Important visa information

You will need a Temporary Visa I in order to study in Brazil. Find out more about the documentation you'll need to supply, as well as how to apply from the Brazilian Embassy in your home country's capital city. You should also be aware that student exchange visas do not allow you to undertake any paid work while on exchange.

Pontifical Catholic University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro

Faculties: All
Level: Undergraduate and post-graduate
Language of instruction: English and Portuguese
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • Fall semester: early March – early July
  • Spring semester: mid-August – mid-December

Full time study load: Two (eight credits) – five units (24 credits) per semester.

About PUC-Rio

PUC-Rio is a non-profit, philanthropic institution founded in 1940. Its main campus is located in Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, between tropical forests and the Atlantic Ocean. PUC also has facilities in Barra da Tijuca and Duque de Caxias. Currently, the university host almost 17 900 students. PUC-Rio is ranked 18th in the QS University Rankings Latin America 2012, and the 6th best university in Brazil (QS 2011).

The specifics

For students not fluent in Portuguese there is a recommended Intensive Pre-term Portuguese as a Second Language Intensive Course. While there is a limited range of units available in English, these must be studied alongside an intensive Portuguese as a second language course. You may also take Portuguese as a second language courses taken through the semester, and can count as transferable credits (which vary depending on the level of instruction required).

Be sure to check the application details as well as pre-departure instructions and General FAQs for more information about exchange at PUC-Rio.

PUC-Rio offers homestay accommodation with families living within close proximity to the campus. While this homestay is not a requirement, it comes highly recommended. Students will receive their own room with access to amenities and pay rent directly to the family.

Universidade de Brasilia

Faculty: All (except Medicine and Veterinary Medicine)
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: Portuguese only
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • First semester: early March - mid-July
  • Second semester: early August - mid-December

Full time study load: Varied depending on faculty, please check course catalogue.

About Universidade de Brasilia

Established on April 21, 1962, the University of Brasilia (UnB) is the utopia of Brazilian anthropologist and educator Darcy Ribeiro. Since its inception, the University has been committed to producing state of the art knowledge and promoting citizenship for the transformation of Brazil, giving it a national reputation for excellence in research, teaching, and extension. The Office of International Affairs is the department of the university which coordinates exchange and all other student mobility experiences. The Specifics Students can explore the faculties they have on offer and the FAQ page for information about studying at UnB. The course catalogue provides specific information about classes (in portuguese only).Their website provides students with visa information for studying in Brazil. As all classes are taught in Portuguese, students must have an advanced level in the language to study at Unb. The university offers Portuguese classes for non-native speakers at various levels.

Universidade Estadual de Campinas - State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

Faculty: All
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: Portuguese only, candidates on admission will undertake interview by the Centre of Languages Studies (CEL).
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70

Semester dates:

  • Semester One: February - June
  • Semester Two: August - September

Full time study load: 24 credits


The University of Campinas - Unicamp is a public university funded by the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Officially established on October 5, 1966, whilst Unicamp is considered to be a young institution, it has already developed a strong tradition in education, research, and services to society, and covers a wide range of study areas, such as science, technology, health and humanities, for undergraduate and graduate students. Unicamp operates in four campuses located in three cities: the main Campus in Campinas, with eighteen schools and colleges; the School of Dentistry in Piracicaba; and the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Technology in Limeira. The Unicamp International Office is always willing to provide students with the support they need to make the most of their time in Brazil. Students may also refer to the Foreign Student Guide for more information.

The specifics

Originally named for its meadows, Campinas was founded in 1774 and lies 16 kilometres south of the University. With a population of about one million people, Campinas is today an important and growing educational, industrial and financial centre. The city has its own Symphony Orchestra - considered one of Brazil's best - cinemas, theatres, museums, parks, and fine shopping centres. Restaurants serve a variety of regional and international dishes while pubs or "barzinhos" are popular meeting places for stimulating conversations and great music. Campinas is also the home of two popular soccer teams: Guarani and Ponte Preta. Recreation in the vicinity of Campinas is also rich and varied. São Paulo, one of the world's largest cities and an important cultural hub, is located 100 kilometres southeast of Campinas - a one-hour ride by car or bus. In addition, many country resorts and parks are accessible, offering a taste of life in the "interior" (countryside). Finally, the famous São Paulo beaches of the coast are only a two-hour drive away. Campinas is served by a good transportation network with bus service being the most common form. The Viracopos International Airport is also located within 30 minutes of Campinas.

There are a variety of different off-campus accommodation options for students s well as many sporting groups. Students will need to consult their nearest embassy or consulate regarding visa requirements. In addition, students should carefully research their study plan and find specific subjects within the Unicamp course database. Applicants should note that there are special requirements for Medicine and Dentistry.

University of Sao Paulo

Faculty: All
Level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Language of instruction: Portuguese
Minimum grade requirement: WAM 70
Semester dates:

  • First semester: 23rd February - 4th July
  • Second semester: 2rd August - 8th December

Full time study load: Foreign students can take a maximum of 8 disciplines per semester.

About Sao Paulo

Universidade de São Paulo is one of the largest and most important institutions of higher education and research in Brazil and Latin America. Founded in 1934, USP is a public state institution (it does not charge tuition fees) and has campi placed in eight cities spread throughout the state of São Paulo. With education and research activities in all academic fields, USP offers 289 undergraduate programs, 222 graduate programs (both Master's and Doctoral (PhD) degrees) and 1,067 extracurricular programs. In total, there are about 93 thousand students enrolled in 48 Schools (faculties and institutes) which make up USP.
The specifics
The School of Communications and Arts (ECA) at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) was founded on June 16, 1966, under the name of School of Cultural Communications. In 1969 it became the School of Communications and Arts. It is organized in eight departments (Performing Arts; Fine Arts; Library Science and Documentation; Cinema, Radio and Television; Communications and Arts; Journalism and Publishing; Music; Public Relations, Advertising and Tourism) and the high-school level School of Drama (EAD), focused on the acting career. It has developed its institutional mission of offerings education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, promoting research and artistic production, as well as cultural extension activities.

The specifics

Students must undertake courses from the School of Communications and Arts (ECA). Students should refer to the ECA course guide for unit information. The International Relations Office offers information on how to apply as well as testimonials from past exchange students.