A Short Cycle (CTeSP - Professional Higher Technical Course) is a higher education study cycle with 120 ECTS (2 academic years), consisting of a curriculum organized into different components: general, scientific training; technical training; and on-the job training (internship). A Short Cycle confers a level 5 professional higher technician diploma from the National Qualifications Framework in the training areas taught. Holders of a higher professional technician diploma can access and enter the integrated bachelor's and master's study cycles through a special access call designed for them, and receive the respective academic degree.


A Short Cycle includes 3 training components:

  • General and Scientific Training (up to 30%);
  • Technical Training (70% minimum);
  • On-the-job training (Internships in public and private companies/organizations).

The General and Scientific Training and the Technical Training is developed throughout the 3 first semesters (1,5 school years), and in the last semester the student is placed in an internship in one of the public or private companies or organizations with which we have protocols.


The Short Cycles are covered by the Erasmus+ Program mobility

WHO CAN BE ADMITTED in a Short Cycle?

Students who have completed secondary school (whichever path, with or without national exams)

Students covered by the "23+ access regime"

Students who hold a CET (Technology Specialization Course) diploma

Students with Higher Education diplomas (vocational retraining)

REASONS TO ENROL in a Short Cycle

Exemption from national exams for admission to Higher Education;

Guaranteed internship in a real work context (1 semester)

Courses with greater employability;

Possibility of continuing with studies (Bachelor's Degree).


Students without national exams or with a score under 9.5 in national exams must take an entrance exam at ISEC Lisboa;

Students applying for a Short Cycle at ISEC Lisboa will be interviewed.

The legal framework of the CTeSP (Short Cycle) is provided for in Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of March 24, amended by Decree-Law No. 63/2016, of September 13, and Decree-Law No. 65/2018, of August 16