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Academic Internationalization

The Universidade Paulista started its activities on November 9th, 1988. It was constituted from Instituto Unificado Paulista (IUP), Instituto de Ensino de Engenharia Paulista (IEEP) and Instituto de Odontologia Paulista (IOP); the first of these, authorized to operate in 1972, initially with the courses of Social Communication, Literature, Pedagogy, and Psychology.
UNIP, through a modern academic proposal, has been expanding its activities across several campuses, for this reason it is present throughout Brazil, in more than 900 locations in the country, in 27 Campuses that covers 65 units, as some campuses have more than one unit. The university's main objective is to promote the development of student´s potential, establishing conditions that allow an active insertion in the job market and the creative solution of problems that society proposes.
UNIP is one of the largest and most reputable higher education institutions in the country (Estadão Marcas+), the preferred private university in the professional market throughout Brazil, according to the Folha University Ranking – RUF (ranking by market evaluation), it is among the 20 universities most respected by employers, according to the QS International Ranking and is one of the 5 most searched educational institutions worldwide on Linkedin (TOP 5 Linkedin).
It offers ethical and quality education, technologically advanced and aimed at the future, in all areas of education, in the areas of human, social, exact and health sciences. The university has more than 80 undergraduate courses and more than 95 graduate courses (Lato sensu), 6 Masters programs and 5 Doctoral programs (Stricto sensu), all recognized by MEC (Ministry of Education).

For an academic exchange at UNIP it is necessary that the home university (where the candidate is a student) enter into a cooperation agreement with Universidade Paulista - UNIP. All UNIP partnership processes are processed by the Academic Internationalization Office. The International Area of the foreign university needs to contact the UNIP Academic Internationalization Area by the email, with copy to, so that the possibility of an international collaboration agreement between the two institutions can be analyzed.
The interested student, as long as he/she studies at a UNIP partner university, must fulfill the following conditions:

  • Be regularly enrolled in a stricto-sensu undergraduate or graduate course (Master's/Doctorate) at UNIP's partner university, throughout the selection process and, mandatorily, remain linked to the university of origin throughout the period of completion of the Program.
  • Present a general average equal to or greater than 7.0 or grade A or B (or equivalent) in the disciplines taken at the Stricto-sensu undergraduate or postgraduate (Master's/Doctorate) degree at the home university.
  • Have completed at least 20% and at most 60% of the course load or credits at the home university.
  • Not being Brazilian and residing abroad.
  • Possess a valid passport at the time of registration.

The candidate must have knowledge of the Portuguese language, at least level A2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR.

Deadline for application
1st Semester (February - June): November 30th
2nd Semester (August - December): May 30th

Duration of the exchange: 1 (one) academic semester, from February to July or from August to December.

The scholarship at UNIP provides for exemption from tuition fees. There is NO subsistence allowance, therefore, expenses such as air tickets, visa, health insurance, accommodation, meals, ground transportation and other personal expenses must be borne by the scholarship student.

For information about the application procedure, see the UNIP - Incoming Notice.

Name of University Universidade Paulista - UNIP
Address Academic Internationalization Office.
Rua Vergueiro, 1211, 11º andar, sala 1101
CEP: 01504-000
São Paulo/SP – Brasil
Contact Phone 55.11.21661132
Fax. 55.11.21661133
Email: and
Vice-Rector Professor Laura Ancona Lee, PhD
Coordinator Vanessa Louise, Msc
Fields of Study Undergraduate courses:
Graduate courses (Master/Doctorate):
Language Undergraduate: Portuguese
Master/ Doctorate: Portuguese and English
Academic Period Have completed at least 20% and at most 60% of the course load or credits at the home university.
Nomination and
Application Deadline
First Semester: until November 30th.
Second Semester: until May 30th.
Academic Calendar First Semester: Early February to late June
Second Semester: Early August to mid December
Application Procedure The International Relations area of the partner university must send the nomination and the student's application documentation to the Academic Internationalization Office at UNIP by e
Application Documents Nomination Form
Application Form
Copy of valid Passport
Recommendation Letter (from the course coordinator or from the International Relations department of the home university)
Student Obligations Attend the classes, participate in the assigned activities, take the academic evaluations and exams as ordered by professors.
Health Insurance The international health/ travel insurance needs to cover the entire period of the exchange, including medical coverage in cases of illness (Covid-19 inclusive) or accident, medical or funeral repatriation, and personal accidents. It must also cover transport costs in case of decease abroad.
The acceptance letter will be sent only upon presentation of the insurance policy.
Other Expenses Air tickets, visa, housing, meals, transportation, insurance and personal expenses will be responsibility of the scholarship student.
Any additional quota for special courses, recreational/leisure service, will be the student's responsibility.
Airport transfer service It is not available
Housing UNIP has no accommodation available
We remind you that it is necessary to comply with the sanitary requirements required for entry and stay in Brazil.

