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Location: Coimbra, Portugal, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Exchange Consortium open to undergraduate and graduate students

Language of Instruction: English and/or Portuguese

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: September - July
Spring Semester: February - July

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply by the priority deadline - your chances of admission are increased by doing so.

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (priority), April 16 (final)
  • Spring: September 23 (final)

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements. While it may be possible to identify some course offerings in English, students should have competency in Portuguese to navigate registration, housing, etc. 


Subjects Available: 

  • Crimonology & Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English - Literature
  • Political Science
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs in nearly all fields

The University:  The University comprises three campuses, named “pólos”. At Coimbra’s plateau, there is Pólo I, the historical centre of the University, where we can find the Rectorate, the Administration, the Faculties of Law, Letters, Pharmacy, Medicine, Psychology and Educational Sciences, the General Library, the Archive and the Botanical Garden. Pólo I includes also several departments of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (Anthropology, Architecture, Biochemistry, Botany, Earth Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Zoology), museums, colleges, canteens, residences and many other facilities. 

Academics: It is very important that students have a good knowledge of the Portuguese language. Additionally, they are advised to attend the Intensive Language Preparation Course at the beginning of the months of September and February. The course may not be free of charge for exchange students.

Housing: Mobility students may book their own accommodation at student’s residences or private lodging. Please be aware that the accommodation at students’ residences is temporary and students should arrange private accommodations.

Activities and Programs:  At the University Stadium or at the Students Association you can practise many types of sports: handball, football, volleyball, basketball, rugby, swimming, tennis, squash, fishing, nautical sports, judo, karate, different types of gymnastics and so on. The Students Association ("Associação Académica de Coimbra") has several cultural sectors such as: Rádio Universidade, an Ecologic Group, a Fado Sector (the traditional song from Coimbra), a Philately Sector, a Centre of Cinematographic Studies, a Computer Centre, an Experimental Yoga Centre, an Astronomic, Astrophysics and Astronautic Sector, a Human Rights Sector, a sector of Diffusion of Portuguese-speaking Cultures, a Gastronomy Sector and a Reading and Writing Sector, where literary contests, old book auctions, writers' meetings and other events take place.

There are also several academic groups or autonomous bodies related to music, cinema, theatre, folk dancing, photography or choral singing. Besides the already mentioned cultural activities, there are throughout the year shows, musical exhibitions, theatres, conferences, workshops and other activities of many kinds, organised either by the Rectorate, the Faculties or by the City Council .You can also take advantage of the Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente, an establishment of the Rectorate that aims to present all types of cultural shows, from cinema to dance, from theatre to all kinds of music. Prices for students are reduced.

Location:  In Coimbra they have a mild weather. The temperatures during the summer are around 25 to 30ºc and in winter between 3 and 10º c. It often rains in Autumn and Winter. 

International Office Website: http://www.uc.pt/driic/mobilidade

Course Offerings in English: http://www.uc.pt/en/ects/catalogo/ 


Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3,789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $175.00
Books and course materials $150.00
Accommodations $2,550.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,700.00
Airfare $1,600.00
Local Transportation $150.00
Other $100.00
TOTAL $10,374.60


Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester.
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
* Program information is subject to change.
* Other includes student tax.


Some photos and text courtesy of University of Coimbra