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 Regional 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 de Braga opened its doors in 2011, replacing the old Hospital de São Marcos. With these new facilities, 1.2 million people are now under the medical care provided here. The hospital counts with around 2800 employees and 700 beds for hospital admission. Per day, an average of 1900 consultations are accomplished, as well as 600 admissions in the emergency rooms, 300 day-hospital procedures and 100 surgeries. Since 2014, the hospital has been recognized as the best in Portugal.
The Medical School of Minho University was founded in 2001, currently receiving 138 new students per year. It follows an innovative paradigm of teaching, enhancing self-learning, team spirit, early involvement in clinical practice, strong interrelationship with scientific research and the focus on arts and humanities, pursuing a patient-centered medicine and the motto of the founder, Prof. Joaquim Pinto Machado: "Nothing that is human is strange to the doctor". In 2013, our Medical School was proudly distinguished with an Aspire Certificate for International Recognition of Excellence in Medical Education, at the level of "student engagement". In 2018, it won the Prize Corino de Andrade as a recognition for the quality work developed in pre-graduate and post-graduate training in Portugal.
The Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS) was created in 2003 and aims to improve 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 - University of Minho (EM-UM), 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 ICVS’ development has been centred in:
- Establishing a research unit within an innovative Medical School guided by international standards of excellence;
- Fostering a strategic partnership with the affiliated Health Care Institutions and;
- 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, 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 ICVS. The biomedical, translational and clinical research results in more than 100 publications/year in international top-level scientific journals. Many of 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 Residência de Santa Tecla, in double rooms. Bed sheets, blankets, pillows and towels will be provided. Each room has a mini-fridge. Bathrooms can be either private or collective. You will find some common study rooms and some dinner rooms equipped with microwaves, as well as a main kitchen, a canteen, a laundry and a gym. Cooking utensils can be provided if needed.
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. You can buy your ticket as you get into the bus, or you can buy prepaid 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. Prices can get a bit more expensive in case you travel to the surroundings of the city! You can also buy a bus card (for €19,20), which allows you to do unlimited trips during a month in the main/most central area of the city. In order to get this card we advise you to bring a passport-type photo.
You can search for the most suitable in every situation using the official website: https://www.tub.pt/ and we also advise you to download the app: TubMobile.
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.
- Arcada e Avenida da Liberdade (Arcade and Liberty Avenue);
- Bom Jesus Sanctuary;
- Sé Catedral de Braga (Braga's Cathedral);
- Jardim de Santa Bárbara (Saint Bárbara’s Garden);
- Palácio do Raio (Raio’s Palace);
- Estádio Municipal de Braga (Municipal Stadium of Braga);
- Theatro Circo, Altice Forum Braga and GNRation for cultural events (arts, music, cinema, theatre, etc);
- Taberna Belga to try the best Francesinhas;
- The cafés “Frigideiras do Cantinho” and “Tíbias de Braga” to try typical pastry from Braga.
Don’t forget your swimsuits and fancy clothes for a night out!