International Office



For the registration process as an exchange student to be complete, it is necessary to carry out the following two steps:


Step 1: Nomination

Students must be nominated by their home institution to the appropriate Assistant (see last page for further details) online at nomination_forms by the end of the application period. If a student plans to extend their stay, they need to be nominated again.

If you do not already have a password, please request one to

1st Semester of 2023 (March – July) 2nd Semester of 2023 (August – December)
Nomination period
September 12th – November 11th of 2022
March 14th – May 17th of 2023
Application period
October 03th – November 18th of 2022
April 17th – May 24th of 2023
Confirmation of Application*
December 20th, 2022
June 7th, 2023
Portuguese interviews
(to be confirmed)
(to be confirmed)
Classes begin
March 2nd, 2023
July 31st, 2023
Register in classes
March 13th and 14th, 2023
August 10th and 11th, 2023
Classes end
July 8th, 2023
December 7th, 2023
Final Exams
From July 10th to 15 of July, 2023
From 10th to 16th of December, 2023
* If at least one subject is accepted by the course coordinator(s), the student will receive an email message with instructions for coming to Brazil and with the Letter of Acceptance to apply for a visa. According to new brazilian regulation, the minimum workload to be fulfilled by exchange students must be fifteen/15 hours per week. Thus, we suggest that all students nominated by their universities of origin choose as many subjects as possible, from those that interest them, so that they can be accepted in three or four of them, in order to obtain the minimum workload required by Brazilian law.

Step 2: Application

Besides being nominated, students must also apply online at DAC website during 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

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.
  • Dentistry: 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.

Language requirements

The language of instruction is Portuguese, with a few exceptions. The Portuguese interviews, for leveling and indicating the most appropriate class for each student are are offered to all foreign students interested. 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 or see information in the field Course offerings bellow. 

During the semester, Unicamp offers the following classes: Portuguese for foreigners and Portuguese for Spanish speakers. They are semester-long and 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 in Campinas. More information here

Course load

Up to 32 credits for non-degree students from Partner Universities. 

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.

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

Housing Off Campus

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:


The university runs three low-cost dining facilities 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 & Recreation

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

International Unicamp Volunteer Group – UniIn

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.

At UNICAMP, all registered students can also count with our internal care center for students,staff and teachers. It is called CECOM and offers medical and dental assistance. 

UNICAMP owns three large hospitals. Visitors can use the University Hospitals in case of emergency. 

Hospital de Clínicas

Caism (Hospital da Mulher)

Hospital Estadual de Sumaré 


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.

Attention: Students who have dual nationality, one of which is Brazilian, do not need a visa to enter Brazil and enroll at Unicamp, but must present a Brazilian passport or other document that proves Brazilian nationality. 

About Unicamp

Name and website of the university: 

Universidade Estadual de Campinas – Unicamp
University of Campinas –


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.

Contact and Address

Head of International Office

Prof. Dr. Osvaldir Pereira Taranto
Executive Director for International Relations

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, Austria, Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Germany, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia

Angélica Torresin –

Agreements, Incoming and Outgoing Students from/to Latin América and Spain

Mariana Pereira –

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

Daniel Cantinelli Sevillano – 

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

Paula de Sena –

All other countries please contact

Student Mobility –