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The Degree in Basic Education is a new course starting on the academic year 2007/08. It will take the place of the Kindergarten and Primary Teachers Courses.
The Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute (IPVC) was founded in 1980. Is a regional institution, whose aims are a qualified human, cultural, scientific, technical and professional training, to carry out necessary research to accomplish its mission and to cooperate with the regional community of Alto-Minho, particularly with its productive and entrepreneurial sectors.
The IPVC is made up of six Schools offering undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, these last very often in collaboration with national and international polytechnics and universities. Also promotes Master courses and specialization courses.
The School of Education trains teachers for early childhood, primary and middle schools, as well as offering in-service courses for practicing teachers and carrying out research in many associated areas. There is an emphasis on cooperation with the local community and with different national and international institutions, particularly in Portuguese-speaking countries.
6 semesters, 3 years
Have successfully completed secondary school or have an equivalent qualification
Have completed one of the following university entrance exams (central exams prepared by the Ministry of Education and Science): Biology and Geology; or Drawing; or Geography; or History; or English Language; or Portuguese Language
There are some institutions in Portugal that give scholarships to international students and it is advisable that applicants confirm every year whether these grants are available and the eligibility terms: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; Foundation for the Sciences and Technology; Fulbright Commission; Instituto Camões; Luso-American Development Foundation; Fundação Oriente.
999 €/academic year
The Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute provides a range of facilities, including four residences, six refectories, 4 bars, a 320-seat library and a cultural and Sports Centre. All six schools making up the IPVC are covered by a wireless internet network, currently with 102 Access Points.