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International Opportunities and Global Challenges

The University of Coimbra's vision is to be a globally engaged university, opened to cooperation with partners from diverse parts of the world, which share common education, research and development goals. This is reflected in its comprehensive internationalisation strategy aiming to increase the capacity and the visibility of the contribution of UC to tackle global challenges and make societies fairer and sustainable.

The University of Coimbra (UC) is a public higher education institution located in city of Coimbra in the Centre Region of Portugal. It is classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO for its unique tangible (historical buildings) and intangible (knowledge and culture) heritage, a key part of the history of European and global scientific culture.

20% of UC students come from more than 100 different countries turning Coimbra into a unique multicultural interface between Portuguese language speakers and the rest of the world.

UC excels in several scientific fields, from Humanities and Social Sciences to Engineering, Law, Exact and Health Sciences. It is part of the Centre for World University Ranking of the best 500 universities in the world. Furthermore, UC is classified as a 5-stars top university by the QS Stars University Ratings and has scored excelent in several U-Multirank indicators, namely in the areas of research, knowledge transfer and internationalization.

Come and join some of the most talented international students and researchers from around the globe and meet our inspiring teaching staff.

Get to know some of UC initiatives, research projects and cooperation and development partnerships, across a breadth of interdisciplinary areas, such as active and healthy ageing, environmental sustainability, justice and promotion of science learning, which make a meaningful and socially responsible contribution to the world.

Healthy Ageing

› Ageing@Coimbra

› M8 Alliance

Environmental Sustainability

› UNESCO Chair in Biodiversity and Conservation for Sustainable Development

› EfS - Energy for Sustainability

Justice and Human Rights

› G7+ : New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States

› ETHOS - Towards a European THeory Of juStice and fairness

› GROUNDHR - Challenges of Grounding Universal Human Rights

Refugee Support

› UC special channel for students, academics and professionals with refugee status

› Lend a Hand – Social Inclusion Programming for Migrant and Refugee Children at Primary Schools (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership)

Development Cooperation

› Erasmus+ Capacity Building Projects

› Capacity Building in Africa

› Capacity Building of Young Teachers from Brazil

Promotion of Science Learning

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

› Delfos - School of Mathematics for Young People

› Quark - School of Physics for Young People

› Postgraduate Studies

Check our courses, research and innovation centres:

Study Offer

› Foundation Year Programmes

› Undergraduate Studies

› Postgraduate Studies

› Student Exchange Programmes

› Learn Portuguese

› All academic offer

› Studying and living in Coimbra

Research & Innovation

› Research Centres

› Post-doc stays, research projects

› Knowledge Transfer and Innovation