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1 Welcome Dear student, Welcome to Universidade do Minho! It is a great pleasure to host you at our University. We hope this is the beginning of a challenging and successful period of studies for you, and that your stay in Portugal can be full of rewarding experiences. As a new student at this University, there are many things to know as well as people and places to see. This student guide contains practical and helpful information about the students life, the cities where Universidade do Minho is located Braga and Guimarães and also about its facilities. Nevertheless, feel free to come to the International Relations Office whenever you have doubts or problems. We hope you feel happy at Universidade do Minho and that your mobility period is an enjoyable and enriching experience. The International Relations Office 1

2 ÍNDEX 1 Host Country and Cities 1.1 Portugal 1.2 The City of Braga and Guimarães The City of Braga The City of Guimarães 2 Universidade do Minho (UM) 2.1 General Description 2.2 Academic Structure and Quality 2.3 Academic Calendar 2.4 How to get to UM 3 Preparing your Study Period at UM 3.1 The International Relations Office (GRI) 3.2 Application Procedures 3.3 Accommodation 3.4 Visa and Other Permits 3.5 Insurance 3.6 What is ECTS? 3.7 Orientation Day 3.8 Padrinho/Madrinha Erasmus 3.9 Portuguese Language Courses 3.10 ESN Minho 4 University Facilities and Services 4.1 Libraries 4.2 Health Services 4.3 Computer Facilities 4.4 Canteens and Snack Bars 4.5 Transport 4.6 Bank 4.7 Sports 4.8 Students with Disabilities 4.9 The Students Union 5 Additional Practical Information 5.1 Cost of Living 5.2 Shopping 5.3 Telephoning and Post Office 5.4 By Night 5.5 Useful Portuguese Sentences and Expressions 6 Before you Arrive in Portugal 7 After you Arrive in Portugal 8 Useful Addresses and Phone Numbers 9 Maps 2

3 1 HOST COUNTRY AND CITIES 1.1 Portugal History While there are many traces of human occupation of what is now Portugal during the Palaeolithic times, it is after 1000 BC that Indo European people, largely Celts, started to settle in the territory. The ones that remained and dominated central Portugal were the Lusitanians. Their leader, Viriatus, a brilliant exponent of guerrilla warfare, long resisted the Romans, when they were expanding the empire to the Peninsula. After his murder in AD 139, the native resistance collapsed. The romanization process of towns, customs and habits started then. Julius Caesar gave his name to Pax Julia (now Beja), and favoured Olissipo (now Lisbon, the capital) and Ebora (now Évora). The remote region in the north of the river Douro formed a separate province Gallaecia (present-day Galicia, in Northwest Spain and northern Portugal) and the chief town of southern Gallaecia was Bracara (Braga). In the fifth century, barbarian tribes invaded the Roman Empire; two peoples, the Suevi and the Vandals, obtained land in Gallaecia. By AD 585 it were the Visigoths that dominated the Peninsula. In AD 711, the Muslims, who had already conquered North Africa, invaded the Iberian Peninsula and overthrew the Visigothic Monarchy. The Muslims settled mostly in the south. In the north, the Christians, who had remained unconquered in the Asturias, on the Northwest coast of the Peninsula, formed an independent kingdom under a visigothic prince. They soon recovered Galicia and by the ninth century Portucale, between the Minho and Douro rivers, became the frontier county of defence against Muslim incursions from the south. From then on, the militant crusading spirit to the war between the Christians and the Muslims grew to the point of a holy war. The Asturian Monarchy (then ruled by Alfonso VI) sought the help of French knights. Among them was Henry of Burgundy/Henrique de Borgonha who married Alfonso s daughter, Teresa. They were granted Portugal and enjoyed virtual autonomy. Here begins the separate history of Portugal. Their son, Afonso Henriques, was the founder of Portugal. He disagreed with his mother s rule, because it was not in the interest of the county s independence. Their rivalry became such that in 1128 he fought against her in the Battle of São Mamede. Henrique won the battle and that was the beginning point of his rule and his conquers to the Muslims in the south. In 1179, through papal recognition, he became the first king of Portugal, Afonso I. It was only by the 13th century, during the reign of Afonso III (1248/1279), that Portugal defined its present southern limits, with the conquest of the Algarve. The consolidation of the monarchy and the reassertion of national independence in 1385, in the Battle of Aljubarrota against Spain, were facts that stirred the national spirit. The conquer of Ceuta (in Morocco) in 1415 was the starting point of the expansion of Portugal The Age of Discovery. Prince Henry, the Navigator, launched expedition after expedition to explore the Atlantic and the Coast of Africa. He was inspired by a desire of trade, conquest and crusade towards christianism. In 1488, Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope (a territory that now corresponds to South Africa) demonstrating that India could be reached by sea. The feat was achieved by Vasco da Gama in The Treaty of Tordesilhas in 1494 divided the undiscovered world between Portugal and Spain to end the disputes over the discoveries. Spain had authority over the West lands and Portugal over the East. The imaginary line of demarcation enabled Portugal to claim Brazil in The Portuguese conquers reached from Brazil to India. In 1542, the Portuguese reached Japan. The glories of Portugal s days of expansion are immortalised in Luis de Camões s heroic epic Os Lusíadas, written in

