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How to get to UMinho ?​

Braga and Guimarães​

​Cost of Living​

Visa and other formalities

EU, EEE and Switzerland Students

Students from European Union member-states, the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and Switzerland do not need a visa to enter Portugal.
These students are allowed to reside in Portugal for a period of up to 3 months, without any conditions or formalities required, except for a valid identification document or a passport. However, if these students choose to extend their stay over 3 months, they should register for residency (Certificado de Registo) within 30 days of the first 3 months of their arrival in Portugal. That can be done in the City Council of their area of residence.
Third-Countries Students
Students who are nationals of other countries must obtain a student resident visa, before they leave their country of origin. The visa application can be placed in the nearest Portuguese embassy or consulate. It is compulsory to produce the visa when enrolling in the University of Minho. It should also be noted that a tourist visa will not be accepted.
Students who enter Portugal through a non-controlled border (in which stamping your passport is not required to stamp) must contact SEF - Immigration and Borders Service - within three days after their arrival, in order to declare their arrival in the country. Past these three days, students who do not do so will be fined.
On arrival these students should also ​request a residency permit with SEF. Usually, the required documents for this request are:
  • an original passport and a copy of it; 
  • a statement from UMinho proving the reason for the stay in Portugal;
  • supporting documents regarding means of subsistence; 
  • supporting documents for accomodation;
  • health insurance;
  • copy of your tax number;
  • 2 photographs.

It is advisable, however, to confirm this information directly with SEF.

Imigration and Borders Service (SEF)
Loja do Cidadão 
Rua dos Granjinhos, 6 
4710-352 Braga 
Tel.: +351 808241107 
Opening hours: Working days: 8.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m. 
                                    Saturdays: 9.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Students from the European Union and European Economic Area state-member countries are covered by the European Health Insurance Card​, which allows them to benefit from Portuguese Social Security, just like any other Portuguese citizen. In order to benefit from this framework, students should contact their local Social Security and request this card, before they travel to Portugal.
Students from outside the EU or the EEE must make sure that, before they travel, they have health insurance that will provide them with medical assistance during their stay in Portugal. Namely, Brazilian students associated with the Brazilian Social Security system can request the PB4 form with the corresponding institution in Brazil, so that they can benefit from health care in Portugal, in parity with Portuguese nationals.
All students, on arrival, must produce proof of health insurance, in order to enroll in the University of Minho.
Additionally, all students can benefit from UMinho's insurance, covering: accidents that may happen within the university's facilites (during class time, free time included in the students' schedule, sports or leisure activities, organised or authorised by the university); outside the university's facilities (academic excursions, outdoors classes and internships); on their normal route to and from their residence to the university. This insurance is compulsory and guaranteed upon signing up with UMinho's International Relations Services (SRI), for the sum of approximately € 2.50.
It is important to point out that, in case of an accident, the students must contact SRI immediately, so as to inform the insurance company, through Uminho's Social Services (SAS), in order to start all necessary procedures.
Pre-requisites and Language Courses

Orientation programme

Every year, the International Relations Services (SRI) organise the Orientation Programme. This programme is specifically aimed at exchange students, to introduce them to the University of Minho. During this initiative, students can visit the university's facilities and gather information concerning all issues to do with their study period here. They will get to know the SRI team and all the other foreign students participating in exchange programmes.
It is important that all future UMinho students take part in the Orientation Programme, in order to get all the relevant information to make their stay in Portugal and UMinho easier.

Electronic services

The University of Minho has many computer rooms in both campi, available for all students to use, after they have produced their student card. Students can also use the printing service, by purchasing printing credits in the various machines, made available in the Learning IT Support Service (SAPIA).
Access to the Internet and email services are free of charge for all students and teaching staff. 
According to the Bologna new teaching model, UMinho has a web platform available to the academic community. This e-learning platform manages and distributes information, alllowing students to access teaching materials at any time.
The University of Minho also has a wireless network available, allowing safe access to UMinho-Net (UMinho's communication network) in all public spaces in the Gualtar and Azurém campi, as well as in leisure and residencial areas. In order to configure this network, students should contact SAPIA'Help Desk .
Currently, UMinho has the largest university community of wi-fi users, with over 1800 active users.


The University of Minho's students can benefit from discounts on local public transportation. During enrollment, students will receive a document that can be presented, with a photograph, at Transportes Urbanos de Braga TUB/SM, to request their "passe" (public transportation pass). 
In addition to public transportation, UMinho also has its own transportation service, ensuring the daily connection between both campi, at regular intervals. The campi connection bus schedule, from Monday to Friday, can be accessed here:
In the Gualtar Campus, there are two branches, open from Monday to Friday: 
- Caixa Geral de Depósitos 
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
- Novo Banco 
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. - Noon / 1 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. 
In the Azurém Campus, there is one branch, open from Monday to Friday: 
- Caixa Geral de Depósitos 
Opening hours: 8.30 a.m. - Noon / 1 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. 
In both campi, there are several ATMs available. 
There are several other branches available just outside the university. 
Students who want to open a bank account should produce their identification documents or passport, plus their tax number and their student card. The tax number can be obtained in the Tax Office (Repartição das Finanças) or in the Loja do Cidadão. 


Shops in the centres of Braga and Guimarães are diverse and can be found mainly around pedestrian streets. In both cities there are multiple shops from well-known European brands, as well as local and national products.
Most shops are open Monday to Friday, from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. On Saturdays, most shops are open from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shops usually close on Sundays and national holidays. These are the usual opening times, but there might be exceptions. Most supermarkets are open till later. Large supermarkets (hypermarkets) are open from Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and on Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In these larger supermarkets, you can find most essential products for daily life at a cheaper price.
There are also several shopping centres, open every day, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There are also street markets in Braga and Guimarães every week, where you can find a variety of fresh and home-made products.

Leisure activities

The cities of Braga and Guimarães have a lot to offer, on what concerns cultural activities. Other than monuments, art galleries, associations and cultural dissemination areas, a cultural guide is published monthly, featuring detailed information concerning main events, such as concerts, plays, exhibitions and other events. The guide also features information concerning the main yearly events. ​
There are various cafés, bars, theatres, cinemas and clubs where students can have fun, watch the most recent films or plays, or just talk and enjoy their friends' company. The University of Minho Students' Union Bar (Bar da Associação Académica) is also known as must-go meeting point.
UMinho has modern sports facilities, with two multisports pavillions, one in each campus. There, students can have access to a wide array of sports.
Both cities also have a set of sports infrastructures that offer sports practice, such as swimming pools, gymnasiums, among others.