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 Welcome to the Institute of Arts and Humanities

The Institute of Arts and Humanities (ILCH), founded over 40 years ago, promotes research, teaching and interaction with society activities in the areas of Arts and Humanities. Based in the Gualtar Campus, ILCH is also present in two other campuses of the University of Minho: in Congregados, Braga, and in Couros, Guimarães. At this moment, ILCH hosts more than one thousand and three hundred students and dozens of teachers, researchers and non-teaching staff.

ILCH’s research subunits are the Centre for Humanistic Studies (CEHUM) and the Centre for Ethics, Politics and Society (CEPS). These Centres’ activities include the development of individual and collective research projects, colloquia, congresses and other events, as well as the publication of scientific journals. Both CEHUM and CEPS retain strong links with other centres and research networks in Portugal and abroad.

ILCH offers a wide range of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. Within the undergraduate offer, ILCH holds degrees in Cultural Studies, Portuguese and Lusophone Studies, Applied Languages, European Languages and Literatures, Oriental Studies (Chinese and Japanese Studies), Philosophy, Music and Theatre. As far as graduate studies are concerned, ILCH offers ten master’s degrees that attract students from the University of Minho and from other Portuguese universities, as well as international students. ILCH also holds a doctoral programme in Comparative Modernities, and other doctoral degrees (without a teaching component) in the areas of Literature, Linguistics, Cultural Studies, and Philosiophy. 

With regard to the interaction with society, ILCH has several interfaces and centres. A great example is BabeliUM, a subunit that provides Portuguese as Foreign Language courses to hundreds of students who visit us, foreign language courses for members of the academic community and the general public, as well as translation and interpretation services in several languages.

ILCH is par excellence a place of multilingualism and interculturalism, as well as a place for critical and creative exploration of the contemporary world. In short, a place where you want to be and learn.