University of Coimbra


Established back in 1290, the University of Coimbra is Portugal’s oldest educational institute and one of the oldest in the world. This institute is also one of the best known and internationally celebrated and is a national landmark. It has a history of more than seven centuries. Aware of its 700 years of historic duty, UC is a model in constant updating and adjustment to Portugal’s history. The university endeavours to honour its past through an attitude of social accountability and search for excellence.

Presently the university has more than 40 research units, 8 faculties, and numerous other services that support the university’s core activities –critical analysis, creation, diffusion and transmission of culture, technology and science. UC comprises 3 campuses, accommodating more than 1500 teachers and researchers and 21000 students. Through teaching, research and services to the community, the university contributes to social and economic development, social justice, environmental protection, citizenship promotion and alliance of knowledge-based sovereignty.

The University of Coimbra is a quality model in groundbreaking research, education and links to industry and business and in its involvement in cultural activities and social action.


The university has a student community of approximately 24,800; the university has a sizeable proportion of international students and teaches across eight faculties, covering STEM subjects as well as arts and humanities.

ACC (Associação Académica de Coimbra) is students’ union of the university. Formed in 1887, it is the oldest in Portugal. It has a long history of forming notable intellectuals and politicians and struggling against unpopular state policies. The University of Coimbra also harbours a very diverse and dynamic associative life, with its several cultural and sports sections and several other autonomous organizations. The ACC organizes several activities such as cinema, theatre, television and radio broadcast, choral singing, music, philately or journalism, athletics, rowing and many other sports.

IPN (Instituto Pedro Nunes) is a business incubator and innovation and technology centre founded by the University of Coimbra. This centre works for businesses and applies to research communities. Notable startup companies born from this centre include ISA, Crioestaminal, Critical Software, Feedzai and Ciberbit.


SASUC (Social Services of UC) provide housing at economical prices in residences located on the three university campuses, nearby the study facilities, Faculties, and Research Centers. These residences are equipped and furnished, with weekly laundry service of bathroom towels and bed clothing.


  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the University of Coimbra ranks 438.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of Coimbra ranks 601-800.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of Coimbra at 399.


University of Coimbra
3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal

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