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  • Locations: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Rice applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:
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Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) is the largest higher education and research institution in Brazil, and it is within the best universities in all global evaluations, not rarely being the top-ranked in Latin America. Internationalization is one of the USP guidelines. It welcomes people from all continents.


Students may choose subjects from different courses offered at different schools. Exchange students are recommended to enroll in subjects that correspond to at least 12 credits. The Riberirao Preto School of Economics, Administration, and Accounting requires applicants to enroll in a number of subjects that correspond to at least 16 credits. Click here to browse the online course catalogue.
Most classes at USP are taught only in Portuguese. Therefore, the student must have an intermediate level of Portuguese in order to attend classes. No certificate of language proficiency is required.
The exchange student can attend an intensive Portuguese course offered by the Language Learning Center of the School of Philosophy, Languages and Literature, and Human Sciences (Centro de Línguas da FFLCH) at the São Paulo Campus – Cidade Universitária. For further information, please visit or send an e-mail to

Student Life

Universidade de São Paulo offers various cultural options for its students and also for the community. It maintains several museums and most of them have free entrance. Around the city of São Paulo, there are other cultural options provided by USP, such as Paulista Museum (MP – Museu Paulista), the Museum of Zoology (MZ – Museu de Zoologia), the Science Station (Estação Ciência) and “Maria Antônia” University Center (Centro Universitário Maria Antônia), all of them providing students with a rich diversity of cultural options.
USP iFriends is a program created by the USP International Office in order to facilitate the contact between international students and the academic community at the university.


USP does not provide housing for exchange students. Students are responsible for arranging their own housing. USP strongly recommends that students take part in the USP iFriends program in order to get more information about accommodation. Applicants may opt to take part in the buddy program when applying after being nominated by their home university.


USP has seven campuses spread throughout the state of Sao Paulo. Four of them are in the city of Sao Paulo. Sao Paulo is a municipality located in the southeast region of Brazil. The metropolis is an alpha global city and is the most populous city in Brazil, the Americas, and in the Southern Hemisphere. The municipality is also the 12th largest city proper by population in the world. The city is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's most populous and wealthiest state. It exerts strong international influence in commerce, finance, arts and entertainment.