Founded in 1927, the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) is noted for its excellence in academics and scientific work. Widely recognized as one of the most important universities in Brazil, UFMG emphasizes performance in teaching, research, and outreach. This institution will immerse students in social inclusion, teaching them with applied, hands-on learning. UFMG continues to cultivate and provide opportunities to network through their large number of programs and focused studies.
The Surrounding Area
Belo Horizonte, the first wholly planned city in Brazil, is the capital of Minas Gerais. The city is ringed by the Serra do Curral mountain range, which provides a natural boundary. Apart from enjoying the renowned hospitality of the people of Belo Horizonte and the excellent Mineiran cuisine, visitors can explore the city’s beautiful squares, museums and parks, such as the Prac¸a do Papa and the Parque Municipal. The climate is mild, with temperatures ranging between 16 and 31 degrees Celsius, the average being 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Winters are dry and summers rainy. Belo Horizonte has a rich and dynamic cultural life. Experience first-hand the Museu de Artes e Ofícios and various festivals and competitions. In the historic cities of Minas Gerais you will be able to appreciate a lavish abundance of baroque architecture. The paths, springs, rivers and waterfalls in the surrounding countryside are ideal for the ecotourist.
UFMG offers a wide range of museums and places of scientific and cultural interest, such as the Cultural Centre, the UFMG Conservatory, the Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens and the Museum of Morphological Science, all of which are open to the public. In addition it organises major arts events, such as the Winter and Summer Festivals. Mention should also be made of the services provided in the Hospital das Cli´nicas, the Risoleta Neves Hospital, the Dental Faculty and the Veterinary Hospital, as well as the sporting and recreational activities conducted in the Centro Esportivo Universita´rio / CEU (University Sports Centre) and the Centro de Treinamento Esportivo / CTE (Sports Training Centre).
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 3.0+ GPA at time of application (Students with a lower GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis)
- At least intermediate language proficiency in Portuguese or the equivalent of PRT 201/PRT 202 at UNCW
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNCW exchange/study abroad program at UFMG will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include biology, humanities, philosophy, history, education, psychology, computer science, statistics, physics, geology, mathematics, Portuguese, speech therapy, nursing, physical education, and chemistry. With the exception of a few courses in specific majors (i.e. Languages), UFMG does not offer classes in English.
Among other options, international students may stay with a host family, in a hotel/hostel, a flat, or in UFMG Halls of Residence.
Academic Year Dates
August to July
Fall Semester Dates
August to December
Spring Semester Dates
March to July
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs to discuss which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at www.uncw.edu/ international/abroad/aid.html.