Application steps

For the first year, students will be registered both at the two main universities of the consortium (University of Coimbra and Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel). Details on registration will be given to students after selection.

For the second year, students will always be registered in one of the two main universities of the consortium (University of Coimbra OR Christian-Albrechts Universität zu Kiel), but can choose to spend the entire school year in other university of the consortium.

So, applicants should select the elective Institution for year 2 (indicating their order of preference among the 5 institutions). However, this selection is not binding. For the second year the consortium aims at an even distribution of students among the different institutions. Therefore, attending student’s preference will depend on the number of available vacancies at each institution. Selected applicants will be informed about this before registration. However, change of preference can always be done until March of the corresponding academic year, but must be approved by IMAE coordination.

Step 1: 

Read carefully the different specialization provided by the IMAE and described here.

Download and complete IMAE application form. Prepare the following supporting documents for step 2:

  • Degree certificate,

  • Transcript of records,

  • Two letters of recommendation (duly signed, merged  into 1 PDF, must be uploaded at the application platform),

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge…) OR a letter stating that you are a native English speaker,

  • Proof of identity (identity card or passport),

  • Europass Curriculum Vitae (download template here),

  • Recent photography (passport template)


All these documents should be in English in their original version. If not, provide the original version and a translated English version (done by a certified translator).

In the case of foreign students, the authentication of original documents, and their English translation, must be done by the Portuguese Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin, or by the Apostille of the Hague Convention. See more about the Apostille of Hague here.

Step 2: 

The application is done at the University of Coimbra platform INFORESTUD@NTE.

After completing the IMAE application form, save it as a PDF. Afterwards download the “Instruction manual for performing an application using INFORESTUD@NTE” here.

Follow the instructions in the manual and proceed with your application. All requested documents must be uploaded in INFORESTUD@NTE platform.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! After you receive the confirmation email from the IMAE consortium stating that you were accepted, please began to take care of you visa request (info here). It can take a while for the visa to be issued and you won’t be able to arrive on time for the beginning of the academic year.

Step 3: 

The registration on the IMAE and courses is done at the University of Coimbra platform INFORESTUD@NTE.

Confirm if you were ACCEPTED on the International Master of Applied Ecology. Afterwards download the “INSTRUCTION MANUAL FOR ENROLMENT AND REGISTRATION IN COURSES USING INFORESTUD@NTE” here.

Follow the instructions in the manual and proceed with your enrolment. 

After completing this process, you will be an UC student. Congratulations and Welcome!

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR SELECTED STUDENTS: Selected students, after registration and after their arrival at the University of Coimbra, have until December 31st of the 1st academic year to validate the uploaded documents during application by presenting the original paper copies of all documents. They also have to present their resident permit of visa. This is done by the students at the UC Academic Services.

Appeal process:


In accordance with UC rules, you have 10 week days to appeal if you do not agree with the committee decision. The purpose of appeal is to verify that the procedure has been applied correctly in accordance with the principles communicated to the candidate through the programme website and that no error has been made while processing candidate’s application.


To appeal contact IMAE coordination at

Selection Criteria:

  1. Academic excellence represents 60% of the score

  2. Motivation 25%

  3. Competences and practical experiences 15%.

All selections are based on equal opportunities. 





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