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Study in UBI

Covilhã as a University Campus

The University of Beira Interior is today a reference institution at national and international level, in the fields of teaching, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. It is one of the 150 best institutions of higher education in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, which analyzes and classifies academies founded less than 50 years ago.

Considered a university city, UBI integrates more than 7,000 students in a region of 52, 000 people, where cultural diversity predominates, having more than 40 nationalities.

Learning Spaces

The University has three Libraries. One in Polo I (Principal Library), one in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and other in the Faculty of Health Sciences. We have in the Principal Library a 24h Study Room. Every Library can loan books and documents, and has Private Study Rooms.

Faculties

The University is structured into Faculties, comprising the areas of knowledge which by nature, are related. Thus, the University of Beira Interior comprises five faculties: Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Letters and Faculty of Health Sciences.

Below, you will find a brief description of each one of them, indicating the main training areas that they encompass.

The structure of the University courses follows a three schema (years of degree), two (years of masters) and three (years of doctorate), and there are some cases of five and six years of basic training, designated “Integrated Masters”.

UBI saw recognized the excellence in the implementation of the diploma supplement with the award of the DS Label by the European Commission.


WHY UBI? -
 5 reasons why

One of the 150 best young institutions in the World.

UBI is ranked as one of the 150 best young institutions of higher education in the World according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rakings

Security and Quality of life

Covilhã is one of the safest cities in Portugal. The Weather, Mobility inside the city and proximity to the nature make a desirable place to study and live

Authentically an University City

Every student Born t’UBI International Student. UBI is one of the best Universities in Portugal to do an International Mobility since is a city around a University Campus

Research

UBI fosters multidisciplinary and synergies between research groups and between these and external reality, highlighting the possibility of students interact with the industry and teaching with experimental practice.

Cultural Diversity

The University of Beira Interior has a wide cultural diversity, having more than 40 nationalities in the University and a large community of Brazilians. His proximity to the two European Capitals, Lisboa and Madrid, make UBI as a center of multiculturalism.

 

 

 

Applications Procedures

Do you want to study at UBI?

Verify if your university has the inter-institutional agreement with University of Beira Interior for your field of study.

The conditions and deadlines for submitted the application are established by the home university.

The applications are submitted to the home university.


You were nominated
to the University of Beira Interior for a period of mobility.

How should you proceed step-by-step?

  1. Make sure that your university  sent  your nomination;
  2. After your nomination, you will receive in the e-mail the credentials to access the online platform, to access the application form;
  3. After being submitted you must send the Learning Agreement by email with following documents:
  • Language Certificate
  • ID Card or Passport
  • Copy of European Card for Social Security Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance (if you are an Erasmus - International Credit Mobility Student)
  1. After receiving the selection notice you can buy your trip.

For more information, contact the International Relations Officer of the University of Beira interior.

  • Before Departure

Before your departure to Covilhã, do not forget to bring:

  • ID card or Passport (if you are not an EU citizen)
  • European Health Insurance Card or a private medical insurance (if you are not an EU citizen) or PB4 for Brazilian citizens
  • Vaccination Book (with the tetanus vaccine up to date)
  • Visa (compulsory for non-EU citizens)
  • Original letter of your acceptance at UBI;
  • Confirmation of Accommodation at UBI (if applicable)

 

  • During the Mobility

After you arrive to Covilhã visit the International Relations Office to receive information and documents (declaration of stay, student card, welcome kit, among others information)

During your mobility you will:

  • Meet with your Mobility Coordinator;
  • Change the Learning Agreement (if necessary);
  • Go to class;
  • Know Covilhã;
  • Have Fun.

Do I need a VISA?

If you need a Visa, you could find information here:

Information on how to apply for a visa to study in Portugal is available here.

On the SEF page there is information about the different types of visas and also about the necessary documentation to obtain them. – http://www.sef.pt/portal/v10/PT/aspx/apoioCliente/detalheApoio.aspx?fromIndex=0&id_Linha=4771

Or may find the Portuguese Consulate/Embassy nearest to your residence here.

 

Erasmus Testimonials

 

Getting to Covilhã

The main airports of mainland Portugal are located in the cities of Lisbon and Oporto, both at about 250 km from Covilhã. The connection of these cities to Covilhã can be made by car, train or bus.

 

From Lisbon

By Bus

Travel by Bus is a good way for those who wants a fast journey by public transportation. It costs 15, 20€ from Lisbon to Covilhã. If you have less than 29 years old, there will be given the “Youth” discount.

As soon you get to the airport, you need to catch the Metro (line red - Direction São Sebastião) to the station São Sebastião. In the Station São Sebastião, change to the line blue (Direction Amadora) and go to the Station Jardim Zoológico. In Jardim Zoológico, you will take the bus to Covilhã (Direction Guarda). The journey will take 3 hours and 30 minutes.

For more information about Timetables please visit Rede Expressos 

By Train

An easy way to arrive to Covilhã is to take the train. Normally it costs 17, 50€ from Lisbon to Covilhã. If you have less than 29 years old, there will be given the “Youth” discount.

As soon you get to the airport, you need to catch the Metro (line red - Direction São Sebastião) to the station Oriente. In Oriente, you will take the train to Covilhã (Direction Covilhã). The journey will take 3 hours and 39 minutes.

For more information about Timetables please visit CP- Comboios de Portugal 

By car

Driving by car is the fastest way to come to Covilhã. To drive a car in Portugal, you need to have a Driver’s License. The Airport has Car Rentals.

To arrive to Covilhã, you need to take A1 (Direction Torres Novas). Take the A23 exit toward Abrantes/Castelo Branco/Torres Novas. Continue onto A23. Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 30 toward N18/Covilhã Sul. Finally, follow the signs to Covilhã. The journey will take 3h maximum.

