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General language requirements

If the academic supervisors know Spanish, students may be allowed to conduct their research/ activities in that language, but in general, it is highly recommended that grantees have good knowledge of both spoken and written Portuguese and English, or at least English. B2 level, according to the Common European Frame of Reference for Languages, is acceptable. The certificate must be issued by an official language school, university or equivalent and state the level of proficiency you hold in that language.

Remarks on the documents required for the application:

- CV can be either in Spanish or English;

- the research/teaching/training proposal can be written either in Spanish or English

- we don't require legalized translation of diplomas or transcripts during the application and selection stage. The legalization of the documents will be only required for Full PhD.

Language Courses

Language courses are offered at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Coimbra.


Free language courses: language courses integrated in the curricula of the bachelor degrees in Modern Languages and Literatures; European Studies; Journalism; Tourism, Leisure and Heritage. The elementary level is only available during the first semester.


Grantees should pay attention to the classes’ timetables so that there is no overlapping between PhD courses and language courses.


Non-free language courses: elementary, intermediate and advanced levels

51-60 hours’ course

40-50 hours’ course

25-39 hours’ course




Please note that these prices are subject to change.

Portuguese language courses for foreigners: http://www.uc.pt/fluc/ensino/cpe
Languages’ Centre: http://www.uc.pt/fluc/cl

General academic requirements

Full doctorate: Bachelor’s degree and relevant professional experience in the field of studies or Master's degree that grant access to doctoral studies at the students' home university. Pre-admission by the programme coordinator at the University of Coimbra is recommended but not compulsory. Selected candidates will have to follow the standard admission process for the programmes and might be asked to follow complementary advanced courses.

Post-doctorate: Applicants must hold a doctoral degree, obtained less than five years prior to application, in the research field and relevant research experience is required as well as good knowledge of both spoken and written English. A pre-admission or an invitation letter by the research group coordinator at the University of Coimbra is recommended but not compulsory.

Academic Staff: Applicants must hold an academic staff position at their home institution, and relevant research experience is required as well as good knowledge of both spoken and written English. A pre-admission or an invitation letter by the research group coordinator at the University of Coimbra is recommended but not compulsory.


Doctoral degrees and research practice at UC

At the University of Coimbra there are two types of doctorates: one without study programme and one with study programme. The doctorate without study programme lasts normally ten semesters and confers 300 ECTS credits. Students carry out research under the supervision of a professor, write and defend publicly an original thesis. The doctorate with study programme has six/eight semesters’ duration and confers 180-240 ECTS credits. Besides carrying out research, writing and defending publicly an original thesis, students have also to attend a set of advanced course units.


Candidates to the doctorate degree (PhD) are generally required to hold a master’s degree, although there may be exceptions to this rule depending on the research and professional experience of the applicant.


At the University of Coimbra, teaching and research in the field of Social Sciences, in the specific thematic areas covered by ARTESS, take place at the Faculty of Arts (www.uc.pt/fluc) and at the Faculty of Economics (www.uc.pt/feuc) and its associated Research Centres, namely the Centre for Social Sciences (www.ces.uc.pt). You will note that a significant part of the research dynamics at UC, although centred on specific thematic areas is developed in a rich interdisciplinary environment.


Students conduct their research under the supervision of a supervisor who has accepted to guide the students or who has been appointed to do so by the Scientific Board of the Faculty or of the Research Centre.


If the academic supervisors know Spanish, students may be allowed to conduct their research/ activities in that language, but in general, it is highly recommended that grantees have good knowledge of both spoken and written Portuguese and English, or at least English.


In relation with Erasmus Mundus it is therefore recommended (but not compulsory) hat prospective PhD students or any visiting researchers have been pre-accepted by a supervisor at the University). A letter of invitation or pre-acceptance should be enclosed with their application. Nonetheless, all applications will be evaluated on equal grounds by the relevant coordinators regardless of the existence of such letters since this is just a recommended procedure.


Students will have access to the necessary research resources and are expected to comply with the rules of the Faculty or Research Centre that has hosted him/her during the mobility period, namely to hand in working reports, to conduct a seminar on his/her research, and, in general, participation in the Faculty’s or Centre’s scientific activities.


