Study Abroad in Brazil
What to Know Before You Study in Brazil
What comes to your mind when you talk about the largest country in South American? Study abroad in Brazil and add to your list!
Higher Education in Brazil
Brazil has both undergraduate and graduate programs.
Undergraduate degrees take up to six years to earn, depending on your field of study. Students in Brazil first must pass an entrance exam before they are admitted.
Students can earn a:
- non-teaching bacharel degree
- teaching licenciado
- professional title
Graduate students choose from two programs:
- Mestre (master’s) degree in two years
- Doutor (doctorate) in four years
Classes in Brazil
A lecture is the format of most classes in Brazil.
Students take notes on exactly what the professors say and then tend to repeat it in an exam. This is changing, however, so if you study abroad in Brazil be prepared to use your critical thinking skills!
Full-time students usually take 6 or 7 classes.
Grades in Brazil
Some schools use a grading system of letters similar to the US. Others use a number scale from 0 to 10.
Few students receive the top grades. Students can repeat a course twice.
The Academic Year in Brazil
Students who want to study abroad in Brazil should remember that Brazil’s school year is on an opposite schedule to the calendar used by most US colleges and universities.
Brazil’s academic year begins in March and ends in November. Students take two semesters of classes. Some institutions also offer summer classes in January and February.
Student Visa to Study Abroad in Brazil
Before you study abroad in Brazil, remember to get your student visa in your home country. You aren’t able to change the status of your visa once you enter the country to study abroad.
When you enter Brazil, you will register with that country’s police in order to receive an identification card.
Brazil isn’t quite like other South American countries.
For one, Brazilians speak Portuguese and not Spanish. And while Brazil has beautiful natural areas, it also has cosmopolitan cities like Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, one of the most populous cities in the world.
Get to know all sides of the country when you study abroad in Brazil.
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