4 The Portuguese golden age would be affected in 1580, due to a succession crisis with the death of king Sebastian in the crusades against the Muslims, in the North of Africa, leading to the claiming of the throne by Philip II of Spain. The joining of the two crowns deprived Portugal from defending its interests and the empire started to collapse. The restoration of independence was in By the end of the 17th century most of Portugal s far-flung oriental empire had been lost but in the century s closing years gold was discovered in central Brazil, a fact that meant an impulse in the Portuguese economy. The development of the country was also felt at the intellectual and cultural level, due to the Marquis of Pombal s rule, the minister of King José I. He was a great administrator and guided his policies by the Enlightenment Philosophy reformed the education system against the church monopoly and supported the merchant class. The Napoleonic Wars would mean another drawback to the Portuguese Monarchy. As the French approached, the Portuguese court sailed for Brazil and remained there even after the French retreat. The circumstances paved the way for the liberal movement s raising. In 1820, there was a successful revolution in Porto. These events obliged the King João VI to accept the principle of a constitutional monarchy. The first constitution was adopted in This was the beginning of a period of great turmoil that lead to a civil war between liberals and absolutists. In 1834, the Liberals regained the Portuguese Crown. During the first decades of the constitutional regime there was no political stability but it was launched an important program of economic reforms called The Regeneration. The end of the 19th century was the period of strong rivalries over African lands between Portugal and Britain, and Portuguese possessions overseas were starting to decline. It was also a time of political renewal towards republicanism. The divisions among monarchists just made it easier for the republicans to overthrow monarchy in Portugal participated in the World War I with Allies, a fact that intensified financial problems and unrest among the population. The opposition to the regime took advantage of the circumstances and in 1926 there was a successful military rising. To face the financial problems the country was going through, the president called for Dr. António Salazar, a professor of Economics at the University of Coimbra. Due to the success of his reforms, Salazar became Prime Minister in He was largely responsible for the constitution of 1933, which established an authoritarian regime known as the Estado Novo. The regime of Salazar replaced political parties by the National Union; there was censorship and a sense of extreme nationalism. The emergence in the 1960s of armed independence movements in the African provinces of Angola and Mozambique lead Portugal to commit its army and budget to resisting them. The African wars continued after Salazar had left the government and absorbed most of the national budget and stalled economic development. One consequence was the emigration of more than one million Portuguese! On April 25, 1974, the Armed Forces Movement, a group of leftist military officers seeking to end the African Wars, overthrew the regime of dictatorship. This Revolution is called the Carnation Revolution and it is still celebrated every year for it was the reason why Portugal is a democracy today. In 1986, Portugal was admitted to the European Economic Community and since then the country s development has been significant, a fact that enabled Portugal to join the European Monetary Union. Portugal has modern and efficient infrastructures, providing opportunities to explore, both Portugal and Europe by road, rail, and air. Strong links within Europe and the rest of the world have helped to develop Portugal as an international trading nation. Many multinational corporations have chosen to locate their Representative Offices in Portugal further strengthening international ties. Currency 4

5 In the year 2000, Portugal joined the Monetary Union and the Euro ( ). Nevertheless it is useful for you to know the Portuguese Escudo (PTE). To get an idea of the exchange rate, we would like to inform you that one EURO corresponds to PTE and one USD corresponds approximately to Coins: 0,01 ; 0,02 ; 0,05 ; 0,10 ; 0,20 ; 0,50 ; 1,00 ; 2,00 Bank-notes: 5 ; 10 ; 20 ; 50 ; 100 ; 200 Weather The weather in Portugal is usually temperate and mild. Generally speaking, the Summer (June to early September) is warm. The average Summer temperature is 23/25 degrees centigrade. In Winter, the average temperature is between 5/10 degrees centigrade and rarely drops to under 0 degrees centigrade Language In Portugal people speak Portuguese. Portuguese is a Latin language, which is spoken in all the country. It is also the mother tongue in Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea, Timor and S. Tomé e Príncipe. Classes at Universidade do Minho are, generally, spoken in Portuguese. 5

