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Information for parents

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Your son or daughter is lucky to have a parent like you who is actively looking for answers. An informed parent who encourages his or her son or daughter to study abroad is the best resource that a student can have.

We know that enrolling at a university abroad for the first time is a big step and imagine how hard it can be for you as a parent to offer your son or daughter the right support or advice with over 16,000 institutions worldwide.

The University of Coimbra is sure of the quality of the education and services it can offer to your son or daughter who will face an overall life-changing experience. The links we have gathered below will help answer your questions about studying and living in Coimbra.

Support and follow-up

The UC has a China Desk dedicated to help Chinese students in their application and enrolment, as well as in visa and travel arrangements. Our native Chinese staff is able to answer your queries in Mandarin, help students in integrating in the academic life after arrival and is always available for any matter of concern you might have during your son or daughter’s stay at Coimbra.

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Degree Programmes

The University of Coimbra offers 44 undergraduate degree programmes covering a wide range of study fields.

See our degree programmes page and check the application requirements here.

Studying at UC

We appreciate parents’ concerns about their children moving to study and live abroad. However, for many students it is a unique and personal enriching experience that they will never forget.

See our page about studying and living in Coimbra and read our Welcome Guide.

You may also be interested in reading the interview featured in the official magazine of the Chinese Ministry of Education: "Journal of World Education" with the Vice-President for International Relations of the University of Coimbra and listen to students' testimonials in our "Student stories & more" page.

Living costs

Costs are a big issue. However, Coimbra offers students high-quality life at reasonable costs, when compared with other European cities.

Learn more in our page about living costs. You may also want to check our page about financial support options.


The Welfare Services of the University of Coimbra (SASUC) can provide your son or daughter comfortable and safe accommodation in the university residences.

See our page about accommodation for full details.

Site visits or virtual tours

Do come and draw your own opinion about UC before your son or daughter applies to the university.

If you can't make it in person, have a look at our institutional video and check our virtual tours' page Visit UC.