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Student exchange programmes

Chinese students, who are already enrolled in a Chinese 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 Portuguese language courses or course units of other subject areas (sciences and technology, law, social sciences, arts and humanities, sport sciences, education sciences, psychology, medical and pharmaceutical sciences).

Student exchange programmes in Portuguese studies and other areas

These programmes can be organised as part of cooperation agreements celebrated between the students' home university in China and the University of Coimbra. These agreements shall always be celebrated before the start of exchange programme.

Additionally, other student exchange joint programmes can be implemented, such as:

- “2+2 programme” (two years of studies in China followed by two further years at UC)
- “3+1 programme” (three years in China followed by one year at UC)
- “1+2+1 programme” (one year in China followed by two years at UC and one more year in China)
- “2+1+1 programme” (two years in China followed by one year at UC and one more year in China)

At the end of these programmes, the degree is awarded by the students’ Chinese home University.

Learn how to apply in the website of the International Relations Unit.

Click here to check the cooperation agreements between the University of Coimbra and Chinese universities currently in place. If your university is not in the list of agreements, 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

Tuition fees

It is up to the students’ home university and the University of Coimbra to decide on the payment or waiving of the tuition fees at the host university. This is written in the exchange programme agreements established by the universities. Agreements marked as “fee-paying agreements” imply the payment of tuition fees either by students themselves or by their home university or other funding organisation. Check this information with your home university international office.


Language requirements

Since the majority of course units are conducted in Portuguese, non-Portuguese speakers can 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.

Portuguese language courses

The number of students interested in Portuguese language and cultures grows every day. Each year, more than 600 international students follow Portuguese language and culture courses at UC.

Learn more about the courses that are offered in this page.

Free mover students

These students can apply to an exchange period of studies at the University of Coimbra even if their home university has no cooperation agreement with the University of Coimbra. However, in this case, free mover students have to pay tuition fees at the University of Coimbra.

Learn how to apply in the website of the International Relations Unit.

Going abroad

Once enrolled at the University of Coimbra as full degree students, Chinese students will be able to participate in several exchange programmes in other countries of Europe, United States, Australia, Latin America and many others.

A significant part of the international dimension of the University of Coimbra is reflected in its participation in international cooperation networks and associations.

Currently, UC has more than 700 Erasmus bilateral agreements with several European universities from more than 30 countries and about 200 bilateral agreements with higher education institutions from other countries.

The International Relations Unit is responsible for steering and managing all these relations, projects and activities.