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The quality of life at the University of Minho is considered by students, professors and external organisations/visitors alike as very good. This is due to several factors, not always of a material nature.

There is a great concern with welcoming and integrating new students as best as possible, and older students are aware of this. There is also a series of initiatives, such as visits, welcome sessions and others, meant to facilitate the initiation of students in academic life. One of the goals is to make the professor-student relationship as close and open as possible, as that decisively improves the learning process.

In this context, it is important to point out the various cultural, associative and sports activities developed by students through their students' groups, tunas [musical group of university students], folk music, poetry and fado, among many others

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Students' Union (AAUM)

The UMinho Students' Union (AAUM) is also responsible for the organisation of large academic events, such as the Welcome Week for new students and the Enterro da Gata week.​

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The Social Services of the University of Minho provide the students with services such as accommodation, food, scholarships, medical and psychological assistance, and support to sport and cultural activities, among others.

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Student Groups

The Student Groups, usually organised by subject areas, aim at representing the students of the programmes to which they are associated, promote discussion and dissemination of relevant topics for the programme and organise events, both academic, scientific and cultural.

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