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Universidade De Coimbra

The University of Coimbra (UC) is a Portuguese public university. Established in 1290, it is one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest university of Portugal, and one of its largest higher education and research institutions. It is a founding member of the Coimbra Group, a group of leading European research universities, whose inaugural meeting it hosted. The University of Coimbra has approximately 20,000 students, and hosts one of the largest communities of international students in Portugal, being the most cosmopolitan Portuguese university.

This city of Coimbra, sitting on the banks of the River Mondego, was once the capital of the emerging country of Portugal. The city has always been a center of learning, poetry, and art. Evidence of the Roman occupation of these lands is found throughout the city. The Monastery of Santa Cruz now houses art that once belonged to the Romans who first colonized this area. The first king of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, died at this monastery. Roman art is also a key part of the artifacts in the city’s Old Cathedral. Today, university students often sing Fado, a particularly Portuguese musical genre, from the steps of this cathedral. The architectural prize at the University goes to the Baroque style library, which was called “the most beautiful and richly decorated library” by a 19th Century diplomat. Its gold-painted shelves hold more than 250,000 books.

Number of MAUI/AEN students you can accept during 2014/15 6 students (3 in each semester)
Contact person for incoming students

Mrs. Teresa Silva
Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Largo D. Dinis, Apartado 3026
3001-401 COIMBRA, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 857 003, Fax: +351 239 857 002

Contact person for outgoing students Mrs. Ana Isabel Ferreira
Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Largo D. Dinis, Apartado 3026
3001-401 COIMBRA, Portugal
Phone: +351 239 857 003, Fax: +351 239 857 002
General University Website
International Office/Website for Incoming Students

Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students All areas except Agricultural Sciences
Open undergraduate areas of study taught in English

You can find the list at
Please check regularly for updates

Are graduate areas open for exchange?


Areas of study open to graduate exchange students

All areas except Agricultural Sciences

Open graduate areas of study taught in English

You can find the list at
Please check regularly for updates

Can advanced undergraduate exchange students take graduate level courses?


Can graduate students take undergraduate level courses?


Areas of study restricted to prior bilateral agreements between exchange departments or faculties


Areas of study not available to MAUI/AEN students Agricultural Sciences
Websites for course offerings;

Are summer courses available as exchange (non fee-paying)?


Language test certificate required? No
Orientation session(s) for incoming students Beginning of September. No costs for students
Academic Calendar

Mid-September - Beginning February
Mid-February - mid-June

Examination period(s) January; June/July
If there is a break between the academic course calendar and exams, can arrangements be made so the student may take exams early? Yes; Subject to the approval of local Coordinator
Application deadline for each term Autumn Term: June 1st; Spring Term: November 1st
Application website.

How does the application and admissions process differ for undergraduates versus graduates? It doesn't differ
Course registration deadline 1 week after the beginning of the semester
Do students register for classes in advance or upon arrival? Upon arrival
Are prior arrangements needed to secure a visa before arrival in country? Yes
Language Requirements Main regular courses are taught in Portuguese language
For further information please see
Language test certificate required?


Preparatory language course for incoming students? Yes; Available at
Are there any special advising or registrations concerns that students should be aware of? Are services available to assist in registration or course selection?
Is housing assistance available? How do students apply, and is it guaranteed? Yes;
Housing options
Housing Website and Contact Person(s)
Do students apply for housing with their regular application or is it separate? It is separate. Information available at
Is housing available between breaks in the term? Yes
Is there a campus meal plan? Yes;
Total cost estimates per month in Euro  
-Housing Average: 300€ / month
-Meals Average: 10€/day
-Books 100€
-Local Transportation 22€/month
-Health Insurance It depends on the coverage
-Other Enrollment fee: 20€
Last update of this information January 2014