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Universidade do Minho (UMinho) is a Portuguese public university, founded in 1973. UMinho has two campi with an overall area of 74.000m2: one in the city of Braga (called Gualtar Campus); and the other in the city of Guimaraes (called Azurem Campus). UMinho provides a vast set of infrastructures and services that support students and teaching. It has two major libraries (one in each campi, providing more than 300.000 books and 600 reading places), computer laboratories, wireless Internet access, printshops, banks, bookshops, bars and restaurants. There is also access to 16.750 scientific journals available through B-on. UMinho provides also student lodgement facilities with over than 1.300 beds. For more details see the following two links:

The manufacturing plant of Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal (Bosch-BrgP) also hosts the AESI students. Both UMinho and Bosch-BrgP are served by the Porto International Airport (OPO), from where the cities of Braga and Guimaraes are easily reachable (about 50km and both connected by train and bus), allowing to receive international students. For more details on transports see: link on how to get to UMinho.

Minho is a former province in the northwestern part of Portugal with its capital in the city of Braga and 23 municipalities. The area included the districts of Braga and Viana do Castelo. Minho has substantial Celtic influences and shares many cultural traits with the neighboring Galicia in Spain. The region was a part of the Roman Province and early medieval Kingdom of Gallaecia. Historical remains of Celtic Minho include Briteiros Iron Age Hillfort, the largest Gallaecian native stronghold in the Entre Douro e Minho region, in north Portugal.

Braga is 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 the center of the province of Gallaecia.
Guimaraes, located in the district of Braga, is one of the country’s most important historical cities and is often referred to as the “birthplace of the Portuguese nationality” or “the cradle city.” Its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it one of the largest tourist centers in the region.