Sao Tome and Principe | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
A Minus GPA
B Plus GPA
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Masters Equiv.
Recognized Universities

Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe (USTP)
Universidade Lusíada de São Tomé e Príncipe (ULSTP)

Notes for Sao Tome and Principe

There are two main types of degree offered – the Licenciatura and the Bacharelato.

The Licenciatura is the most common undergraduate programme. It is a four- or five-year degree and is offered in most subjects. It is based on coursework and does not have a significant independent research component. Some five-year Licenciatura degrees had a broad first year of study known as ano zero, ano propedêutico or ano preparatório considered the equivalent of year 12 of school.

Subjects in the foundation year may have included Portuguese, English language, Portuguese and sociology.

The Bacharelato is less common the Licenciatura and tends to be shorter in duration, at three or four years in length.

The Instituto Superior de Ciências de Saúde (ISCS) of Universidade de São Tomé e Príncipe(USTP) offers the Bacharelato in nursing and some allied health subjects, whilst the university’s Instituto Superior de Educação e Comunicação (ISEC) offers the Bacharelato in some teaching specialisms.

Postgraduate degrees are not awarded by the three local higher education institutions. The only postgraduate provision in the country is offered by a Portuguese university using local facilities.

Last Update: September, 13, 2020

Last modified: October 19, 2020