How to apply:
Any student from partner institutions can apply for a wide range of educational opportunities.
The application form is available at www.internacional.ufpr.br and must be sent and signed by the applicant’s institution of origin. The UFPR's International affairs office is in charge of the application processing service.
- First Academic Semester (March-June): Last Friday of October
- Second Academic Semester (August-November): Last Friday of May
Shortly after you arrive at the University, please come to the International Affair Office, for enrollment procedures. We will have the pleasure to register you at your undergraduate unit. Bear in mind that the registration procedures are very important and you will not be able to attend classes until you are officially enrolled.
Registration form, copy of passport and copy of visa.
Portuguese for Foreigners Program - CELIN (UFPR):
UFPR offers a Portuguese for Foreigners course at CELIN (Language Center of UFPR). www.celin.ufpr.br. The course lasts one semester.
Visa and Immigration Procedures
Most foreign exchange students need a student visa if they are staying for more than three months in Brazil. The exchange students must apply for the visa before they come to Brazil, submitting the original acceptance document (letter or declaration signed by the Office for Foreign and International Affairs Director) to the Brazilian Consulates in their home countries. The student visa is valid for one year, but if any exchange student needs to renew it, it is necessary to go to the Federal Police Department (Departamento de Polícia Federal – DPF) at least 30 days before expiration date.
Arriving in Brazil, all foreigners students must register at DPF within 30 days. If the student does not follow the registration deadline a fine will be charged for each day of delay. At the moment of registration, an Identity Card for Foreigners will be issued.
The necessary documents for registration are:
- Form DPF 154 and copy of the used pages of the passport or identity card. - 2 recent color photos 3x4cm on a white background; - Original visa application form; - Guia de Recolhimento da União (GRU) registration form and GRU foreigner card form;- GRU – Payment slip
The applicant must download and complete both GRU forms from the website www.dpf.gov.br using the codes 140082 and 140120. The fee (R$140,00) must be paid at any bank before going do the Federal Police Department.
The International Affairs Office is ready to assist you in case of doubt.
UFPR offers low cost meals (R$1,80 each) at the University Restaurant (RU). There are three restaurants located in different campi. Besides the University Restaurant, there are other alternatives near the campi and throughout the city of Curitiba including self-service restaurants in which the person pays according to the amount of food eaten. They are called “kilo restaurants” and the price per kilo usually ranges from R$ 10,00 to R$ 20,00.
UFPR does not have a residence for foreign students. No housing is guaranteed, but we provide the student orientation regarding this matter. The student might contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a foreign student wishes to have enough time to look for places to rent, it is advisable to stay at a hotel for a couple of days while choosing suitable accommodations. It is also possible to rent furnished apartments and share it with other students, provided that a three-month rent is paid in advance.
ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN STUDENTS:
All foreign students must have a valid health insurance throughout their stay in Brazil. If necessary, UFPR offers basic social assistance to foreign students through its Heath Office on Campus (CASA III).
CPF (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas) is a document provided by the Receita Federal – Ministério da Fazenda (Department of the Treasury).
In order to ask for a CPF card the following documents are required:
- A form to be filled in with personal data (available at any post-office in town); - Passport; - Attendance card issued by the International Affairs Office at UFPR.
ASSISTANCE TO FOREIGN STUDENTS:
Exchange students are provided with a student card that prove they are regular students at the University. It allows discounts in theatres, UFPR restaurants.
Buses are the most used means of transportation in Curitiba. The bus fare costs R$3,70 from Monday to Saturday and R$1,50 on Sundays. There is good transportation service among the campi and downtown area. Free buses connecting the four campi of UFPR are available. Schedule can be checked at www.prae.ufpr.br
Foreign currency is not accepted locally. To exchange foreign currency - basically American dollar and Euro in travelers' checks or cash, foreign students must go to an authorized bank taking their identity card and passport with them.
Banks are open Monday to Friday, from 10a.m. until 4 p.m.
CLIMATE IN CURITIBA:
Sweaters and raincoats are welcome since Curitiba has a maritime temperate climate or Subtropical highland. Located in Southern Brazil, the somewhat humid city lies in a Subtropic zone. Located in a plateau, the flat terrain with flooded areas contribute to its mild and damp winter, with average temperatures of 13 °C (55 °F) in the coldest month, falling slightly below 0 °C (32 °F) on the coldest days.
During summer, the average temperature is around 21°C (70 °F) but gets above 32 °C (90 °F) on hot days. Heat waves during winter and cold waves during summer are not uncommon, and even within a single day there can be great variation, a typical feature of subtropical climates. Several factors contribute to the climate's variable nature.
São Paulo: 400km (6 h bus, 50' Fly) - Rio de Janeiro: 800 km (11h bus, 1h Fly ) - Florianópolis: 300km (4h bus) - Buenos Aires ( 1.300 km, 26h bus, 2h fly) - Montevideo ( 1.200 km, 24 h bus, 1h 50'Fly). The transportation between the major Brazilian cities are done by bus. Every Brazilian town has bus station called rodoviaria. Further information access: www.rodoviariaonline.com.br
Other tips for the exchange student (in portuguese): click here.