Ways to Enroll in Unicamp – Foreign Students




Undergraduate courses at Unicamp are free, that is, the student does not pay fees or monthly fees to study. Currently, 69 different undergraduate courses, including medicine, dentistry, various areas of engineering, natural sciences and human sciences, applied sciences, education and arts. The selection process is carried out annually and is one of the most competitive in Brazil, normally selecting 3.320 candidates from more than 75 thousand applicants.

The Permanent Commission for Entrance Exams at UNICAMP – COMVEST organizes the National Entrance Exam, offered once a year and only in Portuguese. Information on how to register, exam dates and registration deadlines can be found on the website https://www.comvest.unicamp.br/.


To consult the courses offered by the university at undergraduate level, access https://www.dac.unicamp.br/portal/graduacao/cursos. For detailed information about the courses, access the teaching unit link before each table or the Course Catalog

Unicamp offers Postgraduate courses in various areas of human knowledge.

To be eligible for admission as a graduate student (master's or doctoral programs), students must hold an undergraduate degree.

Admission to postgraduate programs is subject to specific program requirements, which vary from one area to another. Admission to the Unicamp Postgraduate Program is the responsibility of the coordination of each course through a selection process and each teaching unit has the autonomy to define the candidate selection criteria.

After identifying the course of interest, the student must contact the specific Faculty or Institute and request admission information (selection procedures, deadlines, etc.). 

It is mandatory for the candidate to register for the selection process through SIGA – Academic Management System –, which is an academic enrollment management system. Even if the candidate is accepted on the course by the responsible College or Institute, it will not be possible to enroll at the university if they have not registered in the system.

For more information, visit the Dean of Postgraduate Studies – PRPG and Academic Board – DAC.


A Special Student is one who, not being regularly enrolled in an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course at Unicamp, receives authorization from the coordinator of a given course to enroll in one or more isolated subjects in a given academic period. He is known, in many universities, as a student free mover

To apply for Undergraduate courses, the candidate must have completed a recognized course at any Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Brazil or abroad or be regularly enrolled in another Brazilian or foreign Higher Education Institution. 

To apply for Postgraduate courses, the candidate must have completed a recognized course at any Higher Education Institution (HEI) in Brazil or abroad.

To apply for Portuguese for Foreigners classes, it is mandatory to participate in the placement test offered by the Center for Language Studies (CEL) at Unicamp. For more information, visit the website of OBJECTIVE.

Registration and enrollment procedures 

The Unicamp Special Student candidate must:

  • Consult the Timetable Book to find out which classes are offered and choose the ones you want to take; 
  • Contact the secretariat of the Faculty or Institute offering the class(es) for information on pre-registration, vacancies, acceptance of special/foreign students; 
  • Wait for the result by email.

It is recommended that all candidates for Special Students, both in Undergraduate and Postgraduate disciplines, access the Faculty or Institute's websites to verify the need for additional procedures, such as enrollment in specific systems adopted by the coordinators and/or compliance with prerequisites .

In the case of Postgraduate courses, the interested student must observe the deadlines established in the Academic Calendar to pre-register directly at the Faculty or Institute.

Each Faculty or Institute has the autonomy to define the Special Student selection criteria, and it is up to them to decide whether there will be pre-registration or not.

Even if the Special Student candidate has completed some type of pre-registration in the Unit of interest, including access to the systems of each Faculty or Institute, registration in the Special Student Enrollment System is mandatory.

Important: If the candidate does not complete the registration form in the Special Student Enrollment System, even if they are approved in the Faculty or Institute's selection process, enrollment in the requested class(es) will not be carried out, the candidate must then register the enrollment at a later semester.

Academic credit limit

At the Undergraduate level, the Special Student may enroll in several disciplines, not exceeding the maximum limit of 14 (fourteen) credits per academic semester. 

At the Postgraduate level, there are no to be taken credit limits, and the Course Coordination is responsible for authorizing all disciplines requested by the student or not. 

Students who have failed 02 (two) times, by grade or frequency, in the same class, or 04 (four) times in different classes, will not be able to register as a Special Student at the Undergraduate level. 

For more information about the documents required for registration, results and enrollment, as well as other matters related to Special Students, visit the website of Academic Board – DAC.


