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About the International Courses at Unesp

Universidade Estadual Paulista – Unesp is a public university with 24 campuses spread throughout the State of São Paulo, a major economic power in Brazil. Photo: publicity

Unesp is a research intensive university, ranked among the best in the country and has received international recognition for the quality of its research and academic activities. 

In order to promote cultural diversity in the classroom and participation of international students in our programs, a new project called International Courses at Unesp will be launched in 2013 in four different areas: Agricultural Sciences, Alternative Energy, Dentistry, and Literature and Linguistics. 

In all these areas, Unesp has a high level of scientific competence. The courses will be organized observing strict academic criteria for full recognition of credits and each one of these courses will be arranged according to the ECTS guidelines (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). All the courses will be linked to at least one different graduate program of Unesp.

Students will have the opportunity to stay at Unesp during the total period of the courses and will also have the possibility of enrolling after this initial period, as a full degree student. In this case, they can develop their research with a supervisor from Unesp. They should also register for mandatory courses in Portuguese from the regular graduate programs in order to finish their studies and receive a graduate degree from Unesp.

Each one of the four programs will annually invite a foreign senior professor to participate in the program. The invited professor will give lectures for a period up to two months in one of the programs and develop activities with Unesp researchers.

Undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students and individuals with a degree can be accepted and must apply on-line. The selection process will be based on their previous academic experience. They need to register to attend courses in a single theme and may use the courses as part of their academic exchange program. During their stay in Brazil, Unesp will offer free courses of Portuguese as a foreign language and Brazilian Culture to enable better integration.

It is important to outline that the entire program is set to be completely free of charge on the academic credits. Unesp is a public university and one of the best Brazilian Higher Education Institutions with high academic standards. Hence, it does not charge tuition and other fees of any student, even the foreign students participating in the international courses. In that sense, students will have the great advantage of taking ECTS based courses in English abroad, being only responsible for their transport and living expenses in Brazil, a country of new opportunities.

Why Choose Brazil and São Paulo State for an Academic Exchange?

Going through a special moment in its history of economic, institutional and social development, Brazil is the second economy in the Americas, only behind the United States and positioned among the six largest world economies. 

The Brazilian economy is established in a rich and competitive market. The discoveries made in the Pre-Salt raised the country to a new oil reserve and production level, to a position of prominence in the world. Agriculture, mining, manufacturing (automobiles, aircrafts, electrical and electronic equipment, textile/apparel, etc.), large sized trade and product distribution networks, in addition to the services sector, provide excellent growth opportunities for entrepreneurs, as well as for trained and enthusiastic professionals. 

Students choosing Unesp to develop their academic education will find undergraduate and graduate level excellence centers, besides relevant areas to develop globally recognized researches and public outreach centers of major relevance. Above all, these students will be able to enjoy the decanted courtesy of Brazilian people to theirs visitors, the natural ability to make friends and the opportunity to become partners in the journey of transforming Brazil, in the next ten years, into one of the top five economies on the planet. 

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