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The quality of UMinho work and leisure spaces is considered rather good by students, professors and external / visiting entities, due to several factors, not always material kind.
There is a great concern for welcoming and integrating new students, with a wide awareness of older students for this, therefore a series of initiatives are organized, like visits and official welcoming of students into the university life. It is also sought that the professor-student relationship is close and open, since it is understood that this openness contributes, in a decisive way, to the improvement of the teaching-learning process.
​In this context, cultural, associative and sports activities developed by students through the students unions’, tunas, groups of theatre, popular music, poetry and fado, among many others are also highlighted.
The Academic Association of UMinho also assures the organization of major academic events, such as the Welcoming Week for new students and the week of the Enterro da Gata (Academi​c Week).​
​Students also have access to medical and psychological support, as well as to over 40 sporting modalities such as aerobics, bodybuilding, athletics, basketball, horse riding, soccer, judo, climbing, swimming, water polo, karting, among others.​​​