Practical Info


All classes, including the Portuguese Intensive Course, will take place at the Faculty of Economics (Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas, FCE), located in the city centre of Porto Alegre.

The Faculty of Economics is one of the oldest units at UFRGS. Its origin dates back to the old School of Commerce, established on November 26, 1909, when it was a part of the Liberal School of Law, until 1945. The School of Commerce initially offered two courses: a general course consisting of three years and a Degree course consisting of two years. On November 26, 2019, the Faculty of Economics will celebrate its 110th anniversary.

The Faculty of Economics offers five undergraduate programs and four graduate programs, including Economics (PPGE) and Studies in International Strategy (PPGEEI), to which this Winter School is associated.

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Accommodation is not included in the fee and need to be arranged by participants.

We strongly encourage international participants to join the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme and UFRGS students to host them.

As a host, you will receive a 50% discount on the course fee for hosting an international student at a private room in your house.

As a guest, you will save on your accommodation costs by staying free of charge in the house of a UFRGS student.

If you are selected to be a host or a guest in the Brazilian Friend Accommodation Programme, we will get in touch to give you more information.

If you prefer to stay in a hotel, please find below some options near the Faculty of Economics:

  • Condomínio Collins – 3 minutes walking distance
  • Intercity Cidade Baixa – 5 minutes walking distance
  • Eko Residence Hotel – 5 minutes walking distance
  • Plaza São Rafael Hotel – 10 minutes walking distance
  • Hotel Embaixador – 10 minutes walking distance
  • Hotel Continental Business – 15 minutes walking distance


How to get to Porto Alegre

Porto Alegre’s international airport is Salgado Filho (POA), located 4.3 miles (7km) from the city centre. It is served by all major Brazilian airlines (Azul, LATAM, Gol) and international airlines (TAP, COPA, TACA, American Airlines and Aerolineas Argentinas).

From the airport to your accommodation we recommend you get a taxi (plenty available at the exit door) or a car through a ridesharing app (see more below).

How to get around

Ridesharing apps (Uber, Cabify, 99Pop) are very popular in Brazil and work well in Porto Alegre. Tariffs can sometimes be cheaper than a bus ride!

Depending on where you are staying, biking can be an easy and cheap way to get around. There is bike sharing system in Porto Alegre sponsored by Itau, with more than 40 stations around the city. Find out more about Bike POA

Bus routes are available at Empresa Pública de Transportes e Circulação (EPTC – Public Transportation and Movement Company) website.

About Porto Alegre

We hope to entertain you with a full academic programme during your stay, but in case you have a few hours spare, see below some nice things to do while in Porto Alegre:

The Mercado Público (Public Market) is a historical building at the city centre. Make sure to arrive hungry – try the ice-cream at Banca 40 or grab a bite the 100-year-old restaurant Gambrinus.

Orla do Guaíba is the perfect spot to watch the sunset in Porto Alegre.
Parque Moinhos de Vento, known as Parcão, is a park located in a wonderful area in Porto Alegre
PUCRS Science and Technology Museum is a fascinating interactive museum
Parque Farroupilha, known as Redenção, is Porto Alegre’s most traditional and popular park.
Porto Alegre Hop-on, Hop-off tour is a convenient choice to explore the city’s sights.
The Museum of Art of Rio Grande do Sul (MARGS), Santander Cultural and Casa de Cultura Mário Quintana are distinguished cultural spaces at the city centre.
Parque Farroupilha is famous for its street market Brique da Redenção, which takes place every Sunday.
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