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  • Locations: Braga, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Year
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: UMass Boston/Dartmouth/Lowell applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Who can apply: UMass Lowell Students Program Category: Study abroad
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
University of Minho

View and download a brochure here: University of Minho Flyer

About the University of Minho:
Located in Northern Portugal, Minho has campuses in Braga and Guimars. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate options but also specialized training and advanced study courses.
  • The University of Minho is structured upon a matrix-based organisational model, which promotes interaction among its units, with a view to completing the projects that embody its mission and objectives while ensuring efficient use of its resources. 
  • The University is strongly committed to the internationalization of education, having solid partnerships with over 400 foreign universities and integrating a large number of international cooperation networks. 
  • Students who took part in these exchange programs say that the experience was unique and rewarding, both academically and personally. 
  • Annually, the University welcomes more than 500 foreign students.
Costs:
  • Tuition and fees are paid to UMass Lowell. Room and Board and other expenses will be paid to the host institution or other arrangement.
  • See the Budget Sheet for a Spring semester, also linked above.

Learn more about the city of Braga and receive an International Welcome from the University of Minho.

How to Apply:
The general entry requirement is a Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0.  Applicants should normally have completed at least one year of university study at the time of application. UMass Lowell students should first complete the UMass Lowell application process by clicking "Apply Now" on this site.  Once approved for participation, students will be guided through the necessary application to the host university, as well as all the other steps to complete the Pre-Depature and Post-Departure components of their application. The deadlines for student exchange applications are March 15 for the Fall semester and October 15 for the Spring semester.

If students ever have any questions, they can always reach us with their inquiries by email at studyabroad@uml.edu or by phone at 978-934-4660, and they can find us located on the third floor of University Crossing, Suite 370.


University of Minho
Why Study in Portugal?:
Braga is one of the youngest cities in Europe (considered the youngest city in Europe in 1989), making it a dynamic and energetic city. Braga is one of the oldest Portuguese cities, as well as one of the oldest Christian cities in the world. 
  • Located in the north of Portugal, in the Cávado Valley, Braga has roughly 174,000 people. It is the center of the Great Metropolitan Area of Minho (GAM), totaling about 800 thousand inhabitants.
  • When Portugal as a country was constituted, Braga was its only city. 
  • Braga also offers unique cultural and leisure opportunities in the country, with its nightlife, cinemas, theaters, exhibitions, museums and art galleries.¿
  • It is a city full of culture and traditions, where history and religion coexist side by side with the technology industry and academic life. 
Braga
Student Life:
The quality of life at The University of Minho is considered by students, lecturers and external organisations/visitors alike as very good. 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.
  • There are 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 organisation 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.
Learn more about Student Life at the University of Minho.
Housing:
  • Whenever possible, students will stay at University Residences, but there is also, in some cases, the possibility of staying in student apartments or family houses.
  • If the host university is not able to provide permanent housing (for example, when there are no University Residences), you should make a reservation for temporary accommodation.
  • If you cannot secure accommodation prior to arrival, you will have to seek permanent accommodation on arrival, usually with the help of the host university, student associations and other associated entities (in these cases it is advisable to arrive early before the actual start of the academic calendar).
Learn more about Accommodation at the University of Minho.

UMinho Accommodation
Academics:
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. There are ten schools and institutes at the University of Minho, including the School of Architecture (EA), the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences (ILCH), the School of Psychology (EP), the Institute of Education (IE), the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS), the School of Economics and Management (EEG), the School of Engineering (EE), the School of Law (ED), the School of Sciences (EC), and the School of Health Sciences (ECS).
  • The University of Minho offers a wide range of courses corresponding to first, second and third cycles of studies leading to undergraduate (BA/BSc), graduate (MA/MSc) or doctorate (PhD) degrees. Bachelors degrees (first cycle) have 180 or 240 ECTS, the equivalent to 3 or 4 years.
  • In addition to these cycles of studies, the University of Minho also provides a large number of courses that do not provide an academic degree, namely specialized training courses at masters and PhD level. ¿
  • The University offers several short courses and a Preparation Course for Attendance of higher education (mature students over 23 years of age).
Learn more about Academics at the University of Minho.

Credit Load for visiting exchange students = 25 ECTS, maximum per semester
  • IMPORTANT: 6 ECTS = 3 UML credits, therefore students must ensure they are enrolled in 12 US credits at a minimum
Courses instructed in English:
Some courses instructed in English:
UMinho LogoDepartment Links Important: The courses should be chosen at one faculty only to which the application is consequently sent. It is also necessary to select primarily courses corresponding to the student‘s major at the home university so that the application could be forwarded to a specific department.Only a minor part of courses not corresponding to the major may be selected. 
  • Only after the admission by the relative faculty, the student may apply to one or two courses at another CU faculty.
  • Courses offered to the Erasmus program students are available for non-European exchange students.
  • It is better though to choose more courses in case some of them would be full.
Academic Year: 
The Fall semester starts at the end of September and finishes in January, and February is the exam period. The Spring semester starts at the end of February, finishes in June and July is the exam period.

Resources: UMinho Faculty-Led Picture