Different PhD programmes have specific regulations. However, there is a general regulation that applies to all PhD programmes of the University of Coimbra. Here you can find a version:


in Portuguese: http://www.uc.pt/ects/info_inst/Regulamento-Doutoramentos-UC-2007-PT.pdf
in English: http://www.uc.pt/en/ects/info_inst/Regulamento-Doutoramentos-UC-2007-PT.pdf


ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) and assessment


All degree programmes of the University of Coimbra award ECTS credits. One full academic year has 60 ECTS credits and one semester 30 ECTS credits. At the University of Coimbra, 1 ECTS credits corresponds to 27 hours of student workload (including classes, independent study and research, lab work, project development, etc.)


The final assessment grade given to each course unit is expressed in a numerical scale of 0-20, with 10 as the minimum pass grade. Concrete information on the course work assessment and on the assignments to be delivered is provided by each course coordinator.


Further information on the ECTS system can be found at www.uc.pt/ects


Visa and other legal procedures upon arrival


Upon receiving the list of selected grantees from the EM PROGRAMME Coordination, the University of Coimbra sends grantees a letter of acceptance and a declaration for visa purposes both in Portuguese and English, through registered mail and/or email (PDF). Those documents are needed to obtain the Portuguese visa. The Portuguese Consulate/ Embassy may require paper originals. The mail address to be used will be the one mentioned in the application form. If this address is no longer valid, the grantees should inform the International Relations Office of the University of Coimbra (Rita Maia, Esta dirección electrónica esta protegida contra spambots. Es necesario activar Javascript para visualizarla ).


The acceptance letter confirms the acceptance of the grantee and specifies the number of months he/she will stay.


The declaration for visa purposes:


-          confirms the acceptance of the grantee and specifies the number of months he/she will stay;


-          serves as a proof of accommodation (though provisional, grantees will be informed about the definitive accommodation address upon arrival or shortly before departure)


Grantees should necessarily present the following documents to the Portuguese Consulate/ Embassy:


-          the assurance card/ policy given by the EM PROGRAMME Coordination


-          the scholarship agreement and the letter of acceptance provided by the EM PROGRAMME Coordination (this should serve to prove that grantees have sufficient economic resources to support themselves in Portugal)


-          the University of Coimbra letter of acceptance and declaration;


-          any other document required by the own Consulate/ Embassy




Grantees should inform themselves about the required documents at the nearest Portuguese Consulate/ Embassy in Argentina and submit a visa request at their earliest convenience.


Married grantees with/ without children shall inform themselves about the required documents for their spouse (and children) at the nearest Portuguese Consulate/ Embassy in Argentina; this visa request may take longer than a visa for study purposes.


Non-EU grantees with connecting flights within the Schengen area without borders’ control or arriving in Portugal and failing to register their entrance in Portugal at the Customs’ service at the airport, shall register themselves in Coimbra at the Foreign Office within three working days upon arrival.


The address of the Foreign Office (SEF) is:

Loja do Cidadão
Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras
Avenida Fernão de Magalhães
1.º Andar
Coimbra, Portugal
[opened from 8h30 to 19h30]



Further info on Portuguese visas: http://www.euraxess.pt/incoming/visas


Grantees can stay the University Residences for the whole mobility period or just for 30 days – the necessary time to arrange a private accommodation.


Grantees shall inform the International Relations Unit of the University of Coimbra about their starting and leaving date and if they wish to stay at the University Residences, so that it can book them a room in advance.


The University Residences offer double rooms (there is very few single rooms), shared living room, bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, internet, bed linen and towels.


Double rooms cost 150 EUR/month and single ones 240 EUR/month. A fee of 58 EUR shall be paid upon arrival or shortly before departure if applicable.


Information on the University Residences : http://www.uc.pt/sasuc/ServicosApoioEstudantes/Alojamento/Residencias/


If grantees prefer to have their own room or even a small apartment, they can check this website for further information on non-University residence accommodation offer: http://www.uc.pt/en/cmpg/alojamento/


If they cannot arrange non-University residence accommodation before arriving in Coimbra, they can always stay at the University Residences for 30 days upon request as mentioned above.


Insurance and medical care


All grantees benefit from an insurance provided by the EM PROGRAMME Coordination. Though, there is the possibility of subscribing a complementary insurance in Portugal. Spouses and children can be covered by that complementary insurance on the grantees’ own expenses.


Once in Coimbra, grantees shall register at the health care centre of their residence area.


When grantees register at the University of Coimbra, they will also be covered by school insurance valid within the University Campuses during research/ classes’ time. They will also benefit from free medical consultations at the University medical services.


In town, there are other health care facilities, namely hospitals:



At the University


Upon arrival, grantees shall come to the International Relations Unit of the University of Coimbra (Colégio de São Jerónimo, Largo D. Dinis, 2nd floor).