The list of courses available for exchange at UNIP is presented in the following table:

Classes in Portuguese All courses (Note: Verify class availability with the Academic Internationalization area) (
Courses available for students with an advanced level in Portuguese and/or Spanish*. Business Administration
Economic Sciences
Physical Education
Human Resources
International Relations
Social Services
Courses available for groups of students (English) Law
Electrical Engineering

*It is necessary to have a minimum knowledge of Portuguese, A2 minimum level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - CEFR.

LANGUAGE GRADUATE Stricto Sensu (Master/Doctorate)
Classes in Portuguese Administration
Production Engineering
Environmental and Experimental Pathology
Courses available for students who are fluent in English Administration
Production Engineering
Environmental and Experimental Pathology

Grading system at UNIP:

Local Grade Local Grade Description ECTS Classification
10 Excellent A
9 Very Good B
8 Good C
6 e 7 Satisfactory D
5 Sufficient E
0 a 4 Failed FX/F

List of courses offered in English in Undergraduate programs (offer subject to class formation, with a minimum of 15 students):

Law Course:

  • Communicationa and Expression
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Sciences
  • Law and Globalization

Electrical Engineering Course:

  • Electric Machines
  • Power Systems

More information:

List of courses offered in English in the Master’s and Doctoral Programs:

Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Business Administration:

  • Working Paper Development Studies

Search process. Communication of research results. Scientific article. Highly cited articles. Structure of highly cited articles. Content of highly cited articles. Methodological Enrichment. Publication process: from the draft to the article in press. Research impact after article publication.

Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering:

  • Machine Learning Applied to Agricultural Production.

Data science concepts and definitions. Data preparation, exploration, and analysis. Data analytics. Model selection. Data science applications. Data mining. Use of data mining in Rapid Miner and Weka platforms. Examples and applications. The students will develop a manuscript from a given dataset.

  • Applied Machine Learning Tecniques.

The course gives an introduction to machine learning techniques and theory, with a focus on its use in practical applications. During the course, a selection of topics will be covered in supervised learning, such as linear models for regression and classification, or nonlinear models such as neural networks, and in unsupervised learning such as clustering. The use cases and limitations of these algorithms will be discussed, and their implementation will be investigated in programming assignments. Methodological questions pertaining to the evaluation of machine learning systems will also be discussed, as well as some of the ethical questions that can arise when applying machine learning technologies. The use of machine learning components in practical applications will be exemplified, and realistic scenarios will be studied.

Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Environmental and Experimental Pathology:

  • Susceptibility and complexity in the single health approach: There are several aspects that make up the susceptible phenotype of an individual, a population or an ecosystem. Demographic and epidemiological factors are more easily recognized as predisposing vulnerability to specific diseases, but unique individual or collective patterns are the main determinants, such as the ability to process danger signals, autopoiesis, bioresilience, epigenetics and biosemiotics. There are several interventions capable of modifying such patterns in an individual or in a single ecosystem, with emphasis on homeopathy.

Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Dentistry:

  • Scientific communication for post-graduate students

The discipline "Scientific Communication for post-graduate students" is part of the strategic planning for Internationalization of the Postgraduate Program at UNIP - Dentistry Course. During the semester in which the course will be taught, students will discuss the topics of scientific communication, collaboration in research and writing of scientific articles, as part of the University's internationalization process. Classes and workshops will be taught in English. Students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in the course during the workshops and will also have to present their research projects in English. Students will be evaluated daily and the final grade will be the arithmetic average obtained. The course aims to make students interact in English in academic activities of collaboration, presentation and writing of scientific papers. Aspects related to integrity in academic research will also be addressed. The aim of these activities is to insert the program into the academic sphere at an international level, with a view to scientific production and collaboration.

More information:

Universidade Paulista has four types of international courses available for the enrollment of groups of foreign students (minimum 15 students). For more information:

Alternative Energy Sources
The course provides technical information for the use of alternative sources of energy available in the nature, respecting the environment and sustainable development. It also aims to provide Electrical Engineering students with knowledgeabout the Electric Power System (EPS), which involves types of power plants; types of energy sources; three-phase electric power systems; types of generation equipment, transmission and distribution of electricity; and three-phase short circuit calculation.

Job Identity Designer 2.0
The course is designed for students who intend to address the world of work and careers by using social networking platforms. It aims to provide students with information on the identity 2.0, on how to create a digital story and who are the interlocutors. During the course, students will use production techniques to create still images and moving images, and to make a blog and a web 2.0 system for their textual, photographic and audiovisual presentations.

