How about immersing yourself in a completely different culture, and getting to know one of the countries with greatest diversity in the world, while investing in your University education? Brazil has four Universities ranked among the top ten universities in Latin America, and twenty-two on the list of best Universities in the world, according to the 2016- 2017 edition of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Through such initiatives as the Programme for Undergraduate Partnership Students (PEC-G), it is possible to study in Brazil without the need to follow the usual entry routes, which are the regular university entrance exam (Vestibular) and the National High School Exam (ENEM). This programme offers University places for students from developing nations in Asia, Africa and the Americas, aged between 18 and 23 years old. To participate, the candidate must have completed high school, must prove proficiency in the Portuguese language, and must also produce his or her school transcript.
PEC-G also offers student grants to students on low incomes. Those who do not qualify for this grant must also prove that they are able to support themselves while in Brazil. The minimum sum required is 400 United States Dollars per month, for the whole duration of the selected course. For further information about the PEC-G programme, please check out the website www.dce.mre.gov.br.
Students from developed countries can also take an undergraduate course in Brazil. To do this, they must prove that they have been accepted by the teaching institution where they plan to study and then apply for a student visa at the Brazilian Consulate or Embassy in their country of origin. It is also possible to study in Brazil through exchange programmes at partner universities. In this way, the foreign student can spend between 6 months and 1 year in Brazil and then return to their home country to complete the course.
In Brazil, undergraduate courses last between three and six years, depending on the chosen course, and are divided into two main types: bacharelado (a more general course, providing general grounding for the world of work) and licenciatura (aimed at students wishing to pursue the teaching profession). The country also has technical courses which last between two and three years and have a more practical approach compared to the bacharelado and licenciatura courses.
In most Universities, the entrance exam (Vestibular) takes place once a year, normally in November. Academic courses in Brazil have two intakes: February and August. It is worth remembering that all Brazilian federal and state universities are free of charge, and these are the ones that have made the list of the best Universities in the world. Here we present a brief description of the four best-ranked universities.
University of São Paulo (USP)
With its main campus in the city of São Paulo, the University of São Paulo (USP) is considered the best University in Latin America and, for this reason, is one of the most sought after in the whole of Brazil. Six courses offered by this institution are ranked among the best in the world, according to QS: dentistry, anthropology, agriculture, mining engineering, veterinary science, and agriculture.
University of Campinas (Unicamp)
Situated in the city of Campinas, 100 km (62 miles) from SP, the State University of Campinas (Unicamp) is the second best university in Latin America. According to the Brazilian Ministry of Education, this institution has the most courses considered as being among the best in Brazil. The most acclaimed courses here include Electrical Engineering,Linguistics, and Computer Science.
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)
Situated in the city of Rio de Janeiro, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is fifth in the ranking of the best Universities of Latin America, according to the QS list. The most acclaimed courses here include Business Administration, Journalism, and Biomedicine.
University of Brasília (UnB)
The University of Brasília is located in Brasília, the capital of Brazil, and is the ninth best University in Latin America. Among the courses that have been given the best scores by the institution we have Visual Arts, Law, and International Relations.