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Arriving

Travelling to Coimbra

Legal Procedures in Portugal

Administrative Procedures at the International Office

Language requirements

Living Costs

Finding your way in the University

Health Care


Travelling to Coimbra

Portugal makes part of the network of the major international airlines, so it is easy to find frequent and regular connections from all parts of the world. The airports nearer to Coimbra are located in Lisboa (190 km away) and in Porto (120 km away).

From Lisboa (Humberto Delgado) International Airport
train

By train: you will need to take the metro or to catch a taxi to Lisboa Oriente railway station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes. Trains to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours.

There are two railway stations in Coimbra: Coimbra A– Estação Nova, “The New Station” and Coimbra-B – Estação Velha, “The Old Station”. All trains stop at Coimbra B. Once there, you should take a shuttle to Coimbra-A (your train ticket already includes this short trip). That will be the best choice, if you’re staying downtown looking for your accommodation or if you intent to come directly to the International Relations Unit. 

In order to get to the International Relations Unit, you should take bus number 103 (bus stop near Coimbra A Station). This bus will stop right at the University, near the Faculty of Medicine. When you step out, walk to Largo D. Dinis (large roundabout with a statue in the middle) and go to Casa da Lusofonia - International Student Lounge.

If you prefer to take a taxi, you should ask the driver to go to the University, Largo D. Dinis, taking the way of Rua de Aveiro (Aveiro Street).

CP - Train schedules

By express bus: you will need to catch a taxi to “Sete Rios” Bus Station; the journey should take approximately 10 minutes. Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately 2 hours and a half.

Check the website of the Express Buses Network to check the timetable and prices.

By transfer: the shared transfer service Coimbra Airport Shuttle offers numerous daily shuttles going to or departing from the airports of Lisbon and Porto.

Check the website of the Coimbra Airport Shuttle to check the timetable and prices.

From Porto (Francisco Sá Carneiro) International Airport
train

By train: from Porto airport you will need to travel to Gare da Campanhã (the main train station in Porto). It is recommended that you travel to this station by taxi or underground metro. You will find taxis readily available at the front of the airport and the underground station as well. You should expect the journey to take approximately 30 minutes. Several trains run from Porto to Coimbra daily. You should expect the journey to take one hour and a half.

There are two railway stations in Coimbra: Coimbra A– Estação Nova, “The New Station” and Coimbra-B – Estação Velha, “The Old Station”. All trains stop at Coimbra B. Once there, you should take a shuttle to Coimbra-A (your train ticket already includes this short trip). That will be the best choice, if you’re staying downtown looking for your accommodation or if you intent to come directly to the International Relations Unit. 

In order to get to the International Relations Unit, you should take bus number 103 (bus stop near Coimbra A Station). This bus will stop right at the University, near the Faculty of Medicine. When you step out, walk to Largo D. Dinis (large roundabout with a statue in the middle) and go to Casa da Lusofonia - International Student Lounge.

If you prefer to take a taxi, you should ask the driver to go to the University, Largo D. Dinis, taking the way of Rua de Aveiro (Aveiro Street).

CP - Train schedules

By express bus: you will need to travel by metro (line E) until the “24 de Agosto” Stop (30 minutes). From there, walk to the Bus Station “Terminal Rodoviário", Street: “Campo 24 de Agosto, n.º 125” (2 minutes). Express buses to Coimbra run every hour and you should expect the journey to take approximately one hour and a half.

Check the website of the Express Buses Network to check the timetable and prices.

By transfer: the shared transfer service Coimbra Airport Shuttle offers numerous daily shuttles going to or departing from the airports of Lisbon and Porto.

Check the website of the Coimbra Airport Shuttle to check the timetable and prices.

Legal Procedures in Portugal

Non-European Union citizens entering Portugal through a EU border without control shall hand in a "Declaration of Entry" at the nearest Portuguese Foreign Office within three working days after arrival. Failing to do this implies the payment of a fine.

Administrative Procedures at the International Office

Erasmus+ and Other Mobility Programme Students

What to do after arrival?

1. Attend your Welcome Session on the indicated venue:

  • Pay full attention to the information and documents given to you;
  • Receive the arrival and departure certificate/ ask for signature in your home university certificate;
  • Receive your student card. If the card is not yet available, go to inforestudante.uc.pt, left-hand menu Academic Service > Certificates > Generate new certificate and select the option Multipurpose Certificate. This certificate can be used to identify you as a UC student, while you wait for your student card;
  • Receive a declaration to register in the Foreign Office (SEF) or at the City Hall (CMC);
  • Receive a form to make changes to the Learning Agreement.


2. Activate student email and pay the registration/school insurance

  • After your Welcome Session, go to inforestudante.uc.pt and activate your student account - read carefully the message in the system. The new login issued by the system should be used to access the UC Eduroam wireless network, which you can check how to configure at www.uc.pt/wifi
  • In order to attend UC, students have to pay the registration and school insurance fee in the amount of 20 EUR. The school insurance is valid in the University Campuses during academic activities.
  • The payment details are available at inforestudante.uc.pt, left hand menu Academic Service> Tuition fees> Itens a Pagamento.


