How does the exchange program work?
A: The purpose of the exchange program is to offer to international students the possibility to have the credits taken at Escola Politécnica of Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro approved for their undergraduate courses at the home institution. You will have the same status of a regular brazilian student, therefore you will be able to enroll at most of the classes (according to your major) for credits.
When is the application deadline for the exchange program?
A: Our academic year is divided into two terms. If you intend to apply for the second term (August-December) the application deadline is April 30th. If you wish to come in the first term (February-July) you may submit your documents until September 30th (of the year before) for the first term.
How early should I apply?
A: Basically as soon as possible, as you will have to prepare some documents, enroll in classes, arrange accommodation, etc. You can apply to any term, and we will do our best to process your application efficiently.
Are the international students able to completely intermix with everyone else or are their courses separated from the Brazilian students?
A: Yes, we strongly recommend that Cultural exchange is one of the objectives. You will have classes with international students at the mandatory Portuguese as a second language for foreigners course and intermix with other Brazilian students at the regular professional courses.
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The foreign students that come to study at Polytechnic School of UFRJ can be placed with families or local apartments. The International Relations Office has a list of host families and references to local apartments. The cost of living with a family, where the student will have a private room to use, is around R$ 850,00 per month with breakfast or lunch included. A local apartment will cost around R$ 1.500,00.
In UFRJ there are restaurants with different items that usually cost around R$ 18,00 per meal. There are also some cafeterias that offer diverse sandwiches and plate options.
It is necessary that foreign students arrive in Brazil with a Health Insurance Plan that includes outpatient coverage. The private hospitals and clinics in Rio de Janeiro offer good services, but the services come at a high cost.
For the students that do not bring health coverage from the home institution, the university (UFRJ) can provide a plan together with CAURJ - Caixa Assistencial Universitária do Rio de Janeiro for their stay in Brazil:www.caurj.com.br
The campus is serviced by internal buslines that circle the principle points of the university. To arrive from other areas of Rio de Janeiro, there are other buses available that run at regular time intervals. To use the buses that run throughout the city, the average cost is R$ 3,00.