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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. 

Master's Programmes





  • Engineering School
  • Faculty of Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences
  • Faculty of Economics
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Faculty of Veterinary Sciences
  • Faculty of Library Sciences and Communication
  • Institute of Arts
  • Institute of Biosciences
  • Institute of Chemistry
  • Institute of Food Sciences and Technology
  • Institute of Geoscience
  • Institute of Health Sciences
  • Institute of Hydraulic Research
  • Institute of Informatics
  • Institute of Languages and Literature
  • Institute of Mathematics
  • Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences
  • Institute of Physics
  • Institute of Psychology
  • Nursing School
  • Physical Education School
  • School of Administration


  •  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.
  • UFRGS has more than 700 registered groups working with basic or applied research from many different fields. In total, approximately 14 thousand people are involved in scientific and technologic research activities, including undergraduate and graduate students, laboratory technicians, professors and visitors.

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University Ranking

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Housing services

UFRGS does not have student houses for international students, but Relinter offers support for these students, helping them to find adequate housing. 

Library services

  • The library system at UFRGS (SBU), coordinated by the Central library and composed of 32 libraries, is responsible for offering services of specialized information.
  • The reserves are constituted of books, scientific journals, magazines, CD-ROMs, DVD’s, films, photos, maps, a sheet music collection, discs, rare artworks, among other types of documents.

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

The Campus Olímpico offers several classes in different sports for all international students free of cost. Several activities are offered with professors’ supervision (bodybuilding, water sports, synchronized swimming, dance, olympic gymnastics, collective sports and wrestling). A timetable with activities and sports is available for request.

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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