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Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

4.4 out of 5 (10 ratings / 10 reviews) Porto Alegre, Brazil
The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) is a century-old educational institution nationally and internationally recognized. It is centered in Porto Alegre – the capital city of the State of Rio Grande do Sul – and it offers academic programs from all different fields of knowledge, for all stages of education, ranging from elementary to graduate school.

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More than 30 thousand people circulate its facilities in search of receiving one of the top 10 most qualified educations in Brazil. This, combined with its leading research programs and expressive community outreach, grants UFRGS to be ranked among the best universities in the country.


One of the biggest distinctions of the highly qualified training of human resources at UFRGS is the emphasis on research, and the knowledge derived from it. The communication between state of the art knowledge and research activities gives undergraduate and graduate classes the opportunity to consciously educate a citizen of its social, environmental and ethical responsibility. Such characteristics accredit students from UFRGS to change the world around them and establish an increasingly better and equitable society focused on collective well being.

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
447 12
459 6
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
701 -50
651 -50
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Housing services

UFRGS has three student houses but because of a small number of vacancies, they are mostly available for undergraduate and graduate students with low income. For international students, only those who come to Brazil by the mobility program Escala can stay in a student house.

Library services

UFRGS has 33 libraries with a collection of 700,000 items and 14,000 periodicals. Libraries serve the University's current faculty, students, staff, and researchers who hold valid UFRGS IDs. The users can use the libraries for in loco research as well as for borrowing materials to read at home. For borrowing books and other materials, the user must have UFRGS ID and password. The first password, generally, is the date of the user’s birthday (day/month/year, as used in Brazil).

Student Life

Campus life

UFRGS has four campi (Centro, Vale, Olímpico and Saúde). Each one of them is divided in blocks and subareas. It is important for you to know that Porto Alegre is a relatively big city and that these campi are located in different points in the city. Transportation from one to the other requires using bus, car or motorbike and it can be time consuming. Therefore, while choosing which disciplines you will enroll in, you should think about this distance between UFRGS campi. We suggest you schedule classes at the same campus, checking their timetable.

Sports facilities

There are projects involving practice of sports that are promoted by the School of Physical Education (ESEF). These projects aim to promote physical activities for the community, improving the health and quality of life of its participants. Sessions with professors’ supervision are available for several activities (bodybuilding, water sports, synchronized swimming, dance, exercising, olympic gymnastics, collective sports and fighting sports). The activities take place at ESEF (Campus Olímpico) and are also free for international students, depending on the vacancies available.

Student clubs

The University Outreach program acts directly for the dissemination and production of cultural activities. This program functions to create a space for expression, and for the enjoyment of different cultural objects. The University utilizes cultural equipment to provide rich learning spaces for different activities, allowing the participation of students, teachers, and the whole community to contribute to the construction of an arena for public debate.

Student Reviews

Great science, little resource
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It was a great university and I learned a lot about research activities. I have enrolled in research projects all the time I was in the university. The problem was a lack of financial support from the Brazilian government.

animal science
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

Great university and profesor

Best Brazilian's federal university
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My university is considered the best federal university in Brazil. We have teorical and practical studies in the accounting course.


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