University of Coimbra
The Universidade de Coimbra is the oldest university in continuous operation in Europe and one of the largest higher education institutions in Portugal. It caterers for academic degress in architecture, education, engineering, humanities, law, mathematics, medicine, natural sciences, psychology, social sciences and sports.
Founded in 1290 by King Dinis from foundations set in Lisbon then named Studium Generale. In 1308 the University moved to Coimbra, which aready had established traditions in education. Over the next 200 years the faculty moved between Lisbon and Coimbra for religious and political reasons, but moved for the last time to Coimbra in 1537, where it underwent developement and restructuring of it's curriculum.
For many years it was the only university in Portugal, until Universities of Porto and Lisbon were created in 1911.
Admission to the University is strictly merit based and some departments are known for higher than average selectiveness. Entry is extraordinarily difficult and places are in high demand. Foreign students make up more than 10% of applicants and are considered on individual merits from their place of study.
University of Coimbra website in English