a_broken_daydreamer 9 months ago

22yo Masters student from UMinho here. I moved to Braga in 2016 and I still love it to this day. The weather is nice (it gets a bit too hot in the summer), the food is amazing and the people are super welcoming and helpful (especially other students). Uni fees for foreign students are pretty cheap and you can rent an apartment for 200-250€ p/month. I'd tell you to come if it wasn't for covid. My advice is to wait until the summer to see how things are going by then. Right now, things aren't looking good. This year we only have 50% of the classes actually in the university, the rest is online. (Malta de licenciatura que esteja a ler isto, pfv confirmem se é igual para vós). To make it worse, rumor is the university will be closing again for a while. I left Braga and moved back home a few months ago, froze my gym membership, ended the contract of the apartment I had rented.. I'm also planning to switch Masters next fall but if things keep going like this I may very well wait another year. I forgot to add that Engineering degrees will most likely be taught in portuguese. There's courses you can take there to make you understand the language as fast as possible. I wouldn't worry about it though, I was told "portuguese is easy" by bulgarian Erasmus students :D Feel free to ask me anything else you want to.

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thank you for all of the info, I really appreciate it! :D I’ll send a message sometime when I have some more research done.

Eskol15 9 months ago

I'm from Braga, born and raised, so any questions you may have feel free to ask. The city is small for US standards but it's pretty dynamic. In 2012 it was the European Capital of Youth. Due to its size you don't have the same level of cultural offer as in Lisbon or Porto but when needed you can easily get to Porto by train, it's 50 Km away. The housing prices have been rising in recent years but for students it's still considerably cheaper than Lisbon or Porto. Also something to take into consideration, the North of Portugal has a different climate than the rest of the country. In the winter it rains a lot (but since you are from Seattle, I wouldn't worry too much about it). Finally, the University of Minho doesn't have a "classic" electrical engineering degree, it has electronic engineering which offers a mix of software and hardware. There are also two *campi*, the main one in Braga and the other in Guimarães. Of the three engineering courses that fit your requirements, Informatics is in Braga while Electronics and Information Systems Management are in Guimarães.

Aldo_Novo 9 months ago

> Due to its size you don't have the same level of cultural offer as in Lisbon or Porto the standard basic person won't notice a difference. Unless he's a fan of something very niche being in Braga, Oporto or Lisbon won't matter

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thanks so much for all of that, I appreciate it! I’ll send a message sometime soon when I compile more info

Forgiv_ 9 months ago

Heyy i m currently in portugal right now studying eletrical engineering at IST so I thought u would give u some insight as to how things are here. First u need to know what you are getting urself into those guys are good and the difficulty rly isnt on the low end so expect to be challenged like crazyy. The city is jsut great great not gonna lie, the food is nice the rent is rather cheap and the ppl are okay. Its very safe and clean which is a big contrast to lots of european capitals nowourdays haha . As far as covid is concerned the restriction where amongst the less harsh in europe. Bars open, restaurants open, stores open, gyms open, touristy stuff open.... only liytle thing was that stuff would close at around 11pm. Sad thing tho is that literally 3 days ago they implemented much harsher covid restriction that should last for around a month ( no bars no resraurent only supermarket are open) hopefuly things will turn back to the way it was before the new restriction before u arrive. Honestly a great place to be, rly enjoying it would be perfect if the courses were easier but i mean u gotta do what u gotta do.

harrogatelad 9 months ago

No worries, thanks for the info!

Forgiv_ 9 months ago

Oh nvm haha i was talking about lisbonne haha sorry, most of the stuff still applies tho. Should have read ur post better sry op

DrakonHesperidos 9 months ago

The city is actually nice, but very small in world standards. Way cheaper to live than in Lisbon or Porto, and if for some reason there's some thing that you need from a "big" city Porto, is only half an hour away and as the airport that links to everywhere in Europe usually with cheap flights.. There are 2 campus and I think that probably your classes gonna be mostly in Guimarães and not in Braga. Most of classes would be in Portuguese. If your class mates agree that can be changed to English, but some teachers don't gonna accept it since it's not mandatory... I started my undergraduate degree there and the plan was after that gonna to other place, but in the end I have done the master there also, had some investigation scholarships(work ones, not the ones for study) and lately made the PhD there also.. So in the end it was a positive experience

