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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The Academic Services have their own facilities in both of the university's campi (Gualtar and Azurém), providing close support to all students.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the years I spent at Minho University I came across tutors of excellence with inspirational careers and backgrounds. I received a solid formation on theoretical Economics by Professors with relevant research projects and policy making experience. However I did not particularly enjoy the academical environment of faternities hazing rituals.
Good support from the part of the teaching staff, good programs available, comfortable and recent infrastructures.
I'm enjoying very much the university choice I've made since everyone seems to know each other within the campus unlike what happens in the majority of universities. It is a welcoming place overall.