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For the first year, students will be registered both at the two main universities of the consortium - the University of Coimbra and the Christian-Albrechts Universität at Kiel.

For the second year, students will always be registered in classes of one of the aforementioned universities, but they can choose to spend the entire school year in other university of the consortium.

Candidates must fill in, on the application form, the institution for specialisation in the 2nd year, indicating the order of preference among the five institutions of the consortium.

>> 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. Nevertheless, change of preference can always be done until March of the corresponding academic year, but must be approved by IMAE coordination.


​Read carefully the different specializations provided by the IMAE and described here.

Prepare the following supporting documents for step 2:

  • Motivation letter

  • Degree certificate

  • Transcript of records

  • Two letters of recommendation (duly signed, merged  into 1 PDF)

  • 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)

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Recent photography (passport template)

IMPORTANT NOTE: In the case of official documents issued by Institutions outside the European Union, these documents must be duly authenticated by the Apostille of The Hague or be recognised by the consular representation of Portugal in the country where the Institution issuing the document is located.

In addition, if the documents are not written in Portuguese, Spanish, French or English, it should be translated into Portuguese/English by an official and certified translator.


Application is done at the University of Coimbra platform InforEstudante.

Download the “Instruction manual for performing an application using InforEstudante” here. Read it carefully and follow the instructions to proceed with your application. All requested documents must be uploaded on the InforEstudante platform.

IMPORTANT NOTICE! Once you receive confirmation of acceptance from the IMAE Coordinators, 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.


Enrolment and registration for classes are done at the University of Coimbra platform InforEstudante.

Confirm if you were ACCEPTED into the International Master of Applied Ecology.


Download the “Instruction Manual for Enrolment and Registration in classes using InforEstudante” here. Read it carefully and follow the instructions to proceed with your enrolment. 

You are now an IMAE Student! Congratulations and Welcome!


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 originals directly to Academic Management Services during the hours for in-person assistance. You must bring the original documents and their copies so that their authenticity may be verified. The original documents will always be returned to you (more info here).


  • Identification document

  • An identification document with a photo

  • Vaccination record (comprising the tetanus vaccine)

  • Other documents requested during the application (e.g. diploma degree and transcript of records)

  • Residence permit or visa and its copy if you are a foreign citizen (if applicable)

Appeal process:

In accordance with the University of Coimbra regulations, applicants have 10 week days to appeal if they 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 and that no error has been made while processing candidate’s application.


To appeal contact IMAE coordination at

Selection Criteria


60 %

Academic excellence


25 %


Ferramentas de ourives

15 %

Competences & practical experiences

“Gender balance” in the selected list will be representative of the sex ratio of eligible applicants. The rank of merit will be taken into consideration (neither positive nor negative discrimination on the basis of gender). “Special needs”: nothing in the assessment will refer to particular needs. However, after the final selection, the student will receive the notification of selection and will be invited to contact the programme coordinator – for an exchange with due regard to confidentiality – for any special needs (health concerns, physical disabilities, and accompanying person) to provide support to the student.

Equal opportunities

Selected students will receive an official notification from the University of Coimbra together with an email from the coordination with guidelines to enroll and register for classes.

All students start at the same time at the coordinating institution - University of Coimbra - in October. Selected students will be provided with useful tips for travel and immigration and details on the integration phase.

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