6 1.2 The Cities of Braga and Guimarães Universidade do Minho is situated in the heart of the Minho region, as a part of the Costa Verde (Green Coast) region, forming the NorthWest corner of Portugal. The Minho region, whilst retaining its traditional colour and customs, is a dynamic and forwardlooking region. The river Minho, which gives its name to the region, is the natural border between Portugal and the Spanish province of Galicia. Its population density is above the national average (about 300/km2).The population is also significantly younger when compared to the rest of the country and most of the EU-countries. The manufacturing industry is the main economic activity, especially in the Valleys of the rivers Ave and Cávado, in southern Minho. Braga is the administrative centre of the region. The nearby town of Guimarães is the hub of one of the most industrialised areas in Portugal. Several hundred small and medium-sized enterprises operate in this area, especially in the textiles, clothing, footwear, light metalworking and furniture sectors. Electronic and agricultural industry sectors are also emerging The city of Braga The real facts about the origins of Braga are practically hidden in the exhoance of the centuries. It has been suggested, however, that it was founded by the Gadhelic Celts, also known as Bracai (hence the name Bracara, the original form of the present Braga). In 250 BC Bracara was conquered by the Romans, who held it for a long time, dedicating the town to the Emperor Augustus, so that it appears with the name of Bracara Augusta. It was the meeting point for five famous Roman roads, and was the capital of Galicia, in the North of the river Douro, as far as the Cantabrian region. With the destruction of the Roman Empire by the so-called northern barbarians, Braga came under the dominion of the Suevi, who held swai here for 175 years, setting up at Braga, the political and intellectual capital of their kingdom. It then passed into the hands of the Goths, whose domination lasted for another 300 years, until the Moors in 715 AC took the town. The Moors, however, hardly had time to establish themselves at Braga for only 25 years later D. Afonso, The Catholic, King of Oviedo, conquered the town, although Moors continued to attack it. So persistent were their onslaughts that in 985 AC Almansor, Calif of Cordova, reconquered the town. The Moors were later forced to yield it to the King of León, D. Afonso III and Braga was given as dowry by D. Afonso IV to his daughter D. Teresa, on the occasion of her marriage to D. Henrique, Earl of Burgundy. This city, which can today count more than years in the annals of history, is one of the oldest Christian towns. It is still considered the greatest centre of religious study in Portugal, and may well be proud of its title of The city of the Archbishops. Sightseeing Sé (the Cathedral), the oldest in Portugal which was built by D. Henrique and D. Teresa Largo do Paço, former Archbishops Palace, actually, the Rectorate of Universidade do Minho Sameiro and Bom Jesus Sanctuaries Tibães Monastery Raio Palace Torre de Menagem (the Keep) Casa dos Crivos (Mediaeval House) Monthly, the Municipal Hall edits a Cultural Bulletin with the main cultural events in town. This bulletin can be acquired in the Tourism Office, and it is for free. Handicrafts Articles in wicker and straw - baskets, hats, decorative furniture, laupstands, etc. Weaving - quilts and damasked bedspreads, rag floor-mats and feather mats and rugs. Pottery - mugs, jars, bowls, casseroles, pitchers and the famous figures of musicians, cocks, Last Supper groups, miniatures, etc. Carpentry and cabinet making - flax-scutches and flax-hackles, distaffs and spindles. 6

7 Festivals and Fairs Borough Fair Every Tuesday. This fair is packed with people, some coming from nearby towns to buy or sell agricultural products and hand-made goods. Holy Week Easter. Throughout the entire week there are several processions and all the altars, each evoking a scene from the passion of Christ, are beautifully decorated with flowers and candles. This week attracts many tourists from all over Portugal and Spain, mainly. Festivities of St. John 23 rd /24 th June. From all over the country arrive excursions to participate in the big festivities in which people carry leek and small plastic hammers, and hit all the others they find in the streets with them. Music and more music, a fairyland of artistic illuminations, dancing and songs, seize the spirit of the good folk of Minho The city of Guimarães Guimarães was successively a Citânia, a Roman Village, a barbarian and christian village up to the IX Century. In the X Century Mumadona, the King of Léon s relative, created the double Monastery for Monks and Nuns of Santa Maria, S. Salvador e Todos-os-Santos. Guimarães was born around this Monastery. After the Normans invasion in 996, Mumadona was also responsible for the building of the Keep, which still ornaments the Guimarães Castle nowadays. Soon after, there were several events that would take place in Guimarães, which would have great importance in the birth of Portugal. D. Afonso Henriques was born in 1111, and in 1125 he becomes a knight in the roman Cathedral of Zamora. In 1127 a siege was laid to Guimarães and on the 24 th of June D. Afonso Henriques organised, in the North of the Castle, the battle of S. Mamede against his mother and foreign allies. The infant ended up victorious and there began his sovereignty at the head of the Portuguese Kingdom. Guimarães became the birthplace of the nation. Sightseeing Guimarães Castle Bosque da Colina Sagrada (Sacred Hill Forest) Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Ducal Palace) Church of Santos Passos Alberto Sampaio Museum Santiago Square Palace of Vila Flor Santa Maria Street Handicrafts Linen Embroidery Pottery - the famous cantarinha dos namorados Goldsmith s art and filigree work Wooden and bore objects Festivals and Fairs Gualterianas Festivities These religious festivities take place on the first weekend of August, and are considered one of the most important of the province of Minho, in which there is a special attention given to the promotion of the economic and cultural activities in the town. Nicolinas Festivities These festivities take place in the end of November and beginning of December and are organised by undergraduate students from all the high schools of Guimarães. 7

