As I intend to write about some topics related to living in Brazil (in a sort of series), today we will focus on how to study in Brazil.
Why to study in Brazil?
Photo: a building at UNISINOS' campus.
Some international students have preferred to go to larger cities in the Southeast region, such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. These cities are the economic heart of South America.
In São Paulo city you will find anything you would find in a big metropolis, including first-world structures and high prices. It hosts some of the best Brazilian instititutions, such as USP (Universidade de São Paulo), FGV (Fundacao Getulio Vargas) and IBMEC (Instituto Brasileiro de Mercados de Capitais), just to mention a few. FGV and IBMEC are leading private-held institutions in the fields of Business, Law and Economics, and you can find them also in Rio de Janeiro city (access IBMEC Rio de Janeiro website).
The University of São Paulo - USP is a top research institution in almost all its Faculties and is normally ranked the number one in research within South America (together with the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the University of Chile). It is a public University, which means it is funded by the State, therefore they do not charge for one to study there. The application proceedings for both undergraduate and graduate studies are normally very competitive, reaching rates of 30 candidates for 1 place in its Faculty of Law. In the graduate level, previous outstanding research and good reference letters can make the difference for you to join their high-qualified team of graduate students.
FGV is a leading institution in the teach and research of Law, Business and Economics. Its School of Economics and Finance is generally refered to as the number one in Brazil and is reponsible for publishing some of the most important indexes of Brazilian economy. FGV has some interchange programmes with other prestigious institutions around the world, such as the Harvard Law School, United States. As I am a corporate lawyer, it was the place I chose to take my master degree in Business Law before pursuing further studies in the United Kingdom. I would strongly recommend it.
IBMEC is a prestigious centre for finance and business education. Its masters programmes in Corporate Law are also very well regarded in Brazil. In the international field, it also holds interchange programmes with other similar and prestigious institutions of business leadership, such as the Instituto de Empresa (IE) of Madrid, Spain. Both IBMEC and FGV are equally outstanding think tanks in Law, Business and Economics.
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