All children are entitled to enroll in the Portuguese education system, even if they are not officially residents.


Please note that due to COVID-19 pandemic, school enrollments must be made temporarily online, at:


If it is not possible to meet the above requirements, enrollments can be made in person at the chosen school. In that case, we recommend that you contact the school directly.

Foreign students and students attending foreign study plans who require an equivalence process, should contact the educational institution of 1st preference in order to submit the equivalence request, after submitting the online registration.


For further information, please contact the school in your area of residence or visit the website of the General Directorate for Education (Direção Geral da Educação) > here

For more information on school registration, contact the General Administration for School Institutions (Direção-Geral dos Estabelecimentos Escolares – DGEstE) via helpline (Monday to Friday 10:00AM-12:30PM and 02:00PM-04:30PM) or via email.

  • North Headquarter - DGEstE - Direção de Serviços da Região Norte (DSRN)

      Helpline: (+351) 225 191 917/28/61


  • Lisbon Headquarter - DGEstE - Direção de Serviços da Região de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo (DSRLVT)

      Helpline: (+351) 218 434 691/52



  • Algarve Headquarter -DGEstE - Direção de Serviços da Região do Algarve (DSRAL)

      Helpline: (+351) 289 893 953



  • Centre Headquarter - DGEstE - Direção de Serviços da Região Centro (DSRC)

      Helpline: (+351) 239 798 800/819/873



  • Alentejo Headquarter - DGEstE - Direção de Serviços da Região do Alentejo (DSRA)

      Helpline: (+351) 266 757 914/24/54



The requirements and conditions for studying in Portuguese Universities and similar institutions should be provided by the institution concerned and by the General Directorate for Superior Education (Direção Geral do Ensino Superior) > here  


If you need support with translation, we recommend you contact the High Commission for Migration (Alto Comissariado para as Migrações - ACM) support line (Linha de Apoio ao Migrante), which can provide you with information in English > here