8 2 UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO (UM) 2.1 General Description Universidade do Minho is a public university with administrative and financial autonomy. It was founded in 1973 and started its academic activity in 1975/76. Universidade do Minho offers you an environment which is free from the strains of life in the big city. Its first class and modern facilities include two campi which provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere to study. Whilst Universidade do Minho (UM) is a young University, having been founded in 1973, it enjoys a very high reputation for its research and educational performance. It is a medium sized University with over students. There are 1121 teaching staff (549 of whom have got Doctorates) who make an important contribution to the University s achievements. The University s courses are strongly targeted at the labour market. UM works closely with the employers, to ensure that students are equipped with the skills necessary to their future professional performance. Presently, the University is located in two sites: the campus of Braga (Gualtar) and the campus of Guimarães (Azurém). The courses in Architecture and Engineering are taught in Guimarães. The other courses are predominantly ministered in Braga. Both campi are linked by a bus service provided by UM which runs daily at regular intervals (the trip between the campi takes approximately 20 minutes). Classes take place in Braga and Guimarães campi. The Rectorate is located in the centre of Braga, at Largo do Paço. 2.2 Academic Structure and Quality Students who come to UM can count on high quality courses and teaching standards due to highly motivated staff, careful monitoring, and the introduction of innovative teaching methods and curriculum development in line with the labour market demands. The University is organised in Schools/Institutes, each one embracing a number of departments, as follows: - School of Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Mathematics for Science and Technology, Physics; - School of Economics and Management: Economics, Management, International Relations and Public Administration; School of Engineering: Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Industrial Electronics, Informatics, Information Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Polymer Engineering, Production and Systems Engineering, Textile Engineering; - Institute of Social Sciences: Communication Studies, History, Sociology, Anthropology and Geography; - Institute of Education and Psychology: Curriculum and Education Technology, Methodologies in Education, Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology of Education and Educational Administration; - Institute of Arts and Human Sciences: English and North-American Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Portuguese Studies, Spanish and Hispano-American Studies, Philosophy and Culture; - Institute of Child Studies: Artistic Expressions and Physical Education, Child Education Sciences, Integrated Sciences and Maternal Language; - School of Law; - School of Health Sciences; 8

9 - Autonomous Department of Architecture. The degree courses at UM have a 4 or 5-year duration, depending on the area of study. Classes are based on lectures and practicals and can be semestral or annual. Generally, in the last two years, in most degree courses, students can specialise their studies by choosing optional areas of study. Classes are taught in Portuguese, but exams may be held in another language, depending on a previous agreement between the student and each teacher. There is a variety of assessment methods used at UM. The written examination at the end of each semester is the most common but class presentations, oral examinations, seminars and reports are also used. Class attendance by the student can also be an important element for evaluation in some areas of study. UM also offers a wide range of post-graduation courses in all its areas of study. 2.3 Academic Calendar Since the academic calendar for 2004/2005 will only be available in June 2003, please find below the academic calendar of 2003/2004 which may work as a reference. 1st Semester: 22 nd September th December nd Semester: 16 th February th May 2004 Examinations Period: 1st Semester: 12 th January th February nd Semester: 7 th June th July 2004 Vacations: Christmas 22 nd December rd January 2004 Easter 8 th April th April 2004 National Holidays 1 st of January: New Year s Eve 24th of February: Carnival 9th of April: Holy Friday 11th of April: Easter Sunday 25 th of April: 25th of April Revolution 1 st of May: Labour Day 10 th of June: National Holiday -10th of June: Corpus Christi 15 th of August: The Assumption 5 th of October: Implantation of the Republic 1 st of November: All Saints 1 st of December: Independence Day 8 th of December: Mary s Conception 25 th of December: Christmas 9

10 2.4 How to get to UM By Air The nearest airport to Braga and Guimarães is the Sá Carneiro International Airport (in Porto), around 50 Km away from both cities. Bus line number 56 takes you from the airport to Porto centre (every 20 minutes). You can also take the Aerobus, an express bus that will take you directly from the airport to Porto centre (every 30 minutes), without unnecessary stops. This bus is available Monday to Friday from 9am until 7pm. From the city centre there is a number of possibilities for you to get to Braga and Guimarães. By bus From the centre of Porto you may take a bus to Braga at Rua Alfredo Magalhães, where the Bus Station to Braga is located. See below the respective timetable (Monday to Friday): Buses from Rua Alfredo Magalhães to Braga 06h30 07h30 08h00 (a) 09h00 10h00 (c) 11h00 11h30 12h00 (c) 12h30 13h00 13h30 14h00 (a) 15h00 16h00 (a) 16h30 (b) 17h00 17h30 18h00 (a) 18h15 (b) 18h30 19h00 20h00 (a) 21h00 (b) (a) (b) (c) This bus also runs on Saturdays; This bus only runs on Sundays; This bus also runs on Saturdays and Sundays; From the centre of Porto you may take a bus to Guimarães at Parque da Magauanha (close to Trindade), where the Bus Station to Guimarães is located. See the following timetable (Monday to Friday): Buses from Parque da Magauanha to Guimarães (Arriva) 07h05* 15h30 07h25* 16h20 08h15 16h50 (c) 09h10 17h20 09h20 18h00 (c) 10h20 18h30 11h15 (c) 19h20 12h15 19h45 (c) 13h20 (a) 20h05* 14h20 21h30 (c) * These buses make a stop in Famalicão and then continue to Guimarães (you do not need to change bus). (a) (b) (c) This bus also runs on Saturdays; This bus only runs on Sundays; This bus also runs on Saturdays and Sundays; 10

