FAQ’s

When is the deadline to apply for the Academic Mobility Program - Bilateral Agreements at PUCRS?

For the semester that starts in March, applications must be submitted by November 15. For the semester that starts in August, applications must be submitted by April 15.

Is it required proficiency in Portuguese?

Incoming exchange students do not have to submit proof of Portuguese Language Proficiency. However, it is recommended that the students should have some knowledge of Portuguese, especially if they enroll for the courses taught in Portuguese. It is strongly recommended that all students attend a 4-credit Portuguese course during the semester. Before they enroll for this course, students take a levelling test. PUCRS also offers an intensive Portuguese course for international students before the beginning of the semester.

Are there courses taught in another language?

Yes. PUCRS offers courses taught in English in various areas of study. Students do not need to present any certificate of proficiency in English in order to enroll in these courses. List of courses in English.

Does PUCRS offer housing?

The university does not provide accommodation on or off campus for students. Each student is responsible for arranging housing on their own housing, however the Academic Mobility team has a list of places for students to find housing. If students have problems finding housing, they should contact our Office for International Cooperation and request the portfolio. The platform Housing Anywhere is recommended as well.

Can I do internship?

Yes. All international students are invited to carry out academic internships/research activities in PUCRS laboratories or at TECNOPUC (Technology Park), according to the openings available.

What type of visa do I need to study in Brazil?

All international students must apply for a student visa (called VITEM IV) at the Brazilian Consulate in their country’s jurisdiction, regardless of how long they plan to study at PUCRS.The student visa cannot be obtained on Brazilian soil and, without it, the student will not beallowed to study in Brazil.

When do the classes start?

In Rio Grande do Sul, the 1st academic semester starts in March and the 2nd academic semester in August.

What is the grading system?

The final grade in each course is expressed from zero to ten, calculated up to the first decimal place. The student who obtains a minimum grade 7.0 does not need to take the G2 test. In order to pass the student must obtain a final grade ≥5.0 (five) and attendance of at least 75% of the lessons.

What is a credit?

Credit is the basic unit for evaluating the intensity and duration of the course, corresponding to 15 classroom hours or equivalent schoolwork, every semester. For schoolwork the hour-lesson is meant lab activity, classroom work, seminars, supervised internships and others approved by the Colleges.

Is it required to have a health insurance to study at PUCRS? What kind?

Yes, all international students at PUCRS must have a health insurance. The students must purchase a health insurance in their home country and any kind can be accepted as long as it meets the requirements below.  

  • The health insurance must be valid in Brazil;
  • It must be valid during the ENTIRE time of stay;
  • Minimum coverage must be $30,000.00 (thirty thousand dollars or euros);
  • It must cover exams, injury, illness, repatriation, hospitalization, COVID-19 etc;
  • The student must know the contact number to call if any assistance is needed;
  • The student must keep a copy of the certificate or the card at all times.

It is important to highlight that PUCRS has a university hospital (HOSPITAL SÃO LUCAS) that may be used in case of medical emergencies during the exchange if the student can present a Health Insurance certificate. At PUCRS, every international student must send to the e-mail [email protected], before arriving, a copy of their certificate in order to get enrolled.

Will I receive assistance/support during my stay at PUCRS?

Yes, PUCRS offers the buddy program called “Amigo Universitário” which pairs up PUCRS students with international students to help them have a smooth transition to their new life at PUCRS and Porto Alegre. Beyond that, the Academic Mobility Team is always available to provide support, please find our contact information here.

Will I receive a certificate when I finish my studies at PUCRS?

Yes, at the end of the period of studies, PUCRS will send an Academic Transcript to the students’ home university detailing the courses completed and credits earned, as well as the grades according to the University’s grading system. This document will be sent to the students’ hom euniversity from 2 to 4 weeks after the end of the semester.

What is the cost of living in Porto Alegre?

In Porto Alegre, the estimated living cost (including housing) per month is approximately:R$1.500,00 – R$2.500,00 / U$450.00 – U$650 / 350€ – 550€.