOVA FCSH, Torre B, 1st Floor
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 8.00pm. Saturdays 9.30am to 1.30pm.

Vitorino Magalhães Godinho Library
The BVMG Library is a specialized library, dedicated to research and aimed, above all, at researchers. It is so named since 2018, following the donation of the library by Professor Vitorino Magalhães Godinho, made by the family to the Faculty. In addition to this private library, BVMG also provides documentary funds from 14 NOVA FCSH Research Units. Here, the Samuel Schwarz Library is also housed, a collection with unique characteristics that mainly deals with the history, culture and religion of the Jewish people, preserving works that date from 1510 to 1953.

Location: NOVA FCSH, Colégio Almada Negreiros, 1st Floor
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10h30am to 6h30pm.

Mapoteca's main mission is to make cartographic information available to students and teachers from all departments and research units of NOVA FCSH. It has a cartography collection produced by several Institutions, of different editions and at different scales, which covers the national territory, as well as a good part of the former colonial territories.

Other equipments

Laboratories | Computer rooms | Studios | Wireless Internet available throughout the Campus

Interchange programs

The School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH) participates in several European and global programmes, namely:
- Erasmus+;
- Erasmus-Mundus
- Santander Universities Scholarships
- CIEE - College Study Abroad
- SiPn - Study in Portugal Network
NOVA FCSH promotes a great number of partnerships with international higher education institutions, for the mobility of students, through bilateral agreements.


NOVA FCSH supports the professional integration of its students, fostering activities that aim to expose them to the job market, as well as to entrepreneurial activities as a means for personal and professional development. 
Professional Integration and Alumni Office (NIPAA) develops its activity in the following areas: 
- Professional guidance and counselling for students and recent graduates;
- Development of training activities and events focused on student and graduate employability;
- Fostering of entrepreneurial activities; 
- Searching for and communicating job/internship opportunities to students and recent graduates;
- Corporate relations - Reception and communication of job/internship opportunities;
- Support regarding students and alumni recruitment, including the organization of corporate presentation events on campus.


NOVA FCSH provides several scholarships for undergraduate, masters and PhD students, in order to support and award its students’ merit.
- ESTUDAR+ Scholarships
- Santander Future Scholarships
- TOP Scholarships
- NOVA Merit Scholarships
- NOVA Social Welfare Services Scholarships

Language courses

Language courses
Portuguese Language Courses for foreigners
Coordinated by: Professor Susana Correia
Semester Courses| Summer Course
More information available on

ILNOVA - Language Institute of Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Director: Professor Doutor Carlos Ceia
Vice-director: Professor Isabel Oliveira Martins

Food services

NOVA FCSH’s students have a canteen that serves meals at reduced prices and access to all SASNOVA units, as well as food services belonging to all other Public Higher Education Institutions in Lisbon.
In addition to the canteen, NOVA FCSH further provides:
- SASNOVA’s snack-bar, located at Floor 0, B Tower
Schedule: from 7:30AM until 8PM.
- Com Sabor Restaurant - located at NOVA FCSH’s campus
Schedule: from 8AM until 10PM.

Special needs facilities

NOVA FCSH provides access ramps to the elevators at Towers A and B, as well as accessible restrooms in all buildings and floors.
At the IT Office, in building B2, the following computer equipment specially adapted for the use of blind and visually impaired students is available:
- JAWS 11.0 (screen reader);
- Openbook (character recognition software);
- Magic 11.0 (screen enlargement software);
- Winbraille and Braille Índex Everest printer (software and printer for braille printing).
Students that wish to access specific support or conditions during their academic course due to special needs should request the Special Needs Statute. For this purpose, students must fill out the respective form, attaching medical reports and/or other documents, after the enrolment at NOVA FCSH.
Contacts: Student and Candidate Support Office -

Student association

Student association
NOVA FCSH Student Union:

Other information

Summer School (Escola de Verão)
Coordinator: Professor Clara Nunes Correia
NOVA FCSH launches every year, from july to september, a Summer School with intensive training programmes and short-term courses in all areas of Social Sciences and Humanities. Available to the general public, from Portugal or from the rest of the world, these courses aims at providing students an introduction or in-depth topics or specific materials covering all scientific fields taught at NOVA FCSH. Students will find a great opportunity to expand and develop skills with higher education lecturers and at the same time a privileged space for dialogue and a meeting point for people from Portuguese-speaking countries, Europe and the rest of the world. Upon successful completion, each course is worth a number of ECTS credits which may be recognised as part of ongoing studies. The Summer School courses are also accredited to primary or secondary school teachers.
Tel.: 21 790 83 32

Innovation Centre
The Innovation Centre is a NOVA FCSH organization dedicated to supporting the creation and initial development of companies, cooperatives and other economic projects of their students, recent graduates, alumni and researchers, and the transfer of knowledge among the faculty, their research units and economic actors in the fields of social sciences, arts and humanities. More Information at our website.

School calendar

1st Cycle - Enrolment in course units (for already registered students of previous year): 2020-08-27 -> 2020-09-04

2nd Cycle – Applications - 1st call: 2020-02-17 -> 2020-03-29

2nd Cycle/Postgraduate courses - Applications - 2nd call: 2020-03-30 -> 2020-06-19

2nd Cycle - Admissions/Enrolment in classes - 1st call: 2020-04-23 -> 2020-04-30

2nd Cycle – Registration of master thesis/project/internship - 1st semester (at InforEstudante): 2020-06-01 -> 2020-09-30

2nd Cycle/Postgraduate courses - Admissions/Enrolment (2nd call): 2020-07-16 -> 2020-07-27

3rd Cycle - Applications (1st call): 2020-02-17 -> 2020-03-29

3rd Cycle - Applications (2nd call): 2020-03-30 -> 2020-06-19

3rd Cycle - Admissions/Enrolment/ Request Credit Transfer (for 1st call admitted candidates): 2020-04-23 -> 2020-04-30

3rd Cycle - Admissions/Enrolment/ Request Credit Transfer (for 2nd call admitted candidates): 2020-07-16 -> 2020-07-27

Christmas Break: 2020-12-21 -> 2021-01-03

Carnival Break: 2021-02-15 -> 2021-02-16

Easter Break: 2021-03-29 -> 2021-04-05