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University of Coimbra

3.6 out of 5 (219 ratings / 108 reviews) Coimbra, Portugal
The University of Coimbra is a world leading university that offers education and research in all study levels and in nearly all study fields. It participates in joint programmes with some of the best universities in the world. Erasmus Mundus, MIT Portugal, CMU Portugal, Harvard Medical School Portugal and UT Austin Portugal are examples of such excellence partnerships to name just a few.



The University of Coimbra (UC) is a Portuguese public higher education institution with more than 700 years of experience in education, training and research. The first and the only Portuguese-speaking university until the early 20th century, UC has affirmed its position over the years with a unique mix of tradition, contemporaneity and innovation.


Learn about the several opportunities for study, training and research offered by the University of Coimbra:

  • Foundation Year Programme
  • 1st Cycle Studies and Integrated Masters
  • Post-graduate Studies
  • Post-doc, projects, research
  • Non-degree courses
  • Learn Portuguese
  • Student exchange programmes


R&D Centers that are associated to the IIIUC:

  • CECH - Centre for Classic and Human Studies
  • CLP - Centre of Portuguese Literature
  • IEC - Centre for Inter-university Camonian Studies
  • CIEG -Research Centre for Germanistic Studies
  • CEAUCP - Centre for Archaeologic Studies of the Universities of Coimbra and Oporto
  • CEIS 20 - Centre for 20th Century Interdisciplinary Studies
  • IPCDVS - Institute for Cognitive Psychology, Social and Vocational Development
  • CINEICC - Cognitive-Behavioral Center for Research and Intervention
  • CELGA -Centre for Studies of General and Applied Linguistics
  • GEMF - Group for Monetary and Financial Studies
  • CIAS - Research Centre for Anthropology and Health


At sga, students can take care of procedures and solve any problem regarding enrolment, registration, examinations, tuition fees, diplomas and certificates. sga provide also career guidance services to students and alumni.

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Student services

Academic Management Services is responsible for the management, organization and provision of services relating to all degree and non-degree instructional matters at the University of Coimbra. These services include all academic matters relating to students’ UC career, from application to the issuance of diplomas and support for career placement services.

Housing services

The Welfare Services of the University of Coimbra (SASUC) provide accommodation in university residences located in the three university campuses, nearby the Faculties, Research Centres and other study facilities. The residences are furnished and equipped; there is weekly laundry service of bed clothing and bathroom towels, offering students great comfort and safety.

Three residences reserved for international students:

  • Polo II-2
  • Polo III
  • Teodoro Residence

Medical services

UC has its own medical services that provide general practice examinations and speciality examinations that cost around 5 to 10 euros according to the required type of examination.

Student Life

Campus life

Coimbra is a district capital, the largest city of the Centre Region of Portugal with around 150,000 inhabitants.

The City Festivities, the Arts Festival, the jazz festival "Jazz ao Centro" and the Cultural Week of the University of Coimbra are just a few examples of the events that take place every year and are really worth to see.

Coimbra is a friendly city to the young people. With over 30,000 students, it offers several discounts for students in restaurants, bars, shops, hairdresser, beauty shops, public transports, gym, swimming pools, bookshops, theatres, cinema, art galleries and museums, among others.

Sports facilities

The AAC sport sections include: handball, football, volleyball, basketball, rugby, swimming, tennis, squash, fishing, nautical sports, judo, karate, different types of gymnastics, among others.

Student clubs

The student union is a characteristic of the student life in Coimbra. Besides the AAC, students form and belong to groups linked to their study field, such as the student nuclei at the Faculties that interact with similar groups at national level, but also to international networks, for instance the European association of engineering and technology students BEST. The international Erasmus network ESN Coimbra helps international students to find their way in the city.

Student Reviews

Beautiful summer!!! Quema and graduation!
Ladodaluz Special Phase Cooktongue rated 4 out of 5 stars

The city is beautiful with visits of friends. Who else can ever find fault or complain. I arrive back in the summer, the beach, and what more quema feitas is a must. I am due to graduate with a grand tradition of UC. So far my experience went beyond academics as pun with Professor. When i arrive, i had nothing. I was provided a solid accommodation and well taken care in a...

Devotion is key
Anonymous rated 2 out of 5 stars

The university in itself is a very good facility,its professors are very competent and professional. What went wrong with my experience was my choice, i didnt make the right one for me. Law at this university is very demanding and you have to be passionate and really give all of you to it,you have to study a lot,and become really devoted if you want to succeed.

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

University of Coimbra is one of the oldest in the world. This has good things such as the large number of courses available and the quality of investigation, but rises some problems such as the poor conditions of some facilities and a slight lack of pratical and technological teaching when compared to other universities (I mean it is very theoretical)

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