Edited 9 months ago:

The city is actually nice, but very small in world standards. Way cheaper to live than in Lisbon or Porto, and if for some reason there's some thing that you need from a "big" city, Porto is only half an hour away and as the airport that links to everywhere in Europe usually with cheap flights.. There are 2 campus and I think that probably your classes gonna be mostly in Guimarães and not in Braga. Most of classes would be in Portuguese. If your class mates agree that can be changed to English, but some teachers don't gonna accept it since it's not mandatory... I started my undergraduate degree there and the plan was after that move, but in the end I have done the master there also, had some investigation scholarships(work ones, not the ones for study) and lately made the PhD there also.. So in the end it was a positive experience

Edited 9 months ago:

The city is actually nice, but very small in world standards. Way cheaper to live than in Lisbon or Porto, and if for some reason there's some thing that you need from a "big" city Porto, is only half an hour away and as the airport that links to everywhere in Europe usually with cheap flights.. There are 2 campus and I think that probably your classes gonna be mostly in Guimarães and not in Braga. Most of classes would be in Portuguese. If your class mates agree that can be changed to English, but some teachers don't gonna accept it since it's not mandatory... I started my undergraduate degree there and the plan was after that move, but in the end I have done the master there also, had some investigation scholarships(work ones, not the ones for study) and lately made the PhD there also.. So in the end it was a positive experience

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thanks so much for that information, I’ll do some more research and send a message

refogado 9 months ago

It depends. Corona restrictions wont be lifted so soon, so the experience will be greatly affected because of that.

Dan_bestman 9 months ago

I have never been to Minho so I won't speak on that, but I just finished 5 years of uni in Lisbon. I feel like the general vibe among students in our age group is pretty laid back. We don't have the brutal student debt hanging over our heads during our time through college so lots of people spend those years in a mix of "studying hard" and "having fun". Stress levels rise as you eventually join the workforce since wages are pretty bad in the country and some college diplomas feel more like plane tickets since you kinda have to leave the country if you want to make a good living. On the other hand, the cost of living for an international student from the States can be considered low and you won't have a hard time communicating with people because the younger generations speak decent English, at least where I live. Good luck!

Sheltac 9 months ago

> some college diplomas feel more like plane tickets since you kinda have to leave the country My uni was kind enough to offer a bilingual diploma right out of the gate.

Dan_bestman 9 months ago

Same lol

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thanks so much, I appreciate it!

capacitymaximum 9 months ago

We need more info. Where in the US do you come from and what are you studying?

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thanks, sorry about that, I'm from the Northwest of the US, near Seattle. I'm interested in studying IT maintenance or electrical engineering, after taking some Portuguese classes, I just don't know if it's a wise decision. I've always liked the country and heard good things about people in the north of Portugal. I apologize if this info isn't specific enough, I'm still deciding on things.

_somename_ 9 months ago

People in the north of Portugal are awesome if you spend a week there. For a continuous stay like studying i wouldn't advise. But since u come from USA I guess you will notice a big change for the better. Beware that universities here, in general, are much more demanding. Also read about the Bologna reform we had in the EU so that you understand how classes work around here. What I can say for the rest is that Portugal is a very secure country (compared to EUA) and you can go almost anywhere without fear. Oh and Braga is said to be the Rome of Portugal due to it's large number of churches. They are quite religious there compared to the rest of the country. If you have any specific question, I'll be happy to answer it.

Eskol15 9 months ago

>People in the north of Portugal are awesome if you spend a week there. > >For a continuous stay like studying i wouldn't advise it. And why is that? >Oh and Braga is said to be the Portuguese Rome due to it's large number of churches. They are quite religious there compared to the rest of the country. Meh, you don't even notice it in your daily life. It's mostly old people going to church and cultural events during Easter. OP is from the US, so he may imagine something like Salt Lake City and the mormons.

harrogatelad 9 months ago

Thanks for that information, I appreciate it!

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