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University of Minho

4.2 out of 5 (71 ratings / 68 reviews) Braga, Portugal
The University of Minho is currently one of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions, and is gradually becoming more prominent internationally. The University was founded in 1973, and it is currently comprised of three campi: the Gualtar Campus, in Braga, and the Azurém and Couros Campi, in Guimarães.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (4)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (2)
Medicine & Health (2)
Education & Training (1)
Law (1)



Founded in 1973, the University of Minho welcomed its first students in the academic year of 1975/76. At present, the University is renowned for its competence and quality of teaching staff, excellence in scientific research, wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses offered and for its high level of interaction with other institutions.


The University of Minho is a reference regarding high-quality education and learning, not only in a Portuguese context, but also on a European and global scale. As a pioneer in many areas of education, training and research, the University of Minho shows a great capacity to deliver change.


Today, The University of Minho (UMinho) is undoubtedly a university of research. That can be seen in the position the university occupies in the most important international rankings, such as the Leiden Ranking, which is the main bibliometric ranking associated with scientific research. 

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
ARWU World University rankings is the first world university ranking. It ranks the world's top 1000 colleges and universities based on objective indicator.
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
459 -27
432 10
Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report presents all the top universities from the U.S. and 60 other countries around the world.
QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
591 60
QS World University Rankings is one of the top international rankings measuring the popularity and performance of universities all over the world.
World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
801 -200
World University Rankings is a vital resource that provides the definitive list of the world's best universities.


Student services

The Academic Services have their own facilities in both of the university's campi (Gualtar and Azurém), providing close support to all students.

Housing services

Considering the limited number of rooms available for exchange students at the Residences and the first-come first-served basis for the assignment, it is advisable to send us the Application Form for Accommodation properly filled in as soon as possible.

Library services

The University of Minho has several libraries at the disposal of the academic community. The main university libraries are managed by the Documentation Services. These are the General Library in the Gualtar Campus, the U.M. Library in Guimarães, in the Azurém Campus and the Congregados Building Library. These libraries contain an important body of documents, covering all fields of knowledge.

Student Life

Campus life

The University of Minho is located in the Braga district, near the northern coastline of Portugal. There are three campi in two main cities of the district: Braga and Guimarães. Both cities combine tradition and history with a modern and cosmopolitan vibe.

Sports facilities

The Higher Education student needs to take part in regular sports activities, in multiple aspects. They promote socialisation, the ability to overcome obstacles, team spirit, diversity, equality, excellence, and many others.


All degrees currently offered by the University of Minho have been accredited by the A3ES Agency.

Student Reviews

Good university
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

My experience was good about this university and general condition oo living as an international student in Portugal was so good.

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Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

am yet to commence my studies in September 2021

I hold a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with excellent GPA of 4/4 from Ondokuz Mayis University, Turkey, Bachelor’s degree that is ranked second in the whole country-Rwanda (Civil engineering section-2015), with more than eight research publications
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

The university of Minho is ideal for civil engineering students as it has all the required facilities for conducting different kinds of testing protocols. The quality of research activities carried out at the university is top-ranked as “Excellent” by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) for the period 2020-2023. It has ideal facilities to develop the...

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