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Learning Opportunity: Biotechnology - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Escola Superior Agrária

Biotechnology - Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Escola Superior Agrária

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The aim of the undergraduate degree in Biotechnology is to prepare professionals able to develop, implement and control biotechnological processes.

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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 Agrarian School was established in 1985 and is located in the rural area of Refoios, Ponte de Lima, 30 kilometres from Viana do Castelo. The School is housed in an old monastery and the original buildings were superbly restored and adapted by Fernando Távora, a renowned Portuguese architect, to incorporate all the necessary modern facilities. The land surrounding ESA provides the resources and infrastructures that allow its students to acquire the skills they will need in their future professional activities.

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6 semesters, 3 years

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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 Physics and Chemistry; or Mathematics

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Applications are done through the national admission contest (concurso nacional de acesso) organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education (DGES), or through special higher education contests.

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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


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Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo
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Bachelor in Biotechnology
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The undergraduate degree in Biotechnology seeks to provide students with broad practical training and education in the various biotechnology fields:

 - Agricultural biotechnology;

 - Food biotechnology;

 - Environmental biotechnology.

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Escola Superior Agrária do Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo

Refoios do Lima

4990-706 Ponte de Lima – Portugal

Tel.: +351 258 909 740 – Fax: +351 258 909 779

E-Mail: esapl@esa.ipvc.pt

URL: http://www.esa.ipvc.pt

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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.

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