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  • Writer's pictureMarcia Farias

Brazilian Universities for International Students



In an earlier post this month, I highlighted admissions in graduate programs in Brazilian public universities. Despite the picture in this post - which is of a public university - today I want to focus on opportunities for #internationalstudents (non-Brazilians or non-resident Brazilians) to study in Brazilian private universities.


Brazil has a great many institutions of higher education focused on academic excellence.

"For a country with a developing economy, Brazil has an impressive number of universities in the QS World University Rankings® – many of which have climbed significantly in recent years. There are over 2,300 higher education institutions in Brazil that are recognized by Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) so there’s lots of attractive opportunities for international students who want to study in Brazil."


While public universities are tuition-free for the majority of their programs, private universities are not free, but very #affordable given the Real/Dollar exchange rate.


Most courses offered will be in Portuguese, but students may enroll in intensive language classes to be able to participate in class.


Here are just two examples of well reputed, recognized private #universities:


#Insper - accredited by #AACSB, #EQUIS and #AMBA, Insper is in São Paulo, offers a world-class education with hands-on learning and welcomes international students.

Insper offers #undergraduate degree programs in #Business Administration, #Law, #Engineering and #Economics, as well as #graduate and #certificate programs.

Classes in undergraduate programs are in Portuguese but a variety of classes in the last year of studies are taught in English. The school offers an intensive Portuguese language program free of charge to international students who do not possess an intermediate level of Portuguese.

Insper has partnerships with various universities around the world. In the US, it has partnered with Babson College (summer courses), Boston University, Brandeis International Business School (double degree), Columbia University, Florida International University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, George Mason University, Tulane University, UCLA Anderson School (blocked courses), University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Irvine (summer), University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (business), University of North Carolina Wilmington, University of Pennsylvania, West Virginia University.


Fundação Getúlio Vargas - FGV is a private institution with campi in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília. It was the first institution to earn the Triple International Accreditation.

According to their website, #FGV was also "the first institution in Latin America to provide bachelor’s courses in public administration and business administration, producing the first batch of qualified administrators on the continent in the mid-1950s in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.


Admissions for undergraduate degrees accept various international diplomas and exams, such as the International Baccalaureate-IB, ABITUR, BAC and SAT. The criteria vary according to the degree.

Undergraduate programs are offered in Portuguese or in English. According to the institution's website, "in the Day-English modality, all mandatory subjects are taught in English, as well as many of the optional subjects".


FGV also offers Master's and PhD programs with stellar recognition - an excellent and very affordable opportunity to obtain a globally recognized graduate degree.


Approximately 300 international students are enrolled at FGV each academic year.





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