Many professionals seek an international career and several countries in the European Union offer interesting opportunities for professional practice. The plan to change countries and start a new life involves planning, organizing, researching, diploma validation and many decisions to be made.

The first step for those who want to practice their profession in the European Union is to know the legal regulation of the category in the country of destination. 

How to qualify for a higher education diploma in Portugal?

The recognition in Portugal of academic degrees and higher education diplomas awarded by foreign institutions, is regulated by the Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of 16 August entered into force in the year 2019. This decree revoked the previous two Decree Law 283/83, of 21 June it's the Decree-Law 341/2007, of 12 October.

The procedure for the recognition of academic degrees and diplomas awarded by foreign higher education institutions is regulated by Ordinance No. 33/2019.

Dentistry (Dentistry)

In Portugal, the exercise of Dentistry (Dentistry) is regulated by Statute of Dentists, approved by Law No. 110/91, of 29 August, with the necessary changes.

To exercise of dentistry in Portugal, foreign professionals need to go through 2 stages:

1. Validation / equivalence of the undergraduate diploma at a Portuguese university;
2. Registration with the Portuguese Dental Association.

The first stage is the validation / equivalence of the diploma of the dentist course, which is divided into 3 phases:

1. Presentation of documentation;
2. Theoretical test;
3. Dissertation defense.


Before proceeding with the application, it should be noted whether the course completed in Brazil meets the following requirements:

Hours: 300 to 360 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).
Minimum duration: 10 semesters.

Related legislation:

Decree-Law No. 66/2018, of 16 August;

Ordinance No. 33/2019;

Law No. 110/91, of 29 August