Universidade de Coimbra
Paço das Escolas
3004-531 Coimbra
Tel: 239 859 810
Fax: 239 859 813

By signing the “Scientiae thesaurus mirabilis”, king D. Dinis created the oldest University in the country and one of the oldest in the world. Dating from 1290, the document gave birth to the General Study, which was recognized in the same year by Pope Nicholas IV. A century after the birth of the nation, the University of Coimbra sprang to life. It started in Lisbon and, in 1308, was transferred to Coimbra, alternating between the two cities until 1537, when it settled permanently in the city by the Mondego river.

Initially confined to the Royal Palace, the University sprawled out over Coimbra, changing its landscape and turning it into the university city, expanded with the creation of Campus II, dedicated to engineering and technology, and a third campus devoted to Health Sciences. Studying at the University of Coimbra (UC) is to continue the history of the intellectual matrix of the country, which has educated the most prominent personalities of culture, science, and national politics.

With over seven centuries, the University of Coimbra has a unique tangible and intangible heritage, is a fundamental piece in the history of European and world scientific culture. A heritage that the UC has submitted to UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

Rector’s Message

The University of Coimbra is a place of plurality and multiculturalism, a place where everyone is welcome, providing a suitable context for learning, discovery and transformation of the world today.

Due to its international prestige, the recognized quality of its faculty and courses, its strong commitment to innovation, production and sharing of knowledge, and the promotion of various associative, artistic, civic, cultural, sporting and recreational initiatives, the University of Coimbra stands as a key player in the noble mission of building a society truly based on knowledge.

But the University of Coimbra is, above all, for all those who constitute it and interact with it, a unique, intense, and remarkable life experience, which generates a spirit of belonging that is very strong and difficult to match.

Ph. D. Amílcar Falcão