11 By Train At present there are no train connections from the centre of Porto to Braga because the railways are temporarily closed. From the centre of Porto you can catch a train to Guimarães at São Bento Station, according to the following timetable: 06h40 07h40 08h15 08h40 10h40 11h55 12h40 14h55 15h40 16h40 17h40 18h40 19h40 22h40 By Taxi Should you wish to take a taxi from the airport to Braga or Guimarães: the journey takes approximately 40 min. (Braga)/ 60 min. (Guimarães) and the fare is around 35 /45. Once you arrive in Braga or Guimarães, it is better to take a taxi to your accommodation or to the Halls of Residence (if you have a room reservation there). From the Railway Station or the Bus Station in Braga and Guimarães to the Halls of Residence the fare is around 3,50. NOTE: In case you arrive later than the alternatives given, please contact the International Relations Office and we will try to find a solution (booking accommodation for you in Porto, for example). 11

12 3 PREPARING YOUR STUDY PERIOD AT UM 3.1 The International Relations Office (GRI) The GRI of UM is the structure responsible for the co-ordination, monitoring and operational support to the development of all initiatives related to the internationalisation of UM s teaching function, namely within the academic cooperation and mobility. It is located on the Campus of Gualtar and on the Campus of Azurém, set with logical orchestration, complementariness and institutional coherence. GRI operates directly under the Rectory member with delegated functions regarding internationalisation, Vice Rector Prof. Manuel Mota. The person in charge of this office is Ms. Adriana Lago de Carvalho. Its current staff, in Braga, consists of three International Relations Officers, Ana Carvalho, Beatriz Araújo and Sandra Moreira, and an administrative staff. In Guimarães, its current staff consists of one International Relations Officer, Carina Oliveira, and a technical staff, Sílvia Pereira. The office is responsible for the reception, treatment and dissemination of information concerning international cooperation programmes, such as SOCRATES, ALFA, LEONARDO, TEMPUS, JEAN MONNET, and for receiving, sending and assisting students within the mobility programmes, namely, by helping them with the preparation of their study periods, with accommodation and social integration. Internationalisation is undoubtly one of the main quality criterion for UM. The GRI is the link between you and your departmental co-ordinator at UM, who is responsible for the academic counselling and supervision of your studies among us. The GRI is always at your disposal and you should never hesitate to contact it whenever you have any doubts or problems. International Relations Office/Braga Vivenda Sameiro, R/Ch Campus of Gualtar Braga Tel: /7/8 Fax: International Relations Office/Guimarães Campus of Azurém Guimarães Tel: /09 Fax: Application Procedures Students should fill in the Exchange Student Application Form and send it to the International Office of their home institution which is responsible for forwarding it to the GRI of UM until the 30 th of June (for students applying for the 1 st semester and the whole year) or until the 30 th of November (for students applying for the 2 nd semester). The ECTS Information Package of Universidade do Minho can be found at 12

13 Upon arrival, students should contact the GRI and then their local co-ordinators, to establish their study programme. After that, they should fill in their registration forms at the GRI to formalise enrolment and obtain a student identification card. Students failing to register will not have access to the University s services, namely the library and the computer rooms. Required documentation: ID Card /Passport Form E-111/E Photographs Academic transcript of records from the student s home University List of courses (Learning Agreement) to be attended at UM 3.3 Accommodation The Halls of Residence of UM have a global capacity of beds, 973 in Braga and 484 in Guimarães. Students requiring accommodation at the Halls of Residence in Braga and Guimarães should fill in the Application Form for Accommodation (which should be enclosed to their Exchange Student Application Form), respecting following deadlines: June 30, for the first semester and whole academic year, and November 30, for the second semester Since there is a limited number of rooms available for exchange students at the Halls of Residence and that the room allocation criteria is based on the Application Form for Accommodation arrival order (rooms are distributed on a first come first served basis), it is advisable that you send it back to us properly filled in as soon as possible. TO NOTICE: It is important to highlight that once you are allocated a room at the Halls of Residence and you accept it, you should spend all your study period there. You will be requested to sign an Accommodation Contract. If you decide to leave the Halls of Residence before the end of your contract you will have to pay for the total period agreed beforehand. There are single and double rooms. The price varies according to the Residence. At Santa Tecla and Azurém s Residences a single room costs 86,50 per month and a double room costs 66,60 per month, per person, plus extra electricity spent*. In the Lloyd Braga s Residence a double room costs 81,90 per month, per person, plus extra electricity spent*. These amounts can be updated in the beginning of each academic year. * The monthly rent already includes an amount for electricity costs, but in case you spend more you will have to pay the surplus. Please be aware that you are obliged to pay for the whole month despite of the number of real occupation days. First and final month rent are to be paid on arrival in advance at the Social Services Office (Serviços de Acção Social unit responsible for managing the Halls of Residence). A deposit of 50 is also required. Students are reimbursed this amount at the end of their stay, after being confirmed that no damages for the services were caused and that Lodging rules were respected. Care should be taken to fully respect the Halls of Residence s rules. Leave the room nice and clean when moving out, the way you want to find it yourself on arrival! The Halls of Residence available are the following: Braga: 13

