The University of Minho was founded in 1973 and now is one of the most prestigious Portuguese higher education institutions, and is gradually becoming more prominent internationally. The insitution has now reached three campus locations: the Gualtar Campus, in Braga, and the Azurém and Couros Campi, in Guimarães.
The University of Minho offers a wide range of courses corresponding to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles of studies leading to undergraduate (BA/BSc), graduate (MA/MSc) or doctorate (PhD) degrees. In addition to these cycles of studies, the university also administers a variety of courses that do not aim at the obtention of a degree, including specialised training courses (corresponding to the 2nd cycle) and advanced study courses (corresponding to the 3rd cycle). The University further administers open courses in different subjects and a preparation course for Higher Education Attendance (over 23 years old).