General information for international students

Academic Calendar

The academic year at UFSC is divided into two semesters. The first semester usually starts in March and ends in July, while the second semester generally starts in August and ends in December. The dates may vary each year, so we advise you to check the 2018 academic calendar here: 

Language Requirements

Undergraduate students must have at least an intermediate level of Portuguese in order to attend courses at UFSC. Hence, a proof of proficiency (B1 level or above) will be required. Certificates issued by any educational institution or Portuguese teacher are accepted. Students may also fill out a self-declaration form available here.

Student Visa

The Student Visa (Temporary Visa IV) is valid for a period of up to one year and may be extended for the same period, several times, for the duration of the program.

The request for visa extension must be filed at the Federal Police or at the Ministry of Justice, upon evidence of academic achievement and a statement of visa extension issued by SINTER. It is important to be mindful of the visa expiration date, as once the date is expired you 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 visa type in Brazil. Therefore, students should only leave their home countries with a Student Visa (Temporary Visa IV) or a Temporary Resident Visa (MERCOSUR Agreement). You will not be able to register at UFSC, not even in the Portuguese as a Foreign Language course, without a Student Visa.

Students from the member countries of MERCOSUR are allowed to register at UFSC holding a Temporary Residence Permit based on a MERCOSUR Residence Agreement or Treaty, in compliance with the Decree no. 6.975/09.


UFSC does not offer housing for exchange students. Thus, students must search for their own accommodation. SINTER provides a list of external accommodations for international students, who shall contact the owners directly in order to get more information.

Transcript of Records

Before leaving the university, all exchange students must hand in at SINTER their “Certidão Negativa de Débito” [Library Clearance Certificate], requested at the University Library. This document is a proof that the student has no debts to UFSC. Only after handing in the certificate will the students be able to receive their Transcript of Records.

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, including visa, passport, tickets, accommodation, transportation and living expenses, are students’ sole 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, according to its policies and regulations, if applicable.