University of Coimbra

coimbra_logoThe University of Coimbra (UC) is a public university in Coimbra, the “City of students. UC is one of the oldest universities in the world, the oldest university of Portugal, and one of its largest higher education and research institutions. University of Coimbra was founded a long time ago, in the time of the foundation of the Portuguese nation in the 13th century (1290).
It is considered to be the most cosmopolitan university in Portugal, hosting one of the largest international students’ communities in the country. The UC has around 20,000 students, eight different faculties, offering academic degrees in education, architecture, humanities, engineering, mathematics, law, medicine, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences and sports. UC is founder of the Coimbra Group, a world famous group of leading European research universities.


The admission at the UC is merit-based. The university has some programmes which are known for higher-than-average selectiveness. To these study programmes like biomedical engineering, pharmacy, medicine or architecture, admission is very difficult process. Acceptance rates may vary significantly from faculty to faculty or from department to department. International applicants usually make up around 10 percent of the applicant pool, and are considered individually by the merits achieved in their respective state of origin.

Scholarships coimbra_university

There are many different scholarship or internship possibilities. You will find all of them on this page.

The most popular is probably the  Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EM ECW).
The University of Coimbra makes part of MONESIA (MObility Network Europe-Southamerica: an Institutional Approach) an academic exchange project for academic staff, undergraduate, master, doctorate and post-doctorate students between Latin America and Europe and vice-versa. To learn more about this project and submit an application, please go to this page.

International applicants wanting to become part of UC can fulfill the online application HERE

Deadline for one academic year or first semester: until 1st of June

For this and similar issues you should best contact the International Relations Unit – DRI. DRI facilitates the mobility of students, teaching and administrative staff, supports and encourages all the activities developed within the University’s existing international networks and stimulates new initiatives. It also organises international meetings and keeps the media informed about the international activities conducted by the University.

Postal Address:
Universidade de Coimbra
Paço das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Phone: (+351) 239 859 800 (geral), (+351) 239 859 810/860

Official web page

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