Studying in Brazil

There are many possibilities to study in Brazil as long as the candidate has proficiency in Portuguese. In addition to offers based on institutional announcements, it is possible to compete for vacancies that are available in national programs, specific to undergraduate and postgraduate courses:

PEC-G (undergraduate)

The Exchange Program for Undergraduate Students (PEC-G), offers students from developing countries in which Brazil has educational, cultural or scientific-technological agreement the opportunity to study in Brazilian undergraduate courses.

PEC-G is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), by Educational Themes Division and by the Ministry of Education (MEC) in partnership with Institutions of Higher Education throughout Brazil.

Federal Network institutions that offer vacancies through PEC-G:

Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de Goiás (IFG)

Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia da Bahia (IFBA)

Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Ceará (IFCE)

Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Maranhão (IFMA)

Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia da Paraíba (IFPB)

Instituto Federal de Educação. Ciência e Tecnologia do Triângulo Mineiro (IFTM)

Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Cefet-RJ)

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PEC-PG (graduate)

The Exchange Program for Graduate Students (PEC-PG) offers scholarships to students from developing countries in which Brazil has educational and/or cultural agreement the opportunity to study graduate courses - strictu sensu (master’s and doctor’s degree) in Brazilian higher education institutions.



In Brazil, the revalidation of higher education diplomas issued abroad is exclusive competence of public universities. Article 48 of Law of Guidelines and Bases of National Education (LDB – Law nº 9.394/96) defines that “undergraduate diplomas issued by foreign universities are going to be validated by public universities that have similar courses respecting the international agreements of reciprocity or equivalence”, which is endorsed by CNE/CES resolution nº 3, July 22, 2016.

Graduate diplomas stricto sensu (master’s and doctor’s degree) issued by foreign universities can only be validated by Brazilian universities regularly accredited possessing postgraduate courses evaluated, authorized and recognized within the Post-Graduation National System (SNPG), in the same area of knowledge, in similar or higher level. The courses and programs recommended by the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (Capes) are available on the Sucupira website.

To regulate the process of revalidation of foreign undergraduate and postgraduate diplomas, the Ministry of Education (MEC) published the Decree nº 22, of December 13th, 2016, with general guidelines for the conduct of proceedings, leaving to the public universities the organization and publication of specific rules.

Also in December 2016, the Carolina Bori website started gathering information about the legislation referring to revalidation of recognition of certificates, as well as the simplified course for specific cases. The portal was thought by MEC to make the processes of revalidation and recognition of certificates for foreigners in Brazil faster, transparent, coherent and predictable.

The Carolina Bori Platform is currently being implemented, a management tool that will facilitate the control and flow of revalidation / recognition processes and will increase interactivity between the parties - higher education institutions, graduates and citizens interested in studying abroad. When it is in full operation, all procedures for requesting revalidation or recognition of diplomas from accredited institutions will be managed by the platform, which will enable the download of documents and the choice of institution to which the process will be sent.



The process of equivalence of studies in elementary and high school is made by the State Education Offices and it does not involve the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).

To request equivalence, before returning to Brazil, interested parties must arrange for the documentation authentication, duly translated by a sworn translator, must be submitted to the Secretary of Education of the State in which the student will reside. 



Since August 14, 2016, the Convention on the Elimination of the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (Hague Convention) has been in force in Brazil. The validity of the international act simplifies the processing of public documents between Brazil and the other 108 countries that already use this tool. It also replaces the need for consular legalization by issuing an authentication certificate - attached to the public document by the competent authorities of the country in which it was issued, making it valid in all other States that participate in the Convention.

It is important to observe that, to produce effects in Brazil, documents issued in foreign countries, participants of the Convention should be sent only to specialized authorities localized in the emitter country of the documents. Thus, the sector of legalization and the Foreign Consular Network (SLRC) and the representation offices of the Exterior Relations Ministry (MRE) in the states do not have legal competence to practice acts of legalization in documents directed to counties which are part of the Convention.

It is important to remark that documents from foreign countries which are not part of the Convention must be legalized in consular offices of Brazil abroad.

Click here to have more information regarding the Convention.


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