Universidade de São Paulo - USP International Cooperation Office

International Cooperation Office

Universidade de São Paulo


Exchange Student

Universidade de São Paulo offers a number of exchange places for students from partner universities from all around the globe.
You can apply for International Exchange if you are currently enrolled in your first year (or above) of study at a university that has an international exchange agreement with USP. Free Movers are not eligible for an exchange place. However, we can still consider applications submitted by study abroad or international offices of non-partner universities, and admission of students will be subject to the availability of places. Please contact your study abroad or international office to discuss the application process.

USP has 8 campuses spread across the state of São Paulo:
• São Paulo Campus, subdivided into 4 different locations:
1. São Paulo Cidade Universitária Armando de Salles Oliveira (see location);
2. São Paulo USP Leste (see location);
3. São Paulo Faculdade de Direito – Largo de São Francisco (see location);
4. São Paulo Quadrilátero da Saúde (see location);
• Bauru: (see location)
• Lorena (see location);
• Piracicaba (see location);
• Pirassununga (see location);
• Ribeirão Preto ;
• São Carlos (see location):


Application deadlines

Exchange on the 1st semester (February – June): online application from 1 August until 15 October.
Exchange on the 2nd semester (August – December): online application from 1 March until 5 May 5 2018.
The academic calendar is available at

Online submission of supporting documentation:
• You must upload all supporting documentation as part of your online application.
• Make sure that you keep an electronic copy of all documents for your personal records.
Item Description

 Online application
Once you have been nominated as an exchange student by your study abroad or international office, you will be emailed a link and instructions to complete your application.

The applications submitted will be analyzed by USP International Office and forwarded to the Schools where the student has chosen courses for evaluation in the following days after the deadline.

Once the application for exchange at USP is accepted, the School itself (not USP International Office) will send the acceptance letter directly to the address informed by the exchange coordinator, along with a copy by email.

The following documents need to be uploaded as part of your application
 Recommendation letter Recommendation letter must be written by an academic from your home university. Generally, the recommendation letter has only one page, where the teacher explains his relationship with the student and recommends his/her admission to the exchange at USP. This letter must be signed by an academic member of staff and must be in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
 Transcript Copy of your transcript of records. Versions in English, Spanish and Portuguese are accepted. Otherwise, it must be sent along with a single translation into Portuguese
 Learning Agreement Learning Agreement must be signed and stamped by your academic adviser. The document can be downloaded here: www.usp.br/internationaloffice//en/wp-content/uploads/Learning-Agreement.pdf

 Passport copy Copy of the passport page that contains personal data (it must be valid for the period of exchange at USP).
 Photo A recent photo needs to be in “.jpg” format (50Kb Size)
Additional information
 Academic Courses and Restrictions There is no maximum number of classes the students can apply for: classes from different courses and in different Schools may be chosen, since approved by the home university.
Many courses at USP have curriculum requirements that need to be considered. Therefore, the requests will be analyzed taking into account the student’s Transcripts of Records and the Learning Agreement.
A full list of courses can be found at Undergraduate Module Catalogue: https://uspdigital.usp.br/mundus/listaDisciplinasInternac?codmnu=7414

 Credit load Credit units are measured in hours and correspond to the activities that students are expected to perform.
• Semester Hour Credits (crédito aula): Semester Hour Credits are contact-hour based credits that correspond to the number of hours one is expected to attend classes on campus, i.e. classes that meet in a formally scheduled face-to-face format. A standard classroom period corresponds to one hour (at least 45 and most typically 50 minutes).
• Coursework credits (crédito trabalho): hours of coursework are regarded as the time spent by students on activities that may or may not be based on formally scheduled contact hours. One semester coursework credit equals thirty hours of coursework spent on learning sessions guided by the faculty.
Under normal circumstances, students are not allowed to enroll in courses whose credits equal less than 12 or more than 40 hours a week, be they related to semester hour or coursework credits.
The length of a semester may vary across subjects, but typically consists of fifteen weeks (there are a number of courses offered at some schools on a shorter-term basis within a single semester).
Despite being an essential part of the learning process, non-contact hours spent on activities performed outside the classroom context, e.g. independent study, preparation for exams, revision, writing, consultation with staff and informal discussions with other students are not necessarily taken into account when awarding credits, even when more time-consuming, and therefore the amount of time calculated by solely adding the hours corresponding to coursework and contact-hour based credits does not necessarily represent the total student workload.
The credit-awarding scheme for a single module often consists of a combination of coursework credit and semester hour credits, regardless of the amount of non-contact hours.
Should any questions arise, please refer to the local international offices operating at the faculty level: http://www.usp.br/internationaloffice/en/index.php/institutional/usp-units-offices

 Language proficiency Most classes at USP are taught only in Portuguese. Therefore, the student must have an intermediate level of Portuguese in order to attend classes.
No certificate of language proficiency is required.
For information on the availability of study options possibly taught in English, please refer to the local international offices operating at the faculty level:

 Tuition fees USP is a public state institution that welcomes exchange students at no cost, except for a few short summer, winter and extension courses (refresher, diffusion, specialization, professionalizing, extension, etc) that are either free of charge or offered at reduced fees.
 Visa Once accepted for an exchange period at Universidade de São Paulo, the Local International Office will send you the Letter of Acceptance, which is necessary for the Student Visa (Temporário IV) to be requested from the Brazilian diplomatic representation by the student in his/her home country.
To conclude the enrollment, the student’s home university must send to USP the proper Student’s Visa and a copy of the life and health insurance paper.

More information can be found at the Brazilian diplomatic representation: http://www.itamaraty.gov.br/o-ministerio/o-brasil-no-exterior

 Immigration Card Carteira de Registro Nacional Migratório

 Health/Travel Insurance Students must purchase their own Health insurance in their countries of origin before they travel to Brazil (this must cover the entirety of the stay in Brazil). International student will have access to the Brazilian Public Health System only in emergency cases.

 Housing Options: USP does not provide housing facilities for exchange students.

The search for accommodation must be carried out by the students
themselves according to their economic conditions and interests. USP strongly recommends that students take part in the USP iFriends program in order to get more information about accommodation. Applicants may opt to take part in the buddy program when filling out the online application form.

For further information regarding alternative housing options outside the campuses, please contact the Local International Offices.

USP has university restaurants for all students. Several campuses offer free bus transportation. Please check the relevant website (available in Portuguese)

More information: http://www.usp.br/internationaloffice/en/index.php/campus-life/housing

Mobility Team

For more information about the exchange at USP, please send an e-mail to the officer responsible for each respective area:

Africa and Southern Europe: mobility.area1@usp.br
South and Central America: mobility.area2@usp.br
North America, Caribbean, Asia and Oceania: mobility.area3@usp.br
Eastern, Western, Central and Northern Europe: mobility.area4@usp.br