Programs in Brazil

Browse international scholarships, internships, travel awards, and exchange programs in Brazil by selecting a level of experience from the list below.


Science & Technology Initiatives

In November 2012, Brazil officially joined the Global Initiative on Biodiversity (GBIF) through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) to share tools, skills, and experiences related to biodiversity conservation and management.

Brazil's Scientific Mobility Program is a government initiative that provides scholarships to undergraduate students from Brazil for one year of study at colleges and universities in the United States pursuing degrees in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The initiative is sponsored in large part by two governing entities, CAPES (an organization within the Ministry of Education in Brazil devoted to the evaluation and expansion of higher education in Brazil) and CNPq (an organization within the Ministry of Science and Technology devoted to the advancement of scientific research and technology and the formation of human resources for research in Brazil).

A program established by U.S. President Obama in 2012 called “100,000 Strong in the Americas” is aimed to increase higher education exchanges between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 each year in each direction. EducationUSA, a network of more than 100 U.S. government-supported advising centers throughout the hemisphere, connects U.S. higher-education institutions with students and universities throughout the region.

Visa Information

Brazil has nine different types of visas for entry:

  1. VITUR (Tourist/Unpaid Speaker) for:
  2. VITEM I (Academic Researcher/Paid Speaker or Lecturer/Volunteer)
  3. VITEM II (Business)
  4. VITEM III (Professional Artists and Athletes)
  5. VITEM IV (Students/Interns)
  6. VITEM V (Technical Assistance/Work)
  7. VITEM VII (Missionary)
  8. VIPER (Permanent Visa)
  9. VISOF (Diplomatic/Official Mission)

For more details, refer to the Brazilian consulate near you.

Education System

Three primary levels: elementary, intermediate, and higher education (undergraduate and graduate). Students enter first grade at 7 years of age, and complete elementary school in 9 years. Elementary school is broken down into two stages, called Ensino Fundamental I (years 1-5) and Ensino Fundamental II (years 6-9). Secondary school is three years.

Institutions of higher education offer technical degrees of 2-4 years, bachelor’s degrees of 4-5 years, as well as specialized degrees in fields like agriculture, health, and IT. Students are required to pass an entrance exam before being admitted. Graduate school programs usually require 2 years of study.

Education expenditures in Brazil account for 5% of GDP as of 2007.

The overall literacy rate of the population is 88.6%, and the country has an enrollment rate of 96.4%. Brazil is the 14th leading place of origin for students coming to the United States, making up 1% of the total international student population in the United States.

There are over 2,600 institutions of higher education in Brazil, some of which appear among the world’s top 500 colleges and universities.

Featured Affiliate

The São Paulo Research Foundation – FAPESP – is an independent public foundation with the mission to foster research and the scientific and technological development of the State of São Paulo.