They’ll need to present their passport and visa, 2 passport type photos and all EM PROGRAMME scholarship relevant documents. Then, they will be asked to fill in an identification form and receive a form to register in the courses (only applicable to sandwich grantees). Grantees receive yet a declaration to ask for a residence permit at SEF.


They will also receive information on the payment of the grant and instructions on how to open a bank account in Portugal and a researcher’s card. This card will give them access to all university facilities and services as regular students/ researchers.


Other practical information, such the location of the Faculties/ Departments and the contacts of the supervisors will also be provided.


The International Relations Unit along with the Erasmus Student Association of Coimbra organize a welcome day and a month full of cultural and sports activities for all incoming students at the beginning of each semester.


International Relations Unit

University of Coimbra
Colégio de São Jerónimo – Largo D. Dinis
Apartado 3026
3001-401 Coimbra, Portugal
Tel: (+351) 239 857003




University Campuses






Transports/ how to reach Coimbra


Within the city of Coimbra, you can either walk or take a bus; there is no tram network or bicycle track. There are also taxis near the bus stops and train stations Coimbra A (New Train Station) and Coimbra-B (Old Train Station).


A bus monthly pass costs around 35 EUR. 1 bus ticket bought inside the bus costs 1,60 EUR (one single ride). Tickets are cheaper at the SMTUC shops (Coimbra Urban Transport Network) or at the kiosks (3 ride ticket: 2 EUR/ 11 ride ticket: 6,10 EUR)


Buses to the University campuses:


University/ Campus I (International Relations Office, Faculty of Arts, University Residences): 103, 28, 34


University/ Campus II (Engineering Campus, University Residences): 34 and 38


University/ Campus III (Health Sciences Campus, University Hospital, University Residences): 6, 7, 7T, 29 and 37




Website of the Coimbra Urban Transport Network:


http://www.smtuc.pt/geral/index_horarios.php (PT)




Website of the Portuguese Railways :


http://www.cp.pt/ (available in Portuguese and English)




How to reach Coimbra from Lisbon or Porto :


http://www.uc.pt/ects/info_caracter_geral/acaminho/ (PT)
http://www.uc.pt/en/ects/info_caracter_geral/acaminho/ (EN)


Academic calendar and national holidays


Academic calendar

1st semester: September-December
Examinations’ period: January-February
2nd semester: February-June
Examinations’ period: June-July
Summer holidays: 1-31 August



National holidays in 2012


New year : 1 January (Tuesday)

Holy Friday : 6 April (Friday)
Easter: 8 April (Sunday)
Freedom’s day : 25 April (Wednesday)
International Workers’ Day: 1 May (Tuesday)
Corpus Christi Day: 7 June (Saturday)
Portuguese Communities, Portugal and Camoes’ Day : 10 June (Sunday)
Our Lady’s Day : 15 August (Wednesday)
Implantation of the Republic : 5 October (Friday)
All Saints’ Day : 1 November (Saturday)
Immaculate Conception’s Day : 8 December (Saturday)
Christmas’ Day: 25 December (Tuesday)



Leisure opportunities/ infrastructure (availability/distance of shops/restaurants/sport facilities)


There is a considerable amount of leisure activities organised and carried out by the Students’ Union (Associação Académica de Coimbra) both in the University and throughout the city; the University has a Stadium where students practice several sports and a Theatre where students meet for a cup of coffee and where several performances take place. At the University campuses, there are several canteens and bars where students can have choose different types of meals at different prices. Of course they can always try other restaurants in the town, especially downtown, where most of them are located.


The Municipal Library is a nice place to read, watch videos, and see exhibitions. The City Green Park is an excellent place to stroll by the Mondego River, to chat with friends sitting on the grass or in one of its several charming bars/restaurants.


Most shops are located in the downtown, five-minutes walking from the University. Coimbra has also two Shopping Centres with cinema rooms: Dolce Vita (buses 7T, 11, 24) and Forum Coimbra (bus 38).

For further information, see:

Coimbra Tourism at

Students’ Union at

Coimbra Municipality at

Common expressions in Portuguese
Good morning: Bom dia
Good bye: Chau/ Adeus
Please: Por favor
Thank you: Obrigado (men)/ Obrigada (women)
May I ask you…?: Posso perguntar-lhe…?
I’m looking for…: Estou à procura de…
A coffee, please: Um café, por favor
Where is the next bus stop? Onde é a próxima paragem?




Última actualización el Jueves 30 de Agosto de 2012 14:49


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