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Study In Brazil - International Students

Study in Brazil, and find the best universities in Brazil.

This study guide will give you all the info you need to find universities and study in Brazil

Beautiful beaches, samba rhythm and a party atmosphere – who wouldn’t to study for a degree in Brazil?

Studying an undergraduate degree in Brazil won’t only give you a student environment that will be the envy of your friends, it will also give you a great education – alongside its neighbour Argentina, Brazil leads higher education in South America.

Brazilian universities are on the rise, with more and more entering the top 500 of world university rankings. The Brazilian economy is one of the fastest developing in the world too, meaning that savvy graduates could be part of a future boom.

Bachelor Degree In Brazil

Find the right Bachelor Degree in Brazil with our comprehensive guide.

Universities in Brazil

Brazil is South America’s largest country and has an impressive number of universities and institutions where you can study for an undergraduate degree.

Its developing economy has seen a push towards improving education standards and attracting international students. Some of the types of university where you can study an undergraduate degree in Brazil include:

• Federal government managed universities
• State government managed universities
• Municipal government managed universities
• Private universities

The University of Sao Paulo, Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) and the University of Campinas are both ranked in the top 200 of the QS World University Rankings.

Other highly respected universities include:

- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
- Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP)
- Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
- Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
- Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul (UFRGS)
- Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)
- Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
- Universidade de Brasília

Tuition Fees in Brazil

Explore tuition fees in Brazil for bachelor's degrees and find the right bachelors degree at the right tuition cost for you.

There are three different types of undergraduate degree in Brazil.

bacharelado – trains students for professional careers, and takes 3 – 6 years to complete
licenciatura – a teaching degree in a specific subject, which takes 3 – 4 years to complete
tecnologia – highly specialised courses, which take 2 – 3 years to complete

Often the decision of whether to take a bacharelado or a licenciatura degree can be taken during the course; you don’t need to make a decision on which to pursue before you apply.

You must be able to speak and write Portuguese to academic standard – this is a requirement in Brazil and is assessed by a language exam.

It is likely that you will have to take this exam alongside any interviews you have to take in order to be admitted to the university.

All students, whether home or international, will have to pass an entrance exam known as the vestibular. These normally take place in December or January.

Immigration & Visa in Brazil

Advice on Immigration & Visa in Brazil, where you can make sure you get the right documents to make a successful application to your ideal university.

The vast majority of international students who study a degree in Brazil will need to get a study visa.

Although the criteria differs from country to country, almost everyone will have to pass the following:

• Original passport valid for six months after the end of the course
• Copy of a letter of acceptance from an approved Brazilian institution
• Proof of finances for the duration of the stay

Once you are in Brazil, you will have to register with your local branch of the Federal Police within 21 days of your arrival.

If you don’t, you’ll be charged a tax for each day you go past the 21 day limit and it may harm your chances of applying for a visa renewal or extension.

It is vital you double check all information with the Brazilian embassy in your home country before travelling.

You must also undergo a police check in your home country, and prove that you have enough money to support yourself whilst you’re in Brazil.

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Brazil

Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Brazil.

Accommodation and living costs

Universities in Brazil don’t normally offer accommodation to their students, so unlike other countries, most students live in private accommodation.

It’s worth contacting your chosen university’s international office in advance to see if they can provide you with advice on where to stay.

It might be worth booking into a hostel for the first month or so of your studies, as it is much easier to find accommodation once you are in the country.

Many universities will also help their students to organise homestays, where students live with a host family.

Brazil has a relatively high cost of living compared to other South American countries, but as with every country, the higher the standard of living you want, the more you will pay.

Eating out, drinks and public transport are all more expensive than other South American countries.

Advice For Parents

Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Brazil. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.

How safe is Brazil?

Brazil has a reputation for being one of the more unsafe places for international students to study, but with precautions most students will avoid any problems. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings, not venture into the favelas (shanty towns) without a guide and to stick to taxis and private transport when getting around.

As with most major countries, crime can be an issue in the bigger Brazilian cities. You can avoid most problems by following these rules:

• Avoid walking alone at night
• Always carry a charged phone
• Avoid potentially quiet/ dark shortcuts
• Avoid carrying a lot of cash
• Let friends know where they are going
• Always keep a close eye on personal belongings whilst out
• Never accept things from strangers – whether this is a lift home or a drink

Make sure you get your own dedicated travel insurance before heading out to Brazil.

Staying in touch

Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:

• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection

• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date

• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill

Apply to Study in Brazil

Apply to Study in Brazil and get free online and telephone support with your application. The advice here will help you find the right bachelors at the right university in Brazil.

If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.

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