Official information from the University to incoming students on this link.
Oficial maps of both University Campuses:
International Services Office (SRI):
"The University’s mission shall be the creation, dissemination and application of knowledge, under the
spirit of freedom of thought and plural critical judgements, through the promotion of higher education and
the construction of a society paradigm based on humanistic principles, and having knowledge, creativity
and innovation as cornerstones for growth, sustainable development, welfare and solidarity"
Founded in 1973, the University of Minho received its first students in the academic year of 1975/76.
Today the University is renowned for the competence and quality of its teachers and for the level of
excellence in research as well as the wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered and the
remarkable degree of interaction with other institutions. For these reasons, UMinho is a central actor in the
region, an important reference for the country and a recognised partner at a European and global level.
Located in the north of Portugal, the University has a campus in the city of Braga and another in the city of
Braga is the third largest Portuguese city, born from the ancient Roman town of Bracara Augusta.
Classified as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, Guimarães is known as the "cradle of the nation"; The
University´s organisational structure is flexible and conducive to innovation and interdisciplinary, favouring
the exploration of emerging research areas. The teaching and research units - Schools and Institutes - are
the basic structures of the University: School of Architecture, Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, Economics
and Management, Engineering, Psychology and School of Nursing, and Institutes of Social Sciences,
Education and Arts and Humanities.
The courses and research projects have gained strong international recognition. UMinho is a research
university, committed to the valorisation of knowledge: Research, Development and Innovation, and it is
also focused on the socio-economic environment, with many successful partnerships in research, cultural
and socio- economic development projects.
Internationalisation is a strong commitment and international activities are quite intense, not only within the
EU and Portuguese Official Language African Countries (PALOP), but also with several other countries on
different continents. The 2010/2011 academic year is marked by the beginning of a broader educational
provision based on distance and post-working hour learning programmes. This offer will have a great
social impact and it will open the University to a new public, in the context of demand and quality which
has always been the hallmark of this institution.
UMinho has a set of infrastructures and support services dedicated to students and to teaching that meet
the most diverse requirements of our students. From libraries and computer labs, to wireless broadband
Internet access and copy centres, banks, bookstores, cafeterias, canteens and well-priced restaurants,
Uminho students can find everything they need on campus from 8:00AM to 10:00PM.
The two campuses, one in Braga and the other in Guimarães, cover a total area of approximately 800.000
ft2, including two general libraries (in Braga and Guimarães) with about 300.000 books and 600 reading
seats, 31 specialised libraries (over 100.000 books), a Classic Library (more than 300.000 books dating
from 1450 to 1900) and 16.750 scientific journals accessible through the Digital Library b-on. The
campuses feature three sports halls, three canteens (4.000 meals / hour), a snack bar, two grills, a
restaurant and 14 cafeterias. The number of beds available in the four halls of residence is quite high (827
and 482 beds in Braga and in Guimarães, respectively). All of these spaces provide the necessary
conditions for academic success and well-being, including wireless broadband Internet access, dining
rooms, cafeterias and canteens, study and recreation areas, laundry, etc.
UMinho ensures the timely payment of scholarships to all students. Those that benefit from this kind of
financial support are a priority when it comes to the assignment of student housing. Worth mentioning are
also the cultural and sports activities developed by students gathered in associations and musical, theatre
and poetry groups, among others. The Academic Association organises several events, namely the
Freshman Welcome Week and the Enterro da Gata week, also known as the “Burial of the Cat”. UMinho
further provides medical and psychological assistance as well as access to the practice of over 50 different
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