14 Residência Universitária de Sta Tecla Rua Francisco Machado Owen Sta Tecla Braga Tel: Residência Universitária Lloyd Braga Rua Carlos Lloyd Braga Lamaçães 4710 Braga Tel: Guimarães: Residência Universitária de Azurém Rua de S. Torcato Azurém Guimarães Tel: Should you prefer to rent a private room or apartment, please specify it in the Application Form for Accommodation and we will then try to help you. We would like to call your attention to the fact that we do not look for private accommodation, but we can offer you some assistance on that once you are at Universidade do Minho. The average cost for a private room is 112 /150 person/month and for an apartment (three rooms) is, in average, 325 /400 apartment/month. Upon arrival, you should contact the GRI in order to obtain a document containing a list of contacts of private accommodation. Therefore, we strongly advise you to arrive at least one week prior to the beginning of your study period (please pay attention to the UM academic calendar) in order to look for private accommodation. In order to help you in the first days, the GRI will provide you with some important information regarding temporary accommodation. 3.4 Visa and other Permits Students from EU countries do not need a Visa to enter in Portugal. Other foreign students must obtain a Visa before departure from their home country. You can request your Visa at the nearest Portuguese Embassy or Consulate. Upon arrival, foreign students, except EU countries students, need to contact the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras, in order to report their study period at UM. Students from EU countries should request a residence permit at the Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (The Foreigners Services), if their stay is longer than 90 days. To be given this permit you need to show your passport, a statement of financial support and a guarantee of health assistance. Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (The Foreigners Services) Av. Norton de Matos, nº 26, 1º Braga Portugal Tel: Timetable: 09h00 12h00 / 14h00 16h30 Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras (The Foreigners Services) Loja do Cidadão Rua dos Granjinhos, Braga Tel: Timetable: Weekdays 8h30 19h30 Saturdays 9h30 15h00 14

15 3.5 Insurance Students from the EU and the EEA countries are covered by Form E-111 or E-128, which entitles them to benefit from the National Social Security System as any Portuguese citizen. In order to obtain this scheme, students should contact their own Social Security Office, to have the respective form issued, before arriving in Portugal. Students coming from outside the EU or EEA should make sure before arrival that they are properly insured. All students may benefit from a school insurance, which covers all accidents that occur at the University s facilities, outside the facilities (during formally organised curricular activities) and on the way to and back the university and the official residence. This insurance must be taken upon enrolment at the GRI of UM, requiring the payment of approximately 3 / student. It is important to highlight that in case of accident you must contact the GRI immediately, so that we can formally acknowledge the occurrence to the insurance company and all formal procedures can be triggered. 3.6 What is ECTS? The ECTS - European Credit Transfer System was developed by the European Commission in order to provide common procedures to guarantee academic recognition of studies abroad. It provides a way of measuring and comparing learning achievements and transferring them from one institution to another. The ECTS system is based on the principle of mutual trust and confidence between the participating higher education institutions. The few rules of ECTS, concerning the information on courses available (ECTS Information Package), the agreement between the home and host institutions establishing the programme of study to be taken (Learning Agreement), the use of credit units to indicate the student s workload (ECTS credits) and the use of a Transcript of Records, which shows the student s learning achievements in a way which is commonly understood and easily transferable from one institution to another, are set out to reinforce this mutual trust and confidence. The ECTS students will receive full credit for all academic work successfully carried out at any of the ECTS partner institutions and they will be able to transfer these credits from one participating institution to another on the basis of prior agreement on the content of study programmes abroad between the institutions involved. In the ECTS Information Package of UM (available at you will find a description of the courses offered, along with some practical information, so that you can prepare your study period at this institution. Remember that one semester is worth 30 ECTS credits and a year 60 ECTS credits. Ects Grade % of successful students normally achieving the grade UM s Convertion Scale A B Definition EXCELLENT: outstanding performance with only minor errors VERY GOOD: above the average standard but with some errors GOOD: generally sound work with a number of notable errors C D SATISFACTORY: fair but with significant shortcomings E SUFFICIENT: performance meets the minimum criteria FX FAIL: some more work required before the credit can be 15

