Universidade De Coimbra
Over its seven centuries of history it has performed an absolutely irrefutable role as a centre of production and transmission of knowledge, within a geographical area that covers four continents – the ones corresponding to the ancient Portuguese Empire. The University of Coimbra — Alta and Sofia has used over this period, but mostly after its settlement in the city of Coimbra, the cultural, artistic and ideological influences of the former empire context inspired particularly by the pioneer charisma of the Portuguese Discoveries. While doing so, it received and disseminated knowledge throughout the fields of arts, sciences, law, architecture, town planning and landscape. The University of Coimbra — Alta e Sofia is an extraordinary architectural set that, simultaneously, illustrates the several purposes of a university created in the Middle Ages, and the various significant periods of the Portuguese architecture and art, as well as of a national geographical and cultural space – the former Portuguese Empire.
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Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. The historical University buildings have been classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2013: Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages.
Areas of study open to undergraduate exchange students in English:
Languages, International Relations, Management, Economics, Sociology, Law, Psychology, Exercise and Sports Science
Websites for Course Offerings:
Since the majority of course units are conducted in Portuguese, Erasmus students are strongly advised to take the OLS preparation course available online (access is provided by the home institution). Non-Portuguese speakers can also 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.
*Please note, these are estimated dates and are subject to change. For the most updated information, please visit the host university website.
||September 11th - December 21st
||February 5th - May 31st
||January 3rd - February 3rd
||June 1st - July 27th
Coimbra offers students high-quality life at reasonable costs, when compared with other European cities. On average the monthly living costs are 600 EUR, including accommodation, school materials (books, office supplies, etc.), public transportation (monthly pass for students), meals and other expenses (personal and leisure expenses).
Estimated Monthly Costs of Living in Euro:
- Housing: 166
- Meals: 144
- Local Transportation: 22
- Course Materials: 75
There are accommodation options at the UC residences: single room for 264,60 euros p/ month and double room for single use for 265,86 euros/month.
Outside the UC residences, there are several lodging offers for students, for instance the possibility of renting apartments with or without furniture and equipped kitchen, bedrooms in family houses and private residences.
To learn more, please visit the university's Housing Website