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Merit Scholarships and Awards for UC International Students



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With the aim of awarding the merit and ensure equal cross-cutting opportunities to the whole community, the UC has created the Regulation no. 34/2021, which is the Regulation on the Merit Scholarships and Awards awarded to International Students in the University of Coimbra. Therefore, the following Scholarships, Awards and Distinctions are planned for International Students:

Graduate Studies Merit Scholarship (provided for in article no. 2)

It is awarded annually to international students enrolled and registered for courses of Bachelor’s and Integrated Master’s Degree, on a full time basis at the UC, according to the following:

In the 1st curricular year:

  • a) Students who were admitted to the UC by means of the Special Contest for International Students;
  • b) Students who hold the International Student Status at the time of the enrolment and registration for the academic year to which the Scholarship refers;
  • c) Students who hold an admission grade equal to or higher than 160 points, without rounding.

In the 2nd and subsequent curricular years:

  • a) Students who were admitted to the UC by means of the Special Contest for International Students;
  • b) Students who hold the International Student Status at the time of the enrolment and registration for the academic year to which the Scholarship refers;
  • c) Students who, in the previous academic year, were enrolled and registered at the UC for the same cycle of studies or another cycle of the same level;
  • d) Students who completed a minimum of 48 ECTS credits concerning curricular units of the studies programme of the previous curricular year, not including ECTS credits concerning individual curricular units, attended as additional training or re-registration.
  • e) Students who hold an average grade concerning the previous academic year equal to or higher than 15, without rounding.

The amount of the scholarship to be awarded is between €500 and €2000 depending on the average grade (according to ranges between 15 and equal to or higher than 18).

Notes:

I – The application deadline to the Merit Scholarships for international students is established annually in accordance with the dates for enrolment and registration in each of the three phases.

II – The application to the scholarship is made by means of Inforestudante: choosing the request [Alun@s] Application to Merit Scholarship for International Students.

Strategic Support Scholarship for Graduate Studies (provided for in article no. 3)

Periodically, the UC may define a list of priority development courses, 1st cycle or Integrated Master's Degree Courses, and award students who enrol and register for them, in the 1st year, for the first time, a Strategic Support Scholarship for Graduate Studies.

Graduate Studies Extraordinary Merit Scholarship (provided for in article no. 4)

These Scholarships are aimed at students holding the international student status, who are enrolled and registered for 1st Cycle or Integrated Master’s Degree Courses, on a full time basis, at the UC, and who:

  • a) were admitted to the UC by means of the Special Contest for International Students;
  • b) hold the International Student Status at the time of the enrolment and registration for the academic year to which the Scholarship refers;
  • c) hold an admission grade equal to or higher than 180 points, without rounding.
  • d) have a demonstrated need for financial support in order to continue their studies.

The amount of the Graduate Studies Extraordinary Merit Scholarships is the same as the tuition fee amount in force for international students in the year the scholarship is awarded (or renewed, in accordance with the same article).

Incentive Scholarship for Master’s Degree Research and Scientific Production (provided for in article no. 5)

This Scholarship is aimed at students holding the international student status that are admitted to Master’s Cycles of Studies at the UC, and enrol and register for them on a full time basis.

The Scholarship consists of a support amounting to 2000 euros to pay the Master’s Degree tuition fee, and is awarded in each year or semester, as the case may be, until the completion of the cycle of studies and during the usual number of years or semesters, as the case may be, of that cycle of studies.

Note:

The change from international student status to national student or equivalent status, as well as the withdrawal from studies at the UC implies the immediate cancellation of the Scholarship and the obligation to pay the amounts or instalments associated with it (article no. 6).

Foundation Year Award (provided for in article no. 7)

It is aimed at international students enrolled and registered at the UC for the Non-Degree Courses of the Foundation Year of Sciences and Technology and the Foundation Year of Social and Human Sciences, and whose academic pathway stands out for excellence.

A Foundation Year UC Merit Declaration is issued to the Students who are awarded the Foundation Year Award, according to the aforementioned numbers.

1st Year UC International Student Merit Board (provided for in article no. 8)

The top 5 per cent of international students enrolled and registered for 1st Cycle or Integrated Master’s Degree Courses, 1st curricular year, for the first time, at the UC are distinguished by being included in the 1st year UC International Student Merit Board.

The 1st year UC International Student Merit Board is mentioned in the Diploma Supplement.

Other Awards and Distinctions (provided for in article no. 8)

The UC International Students have access, on equal terms with national and equivalent status students, with the necessary adaptations, to:

a) UC Merit Board
b) Best PhD Thesis
c) Best UC Student-Finalist.

International UC Ambassador Student (provided for in article no. 10):

I) The International Students who were awarded any of the Awards, Distinctions or Scholarships provided for may be nominated International UC Students Ambassadors, thus assuming the functions of disseminating abroad the UC, as well as presenting and boosting programmes of integration, civic intervention and intercultural promotion with the support of the UC.

II) The activity as International UC Student Ambassador is mentioned in the Diploma Supplement and it is distinguished in an annual public ceremony.

Please NoteThis information does not exempt the sudents from checking the applicable regulation, available on the webpage
www.uc.pt/en/academicos/regulamentos »