These are programs maintained by Unicamp in partnership with foreign universities with which there are specific agreements at play, which allow students to obtain a double degree. This means that the student has the opportunity to study at both institutions (at Unicamp and at the foreign university) and obtain diplomas from both, taking advantage of credits from both academic curricula. To check whether the home university has a Double Degree agreement with Unicamp, the interested student needs to contact the International Relations body at their university. 

To request enrollment in the Double Degree Program at Unicamp, send the following documents to derime@Unicamp.br: 

  • Double Degree Application Form (form in word / forms in word – form in pdf / forms in pdf);  
  • Appointment letter from the home university; 
  • Academic records/academic transcripts, including current enrollment;
  • Letter of interest;
  • Copy of valid passport,
  • Letter of recommendation (optional).

The Executive Directorate of International Relations (DERI) will send the above documentation to the coordination responsible for the course equivalent to that of the student at the foreign institution for analysis and, in case of acceptance, the Academic Directorate (DAC) will be responsible for carrying out the student's enrollment at the Unicamp, as well as sending information about the in-person registration period and the start of classes. 


This is a partnership signed by international academic convention/agreement between Unicamp and a foreign teaching and research institution, with the main objective of preparing master's or doctoral students to obtain a valid and recognized degree at both institutions. involved.

The agreement allows the student to carry out their Dissertation or Thesis under the responsibility of two supervisors: one from Unicamp and the other from a foreign university, with the Dissertation/Thesis being defended only once at one of the universities.

After the successful defense of the Dissertation/Thesis, each University will grant the student a diploma conferring the title stipulated in the agreement. Both diplomas must mention that the title was obtained under a Co-tutelary agreement signed between the two Universities.

Students regularly enrolled in a master's or doctorate course at Unicamp or in foreign institutions can participate in the program. At Unicamp, the Cotutela Program is regulated in articles 57 to 60 of the CONSU Resolution A-10/2015.  


After initial negotiations between the student, the Brazilian advisor and the foreign advisor, a draft agreement must be prepared, based on the Cotutela Agreement Model, available on the Cotutela website. Dean of Postgraduate Studies – PRPG from Unicamp, and taking into account the specific conditions of the partner university.

After preparing this draft, it is suggested that, preliminarily, the electronic version of this document be sent by email (atd.prpg@reitoria.Unicamp.br) to PRPG to verify that what is being agreed between the universities does not violate the set out in resolution CONSU A-10/2015 – which provides for the General Regulations for Unicamp’s Postgraduate Programs.

Once compliance with the terms of the draft presented is verified, the internal procedures stipulated by PRPG must be followed, according to the guidelines contained in the link https://www.prpg.unicamp.br/internacionalizacao/cotutela/ 


Undergraduate Student Exchange Program (PEC-G)

It is a program that offers students from developing countries with which Brazil has educational, cultural or scientific and technological agreements the opportunity to carry out their undergraduate studies at Brazilian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), including Unicamp. PEC-G is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE) and the Ministry of Education (MEC), in partnership with HEIs across the country.

To participate, candidates must present the required documents at the Brazilian Embassy or Consulate in their country. Candidates must have completed the level of study corresponding to Brazilian High School in a country other than Brazil and within the list of countries covered by the program notice; they cannot be Brazilian citizens; they cannot hold dual nationality or hold any type of visa for Brazil.

By participating in this program, the student can benefit from a series of benefits, such as a selection exam instead of the entrance exam, free tuition and recognition of the Unicamp degree in their country of origin. However, students are generally responsible for their own expenses, including international flight costs, accommodation and food. According to legislation, candidates must also agree to return to their country of origin within a maximum period of three months after completing their studies.

Brazilian embassies in participating countries can provide information about the program and selection procedures. Embassies are also responsible for the selection process, which is generally carried out with government officials from the respective country. If selected, the student will receive a letter to be presented to the host institution in Brazil and a temporary student visa.

Based on test scores and vacancies at HEIs in Brazil, the embassy will designate the candidate's host institution among the participating Brazilian HEIs. Foreign students holding a permanent, diplomatic or tourist visa and Brazilian citizens whose parents reside abroad cannot participate in the program.

