General information for international students

Portuguese level required

Students must have at least an intermediate level of Portuguese in order to attend undergraduate courses at UFSC. Certificates issued by any educational institution or Portuguese teacher will be accepted. Students may also fill out a self declaration form (available here).

Student VISA

The Temporary Visa Item IV will be valid for a period of up to 01 (one) year and may be extended for the same period, if applicable, upon proof of academic achievement and statement of visa extension issued by SINTER.
The application for visa extension must be officially filed at the Federal Police Department or at the the Ministry of Justice, based on evidence of academic achievement and on the statement issued by SINTER. It is important to be aware of the visa expiration date. Once the date is expired, the student will not be able to apply for a visa extension in Brazil. In this case, a new visa will have to be obtained at a Brazilian consulate abroad.
Warning: It is not possible to change the type of visa in Brazil. Therefore, students should only leave their home country with a Student Visa (Temporary Visa IV) or a Temporary Resident Visa (MERCOSUR Agreement). A student will not be able to register at UFSC, not even in the extracurricular Portuguese as a Foreign Language course without a Student Visa.
Students from the member states of MERCOSUR, Bolivia, and Chile are allowed to register at UFSC holding a Temporary residency  – MERCOSUR Agreement based on Decree no. 6.975/09.


UFSC does not offer housing for exchange students. Thus, the students must search for their own accommodation. SINTER provides a list of external accommodations for international students.

Additional information

Exchange students may enroll in courses from any Department at UFSC as long as they fulfill all the course requirements and there is seat available in the chosen course.

All costs related to the Exchange program such as visa, passport, tickets, acommodation, transportation, and living expenses are under students’ responsibility, whether they receive scholarships/financial aid or not.

Exchange students will not pay any fees at UFSC, except for extracurricular activities. The only fees students will pay are those from their home institution, in case there is any.