Admissions & Finance

How to apply?


On this page, you will find out about the application process for Forward College, including what documents you must submit, the interview and accepting your offer.

Applications to Forward College open in October and close in July. However, we recommend that you apply before 31st March, as places for some programmes may be limited after that.

Check our Entry Requirements here.

How to Apply

Our application process includes an online Application Form to fill in, and documents to provide.

Once this is submitted, you will be invited for an informal conversation with a current Forward College student. During this time, our Admissions team will assess your application.

You will be contacted shortly after and, if your application is promising, you will be invited for an interview.


The Admissions team is available for questions at all times by email at


There is no application fee.


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1. Fill in your Application Form

You will start your application directly to Forward College via our online Application Form.

You will need to provide the following: copies of your school transcripts from the last two years or university studies if you are a transfer student; if available, please send us official translated copies in English; if required, proof of your English language level; examples of your extracurricular accomplishments or experiences;
a motivation letter can be submitted but is optional.

2. Book your Student Conversation

All Forward applicants are invited to have an informal conversation with a current Forward student. This is a chance for you to ask any questions about our programmes and student life. It is not recorded and does not count as part of your assessment.

3. Your Forward Interview

If you meet our entry requirements and we consider your application to be promising, you will be invited to an interview. The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes and is done virtually via Google Meet. It is not an assessment of your subject knowledge, rather a discussion to get to know you better, further assess your personality, how you think and communicate and your reasons for wanting to study the degree you have chosen, and joining Forward College.

4. Committee decision

Based on your interview and full application, a decision on whether you are admitted is made and communicated to you by email within the next few weeks. The timing of when you receive your decision will depend on when you submitted your application. We will require that you confirm your offer within the 4-5 weeks following the offer date.


If you meet the maths entry requirement and are applying to one of our quantitatively-intensive Bachelor’s degrees (Economics, Data Science) a Maths assessment will be arranged for you to take online. Based on your results, you may be accepted directly into the degree you have selected or contacted by the Admissions team for a discussion.

If you are thinking of applying for financial support, you can research the types of support we offer and our eligibility criteria on our dedicated page. Make sure to indicate this on your Application Form.

Click here for more information.

If you will be under 18 years old at the start of your course or if you wish to share any special needs you believe you have, please make sure to indicate these details on the Enrollment Form.

Application deadlines

There are 4 deadline dates by which you can complete and send your online Application Form. The table below shows you when you will receive the final decision.

Submit application by Receive final decision by
30-November 15-January
31-January 1-March
31-March 30-April
31-May 1-July
Late entry

Late Entry

You can still apply to Forward College after 31-May, but you will be considered only if places are available for your programme of choice. We will aim to inform you on a case-by-case basis over the summer.

We recommend that non-EU students apply before 31-March. We will aim to inform you within 4-5 weeks. You will need to confirm your place within 2-3 weeks.

Accepting your offer 


If you are successful in your application to Forward College and accept your offer, you will be sent a Certificate of Enrolment from Forward College. Following this, you can start preparing your move to Lisbon.

To confirm your enrolment, you will have to pay an enrolment deposit of EUR 1000. The deposit will be deducted from your first instalment of tuition fees. The deposit is refundable one month after the date by which you have accepted your offer. Refunds will not be allowed beyond after 30th of June 2023, except in the event of formal visa refusal. To receive a refund, you must submit your claim in writing as soon as you are able. A deduction fee of EUR180 will be applied for administrative costs.

Whether you are an EU/EEA or non-EU/EEA citizen, you will need to comply with the legislation of local authorities and different EU member states where you will be studying.

As a European student, you are entitled to study at a university in any EU country under the same conditions as nationals. However, conditions of entry vary between individual countries.

By European students, we mean students from one of the countries of the European Union, from one of the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA) (EU + Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein), and from Switzerland.

As a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, as well as complying with the local legislation and registration, you will need to apply for student visas as you move across the Forward College campuses in the EU. Conditions of entry vary between individual countries.

Please note that visa applications can take up to three months. It is therefore important that you start your application as soon as you have accepted your offer.

We will fully refund any paid course fees in the case of a formal visa refusal. Refunds will be subject to a €180 administrative charge.


We are committed to providing Forward College students with all the assistance and support they need to settle into life in each country and city. 

Each city has its own Campus Manager who is responsible for supporting you with administrative matters and/or legal requirements.

Check out our Application FAQs here for more information on visa applications and other travel costs or get in touch with Admissions team here.

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