3. Meet with the UC Mobility Coordinator(s) to:

  • Present yourself and get to know him/her;
  • Check the enrolment and registration in the menu Curricular Data and your class timetable in the menu Schedules at inforestudante.uc.pt;
  • Verify if you need to make changes to the Learning Agreement. If yes, those changes have to be justified and authorized by the UC Mobility Coordinator (cf. article 20º of the UC Academic Regulation nr. 341/2015), by filling in the form to make changes to the Learning Agreement. Within the maximum time limit of 1 month, this form has to be signed by you and the home and host Mobility Coordinators and handed in at Casa da Lusofonia or in the International Office of your Faculty (FCDEF; FDUC; FEUC; FMUC; FPCE).


4. Ask for residence Permit/ Visa Extension

These procedures apply to non-European Union citizens and have to be requested to the Foreign Office at Loja do Cidadão or Casa da Lusofonia. For that purpose you have to schedule an interview 90 days before the expiry date of your permit/ visa.

> Interview appointments have to be done by phone/ Web at sef.pt.

European Citizen Registration

This registration applies to European Union, European Economic Area, Andorra and Switzerland citizens, staying for more than 3 months, and has to be done at the City Hall desk at Loja do Cidadão.

Useful contacts

Casa da Lusofonia – International Student Lounge
Rua do Arco da Traição | 3000-056 Coimbra
Office hours for incoming mobility students: Monday to Thursday | 09h30 to 13h00
E-mail: dri.intstudy@uc.pt

Citizen Shop (“Loja do Cidadão”)
Avenida Central 16/18/20 | 3000-607 Coimbra
Office hours: week days | 08h30 to 19h30; Saturdays | 09h30 to 15h00

Serviços de Acção Social
Serviço de Alojamento/ Accommodation Office
Rua Oliveira Matos nº 27 | 3000-305 Coimbra
Tel: +351.239.101.282 E-mail: gabadmin@sas.uc.pt
Office hours | Week days 9:30h-11:30h and 14:30h-16:30h

Public Security Police
Rua Olímpio Nicolau | 3000-303 Coimbra | Tel. 239 863 000

Civil Protection/ Rescue Operations
Rua Antero de Quental 153 | 3000-032 Coimbra | Tel. 239 854 060

National Emergency Number: 112

Language requirements

Since the majority of course units are conducted in Portuguese, Erasmus students are strongly advised to take the OLS preparation course available online (access is provided by the home institution). Non-Portuguese speakers can also take the “Portuguese Language Erasmus” semester course, as long as they include it in their Learning Agreement when applying for mobility. They can also attend the Intensive Language Preparation Course at the beginning of each semester, in September and February (enrolment subject to fees).

A number of course units is also offered in English and, in most cases, exchange students can make arrangements with lecturers in order to be allowed to do examinations or submit assignments in English (or other language, if both parts know it).

Modern Language studies are usually half taught in Portuguese, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.

Language and culture courses
The Language Centre of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of UC offers a wide variety of opportunities to improve students’ language proficiency in Portuguese and other languages, from European to Asian languages. These courses are lectured by native speakers.

Living Costs

Coimbra offers students high-quality life at reasonable costs, when compared with other European cities. On average the monthly living costs are 600 EUR, including accommodation, school materials (books, office supplies, etc.), public transportation (monthly pass for students), meals and other expenses (personal and leisure expenses).

Learn more here

Finding your way in the University

The University comprises three campuses, named “pólos”. In the uptown central area, there is Pólo I, the historical centre of the University, where we can find the Rectory, the Administration, the Faculties of Law, Arts and Humanities, Pharmacy, Medicine, Psychology and Educational Sciences, the General Library, the Archive and the Botanical Garden. Pólo I includes also several departments of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (Life Sciences (Anthropology, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology), Architecture, Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry), museums, colleges, canteens, residences and many other facilities. 


At Pólo II, in the right bank of river Mondego, located in Pinhal de Marrocos, are the departments of Engineering of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Informatics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering), the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, canteens, residences and other research units.

At Pólo III, we have the Hospitals of the University of Coimbra and the Health Sciences Campus with the new buildings of the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy, one student residence, one canteen, as well as a series of research centres and other facilities useful in the students’ daily life.

Besides these three pólos, there are more two Faculties that are part of the University, namely the Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, in the left bank of river Mondego, at the Pavilion III of the University Stadium, and the Faculty of Economics, in the uptown area, at Casa dos Limas.

Link to University Campuses

Health Care

The international students, who are citizens of the EU Member-States, shall bring with them the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which gives them the right to access to medical assistance in any EU country.

International students from other countries must have a private health insurance. This insurance will give them access to the Portuguese private medical practice services with which the insurance company has an agreement.

Learn more here.

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