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Before travelling

This section will provide you with basic information and tips:

Visa

Documents

Vacation

Assessment System

Housing

Visa

To study in Brazil, a Student Visa is necessary. The temporary visa – Vitem IV – will be granted to undergraduate and graduate students, including those participating in sandwich PhD programs (with or without scholarships). Contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out about the procedures. In most cases, the following documents are requested:

  • Passport valid for at least 6 (six) months from the intended date of entry in Brazil;
  • 2 (two) visa application forms filled out, dated and signed by the applicant;
  • 2 (two) recent photographs, front view with light background;
  • Non-criminal record statement, obtained at the local authority of your country. The document must have been issued less than 3 (three) months before your arrival;
  • Letter of Acceptance or letter confirming admittance issued by UFRGS, OR a document proving that the student is already enrolled in the educational institution (with recognition from the Ministry of Education) mentioning the duration of the course;
  • Declaration of scholarship indicating a monthly disbursement of 700,00 € (seven hundred Euros) as well as the duration of the scholarship;
  • Those who do not have a scholarship must prove they have sufficient income resources OR that their parents can provide financial support to make monthly transferences of at least 700,00 € (seven hundred Euros) throughout the students’ stay in Brazil. In the case of parents being responsible for the student, a letter from the bank testifying the capacity of the monthly transference must be presented;
  • Medical assistance insurance coverage valid in Brazil;
  • Payment of repatriation fee to the country of origin, made by an insurance company Nationwide, covering the entire students’ stay;
  • Tax payment.

Other documents may be required. Contact the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out about the procedures and vaccinations.

When you arrive in Brazil, certain documents must be obtained (such as CPF, Cartão TRI). Also, you will need to validate your stay in Brazil with the Federal Police. It is important be financially prepared to pay some taxes because of these bureaucratic procedures when arriving in Brazil.

 

Documents

In addition to the necessary documents for international travelling – such as the passport – we advise you to bring a document with your parents names (both father and mother). This is a necessary criteria to differentiate two people who have the same name. When a procedure for a legal document (such as your Cartão TRI) is required, it is necessary to attach a copy of this document containing your parents names. This document can be a driver’s license, an ID, a military document, a birth certificate, or others (even if the original is not in Portuguese).

 

Basic Information:

 

Academic Year

The academic year begins in February or in March and ends in December. The first semester of the academic year goes from February or March to July, while the second semester of the academic year begins in August and ends in December. 

 

Vacation

At UFRGS, there are two vacation breaks in the year: July (between the first and the second semester – Winter) and from December to March (Summer - marking the end of the Academic year). The precise dates for the beginning and the ending of the semester can be found in the Academic Calendar. However, it is possible for classes to end a few days before the official date since some professors use the last days of the semester to return tests, or offer alternate exams and assignments. Students are able to communicate with professors about their performance in the course before the semester is over.

 

Assessment System

UFRGS uses the following grade system for the evaluation of its students:

  A – Excellent
            B – Very Good
            C – Satisfactory
            D – Unsatisfactory
            FF – Absent (with less than 75% of presence)

The first three are passing grades and the last two are insufficient grades. It is important to highlight that there are variations in this system and that some professors use numbers (from 0 to 10) instead of letters in their assessment. When this is the professors’ method, the final grade in number will be converted to a final grade in letter – if the number is near 10, the grade will be an A. However, there is not a pattern established for this conversion and it is up to the professors to decide and to inform their students on the first day of class about their methods.

 

Housing

UFRGS does not have student dormitories or housing for international students, but Relinter does offers support and information about suggestible living arrangements with other Brazilian students or with families. Ask for a list with options by sending an e-mail to incoming@relinter.ufrgs.br

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