Information Sheet – 2020 – 2nd Semester (July-December)

Name and website of the university Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp
University of Campinas –
Overview The University of Campinas – Unicamp is a public university funded by the State of São Paulo, Brazil.
Unicamp was officially established on October 5, 1966. Although considered a young institution, Unicamp has already developed a strong tradition in education, research and services to society.
Unicamp has strong undergraduate and graduate programs covering a wide range of areas in science, technology, health, humanities, and arts.
Unicamp operates in four campuses located in three cities: Campinas, the main Campus with eighteen schools and colleges; Piracicaba (the School of Dentistry); and Limeira (the School of Applied Sciences and the School of Technology).
Location of Main Campus Unicamp’s main campus is located 16km from downtown Campinas, in a city district named Barão Geraldo.
Originally named for its meadows, Campinas was founded in 1774 and is today an important and growing educational, industrial and financial center with over one million inhabitants. Campinas has a rich cultural life. The city has its own Symphony Orchestra – considered one of Brazil’s best – cinemas, theatres, parks, malls and regional and international restaurants. There are also many “barzinhos” (pubs), where people often meet to hear great music. Campinas is also the home of two popular soccer teams: Guarani and Ponte Preta.
Recreation in the vicinity of Campinas is also rich and varied.
São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities and an important cultural center, is located 100 kilometers southeast of Campinas – a one-hour ride by car or bus. In addition, many country resorts and parks are accessible, offering a taste of life in the “interior” (countryside). Finally, the famous São Paulo
beaches of the coast are only a two-hour drive away.
Campinas is served by a good transportation network, with bus service being the most common form. The Viracopos International Airport is also located within 30 minutes from Campus.
Head of International Office Prof. Dr. Mariano Francisco Laplane
Executive Director for International Relations

Contact and Address

Mailing Address Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP
DERI – International Relations Office
Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz
Rua Josué de Castro, 120 Caixa Postal 6194
13083-861 Campinas – SP Brasil
Contact Information for Incoming & Outgoing Students
Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, South Africa and Germany

Angélica Torresin – 

Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to Latin América

Ivie Santana – 

Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Israel

Mariana Pereira – 

Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to the UK, France, Belgium, Irland, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy

Paula de Sena – 

Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to Spain and Portugal

Vitor Joanni – 

All other countries please contact

Student Mobility  


Nomination and application Procedures
for exchange students (non-degree)
If you do not already have a password, please request one to:

Students must be nominated by their home institution to the appropriate Assistant by email and online at by the end of the application period. If a student plans to extend their stay, they need to be nominated again.
Besides being nominated, students must also apply online at DAC websiteduring the application period. If a student plans to extend their stay, they need to be nominated and apply again.
To apply to our Medical school, please refer to FCM website
Application period 1st semester – February-July term – October 1st – November 12th
2nd semester – August-December term – April 1st- May 14th
Semester dates 1st semester – February-July term
2nd semester – August-December term
Pre-sessional Portuguese Classes – Summer 2020 Application – November – December 2019
Classes –
January 20th – February 14th
Academic Calendar DAC website
Course offerings Visiting (exchange) students may request classes in all schools, keeping in mind the restrictions described in the next section.
Class schedules (Undergraduate and graduate) are available here. If the appropriate semester’s schedule is not yet available, students should pick their classes based on the same semester from the year before.
Classes are offered at four different Campuses, in three different cities. We strongly recommend that students take classes in one city. FCA and FT are in Limeira and FOP is in Piracicaba. All undergraduate classes and most graduate classes are offered in Portuguese. There are only two graduate programs offered in English:

Areas with restrictions The following academic areas have restrictions and only the following classes may accept foreign students:

  • Medicine: Only theory courses (up to two courses, one month each, upon Coordinator approval). More Information and Application: 
  • Music: Only for Music major applicants, especially instrument classes.
  • Odontology: Only theory courses.
  • Art Courses: Only for Art major applicants.
  • Sports Courses: Only for Sports major applicants.
  • Thesis and final projects: most units do not accept students for thesis and final projects, even if no exam is required.
  • Language Courses: Only Portuguese for foreigners or Portuguese for Spanish speakers, and ONLY if the student takes the placement test prior to the beginning of classes.
Number of students accepted per year For information regarding how many students can be nominated per year, please refer to the Cooperation agreement signed between Unicamp and your institution.
Language requirements The language of instruction is Portuguese, with a few exceptions. Please ask the assistant responsible for your country for a list of classes to be offered in English in the semester you are nominating students for.
During the semester, Unicamp offers the following classes: Portuguese for foreigners and Portuguese for Spanish speakers. They are semester-long and are free of charge. However, availability is limited and enrollment is not guaranteed. In addition, only students who arrive in time for the placement interview (offered the week prior to the beginning of classes) are able to enroll. Classes are offered ONLY n Campinas.
Pre sessional Portuguese class – 2020 In January/February of 2020, Unicamp will offer a Pre-sessional Portuguese class for basic speakers (A2 level) in order to help them practice their Portuguese and reach an intermediate level (B1) by the beginning of the semester. You may find more information and registration instructions here.
Course load Up to 32 credits for non-degree students from Partner Universities

Tuition fees, living costs and student life

Tuition fee There is no tuition fee for credit-awarding courses.
There is tuition for Extension classes and pre-sessional Portuguese classes.
Living costs Students usually spend around US$ 400 – 600 per month. This amount includes housing and food costs.
Since students often live near to the university, transportation is usually not needed.
Student Life

More information here


The university does not provide university dorms for Exchange Students, but the international office can assist the student finding a shared room near the campus.
Please contact Lucinéia Moraes for assistance: 

Other options:


There are three reasonably priced cafeterias on the main campus, where a team of nutritionists controls the food quality and variety. One of them offers vegetarian options. Daily menus are available at the Campus facility management website:

To use the cafeterias, students must show their student identity card. In addition, almost every school on Campus has a snack bar or a restaurant. Also, the district of Barão Geraldo, where the campus is located in Campinas, counts with several good restaurants as well.


Life at the main campus (Campinas) is made easier by the bike lanes, which allow the students to bike from one school to another. There are also free shuttle buses inside the Campus.


Sports activities are offered as extension programs at a low price. More information

There are also free activities offered by the “Mexa-se” (“Get moving”) program. More information

The students can use Unicamp’s sports facilities, including the running track, at any time of the day. Also, they may prefer to exercise at the “Parque Ecológico”, a lake next to the campus. Cultural activities happen every day on campus. Many of them occur at the Casa do Lago, a cultural
space that offers daily movie showtimes, musical performances, art exhibitions, among others. More information


Unicamp Internacional is a student group engaged in the dissemination of a variety of international cultures on campus and support for exchange students.

More information

Health Insurance UNICAMP requires that all foreign students have international health insurance. It is advisable for students to take out medical insurance with an insurance company in their home country that provides coverage abroad.

Private hospitals and clinics in Campinas provide a good service but are usually expensive.

Most medications are available in Brazilian pharmacies, but some require a Brazilian prescription. For this reason, students should bring their most frequently used prescription drugs.

Visa A Mercosur Visa or a Student Visa is required to enroll at Unicamp, and can be obtained from the consular division of the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in the student’s country of origin. A visa must be requested early enough to allow time for bureaucratic procedures, which can be quite lengthy. Although it is possible to change visa status while in Brazil, this is not recommended, since this procedure is very time consuming. For this reason, we strongly advise you to enter Brazil with a Mercosur or Student Visa.