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Undergraduate Admission Requirements in Brazilian Universities

The Undergraduate in Brazil encompasses a bachelor, licentiate and technology degree programme. 

Admission Requirements

In order to gain admittance in Higher Education Institutions in Brazil, students must have completed the Secondary Education Level (Certificado de Ensino Medio) and be appeared in ‘Vestibular’, an entrance examination that ascertains whether the pupil is competent to be admitted in a given institution. 

Some Higher Education Institutions in Brazil accept ENEM as part of the admission process instead of 'Vestibular' exam. A national university application system known as SISU (Sistema de Selecao Unificada), managed by Ministry of Education (MEC) is used by public higher education institutions for admissions of the students who have taken the ENEM exam. You are required to register on the SISU website using your ENEM registration number and password.  Universities that are not a part of the SISU conduct their own independent examinations for admissions. These examinations are their own specific versions of the vestibular and ENEM exam. 

Depending upon the Higher education institution, you are required to appear for either the 'Vestibular' exam or 'ENEM' exam, or both. 

Admission Procedure

You can apply online via the respective institution’s website or can even apply offline. Download the application form from the website of the concerned institution. Fill it and submit it along with the required documents and fees. If you are selected, you’ll receive a “letter of acceptance”. This will allow you to apply for a student visa, which is strict requirement for registration. However, the registration is done only after the student has met all the admission requirements. 
 The requirements vary depending upon the institution and field of study, so contact the individual institution to know more about the admissions. 

Admission Quotas

In Brazil University admissions, the majority of the federal universities have a quota system wherein a fixed number of spots are reserved for candidates of a certain racial or cultural background who have finished their pre-university studies in a public (state-funded) school. Such candidates can apply under the “quota system” either through the national SISU system or directly at their university if that university has its own independent Vestibular or the national ENEM examination. 

Documentation

Following documents are needed-
  • Application form and fees along with the passport-size photographs
  • High School Transcripts- The grades, subjects undertaken, honors received, and other necessary information.
  • Entrance Exam Scores- Either Vestibular or ENEM examination result (depend on the institution)
  • Language Scores- Portuguese and English language scores
  • Strong Financial Means – Evidence that you or your family have enough financial means to travel to and reside in Brazil for the duration of your studies.
  • Reference Letter- It should come from an individual who knows you well professionally or academically and should be signed by that individual. Reference letter should include your qualities, skills and accomplishments, strengths, and any such information that represents ‘you’.
  • Personal Statement: Personal statement gives an insight about ‘you’ to the admissions panel. It should include your academic background, extracurricular or volunteer experiences, your career goals, how this education fits in with your goals. You should let your personality come through this personal statement.

Portuguese Language Proficiency

Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners or CELPE-Bras: International students applying to study in Brazil are required to prove their Portuguese language proficiency by taking a language examination known as CELPE-Bras. 

Proficiency in English Language

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language confirms the proficiency in English language.

IELTS: International English Language Testing System confirms the proficiency in English language of non-native speakers.

Special Students

For foreign students who are interested in taking up a non-degree programme. A non-degree programme does not lead to a degree certificate. Special academic courses of up to 12 credits can be arranged for students, including Portuguese classes for foreigners governed by CEL. 

To be eligible as a special student, you must hold a bachelor degree. The following documents are needed for the application procedure:
  1. A letter delineating your study plan;
  2. A copy of the university degree certified by the Brazilian consulate in your country and officially decoded into Portuguese.
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