Although foreigners can also apply for high school studies, the vast majority of programmes are for higher education. The more than 2,000 higher education institutions in Brazil can be divided into five main categories: federal, state, municipal, and private universities, and postgraduate programmes. Federal and state universities charge only a registration fee; municipal universities may or may not also charge a tuition fee, while a private institution will always require students to pay for their tuition.

You can easily find study programmes in English, but you will have to show proof of your proficiency in this language when applying. If you are looking for a study programme in Portuguese, you will have to pass a language test prior to sending in your application. Other requirements on your application may include a research proposal, a motivational letter, recommendation letters from your teachers, ID photos, as well as an official transcript of records. You may also be asked to pass an entry exam before being accepted.

There are also a variety of agencies offering to relocate students in Brazil for Portuguese as a second language programmes. If you are looking to develop other skills, you can look into a Capoeira programme, which is a traditional martial art technique, as there are quite a few open to foreign students. Any person accepted for a study programme will be required to apply for a Student Pass.


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