Portugal, Braga

University of Minho

Bachelor, MBA

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The University of Minho, founded in 1973, is one of the then named “New Universities” that, at that time, deeply changed the landscape of higher education in Portugal.

Located in the region of Minho, known for its significant economic activity and by the youth of its population, the University of Minho is playing the role of development agent in the region. With over 19,000 students (42% of which are postgraduate students) and with about 1300 professors and 600 employees, UM is one of the largest Portuguese universities.

As of 2013, the University of Minho appears on the ranking of Times Higher Education as one of the 100 best universities of the world under the age of 50, occupying the 76th position. In 2014, it placed 75th overall. The university is widely regarded for the number of citations of its published papers. The University of Minho (Universidade do Minho) is a public university in Portugal, divided into the following campuses:

  • In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2015, the university was ranked between 351 and 400 worldwide.] Largo do Paço (rectorate), in Braga
  • Campus of Gualtar, in Braga
  • Convento dos Congregados, in Braga
  • Campus of Azurém, in Guimarães

The Country

Portugal is a unitary semi-presidential republic. It is located in South- Western Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, and it is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, being bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south and by Spain to the north and east. Portugal is considered a developed country with an advanced and high living standards, listed with the nineteen the quality of life index rating in the world as of 2005. It’s one of the world’s most globalized and peaceful nations and is among the 20 most visited countries in the world. According to the 2011 Census, 81.0% of the Portuguese population are Roman Catholic.

The City

Braga is a city and a municipality in the northwestern Portuguese district of Braga, in the historical and cultural Minho Province. The city had 137,000 inhabitants as of 2012, and the municipality, which includes 37 civil parishes has a resident population of 181,494 inhabitants (in 2011), representing the seventh largest municipality in Portugal (by population). Its area is 183.40 km2 Its agglomerated urban area extends from the Cávado River to the Este River. It is the third-largest urban centre in Portugal (after Lisbon and Porto).

The city was the European Youth Capital in 2012. It is host to the archdiocese, the oldest in Portugal. Under the Roman Empire, known as Bracara Augusta, the settlement was centre of the province of Gallaecia. Braga is a major hub for inland Northern Portugal. Braga has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen Csb) similar to other cities in the northwest Iberian Peninsula’ except for having significantly hotter summer temperatures due to being some distance from the ocean: the absolute maximum is as much as 5 °C (9 °F) higher than neighbouring A Coruña or Santiago de Compostela.

Student life

The quality of life at The University of Minho is considered by students, lecturers and external organizations/visitors alike as very good. This is due to several factors, not always of a material nature.

There is a great concern with welcoming and integrating new students as best as possible, as older students are made aware of this issue. There are also a series of initiatives, such as visits, welcome sessions and others, meant to facilitate the initiation of students in academic life. One of the goals is to make the professor-student relationship as close and open as possible, as that makes for a decisively better learning process.

In this context, it is important to point out the various cultural, associative and sports activities developed by students through their students’ groups, tunas [musical group of university students], folk music, poetry and fado, among many others. The UMinho Students’ Union is also responsible for the organization of large academic events, such as the Welcome Week for new students and the Enterro da Gata week.

Students also have access to medical and psychological support, as well as over 40 different sports, such as aerobics, weight lifting, athletics, basketball, horseback riding, football, judo, climbing, swimming, water polo, rugby, tennis, karting, and many more.

Estimated Expenses

Estimated Expenses Rough Expense Comparison

Semester at ZSEM

Semester at University of Minho

Health Insurance


351 EUR


287 EUR

295 EUR


28 EUR

23 EUR


177 EUR

141 EUR





16 EUR

35 EUR


The University of Minho has accommodation available for students, in the Halls of Residence. These have 1389 beds, 847 of which are in Braga and 542 in Guimarães. Students who wish to be accommodated in the Braga or Guimarães Halls of Residence should fill in an Accommodation Form, which can be bought and handed in at the Student Support services, in the Accommodation department.

Priority is given to students who have a SASUM scholarship and, among these, to those with greater financial difficulties.

The University of Minho also takes part in the “Avóspedagem” program, which consists of providing accommodation for young university students with elderly residents in Braga, in exchange for a symbolic expenses payment.

Travel opportunities

One of Portugal’s oldest cities, Braga was also an ancient seat of religious power with an archdiocese anchored in the 4th century. The cathedral is mandatory, as are several of the old churches, chapels and monasteries in the area.

There’s also the lofty Bom Jesus do Monte sanctuary that you can reach via a splendid Baroque stairway with allegorical sculpture, or on a 19th century funicular. You have to see the imposing old mansions around the city, festooned with azulejos and taking you back to aristocratic life in Braga in days gone by.Some oft he places u should visit when in Braga are : Bom Jesus do Monte, (The city’s most visited tourist attraction high on a hilltop to the east) Braga Cathedral, Praca da Republika(In the middle of historic Braga, this plaza is known locally as “Arcada”. The name refers to the 18th-century arcaded building on the west side of the square.) and Garden of Santa Barbara(This exquisite formal garden is next to Braga’s medieval episcopal palace and bounded by the palace’s beautiful north walls, which is topped by typical pointed merlons.)