For more information about Direction please visit Google Maps

 

From Porto

By Bus

The Bus is the only public transport from Porto to Lisbon. It costs 16, 60€ from Porto to Covilhã. If you have less than 29 years old, there will be given the “Youth” discount.

As soon you get to the airport, you need to catch the Metro (Direction Estádio do Dragão) to the station Bolhão. In the Station Bolhão leave and go to the Bus Terminal Renex. You will take the bus to Covilhã (Direction Covilhã). The journey will take 3 hours and 35 minutes.

For more information about Timetables please visit Rede Expressos 

 

By Car

Driving by car is the fastest way to come to Covilhã. To drive a car in Portugal, you need to have a Driver’s License. The Airport has Car Rentals.

To arrive to Covilhã, you need to take A28 (Direction Porto/Matosinhos). Take the A1 exit toward Lisboa. In A1, take the A25 exit toward Viseu/Espanha). In A25 take the exit A1 Lisboa. Finally, follow the signs to Covilhã. The journey will take 3h maximum.

For more information about Direction please visit Google Maps

 

Living in Covilhã

The City

Characterized by being an industrial city, UBI buildings were born from deactivated factories, always maintaining the characterization of the manufacturing world and the history of the city. Located on the slopes of the largest mountain range in Portugal, the Serra da Estrela, Covilhã offers visitors the beautiful landscape of its house, framed in a majestic mountain amphitheater.

Traditionally associated with wool, Covilhã grew in permanent dialogue with the mountain range, shaped by the buildings linked to industry, many of which were recovered by the University of Beira Interior and reconverted into teaching and research spaces.

Respect for the past has marked the philosophy of the institution, which contributes significantly to the rehabilitation of the heritage of the city and the region, through structures such as the Museum of Woolen, installed in the Pombaline Real Fábrica dos Panos and Real Fábrica Veiga

The city has in its entrance streets a distinctive peculiarity, which gives it a singular character. The challenging staircases connecting the various levels of the city are now accompanied by a modern system of bridges, elevators and funiculars, resulting from the adoption of an innovative development model to facilitate pedestrian circulation. The historic center of the city is now populated with paintings and sculptures of urban art performed by some well-known names, who have already created a script of their own, parallel to that of the city's history.

 

Housing

Residences

University of Beira Interior has seven residences for students and teachers. In the section accommodation of SASUBI, there are detailed information on each space/ building as regulations, how to apply and prices.

Private Accommodation

There are several real estate agencies with a wide range of all sorts of apartments in the city, such as:

IMOBICLARA

SMARTPLACE

IMOBRETANHA

HABITAR

SGHIMOBILIARIA

REMAX

If you are a student, it will be provided an ESN mentor to help you with this questions.

Temporary Acomodation

Covilhã has many Hotels, Hostels and AirBnb’s very close from the University for your first days in Covilhã. You can find more in Booking, HostelWorld and Airbnb

Health

The region has several public hospitals, such as the Cova da Beira Hospital Center, located next to the Faculty of Health Sciences. Covilhã has private Clinics too. The UBI offers its students free medical and nursing services.

The students from European Union will need the European Health Card or health insurance. If you are not a student from EU you will need a Health Insurance.

Living Cost

Because Covilhã is a city located in the inner part of the country, the cost of living is significantly lower than that of the great cities of the coast, which is reflected in the prices of food and housing, for example.

Security is another of the factors that distinguish the city: Covilhã is a small/medium-sized city that lives around the University, creating an atmosphere of closeness very safe and cozy.

Transportation

The city has public transportation, several car rentals, taxis, one train station and one bus station. There are several connections daily by bus and train.

Information and Timetables

  • Public Transportation - Covibus
  • Bus – Rede Expressos
  • Train – CP- Comboios de Portugal
  • Car Rental – Europcar; Avis

Covilhã has Flixbus too, which connects the city with foreign cities.

Sports

University Sports

The competition modalities are addressed to all students and aim to participate in the National University Championships.

You can find more about the completion activities here

Other Activities in UBI

The leisure activities are directed to the entire UBI community and aim to provide regular practice of physical and sporting activities.

You can find more about the sporting activities here

Sports in Covilhã

Covilhã has a variety of activities and sports, which promotes the good practices of health, such as gyms, running tracks and ski tracks.

Useful Contacts

Emergency Calls 112

Health Line 24 - 808 24 24 24

Volunteer Firefighters (+351) 275310310

Police

PSP (+351) 275 320 920

GNR (+351) 275 320 660

Taxis (+351) 275 320 660

 

 

Have fun in Covilhã

WOOL – Urban Art

Known as the Portuguese Manchester, Covilhã worked with wool in its industrial factories. To recover the history of the city, the WOOL Festival was born, which aims, through urban art, to stimulate the interest of the community for culture and contemporary art and to give a new aesthetic appearance to the intervened places.

Museums

The city has many Museums, like the Wool Museum, the Cheese Museum or the Museum of Sacred Art.

Parks

We have many parks in the city, which you can visit, hang around with your friends and have fun, such as “Jardim do Lago”, “Jardim São Francisco”, “Jardim das Artes” and “Parque da Goldra”

Association in UBI

It is the students who give life to the institutions and animate the places of knowledge, creation and cultural enjoyment. Their scientific training can be complemented by participation in groups that organize themselves with the objective of promoting a particular course, activity, culture or sport.

In UBI there are several associations in which students can register to do their academic life more productive and stimulating. They are spaces for personal and collective development and are an opportunity to experience other types of experiences, such as learning to coordinate, work as a team, manage and carry out activities, establish relationships with various entities of society or simply where one can be in solidarity with others, without expecting anything in return.

More information here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last update on: 25-05-2018

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