Guide to Unicamp


Along with three other universities in São Paulo – University of São Paulo (USP), Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp) and Virtual University of the State of São Paulo (Univesp) – Unicamp is a public university in the state of São Paulo, with financial resources obtained mainly of the State Government and national and international development institutions.

It is, therefore, free and open to the entire population of Brazil, in addition to receiving international students from all over the world as special and regular undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Since its founding, it has aimed to be an academic center of excellence, producing world-class basic and applied research, offering high-standard undergraduate and postgraduate education and serving as a catalyst for economic and social development.

Unicamp has campuses located in three cities: Campinas, Piracicaba and Limeira, divided into 24 teaching and research units. It also has a vast health complex (with two large hospital units on the Campinas campus), in addition to 23 interdisciplinary centers and centers, two technical colleges and a series of support units in a universe where around 50 thousand people live and thousands of people develop. of research projects.

The University has approximately 34 thousand students enrolled in 66 undergraduate courses and 153 postgraduate programs. Every year, around 800 doctors are graduated, a mark capable of arousing admiration even in leaders of some American and European universities. And in five decades, Unicamp has trained more than 65 thousand young professionals in its undergraduate courses. Furthermore, thousands of professionals trained at the university work in companies, government and social organizations, contributing to the country's economic and social development. As a scientific and cultural hub, the University brought together big names in the academic world. Among them, Cesar Lattes, André Tosello, Gleb Wataghin, Vital Brasil, Giuseppe Cilento, Octávio Ianni, Almeida Prado and Bernardo Caro, among many others.

Unicamp was officially founded on October 5, 1966, the day its foundation stone was laid. Even in a recent university context, Unicamp can be considered a young institution that has already achieved a strong tradition in teaching, research and relations with society.

The campus is named after its founder, Zeferino Vaz, who created it. The University City “Zeferino Vaz” is located in the district of Barão Geraldo, northwest of Campinas and is 12km from the city center.

A characteristic of Unicamp was that it escaped the Brazilian tradition of creating universities through the simple accumulation of courses and units. Unlike most institutions, it was created from an idea that encompassed its entire current set. Suffice it to say that, even before it was established, Unicamp had already attracted more than 200 foreign professors from different areas of knowledge to its staff and around 180 from the best Brazilian universities.

Unicamp appears in several international university rankings that classify it as one of the best universities in the world.



The city of Campinas is the largest city in Brazil that is not the capital of a state, located in the heart of the state of São Paulo, the most populous, richest and industrialized in the country, and just one hour away from the capital. It has an estimated population of 1.194.094 inhabitants distributed over a total area of ​​794.571 km2. It is also part of the so-called Metropolitan Region of Campinas (RMC), which has a total of 20 municipalities.

In Brazil, Campinas stands out as a metropolitan hub for having privileged logistics, as it has modern highways, Viracopos Airport (considered the best in the country), a railway network that connects the city to the port of Santos (largest port complex in Latin America) , in addition to the Central Bus Station, considered one of the most beautiful bus terminals in the country, which has full accessibility and exits to all regions of Brazil.

The city is also recognized as the Brazilian capital of science, technology and innovation, after all, it has the largest national RD&I centers, such as the National Center for Research in Energy and Materials – CNPEM, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Embrapa, Research Center and Development in Telecommunications – CPqD, Eldorado Research Institute, among others, in addition to Unicamp and more than eighteen higher education institutions, which provide qualified labor in all areas of knowledge.

Campinas continues to be one of the main destinations for business tourism and events in the country, ranking 9th among the cities that host the most international events according to the ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). To meet this demand, it has a wide range of excellent hotels and extremely varied, high-quality cuisine.

Despite being a large metropolis, Campinas surprises by having a great quality of life. More than 50% of the city's territory is considered rural and even in urban areas there are more than 460 hectares of green areas, which include squares, parks and forests listed as natural heritage, in addition to Special Permanent Protection Areas. The districts of Sousas and Joaquim Egídio are part of an environmental protection area with trails and various adventure sports.

Campinas has many historical, technological, religious and cultural attractions that we highly recommend visiting. The highlights are Lagoa do Taquaral, one of the most famous leisure spots in our city, Pedreira do Chapadão, Bosque dos Jequitibás, where the city's zoo is located, and an Ecological Park. The city has two large football stadiums for the centuries-old clubs Guarani and Ponte Preta, which can also be visited, in addition to official games.

For more information about the city's tourist attractions, visit the website Discover Campinas and the website Campinas Routes.


Barão Geraldo is a district in the city of Campinas. It was named after Baron Geraldo de Rezende, a baron from Brasil Império who owned a large farm in the region in the XNUMXth century.

Barão Geraldo is approximately 15 km from the center of Campinas and is connected to it mainly by the Campinas-Paulínia Highway. Barão Geraldo is famous for hosting the main campus of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). The university campus is surrounded by typical suburban communities, the Cidade Universitária, so called because many professors and a large number of students live there; as well as gated communities, such as Rio das Pedras, Barão do Café and Santa Eudóxia, and many old farms, such as Pau D'Alho, Santa Eudóxia, Rio das Pedras and Santa Genebra. The University itself and the surrounding residential communities were built on a former coffee and sugar cane plantation.

Barão Geraldo is one of the greenest areas in Campinas. It has several lakes and the Santa Genebra Forest, a large preservation area where you can see part of the original Atlantic forest that covered the region in the past and is studied by the University. It also has a great diversity of plants and animals, including the capybara and the jaguar.

Close to UNICAMP, the district also houses a large high-tech industrial hub (with several companies, such as Nortel), three research and development institutions, the Research and Development Center (CPqD), in telecommunications and information technology, the National Synchrotron Light Laboratory and the Eldorado Institute. It is considered the main part of the so-called Brazilian Silicon Valley. The expansion of its technological park has attracted other institutions, which should settle in Barão Geraldo in the near future, such as the Brazilian Army Technological Center.

Barão Geraldo is also an important healthcare destination in the state, with the large UNICAMP Clinical Hospital, the Campinas Medical Center, the Domingos A. Boldrini Children's Center (a children's cancer hospital) and the Campinas Oncology Center (a polyclinic of oncological treatment).

The district has a deputy mayor and around 55 thousand inhabitants who live in 70 neighborhoods. 

Foreign students who choose to live in Barão Geraldo will find several options for supermarkets, restaurants, laundries, gyms, bars and cultural attractions.

To find out more about the Barão Geraldo District, visit websites like Living in Barão e Medium-Living in Barão.