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Universidade de Sao Paulo vs UNICAMP

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Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) and Universidade Estadual De Campinas (UNICAMP) are two universities which are bound to be at the top of your list if you want to study in Brazil. Both are consistently featured in the global top 200 of the QS World University Rankings® 2018, with USP currently ranked number one in Brazil at 121st in the world, while UNICAMP is joint 182nd.

Both universities also perform extremely well in the QS University Rankings: Latin America 2018, with UNICAMP coming second in the region whilst USP is third. Read on to get a closer look at how these top universities in Brazil compare.

 

 

Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP)

Universidade Estadual De Campinas (UNICAMP)

QS World University Rankings® 2018

Ranked 121st in the world overall in 2018

Ranked 42nd in the world by academics and 61st by employers

Ranked joint 182nd in the world


Ranked 89th in the world by academics and 120th by employers

QS BRICS University Rankings 2018

Ranked joint 13th in BRICS in 2018

Ranked ninth for number of staff with a PhD

Ranked 12th in BRICS

Ranked 17th for number of staff with a PhD

 

Subject strengths*

Ranked joint 114th in the world for arts & humanities

Joint 117th for engineering & technology

129th for life sciences & medicine

Joint 155th for natural sciences

Joint 146th for social sciences & management

Ranked joint 223rd in the world for arts & humanities

209th for engineering & technology


Joint 230th for life sciences & medicine


Joint 215th for natural sciences

Joint 281st for social sciences & management

 

Location

Located in São Paulo, the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere

Located in the city of Campinas, São Paulo state

 

Student community

Around 94,875 students as of 2015 (most recent data available)

59,081 undergraduates, 30,039 postgraduates

35,656 students in 2016; 19,001 undergraduates and 16,655 postgraduates

 

International tuition fees

No tuition fees are charged, although ‘other MBA or extension courses may have tuition fees’.

No tuition fees are charged.

 *Based on the broad subject areas of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

QS World University Rankings® 2018

Looking at the QS World University Rankings® 2018, USP went down one place from last year to now rank 121st in the world, while UNICAMP climbed nine places to now rank joint 182nd in the world. Both universities appear in the top 150 for their reputations among academics and employers, with USP surpassing UNICAMP on both.

However, both universities receive equal scores for the remaining indicators used to compile the rankings, earning 401+ each for their faculty/student ratio, research impact (citations per faculty) and the international diversity of both institutions’ students and faculty members. 

Subject strengths

If you’re still unsure on which of these top universities in Brazil gets your vote, then the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 can help narrow down each institutions’ strengths in different academic disciplines. USP ranks above UNICAMP for all five of the broad subject areas in the ranking, gaining a clear lead in each. However, despite this, there are some subjects which USP and UNICAMP are evenly matched for, for example chemistry, computer science, chemical engineering, modern languages and nursing, all of which both universities are ranked 51-100 in the world for.

The table below shows how USP and UNICAMP directly compare for different subjects.

Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) and Universidade Estadual De Campinas (UNICAMP) in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

 

USP

UNICAMP

Accounting & finance

51-100

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Agriculture & forestry

=35th

43rd

Anatomy & physiology

51-100

51-100

Anthropology

42nd

51-100

Architecture

35th

101-150

Art & design

=42nd

101-150

Biological sciences

101-150

201-250

Business & management

101-150

--

Chemistry

101-150

101-150

Communication & media studies

51-100

--

Computer science & information systems

51-100

51-100

Dentistry

18th

27th

Development studies

--

51-100

Earth & marine sciences

51-100

--

Economics

101-150

201-250

Education & training

51-100

101-150

Engineering (chemical)

51-100

51-100

Engineering (civil)

51-100

151-200

Engineering (electrical)

101-150

101-150

Engineering (mechanical)

101-150

101-150

Engineering (mineral & mining)

25th

--

English language & literature

201-250

--

Environmental sciences

51-100

101-150

Geography

51-100

101-150

History

51-100

151-200

Law

=50th

--

Linguistics

101-150

101-150

Materials science

101-150

151-200

Mathematics

51-100

101-150

Medicine

51-100

201-250

Modern languages

51-100

51-100

Nursing

51-100

51-100

Performing arts

51-100

51-100

Pharmacy

51-100

51-100

Philosophy

51-100

51-100

Physics & astronomy

101-150

101-150

Politics

51-100

151-200

Psychology

101-150

--

Sociology

51-100

51-100

Sports-related subjects

=31st

--

Statistics

51-100

101-150

Veterinary science

38th

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Sao Paulo

Location

Both Universidade de São Paulo (USP) and Universidade Estadual De Campinas (UNICAMP) are located in São Paulo state, the most populous and developed state in Brazil. USP is based in the city of São Paulo while UNICAMP is based 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) outside Campinas city center, which is 96km (60 miles) northwest of São Paulo. Campinas means grass fields in Portuguese, referring to the scenic local landscape, and the city offers an interesting historical heritage, economic prosperity, plus excellent shopping, food and nightlife. While Campinas is by no means small (home to around 2.9 million people in its metro area), it may be preferable for those who aren’t keen on the idea of studying in São Paulo – the largest city in the Southern Hemisphere with more than 21 million inhabitants. Campinas’ location also means it’s easily possible to visit São Paulo while you study. However, other students might feel right at home in São Paulo – despite the chaos and traffic, it offers no shortage of new things to explore, whether it’s enjoying the famous carnival season or trying something new from the huge range of cuisine – with its vibrant culture helping to earn it 69th place in the latest edition of the QS Best Student Cities.

Tuition fees & funding

The Brazilian Federal Constitution has established the right for free education up to postgraduate degree level, meaning all publicly funded universities are free of charge. Both USP and UNICAMP are public and therefore do not charge tuition fees. USP states on its website that no fees are charged for undergraduate and ‘stricto sensu graduate courses’ – stricto sensu refers to postgraduate degrees which enable the student to go into an academic career upon graduating. USP also states that ‘other MBA or extension courses may have tuition fees’. In contrast, MBAs are considered lato sensu postgraduate programs, meaning they are specialized and do charge tuition fees: to give you an example, the tuition fees for an MBA in Agribusiness are 18 monthly installments of R$800 (~US$240). Due to the free tuition, USP does not offer scholarship programs. Meanwhile, at UNICAMP, there are likewise no tuition fees, meaning students will just need to cover their own living expenses. Universities in Brazil generally don’t provide accommodation for students, meaning you’ll need to find private accommodation, which your university’s international office can assist you with.

There are external organizations which offer scholarships for international students to study in Brazil. For example, the OAS-GCUB Scholarship Program awards scholarships to outstanding citizens of OAS member states to complete masters or PhD programs at universities in Brazil. Undergraduate, doctorate and post-doctorate students from the European Union are eligible to apply for scholarships from the IBRASIL Project, which is funded by European Commission, and Canadian students are eligible to apply for scholarships from the Colleges and Institutes Canada to study in Brazil. PhD Students from developing countries are eligible to apply for PhD fellowships from The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Finally, it’s important to note that if you want to study in Brazil you’ll need an excellent knowledge of Portuguese, and will need to prove your proficiency with the Celpe-Bras test. You’ll also need to have your application documents officially translated into Portuguese.

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This article was originally published in July 2017. It was updated in November 2017 to add the latest QS BRICS University Rankings data. 

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