The University of Campinas (Unicamp) is a public university funded by the State of São Paulo, Brazil. The university was officially established on October 5, 1966. Although considered a young institution, Unicamp has already developed a strong tradition in education, research and services to society. Unicamp has strong undergraduate and graduate programs covering a wide range of areas in science, technology, health, humanities, and arts.
The Surrounding Area
Unicamp’s main campus is located 16km from downtown Campinas, in a city district named Barão Geraldo. Originally named for its meadows, Campinas was founded in 1774 and is today an important and growing educational, industrial and financial center with over one million inhabitants. Campinas has a rich cultural life. The city has its own Symphony Orchestra – considered one of Brazil’s best – cinemas, theaters, parks, malls and regional and international restaurants. There are also many “barzinhos”, where people often meet to hear great music. Campinas is also the home of two popular soccer teams: Guarani and Ponte Preta. Recreation in the vicinity of Campinas is rich and varied. São Paulo, one of the world’s largest cities and an important cultural center, is located 100 kilometers southeast of Campinas – a one-hour ride by car or bus. In addition, many country resorts and parks are accessible, offering a taste of life in the countryside of Brazil. Finally, the famous São Paulo beaches of the coast are only a two-hour drive away. Since Campinas is served by a good transportation network, with bus service being the most common form of transportation, it is easy to get from place to place. The Viracopos International Airport is also located within 30 minutes from Campus.
Unicamp has three reasonably priced cafeterias on the main campus and almost every school on campus has a snack bar or a restaurant. Additional meal options are located within walking distance of campus. Students have access to Unicamp’s sports facilities, including the running track, at any time of the day or can exercise at the Parque Ecológico, a lake next to the campus. Cultural activities happen every day on campus, and many of them occur at the Casa do Lago, a cultural space that offers daily movie showtimes, musical performances, art exhibitions, among others. The International Unicamp Volunteer Group, UniInter, is a student group engaged in the dissemination of a variety of international cultures on campus and support for international students.
- 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 Unicamp will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. However, please note that all undergraduate courses are taught in Portuguese (with very few graduate classes offered in English). Areas of study available include art, biology, chemistry, film, geography, geology, history, literature, mathematics/statistics, philosophy and religion, photography, physics, Portuguese for foreigners, and Urban Studies. The following academic areas have a few restrictions: medicine, music, art, and sports courses, please meet with an advisor at the Office of International Programs for details.
The university does not provide university dorms for Exchange Students, but the international office can assist students with finding a shared room near the campus.
Academic Year Dates
August to July
Fall Semester Dates
August to December
Spring Semester Dates
February 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.