16 awarded F FAIL: considerable further work is required It is important to highlight that the conversion scale presented might vary depending on the area, nature of course unit and assessment methods. 3.7 Orientation Day Each year the GRI organises an Orientation Day, which will allow foreign students to get to know UM. During this day you will visit the university s facilities and receive information concerning your enrolment and your study period among us. You will also get to know the GRI team as well as all other foreign students. It is important to highlight that all exchange students at UM must participate in this Orientation Day in order to get all the relevant information for their stay period in Portugal. 3.8 Padrinho/Madrinha Erasmus After your arrival at UM you will be allocated a Padrinho/Madrinha Erasmus (Godmother/Godfather). A student from UM will help you in your social and academic integration. In this procedure, the GRI will have into consideration the course you will be attending, so that your Padrinho/Madrinha Erasmus can be more helpful. 3.9 Portuguese Language Courses The GRI offers in the beginning of each semester an Intensive Portuguese Language Course of about 60 hours, free of charge for all the Socrates/ Erasmus Students. It is aimed at providing the basic tools of the Portuguese language in order to make things easier for you when classes begin and in your daily life in Portugal. As soon as the dates of the course are determined, the GRI will contact you to check your interest in participating in it. For further information you should contact the GRI ESN Minho Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a European wide student organization having as main goal the support and promotion of students exchange. At this moment, ESN has over 130 local sections working in Higher Education Institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, University Colleges, etc.) being organized on a local, national and international level. Erasmus Student Network Minho (ESN Minho) is one of the sections and was founded in 1996, counting with the support of the International Relations Office of Universidade do Minho. It aims at making the stay of the incoming students studying at our University as pleasant as possible and helping them in everyday life. They help the integration into local life by social events and activities, also organising regular trips, parties, sports and excursions in cooperation with other services at our university. ESN Minho wants to help exchange students to spend their time in the possible best way so that they can get as much out of their exchange period as possible. Pallomeri to everyone!!! For further information please contact: 16

17 4 UNIVERSITY FACILITIES AND SERVICES 4.1 Libraries The University has one main library in each campus: Braga and Guimarães. Foreign students are granted access to it after registration at the GRI when you are given an identification number. To seek out the book you are looking for is quite easy, since all documents are registered in a database you can check from one of the many computers at your disposal in the library. You can also have access to the database from outside the library through the Internet, at the following address: If you want to take a book home you must show your student card. Books can be requested for a period of time that varies from 1 to 15 days, depending on the book you want. After that you have to deliver it or make a new request. Do not forget to do so, otherwise you will have to pay a fine (0,50 per extra day/per book). You can also take copies of the books inside the library. To do that you must buy your own copier s card in the ground floor of the library. Please note that this information can only be applied to the main libraries in each campus. Timetable: Weekdays: 09h00 20h00 Vacations: 09h00 12h30 / 14h00 17h30 On weekends they are closed. 4.2 Health facilities There is a Student Health Service, free of charge, located in both campi. Appointments should be made in advance in the respective campi or at the Social Services. Social Services (SASUM) In Braga: Rua do Forno, 30 1º Braga Tel: Fax: In Guimarães: Campus of Azurém Guimarães Tel: Student Health Service Facilities: Braga: Location: Campus of Gualtar, CP2, 2 nd floor Timetable: As soon as you arrive, you should get this information at the SASUM. (includes birth control consultations) Guimarães: Location: SASUM, Campus of Azurém Timetable: As soon as you arrive, you should get this information at the SASUM. Psychological Attendance Consultations Location: Timetable: SASUM(Braga) Monday to Friday: 9h30 12h30, 14h00 17h30 In case of emergency, if you want to call an ambulance, the police or the fire department you should dial the emergency number

18 Pharmacy Pharmacies are open on weekdays from 09h00 to 13h00 and from 15h00 to 19h00, and on Saturdays during the morning. At night, lunch time and on weekends you can always find two or three pharmacies open. You can check their addresses at the door of any pharmacy (open or closed) or ask through the telephone number Computer Facilities UM enjoys plentiful facilities in both campi, Braga (Campus of Gualtar) and Guimarães (Campus of Azurém). In Braga, the computer facilities are open from 09h00 to 23h45, on weekdays, and from 09h00 to 12h45, on Saturdays. In Guimarães, they are open from 08h45 to 23h45, on weekdays, and from 09h00 to 15h45, on Saturdays. For the use of the computer facilities it is necessary that you make a reservation by identifying yourself with your student card. All students and teachers have free access to the Internet and electronic mail. You can get your address in the Computer Centre in both campi, Gualtar and Azurém, after you make your registration at the GRI, where you are given your student card. 4.4 Canteens and Snack Bars There are canteens and snack bars in Braga and Guimarães. The cost of each meal in the canteens is 1,80. Timetable: Braga- Canteen in Gualtar: lunch: 12h00 14h00 dinner: 19h00-20h00 Canteen in Sta. Tecla: lunch: 12h00-14h00 dinner: 19h00-20h00 Saturday lunch: 12h00 13h30 dinner: 19h00 20h00 Guimarães- Canteen in Azurém: lunch: 12h00-14h00 dinner: 19h00-20h Transport Students benefit from local transport discounts. They receive a document from the GRI to be presented, along with a photograph, at the local transport services, in order to obtain the students reduced tariff card. There is also a bus service provided by UM, which runs daily at regular intervals, connecting the Campus of Gualtar and the Campus of Azurém. Each trip costs 1,10. Following is the timetable of the buses connecting both campi, from Monday to Friday: Timetable: Braga 07h10 Guimarães 07h10 08h10 08h10 09h10 09h10 10h10 12h20 12h20 13h10 13h10 15h10 16h10 17h10 18h10 18h10 20h10 20h10 18

