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 (academic transcripts, examples of personal extra-curricular achievements and experiences, proof of your English language level). 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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Online application form

This step requires you to provide personal information, an overview of your academic grades including your transcripts from the last two years of high school (or university if you are a transfer student) as well as an English proficiency test and examples of your extra-curricular accomplishments.

Student conversation

The conversation is a chance for you to ask any questions about our programme and student life. It is not recorded and does not count as part of your assessment.

Personal interview

If you meet our entry requirements, you will be invited to an official interview. It will last 45 minutes and is done virtually on 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, how you communicate and your reasons for wanting to join Forward and the programme(s) you applied for.

Maths assessment (Quantitative degrees)

If you are applying to one of our quantitative Bachelor’s degrees (Data science, Business & Management, Economics, Economics & Politics) a Maths proficiency test will be arranged for you to take online and in limited time. You will need to score with a minimum of 50% to be considered.

Committee decision

Based on your interview and full application, a decision on whether you are admitted is made and communicated to you by email. The timing of when you receive your decision will depend on when you submitted your application.

Application deadlines

Based on your interview and full application, we will contact you with our final decision. The timing of when you receive your offer will depend on when you submit your application as per the table below. 

If you receive an offer, we will require that you confirm your choice within 4-5 weeks following the offer date.

There are 3 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

You can sign up to either of these sessions; however, we recommend that non-EU students apply by the 30-November deadline.

Submit application by Receive final decision by Confirm your place by
30-November 15-January 15-February
31-January 1-March 31-March
31-March 15-May 15-June

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. 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.

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. 

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.

Other considerations

Financial support
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 the Application Form.  Click here for more information.

Under 18s and Special Needs
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 Application Form.

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