Porto Alegre, Brazil

Universidad Federal Do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), is a century-old public institution with approximately 24,000 undergraduate students. UFRGS has four campuses, and it is important to understand they are located in different sections of the city, especially when scheduling classes.

UFRGS does not have student housing for international students, however, students can find housing in apartment complexes or with a host family.

Brazilian Friend, a program developed by UFRGS, helps international students find a Brazilian student who is willing to assist them in various aspects of the exchange program. As an international student in this program, you will gain insight into Brazilian culture, have the opportunity to make friends, and be able to practice Portuguese before arriving in Brazil.

City, Country

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Language of Instruction

Portuguese & Portuguese for foreigners

Subjects of Study

Business, International Relations, and Social Sciences

Eligibility & Admission

3 semesters of college level study and intermediate level of Portugese.  Students can use the Canisius Portugese Rosetta Stone and receive tutoring at Canisius.

Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Two professor recommendations

Semester Available

Fall & Spring

Credits Earned/ Term


Application Deadline

Fall Semester - February 2, 2015

Spring Semester - March 2, 2015

Program Dates

Fall Semester 2015
Arrival: Approx. July 29, 2015
Program Dates: Approx. August 5 – December 20, 2015

Spring Semester 2016
Spring 2016 Dates:
Arrival: Approx. March 3, 2016
Program Dates: Approx. March 10 – July 19, 2016

Program Costs

Fee (to be paid to Canisius):

Canisius tuition, study abroad fee ($500) and mandatory health insurance (approx. $225)

Costs to be paid by student:

Approx. 500R$-700R$/month (approx. $275-$385) for renting an apartment, approx. 310R$/month (approx. $170) for meals, approx. R$60/month (approx. $33) for transportation. Shared apartments with local students or families cost between 250R$-600R$/month (approx. $140-$330).

Currency conversion is estimated at 1 Brazilian real=$.55

Program cost subject to currency fluctuation.

Program Highlights

The US-Brazil Grant provides an opportunity for Canisius
students to receive a semester stipend of $4,000 while studying abroad in Brazil.


Students will have a shared apartment or live with a host-family.

Travel Information

Assistance with flight through travel agent.

Host Website

Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul