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Universidade de São Paulo

Location

Campus de São Paulo, São Paulo Brazil

Ranking

# 115QS World University Rankings

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175Undergraduate programs

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482Postgraduate programs

International

1693International students

About Universidade de São Paulo

Founded in 1934, University of São Paulo is the largest institution of higher education and research in Brazil. In fact, it accounts for a significant proportion of the country’s Master’s and Doctoral Degrees. USP is known in Brazil for its pursuit of excellence in teaching and research and for its contribution to advances in science and technology. Proof of this is its performance in academic rankings. USP is a public, state-operated university and does not charge tuition fees. The campuses are distributed in eight cities in the State of São Paulo: Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto, Santos, São Carlos and São Paulo, which is the State Capital.

The University consists of 42 schools, six specialized institutes, four hospitals, four museums, 67 libraries and a considerable number of well-equipped laboratories. This structure serves approximately 59,000 undergraduate and 30,000 graduate students. The faculty consists of about 5,600 professors, backed up by a staff of 13,700 people. Internationalization is one of USP’s major features. Since its earliest days, the university has welcomed people from all over the world, and continues to do so through partnerships and networks. In 2018, about 3,000 international students were received in its undergraduate and graduate programs. USP’s International Cooperation Office handles the University’s initiatives in internationalization, including undergraduate and graduate exchange programs.

About Universidade de São Paulo

Founded in 1934, University of São Paulo is the largest institution of higher education and research in Brazil. In fact, it accounts for a significant proportion of the country’s Master’s and Doctoral Degrees. USP is known in Brazil for its pursuit of excellence in teaching and research and for its contribution to advances in science and technology. Proof of this is its performance in academic rankings. USP is a public, state-operated university and does not charge tuition fees. The campuses are distributed in eight cities in the State of São Paulo: Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto, Santos, São Carlos and São Paulo, which is the State Capital.

The University consists of 42 schools, six specialized institutes, four hospitals, four museums, 67 libraries and a considerable number of well-equipped laboratories. This structure serves approximately 59,000 undergraduate and 30,000 graduate students. The faculty consists of about 5,600 professors, backed up by a staff of 13,700 people. Internationalization is one of USP’s major features. Since its earliest days, the university has welcomed people from all over the world, and continues to do so through partnerships and networks. In 2018, about 3,000 international students were received in its undergraduate and graduate programs. USP’s International Cooperation Office handles the University’s initiatives in internationalization, including undergraduate and graduate exchange programs.

University information

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES 

The University of São Paulo offers undergraduate courses in all areas of knowledge. All are free of charge and last from four to six years. It is worth remembering that most of USP activities are carried out in Portuguese. Students from all over the world interested in applying to take undergraduate courses may take part in the USP entrance test (called “vestibular”), which is organized by Fuvest (https://www.fuvest.br/). All the exams are held in Portuguese, and in Brazil. Transfer from other higher education institutions (either Brazilian or foreign) is only possible when unfilled places are available. The admission process takes place via pre-selection and specific examinations, both also applied by Fuvest (https://www.fuvest.br/). The Program for Partner Undergraduate Students (PEC-G, the Portuguese acronym) is a cooperation program between Brazil and countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. A pre-selection is carried out by the Brazilian Embassy in the candidate’s home country. The selection of students is based on their High School résumé or equivalent and on their financial conditions.

For more information, access the program website.

The University offers a number of exchange places for students from partner universities from all around the globe. For more information. access the website of the USP Office of International Relations (AUCANI).

GRADUATE COURSES (MASTER AND DOCTORATE)

A foreign student interested in undertaking graduate studies at USP as regular student must get in touch directly with the Graduate Section of the School where they wish to study. For information on existing Graduate Programs, please access the Office of the Provost for Graduate Programs website.

The Program for Partner Graduate Students (PEC-PG) is a cooperation program with countries from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Latin America, the Middle East and the Caribbean. Foreign students interested in applying to a graduate program via PEC-PG must get in touch directly with the School where they wish to study, in order to be informed of the necessary documents and procedures for that specific School.

For more information, visit the USP Office of International Relations website. 

Foreign students interested in doing part of their graduate studies at USP under the exchange program must get in touch directly with the Graduate Section of the School where they wish to study. For information on existing Graduate Programs, please access the Office of the Provost for Graduate Programs website.

USP is a free public university (no tuition fees) that offers subsidized food, transportation and free access to health services (medical, hospital and dental) and sports, leisure and culture equipment to all students on its campuses. In addition, the University also offers student assistance to low-income students through scholarships, student housing and free meals. International students can attend (during the semester, not before) an intensive Portuguese course offered by the Language Learning Center (Centro de Idiomas da FFLCH) at the São Paulo Campus only – Cidade Universitária.For further information, please visit: http://clinguas.fflch.usp.br/

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Student life

The Office of the Provost for Culture and Extension (PRCEU) is the body that develops the cultural and extension policies of the University of São Paulo, functioning as an open dialogue channel between USP and society.
In a public university, this role is of great importance because it represents precisely the link between the institution and the society that maintains it. While it is essential that the university spreads knowledge and provides services to the community, it is equally important to create bridges in which society can share knowledge and is also allowed to make itself and its demands heard by the university.
PRCEU has a wide range of activities, such as managing courses, promoting academic initiatives in culture and extension, and supporting the actions of the university community with society.
The lines of action are varied: part of the actions take place in the scope of several cultural centers, in different locations, and that develop activities with a focus on the performing arts, cinema, music, plastic arts, cultural and patrimonial preservation, literature, and scientific diffusion.
Other actions are developed in the scope of PRCEU institutional programs that have a focus on extension and direct relationship with the internal and external community of USP. PRCEU’s team develops programs with the following underlying themes: inclusion, accessibility, diversity, entrepreneurship, solidarity economy, career choice, admission to USP, talent spotting, senior citizens, relationship with the community and with minors in vulnerable situations, teacher training, and the opening and presentation of USP’s campuses to the public.
Finally, PRCEU also manages the extension courses offered to the community in several modalities, from the shortest courses of diffusion to multiprofessional residences and specializations.


USP offers more than 180 undergraduate programs in all contemporary areas of knowledge: agricult ral sciences, biological sciences, health sciences, exact and earth sciences, humanities, applied social sciences, engineering, linguistics, literature and arts, as well as multidisciplinary courses. The undergraduate programs allow students to organize their studies according to their educational goals.

University of São Paulo is also a traditional leader in graduate education in Brazil, with almost 270 graduate programs (courses). USP’s experience in graduate education is an important feature in its history and has made a solid contribution to the country’s scientific and technological development. 
You can see all the courses offered by USP on our website or in the catalog provided by the USP Office of International Relations.

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Universidade de São Paulo is one of the top public universities in São Paulo, Brazil. It is ranked #115 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #139
  • 2014
    #127
  • 2015
    #=132
  • 2016
    #=143
  • 2017
    #120
  • 2018
    #121
  • 2019
    #118
  • 2020
    #116
  • 2021
    #115
  • 2022
    #=121
  • 2023
    #115

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