PhD-COMP has created the conditions for an innovative exchange of students and academic staff between Lisbon and its foreign partners. Students are able to attend courses offered in Lisbon, Leuven and Bologna and can work with scholars from varied contexts in Lisbon and abroad, as the association among Proponent and Participant Institutions guarantees the continuous exchange of academic staff among the involved Institutions and the common definition of the scientific profile of the Programme.

Every year, 3 selected students are sent to international summer schools, namely HERMES – Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, and IWL – The Institute for World Literature. Students are also encouraged to find, through their own initiative, other institutions that suit the development of their research. The structure of the course, based on a minimum requirement of 1 semester abroad, is flexible enough to allow for up to 4 semesters of mobility.