Student exchange programmes
An outstanding student experience
UC is a world leading university offering education and research in all study levels and in nearly all study fields. The majority of the education and research activities take place within the framework of a large network of contacts and partnerships with higher education institutions from all over the world, from Europe to Africa, North and South America, Asia, Middle East and Australia.
How to do an exchange period of studies at UC
Higher education students, who are already enrolled in a foreign university, can spend a semester or an academic year at the University of Coimbra, within the framework of student exchange programmes or as free mover students, to follow traineeships or course units, of all study levels, within a wide variety of degree programmes and subject areas (sciences and technology, law, social sciences, arts and humanities, sport sciences, education sciences, psychology, medical and pharmaceutical sciences, etc.).
These programmes can be organised as part of cooperation agreements celebrated between the students' home university and the University of Coimbra. These agreements shall always be celebrated before the start of exchange programme.
If your university does not have an agreement with the University of Coimbra, the President of your university or the head of your school can propose the celebration of a cooperation agreement to the International Relations Unit of the University of Coimbra via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Usually, under these programmes, a fee waiver policy is applied.
Free mover students
Students coming from a non-partner institution can apply for an exchange period of studies at the University of Coimbra as free mover students. Applicable fees vary according to the course units selected by the applicant.
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).
All students are advised to read carefully the application guide before starting the online application.
Detailed information about what you have to do before, during and after your mobility is available at www.uc.pt/en/driic/mobilidade/in
Once enrolled at the University of Coimbra, full degree students will be able to participate in several exchange programmes in other countries of Europe, United States, Australia, Latin America and many others.
Learn more at: www.uc.pt/driic/mobilidade/out