Administrative & academic matters

Registering at the University

Upon arrival, students should go as soon as possible to the International and Mobility Office and bring the following:
- Letter of Acceptance and Learning Agreement;
- ID card or Passport;
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a private medical insurance (if you are not a EU citizen) or PB4 for Brazilian citizens;
- Portuguese study Visa (for non-EU citizens, even for less then 3 months studies)
- Home contacts in case of emergency;
- Meet the Mobility Coordinator of the Faculty or School you will be integrated (check in Contacts the email address); (link para “CONTACTS”)
- If you have accommodation at a University Residence, go to the Student Support and Welfare Services (Serviços de Ação Social – SAS) to register and pay;
- 2 photos.

Upon arrival students should also:
- Fill in a Data Form (remember: your name is as it is in your ID/Passport);

Important: In case your qualifications need to be recognised, the necessary documents properly translated and certified should be delivered as soon as possible. Please check Recognition of Qualifications. (link ao assunto em “Before coming”)

The International and Mobility Office will provide students with a University email and a password that will enable to access to our virtual tutorial system where you can access all the information related to the subjects you have chosen to attend. A first registration in the system using those passwords will be necessary to be able to start working.


Changes to the Learning Agreement

Students should be aware that changes to the Learning Agreement are sometimes necessary upon arrival, mainly due to incompatibility of schedules. However, please remember that these changes are only allowed for a short period from the start of the classes (not from your arrival).

After this period no changes will be allowed. Please be aware of this!

Very Important deadlines:
-  3 weeks after start of classes (for regular semester classes)
- 1 week after start of classes (for module classes)

Any changes to the Learning Agreement should be made with the Mobility Coordinator of the School or Faculty where you are integrated at the University of Algarve. After signed the Changes to the Learning Agreement must be delivered at the International and Mobility Office within the deadlines established.

Be also sure that your Home University agrees with the changes you are making since later they will also have to sign the Changes to the Learning Agreement.

At the end of your stay the University of Algarve will send to your Home University a Transcript of Records with all the course units and grades achieved. Please remember that the Transcript of Records will only have the course units that you are registered, which is based on the Learning Agreement.

Students should be aware that changes to the Learning Agreement are sometimes necessary upon arrival, mainly due to incompatibility of schedules. However, please remember that these changes are only allowed for a short period from the start of the classes (not from your arrival).

After this period no changes will be allowed. Please be aware of this!

Very Important deadlines:
-  3 weeks after start of classes (for regular semester classes)
- 1 week after start of classes (for module classes)

Any changes to the Learning Agreement should be made with the Mobility Coordinator of the School or Faculty where you are integrated at the University of Algarve. After signed the Changes to the Learning Agreement must be delivered at the International and Mobility Office within the deadlines established.

Be also sure that your Home University agrees with the changes you are making since later they will also have to sign the Changes to the Learning Agreement.

At the end of your stay the University of Algarve will send to your Home University a Transcript of Records with all the course units and grades achieved. Please remember that the Transcript of Records will only have the course units that you are registered, which is based on the Learning Agreement.


Orientation Week

At the beginning of every academic year, usually before the start of the classes, the University of Algarve organises an Orientation Week to help students to integrate in the University and to know the city.

Sessions on different subjects are presented, as well as some visits to places in and around Faro. Therefore, students are strongly advised to arrive on time to be able to attend this event.

For the 2nd semester the University organises a similar event, the Welcome Day, also with sessions and a visit to the city centre of Faro.


 

Portuguese language courses

To be able to integrate in the daily local life, one needs to know the national language. Therefore, the University of Algarve organises a number of Portuguese language courses at various levels, which students are strongly advised to enrol.

- Portuguese as a Foreign Language – 3 ECTS course, each semester. Aims to all foreign students attending the University and wish to learn or improve their knowledge of the language.

- Portuguese ERASMUS Intensive Language Course (EILC) – 5 ECTS course, usually during July/August or January. Usually the University of Algarve offers two EILC Courses every academic year for Erasmus students who are coming to study in Portugal. Applications must be checked at our National Agency website: www.proalv.pt.

Note: Fees are sometimes charged to some Portuguese language courses.



University Medical Services

When your registration at the University is complete, you will be able to use, free of charge, the University ambulatory medical services (Serviços Médico-Sociais).

The Student Support and Welfare Services (SAS) offer healthcare in areas of general practice, gynaecology, nursing, psychology and nutrition counselling. The University maintains contractual agreements in areas of dental care, physiotherapy and chiropody.

These services carry out different type of tests, promote the prevention of sexually transmitting diseases and participate in a European project on drug dependence. This service is also partner in a transnational observatory on drug prevention in higher institutions with an online information clinic offering advice and support on drugs and treatment.