Braga is a city in the northwest of Portugal, considered the oldest Christian archdiocese in the country and one of the oldest in the world. Under the Roman Empire, known as Bracara Augusta, the settlement was center of the province of Gallaecia, being the biggest and most important Roman city situated in the territory where Portugal was born. Lately, the city has become younger, developing over the past years in the fields of culture, sports and many others, being the European Capital of Youth in 2012 and the European Capital of Sport in 2018.
Minho University is a Public University located in the Area of Minho,founded in Braga in 1973. This is one of the larger Universities in Portugal, offering a vast amount of graduation and post-graduation courses.The University is divided into two main campi: one located in the city of Braga (Campus of Gualtar) and one located in the city of Guimarães (Campus of Azurém). Both campuses are equipped with residences, cafeterias (where you can lunch or dine for 2,65€),libraries and a sports complex.
The new Hospital of Braga opened its doors in 2011, replacing the old Hospital of Saint Marcos. With this new facilities, 1.2 million people are now under the medical care provided here.Located in the East Side of the city, it is now recognised as one of the best hospitals in the country.
The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) was created in 2003 and aims at improving human health through outstanding life-science research, cutting-edge medical innovation and delivery of specialized services.
The ICVS is a R&D Unit incorporated in the School of Medicine (EM-UM) - University of Minho, strategically located in the Northern region of Portugal within a fast growing Cluster of Biomedical Science, Technology and Healthcare institutions, being organized around three interdisciplinary Research Domains: Microbiology and Infection, Neurosciences and Surgical Sciences.
The strategy for the ICVS development has been centred in: i) establishing a research unit within an innovative Medical School guided by international standards of excellence; ii) fostering a strategic partnership with the affiliated Health Care Institutions and; iii) establishing a consortium with the research group 3B’s - Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics - a leading research group in Health Technology.
In the framework of the national R&D network, the ICVS has been consecutively evaluated by international panels with the maximum rank of “Excellent” and benefits from the guidance of a panel of renowned international scientific advisors.
More than 250 researchers with complementary academic backgrounds are presently working at the ICVS. The biomedical, translational and clinical research results in more than 100 publications/year in international top-level scientific journals. Many of the ICVS researchers, including young scientists and MDs, have been honoured with awards for their scientific achievements.
The students will be offered one meal a day.
The students will be hosted at one of two students hostels: Residência Santa Tecla or Residência Lloyd Braga. In the first one, you have single or double rooms.In each floor, you can also use collective bathrooms, a common study room and a dinner room, equipped with microwaves.In Residência Lloyd Braga, you can sleep in double rooms. Each room has a bathroom, a telephone, a television and a small fridge.In each floor you also have access to a dinner room, two study rooms and a common room.
The Incomings can travel between Porto and Braga by train or bus. We will pick you up at the local train or bus station.
TUB is an Urban Transport service that allows you to move within the city of Braga. Buses cover all areas of the city and run quite frequently. There are more than 1500 stops around the city and its surroundings, and 76 bus lines to help you get anywhere you want.You can buy your ticket as you get into the bus, or you can buy pre-paid packs of 5 to 20 tickets. A single bus ride ticket is €0.74 if you buy it previously to your journey or €1.55 in case you get it inside the bus. You can also buy a bus card (for €25), which allows you to do unlimited trips during a month.
From Braga’s Bus Station you can catch an express bus to almost every city in Portugal. There are different Bus Services that you can use, such as “Renex” and “Rede Expressos”. There are hundreds of destinations and different timetables that you can choose from.
CP is a Train Service that allows you to travel between different cities inside Portugal. The Braga-Porto Urban line takes you directly to Porto for a cost of 3.20€. From there you can catch a train to other cities such as Lisbon, Aveiro, Coimbra and Guimarães.
Uber is now available in Braga and we also have a vast network of taxis.
- Avenida Central (Central Avenue)
- Bom Jesus do Monte (Good Jesus of the Mount)
- Sé Catedral de Braga (Braga's Cathedral)
- Parque da Ponte (Park of the Bridge)
Don’t forget your swimsuits and fancy clothes for a night out!