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Study in Brazil

For a country with a developing economy, Brazil has an impressive number of universities in the QS World University Rankings® – many of which have climbed significantly in recent years. There are over 2,300 higher education institutions in Brazil that are recognized by Brazil’s Ministry of Education (MEC) so there’s lots of attractive opportunities for international students who want to study in Brazil.

Fast Facts

  • Official name: Federative Republic of Brazil
  • Capital city: Brasilia
  • Largest city: São Paulo
  • Federal republic government with president as Head of State
  • Currency: real (one real = 100 centavos)
  • One of the top 10 largest economies in the world
  • Approximately 207 million inhabitants - the fifth most populous country in the world
  • Largest country in the Latin American region, fifth largest in the world and bigger in landmass than the US (excluding Alaska)
  • Borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile: Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana on the north, Colombia on the northwest, Bolivia and Peru on the west, Argentina and Paraguay on the southwest and Uruguay on the South. The Atlantic Ocean is on the east.
  • Major religion: Christianity (Roman Catholic)
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Most popular national sport: football (soccer); Brazil has won the World Cup five times, most recently in 2002.
  • Main exports: aircraft, electrical equipment, ethanol, textiles, footwear, steel and iron ore and cars.
  • Major agricultural products: soy beans, wheat, rice, corned beef, orange/orange juice and coffee (the best Brazilian coffee is exported).
  • Feijoada is considered Brazil’s national dish, coffee its national drink, cachaça its national liquor and Caipirinha its national cocktail.
  • Most of Brazil’s electricity is generated from hydropower and ethanol – both renewable sources.
  • Divided into three time zones from UTC-2 to -4. UTC -3 is the official time of Brazil.
  • Internet domain: .br
  • International dialing code: +55