São Paulo, Brazil 

What's it about?

Brazil is the largest country in South America sharing borders with every country on the continent except for Ecuador and Chile.  Interestingly it is the fifth largest country in the world and actually similar in size to the continental United States. The country has so much to explore, being divided into 26 states, all with varying landscapes and styles.

The Brazilian university system reflects world standards and some of Brazil's universities appear among the 200 best in the world. With Brazil’s push towards improving educational standards and its recent moves towards attracting international students, it is becoming easier for international students to apply to study in Brazil.  

Joint research has been carried out by British Council and FAUBAI to create a list of Higher Education Institutions in Brazil offering courses in English. 

On this page you can look through the universities that are offering opportunities in English in Brazil, separated by region. More information about each region, university, and course can be found in the PDF document at the bottom of the page. 

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Where can I go?

There are over 670 courses provided in English at 45 Higher Education Institutions across four regions in Brazil. 

Whether you want to visit the picturesque landscape of Rio de Janeiro in the South-East or experience the lush tropical coastline and beaches in the North-East, the choice is yours.    

Northeast Region

UGD: Undergraduate Degree | UGM Undergraduate Modules | MD: Master Degree | MM: Master's Module | STC: Short Term Course (1 week - 1 Semester)

University UGD UGM MD MM STC
Fundação Edson Queiroz Universidade de Fortaleza         Yes
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte         Yes
Universidade de Pernambuco   Yes   Yes Yes
Universidade Federal de Pernambuco         Yes
Grupo SER Educacional         Yes

Midwest Region

UGD: Undergraduate Degree | UGM: Undergraduate Modules | MD: Master Degree | MM: Master's Module | STC: Short Term Course (1 week - 1 Semester)

University UGD UGM MD MM STC
UniEVANGÉLICA Yes       Yes
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Goiás         Yes

Southeast Region

UGD: Undergraduate Degree | UGM: Undergraduate Modules | MD: Master Degree | MM: Master's Module | STC: Short Term Course (1 week - 1 Semester)

University UGD UGM MD MM STC
Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”         Yes
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo   Yes     Yes
Grupo Educacional UNIS   Yes     Yes
Universidade Federal de São João Del-Rei         Yes
Universidade Vila Velha         Yes
Universidade Federal do ABC   Yes   Yes Yes
Universidade Metodista de São Paulo         Yes
Universidade Federal de Lavras         Yes
Universidade de Ribeirão Preto         Yes
Universidade Federal de Viçosa     Yes   Yes
Universidade Paulista    Yes     Yes
Universidade Estadual de Campinas     Yes   Yes
Universidade Federal de Itajubá   Yes Yes    
Universidade Federal Fluminense         Yes
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro   Yes     Yes
Universidade São Francisco         Yes
Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo         Yes
Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing         Yes
Escola de Administração de Empresas de São Paulo da Fundação Getúlio Vargas Yes   Yes   Yes
Faculdades de Campinas         Yes
Universidade de São Paulo   Yes   Yes Yes

South Region

UGD: Undergraduate Degree | UGM: Undergraduate Modules | MD: Master Degree | MM: Master's Module | STC: Short Term Course (1 week - 1 Semester)

University UGD UGM MD MM STC
Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre       Yes  
Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina   Yes     Yes
Universidade Estadual de Maringá   Yes      
Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná         Yes
Universidade Federal de Pelotas         Yes
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul         Yes
Universidade Regional de Blumenau         Yes
Universidade Feevale  


Universidade do Vale do Itajaí         Yes
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná   Yes     Yes
Centro Universitário UNIVATES         Yes
Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina         Yes
Universidade Estadual do Centro - Oeste    Yes   Yes Yes 
Centro Universitário La Salle         Yes
Universidade Estadual de Londrina         Yes
Universidade Federal de Santa Maria         Yes 
Universidade Federal do Paraná         Yes 

How long can I go for?

There are numerous different lengths of course to suit, from short courses of just one week right up to full graduate programmes lasting four years. 

How much does it cost?

The good news is many of the institutions are providing courses with no tuition fees. In most cases you’ll need to cover your travel, accommodation and living expenses, however you should check the fees/assistance for the specific opportunity you choose.  

Am I eligible?

Each institution has its own eligibility criteria therefore we advise that you search for the type of course you want to study then look through the institutions providing the course and their individual requirements. 

Why should I apply?

Apart from the amazing time you could have in another country, meeting new people and experiencing a new culture, it’s also more important than ever to differentiate yourself from your fellow graduates and gaining international experience is an excellent way to do this. 

An international placement can help develop your personal skills such as communication, independence and adaptability. While research studies have also found that international placements can have a positive impact on career prospects and earnings.  

How do I apply?

Applications to the courses are dealt with by the education institutions.  Take a look through the list of opportunities available in the table above and follow the links to the provider’s website. 

You can also download the full guide at the bottom of this page to find out more information about Brazil and each education provider.