19 NOTE: During the month of September and in the examinations period this timetable may suffer some changes. 4.6 Bank In the Campus of Gualtar there are two bank agencies: Caixa Geral de Depósitos and Banco Espírito Santo. Timetable: 09h00 15h00 In the Campus of Azurém there is one bank agency: Caixa Geral de Depósitos. Timetable: 08h30 12h00 / 13h00 15h00 If you want to open a bank account you need to take your identity card or passport and the tax number that you should obtain in Portugal (upon your arrival the GRI will provide you with detailed information). It is also important that you inform yourself at your home country about the more advantageous ways for you to deal with your money in a foreign country (e.g. credit card). 4.7 Sports Universidade do Minho enjoys first rate sports facilities, with two sports pavilions, located in both Campi of the university.. Students have access to a number of sports, as follows: Braga and Guimarães: Aerobics, Handball, Football 5, Judo, Karaté Shotokan, Musculation/Body Building, Swimming, Table Tennis, Basketball Rugby, Squash, Volley-Ball, Badminton and Capoeira. Braga: Athletics, Chess, Escalade, Football 11, Karaté Shotokai, Kayak Polo, Orientation, Rowing, Rugby, Tennis, Viet-Vo-Dao. Guimarães: Kick-boxing The prices vary between 7,50 /19 per month (depending on the sport activity) and 11 per year. For enrolment you need to present your student card, fill in the registration form and deliver it with one photograph at the front desk of the Sports Pavilion. For more information and enrolment you should go to the: Sports Pavilion Campus of Gualtar Braga Tel: /3/4 Fax: Campus of Azurém 4800 Guimarães Telf Fax: Students with Disabilities Universidade do Minho has a special Handicapped Student s Support Office (GAED) located at the Campus of Gualtar, in Braga, which will provide assistance to the students with physical and sensory disabilities. GAED s main goal is to promote students autonomy and integration 19

20 within the academic community. This office works in cooperation with all support services of the University in order to prepare them for the reception of students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Handicapped Student s Support Office Campus of Gualtar CP1, room 218 A (1 st floor) Braga Tel: Fax: The Students Union The Students Union of Universidade do Minho (AAUM) is run by students for students. This union which represents UM students, was created in 1977 to answer students needs, in a fast growing University. It was the second students union in the country to be considered a public service institution. With only 25 years old the Union has benefited from a structured development and it is, nowadays, one of the biggest in the country. There is one head office in Braga, and another in Guimarães. The Students Union is divided in departments: cultural, administrative, software, recreation, sports, employment, among others, and all of them try to help students in a different way. The AAUM continues to innovate and to create new activities. Umplugged - Garage Bands Festival of the Minho s University is one of these activities that goes in its second edition and that intends to discover new bands for the national musical panorama. The Students Union organises several events during the academic year. Besides the concerts, exhibitions, theatre and weekly cinema sessions, there are several student s music groups, two theatre groups, a modern dancing group, a folk dancing group, a choir, among other groups. The Students Union also organises the famous Enterro da Gata Festivities which last a whole week in May, during which there are some free days from classes. During this week a parade is organised where all the courses are represented with characteristic vehicles, decorated by the students, according to a general theme for the festivities. These vehicles pass through the streets of Braga followed by the students, in order to show the population they have completed a year of studies. There is also an annual inter-universities camping weekend, which gathers students from all Portuguese universities, and the 1 st of December Festival that celebrates the reinstatement/restitution of Portuguese Independence from the Spanish governing in which all the university s groups perform. You can also spend some time at the Students Union Bar and in its games room (pool, pingpong, flippers, dards, among others). The Tricórnio Shop, next to the bar, has at your disposal the University s traditional garment, among other university s objects. Universidade do Minho s Radio (RUM) is an autonomous organism of the Students Union, which broadcasts 24 hours a day. Students are free to make a programme in the radio, which can be considered as an experimental school for those who intend to give the first steps in this area. 20

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