About UFSC


Diverse. Inclusive. Plural. Socially responsible. Of Multiple Campuses.

More than five decades after its foundation, Universidade Fedral de Santa Catarina is like a kaleidoscope, reflecting and transforming society. Year after year it consolidates itself as one of the best universities in Brazil and is internationally recognized for its excellence. Its activities involveteaching, research and outreach. The University community consists of more than 50,000 people.  There are approximately 45,000 students, 2,600 professors and 3,200 members of administrative staff.

UFSC offers 106 undergraduate programs with regular classroom courses, and 13 of distance learning; 55 doctoral degree programs, 82 Master’s degree programs; and 28 Specialization programs, as well as early childhood, primary and secondary education. Beyond numbers, UFSC is a heritage of the State of Santa Catarina, and an institution integrated within the society. As a public, free, and comprehensive University, UFSC is responsible for forming professionals that make a difference in their fields.

The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina was founded in 18 December 1960, gathering 8 pre-existing schools of higher learning. Where was once Assis Brasil Farm were later built 11 academic schools of all areas of knowledge.

From 2008 on, UFSC started its expansion to other regions within the State of Santa Catarina. Campuses were created in the cities of Araranguá, Curitibanos, Joinville and, in 2014, in the city of Blumenau.

Some of the university’s facilities are the University Hospital, the Planetarium, the Culture and Events Center, the SportsComplex, and the Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. The Library System offers a comprehensive collection in different media, including access to international databases.

The University Restaurant serves around 8,000 meals a day. It is the highest average among public higher education institutions in Brazil. Prominent in the fields of Science and Technology, UFSC has lately more than doubled the number of its internationally-recognized graduate programs.

The University has more than 570 research groups. It houses four National Institutes for Science and Technology, maintains several partnerships with companies, and it is home of an internationally recognized Laboratory of Nanotechnology. At the same time, UFSC develops social inclusion programs that promotes diversity, like the Bachelor’s in Indigenous Education and the Bachelor’s in Education of the field.

The integration with the community is one of the University’s commitments. Every year, more than 9,000 Extension projects are developed in several areas of knowledge. Through its Center for Studies of the Elderly, the University covers the entire cycle of human development.

The internationalization has been a whole mark through its history. There are currently 403 cooperation agreements with more than 50 countries. These actions aim at promoting solidarity among peoples, and the scientific and technological excellence of the nation.

UFSC is also a space for art and culture, for expressions of diversity through music, theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema. The University Choir, that dates back more than 50 years, is one of the main initiatives for the integration between the university and the community through art.

Striving to become progressively more inclusive, the University aims the future in search of expanding and maintaining quality, as well as ensuring critical, creative and socially responsible thinking.

UFSC: knowledge producing citizenship. 

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