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International Partnerships and Networks

The majority of the UC 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. International cooperation networks and associations play a significant role in conveying successful collaborations with different geographical regions.

UC and its partners believe that international education and cooperation prepare our learners to live in a global world, increasing their experience and knowledge, foreign language competencies, employability, productivity and social responsibility.

Programmes and Bilateral Agreements

Students, researchers and staff exchange

› Erasmus

› Erasmus Mundus



› AEN (Australia)

› Santander mobility grant programme (Latin America and Portuguese-speaking countries)

› Bilateral exchange with universities in Brazil, China and other countries


› Check UC Erasmus Charter

› Download our study abroad brochure for incoming exchange students and partners

› Become a UC partner

University Networks

Transversal and institutional university networks


› CG – Coimbra Group

› EC2U - European Campus of City-Universities

› UN – Utrecht Network

› EUA – European University Association


› AULP – Association of Portuguese Language Universities

› FORGES – Portuguese-speaking Higher Education Forum

› GCUB – Coimbra Group of Brazilian Universities


› AUIP – Ibero-American University Association for Post-graduate studies


› SYLFF Association

› SUN – The Silk-road Universities Network

Thematic Networks

International networks of scholars dealing with specific subject areas

› Geosciences Schools Group: José Bonifácio d’Andrada e Silva (Studies on Earth Sciences)

› EPUE (Studies on Sustainable Energy)

› EastAsiaNet (Contemporary East Asian Studies)