Business Management in Brazil
The course aims to improve students' decision-making capabilities in the largest economy in Latin America: Brazil. With the help of professors skilled in effective decision-making techniques, students will be able to develop a specific view of the Brazilian reality and learn about the dynamics of such business environment. Because of its specific characteristics, the course is addressed to international students that need to acquire specific knowledge about this market, as well as executives and employees of multinational corporations who need to deepen their knowledge on the most important economy in Latin America so to improve performance in strategic decision-making. The Latin America is a vital market for companies that are willing to keep or achieve leadership in global scenarios. Accordingly, any individual with specific knowledge of the Brazilian Country, as a continental representative, adds positive qualities for employment to their resumes.

Opportunities in Brazilian Agribusiness
The agribusiness sector represents a highly significant component of Brazil's GDP. Economy globalization, advanced technologies and sound developed-country subsidy policies gave rise to an increasingly fierce competition in the agribusiness sector. Such factors have encouraged professional development in the sector, especially as regards business management. Professional development in the sector will be achieved through a participatory planning process, as well as through individual and collective experience and learning of all persons involved in the process.

a) Before coming to Brazil:

  • It is necessary to obtain a student visa at any Brazilian consulate in the home country. All foreigners intending to study in Brazil must obtain a special type of visa in order to enter Brazil called TEMPORARY VISA ITEM IV and it is for “students” only.
  • For citizens from Mercosur countries, since 2020, they have free student visas, but this agreement only covers: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.
  • Several foreign countries have consulates in Brazil and in São Paulo. To consult the countries that have representatives in the city, consult the addresses and contacts in the portals below:
    - Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
    - Federal Police:
    - Consulates:

b) After coming to Brazil:

Travel insurance must cover the entire period of the exchange, with medical coverage in case of illness or accident, medical or funeral repatriation, and personal accidents. An international health insurance valid for the student's country of destination must also be contracted, covering, in addition to expenses related to possible health problems, transportation expenses in the event of death abroad.

Health Insurance
Assistance Service Amount (US dollars)
Medical Assistance for Accident US$100.000
Medical Assistance for illness US$100.000
Pharmaceutical Assistance YES
Medical Transfer YES
Medical / Sanitary Repatriation YES
Corpse Transfer YES
Funeral Repatriation YES
Accidental Death YES
Total/Partial Permanent Disability due to Accident YES
Baggage Loss YES
Covering for Practicing Sports YES

Foreigners arriving in Brazil must consult the information and rules for their entry into the country on the website of the National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA):

International students are responsible for arranging their accommodation for the period of exchange at UNIP. We suggest checking accommodation options on Booking or Airbnb.
UNIP's international campuses are: Paraíso Campus, Indianópolis Campus, Ribeirão Preto Campus and Santos Campus, all located in the state of São Paulo.
The student must plan his/her housing before arriving in Brazil, and choose the best options for his/her comfort and safety. For greater convenience, we suggest that you are close to public transport, such as the subway or bus stop, as this will be important for you to get to the University campus. Find out in advance on how you will get from your residence to the University.
In the city of São Paulo, we recommend the neighborhoods of Bela Vista, Paraíso, Jardim Paulista and Vila Mariana, the best location being the one closest to Paulista Avenue.


  • Try not to handle cell phones, cash, cards or show valuables, such as jewelry and electronic equipment, in public.
  • In public places and means of transport, keep your backpack or bag protected and close to your body.
  • For foreign currency exchange, look for accredited exchange offices.
  • When withdrawing from self-service terminals, do not accept help from strangers.
  • When using ATMs, try to do so during the day and inside banks or stores.
  • When paying with a card, check that it has not been exchanged.
  • Avoid clandestine transport. Prioritize your safety!
  • In case of theft, robbery or loss of goods or documents, file a report at the nearest police station.
  • Foreign students whose passport is stolen or lost must go to the consulate of their country.

Free Portuguese courses for foreigners:

  • Portas Abertas Project from the São Paulo City Hall: It is offered on a regular basis, free of charge, and distributed in municipal schools in different regions of the city. These courses have basic, intermediate and advanced levels. All migrants, regardless of their migratory status, can apply. To know more about it:
  • Portuguese Classes for Migrants and Refugees: A partnership between the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the University Center of Maringá (UNICESUMAR) created a course for foreigners to master the Portuguese language. It is divided into three modules of 80 hours each, the course provides intermediate level language skills. Students will have access to online classes with videos, texts and support materials. There are no vacancy limits. Registration:
Local Grade Local Grade Description ECTS Classification
10 Excellent A
9 Very Good B
8 Good C
6 e 7 Satisfactory D
5 Sufficient E
0 a 4 Failed FX/F

International students may consult the UNIP Biosafety Guidelines Protocol, containing the health guidelines, available at:

With the advancement of variants of the COVID-19 virus, international students must present proof of vaccination, with the necessary booster doses, as determined by ANVISA, to study at UNIP. According to Brazilian legislation (Law No. 13.445 “Migration Law”), foreigners can be vaccinated against COVID-19 free of charge.