Information about eligibility and selection procedures for the program is available on the program's website. Ministry of Education – MEC and on the website Ministry of Foreign Affairs – MRE .

Postgraduate Student Exchange Program (PEC-PG)

The Postgraduate Student Exchange Program (PEC-PG) offers students from developing countries with which Brazil has educational, cultural or scientific and technological agreements the opportunity to carry out their master's or doctorate studies in Educational Institutions Brazilian higher education institutions (HEIs), including at Unicamp. PEC-PG is administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), Ministry of Education (MEC), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) and partner HEIs throughout Brazil. 

To be eligible, candidates must meet a series of requirements and those covered by the program receive the following benefits:

  • Vacancies in Brazilian HEIs recommended by Capes, with no registration costs;
  • Monthly scholarship in the same amount as that offered to Brazilian students;
  • Air ticket back to the foreign student's country.

Information about eligibility and selection procedures for the program is available on the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes).


Unicamp, through a resolution issued by the Rector's Office, allows the request for places at the university for refugee students, asylum seekers and migrants benefiting from the Brazilian government's humanitarian policies, in undergraduate and postgraduate courses regularly offered. 

Important: There are no guaranteed places for people with refugee status, asylum seekers or humanitarian visas. The granting of a place will depend on the analysis of the documentation to be submitted by the student by a Committee established for this purpose, as well as the maximum number of students that each course allows.

The process for requesting vacancies follows, as previously mentioned, the university's internal resolution, and the institutional information transcribed below was taken from the Academic Board of Directors (DAC) website, at the link https://www.dac.Unicamp.br/portal/estude-na-Unicamp/vaga-para-refugiados 

According to GR Resolution no. 19/2022, from 20/05/2022  which provides for accepted and required procedures and documents for the entry of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants benefiting from the Brazilian government's humanitarian policies, into undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Unicamp, resolves:

Art. 1st. Participation in the specific selection carried out by Unicamp for the admission of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants benefiting from the Brazilian government's humanitarian policies into undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be subject to proof of one of the following conditions:

I. Refugee status, through a certificate issued by the National Committee for Refugees – CONARE;

II. Status of asylum seeker, proven by DP-RNM – Provisional National Migration Registration Document or equivalent document issued by the Federal Police Department, in accordance with the procedures regulated by Law 9.474/97;

III. Condition of migratory regularity, proven by the National Migration Registration Card (CRNM) or similar application protocol issued by the Federal Police Department, with residence authorization for a determined or indefinite period, resulting from humanitarian reception or other humanitarian policies of the Brazilian government .

Single paragraph. Applications may be accepted from candidates who have completed high school or equivalent, Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Brazil or abroad.

Article 2. In addition to the documents that prove compliance with one of the items in article 1 of this Resolution, the other documents required to request a place to study at Unicamp are the following:

I. Miscellaneous Request Form, available on the website https://www.dac.Unicamp.br/sistemas/formularios/diversos.php completed with the justification of interest in the course and signed;

II. Letter with a brief life history as well as future expectations (can be written in a text editor, such as Word, Libre-Office, Notepad, PDF, others);

III. Documentation proving completion of studies equivalent to high school or proof of interrupted higher education course, for admission to graduation. When it is not possible to present documents supporting this paragraph, the refugee will be allowed to provide proof by other legal means of proof;

IV. In case of requesting a place for postgraduate studies stricto sensu – Masters and Doctorate, Diploma, preferably accompanied by an undergraduate transcript.

Article 3. The request will be filed with DAC Customer Service, responsible for checking the required documentation, with forwarding to the Rector's Office.

Art. 4th. The request will be analyzed by an Evaluation Committee established by the Rector's Office, consulted by the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair, composed of at least 3 members, and published in the Official Gazette of the State of São Paulo (DOESP). Art. 5th. The Evaluation Committee will issue a final opinion whether or not the request is favorable, returning it to the Rector's Office for decision. Afterwards, the request will be forwarded to the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair for science and to the Academic Board for action, including awareness of the applicant and eventual enrollment of the applicant, which will always take place at the beginning of the academic semester for undergraduate students.

Documents can be delivered in person to DAC Customer Service or sent via our Contact Us page 

For information about the Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair, visit the link: https://www.acnur.org/portugues/catedra-sergio-vieira-de-mello/