Mobility OUT

The ERASMUS Program, which started in 1987, is one of the most successful policies of European construction. Over these 31 years, there has been an increase in student mobility in Europe and in the world, with the number of mobility students rising from 3,000 in 1987 to 9 million in 2017.

In this sense, the mobility of students, but also of teaching and non-teaching staff and researchers is one of the priorities established by the Bologna Process, which, in 1998, began to outline the European Higher Education Area in the Sorbonne declaration, aiming to strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education and promoting the employability of young people.

In an increasingly demanding job market, mobility is an opportunity for personal enrichment and academic and professional curricula, adding an international perspective and contributing to strengthening each individual’s capacity to adapt to change, an increasingly important tool in combating society's new challenges.

The student mobility programme at the University of Algarve includes the mobility and exchange of higher education students under the Erasmus+ Programme (within Europe), the Cooperation Protocols (around the World), the national mobility programme Almeida Garrett and other International Consortia between Higher Education Institutions, in which the University of Algarve participates.

In addition to students, teaching and non-teaching staff at the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Algarve can participate in these Programmes.

Both the number of incoming students at the FCHS and students of the School who go on an exchange themselves, at institutions in other countries, has been increasing steadily in recent years.

FCHS students wishing to embark on an Erasmus+ Study placement or Internship may apply to the Erasmus + Programme, which allows them to attend one or two semesters at one of the many European universities with which the University of Algarve has Erasmus+ bilateral agreements.

Students interested in studying outside Europe can also do so, in one of the many Higher Education Institutions with which the University of Algarve partners through Cooperation Protocols.


Mobility Programme for one or two semesters at a partner European university.

In any partner institution in a Consortium on a specific programme of which UAlg is a part. 

At any UAlg partner University in the World.

In any national higher education institution. Almeida Garrett and Vasco da Gama programs.

Scholarships for the best undergraduate students who wish to study or conduct research at North American universities.

Erasmus+ Internships

Higher education students can also travel for internships during their degree.

Students may also take part in an internship up to 12 months after completing their degree, and as a recent graduate, in the 12 months after the end of their degree. After those 12 months, they will no longer be eligible for Erasmus +. The minimum internship period is 2 months and the maximum 12 months, and the monthly scholarships granted vary according to the destination country. Internships can be either curricular or extra-curricular.

Application procedures must be dealt with in the International Relations and Mobility Office, as it is the entity that manages the programme, both administratively and financially.

Should you be interested, should go to the GRIM and request more information concerning application deadlines, forms to be filled out, which Higher Education Institutions within the European Area UAlg has a bilateral agreements with, among other types of information.

In addition, the University of Algarve currently participates in 3 Internship Consortia:
- AL SUD (all study areas);
- AETC (Hospitality, Tourism and related areas);
- outCOME (Renewable Energies and Marine Sciences)

Below you see two platforms where you can find various internship offers for different training areas:

For more information visit the International and Mobility Office page or contact the office directly


All teaching staff with contractual ties to the University of Algarve can apply to the Mobility Program. Mobility for teachers includes intensive courses, summer courses, training in a specialised company, laboratory or service, taking part in Staff Week or a teaching period. The mobility period must have a minimum duration of 2 days and a maximum duration of 5 days (excluding travel days for 2 day-mobility placements).

More information here.


Mobility for non-teaching staff

Opportunities for non-teaching staff

All non-teaching staff with contractual ties to the University of Algarve can apply to the Mobility Programme for intensive courses, summer courses, to take part in Staff Week or go on visits to other institutions ( jobshadowing ).

Applications are filed with the GRIM directly, complying with the stipulated deadline, attaching all the documentation requested for the purpose.

The selection and ranking of non-teaching candidates is the responsibility of GRIM.

Applicants are ranked according to the work plan presented and based on an opinion of the superior on the benefit of mobility for the employee.

More information here.


Can I apply to any university that has an agreement with the University of Algarve or only those recommended by FCHS?

We can only guarantee agreements made with FCHS. However, we can try to extend other existing agreements, so that students can go. Interested parties should contact the coordinators.

I am a foreign student. Can I apply for an Erasmus programme?

Yes, as long as you are registered as a regular student in a course at the University of Algarve That is, if you are here under another programme, you cannot.

I want to go to a university that is not on the list. What do I do?

You must apply for one on the list, but you can always ask Management to make an agreement. To do so, you must write to us, indicating which institution you want to go to and the email address. The more information we have, the more easily we can respond to requests.

Can I take modules from several academic years?

Yes, as long as you are registered with UAlg's academic services when you leave.

So if you have modules spanning several years, you can take them.

What you cannot do is "freeze" grades, that is, take modules you want to register at a later date, in an academic year after the one in which you are enrolled.

I want to go to Poland (for example), but classes are taught in Polish. What do I do?

In Portugal, classes are taught in Portuguese and the same is true in other countries.

However, some have classes in English, with foreign students in mind. Ask the destination university about this situation.

I didn't manage to complete all the modules I set out to do. Can I take the respective exams in Portugal?

Yes you can, as long as nothing within the module stops you from doing so. 

The best thing you can do is inform your UAlg teacher that you are going to take the exam, so that you can prepare for the test even if you are abroad.

I cannot find subjects at my destination university with the same number of credits. What do I do?

The two most common ways to resolve the situation are as follows:

- Either you will have to take more courses in order to complete the ECTS;

- Or coordinate with your UAlg professor and do additional work (which could be a test), remotely or on arrival, to complete the credits.





The University of Lessius, Belgium, teaches the following subjects in English:

* Behavioral problems | ECTS: 3

* Biological Psychology | ECTS: 3

* Forensic psychology | ECTS: 3

* Sport psychology | ECTS: 4

* Ethical issues in psychology | ECTS: 3

* Contemporary topics in HRM | ECTS: 3

* Psychology in Europe | ECTS: 4

* International Study Conference | ECTS: 3

* Solution focused therapy | ECTS: 4

For a summary of the programmes, click here:

Other Erasmus+ projects

The new Erasmus+ programme, created in 2014, focused on Education, Training, Youth and Sport, bringing together the European Union’s various programmes - Lifelong Learning (Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci, Grundtvig, Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus , Tempus, Alfa and Edulink.

The Programme is now divided into Key Actions Key Action 1, also called KA1, is geared towards Learning Mobility; Key Action 2, KA2, to Strategic Partnerships, Cooperation for innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices; and Key Action 3, KA3, Support for Policy Reform.

As for KA1 - Learning Mobility, we have Individual Mobility in education and training (Erasmus); Individual mobility in the youth field and the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters. With regard to Strategic Partnerships, we are part of the following: Strategic youth partnerships; Knowledge Alliances; Sectoral Competence Alliances; Capacity building in the field of higher education; and Capacity building in the youth field.

To facilitate a better understanding of each modality of the programme, the European Commission and the National Agency have made a Programme Guide available online, containing all the information relating to applications, forms, funding, etc.


"My Erasmus experience was mainly for me to grow as a person. It was the first time that I lived away from home; the first time I travelled by air; the first time I went out alone; the first time I realised what it is like to live."

Ana Marta Vieira Vaz


"When asked what was the turning point of my career or when did I start thinking about pursuing a career in music, I reply that it was during my experience on the Erasmus programme. I recommend Erasmus 100%."

Diogo Piçarra