International Relations

International Relations Unit

Free Mover Program

Studying at the University of Coimbra as a "FREE MOVER"

International students from non-partner or from partner Universities, who have already used their opportunity of exchange, have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at the University of Coimbra as FREE MOVERS students.

FREE MOVERS may choose course units of the different study programmes offered by the faculties, but mainly from the faculty where they will be enrolled. Please note that this study plan must also be approved by the area Coordinator.

FREE MOVERS have access to all facilities and services of the University of Coimbra, as other enrolled exchange students.


A FREE MOVER must have finished at least three study terms at their home university and have sufficient Portuguese and/ or English knowledge. Also, it is required a proof that the home university agrees with this type of mobility.

The application procedures to the University of Coimbra are done ONLINE at www.uc.pt/en/driic/estudantesIN/CandidatIN/. It is compulsory to follow the process in our web site. Please read carefully the application guide before starting the application.

Contact persons

For questions concerning the program, please consult the International Relations Unit via dri.intstudy@uc.pt.


FREE MOVERS are required to pay fees to the University of Coimbra, which can vary depending on the number of chosen ECTS credits. Please note that this amount is reviewed each year and you should email the programme Contact person about it. You will also have to pay for school insurance and tax registration (amount approved yearly and published in Official Journal).

Organization: dates, choice of courses

In Winter semester lectures start usually in the beginning of September. The Summer semester lectures start approximately in the second week of February. Please find the exact dates in the academic calendar of the University of Coimbra at www.uc.pt/international-applicants/estudar-viver-coimbra/mais-info/calendario

Course descriptions

Information on course curricula is indicated on the application guide and up to date at:

If you need further assistance with the study plan you may contact the area coordinator for help; the contacts may be found here: www.uc.pt/en/driic/Coordenadores/

Registration, practical info and academic supervision

After your arrival you should come to the Casa da Lusofonia – International Student Lounge to register and receive all practical information. 

Afterwards you will be able to consult your academic coordinator from your Faculty about course offerings, class schedules and all other questions related to the topic. Please note that the International Office Unit cannot provide information about academic issues such as course contents, class schedules, etc. After completing the semester we will send you a Transcript of Records with ECTS credits.

For further questions, please contact the International Relations Unit: dri.intstudy@uc.pt