Brazil

Visa regulations

Information regarding visa regulations and work permits you can find on the website of the Brazilian Embassy in Stockholm. There, they provide valid info in Swedish, English and Portuguese.

Studying in Brazil  

The easiest way to study in Brazil is by applying as a guest student through your university in Sweden. Ask at the international office of your university about possible agreements with universities in Brazil. However, you should be aware, that most lectures are taught in Portuguese. You can find more information about the Brazilian education system and how to apply for university programmes here.

Finding a place to stay in São Paulo

Housing in São Paulo is expensive and depending on the area, safety precautions are important. You can find furnished rooms in shared apartments which are called “repúblicas” either online or offline on notice-boards in your university.

Nordic Community
Brazil is home to the largest Scandinavian community in Latin America. Thus, there is also a relatively large Nordic community in São Paulo. The Scandinavian Church is a place to get together and every month, they host a traditional dinner with yellow pea soup. You can follow them on facebook or visit their website for more information.

Social Connections

REI SP is a student organisation in São Paulo, inspired in the European Erasmus Programme and the Erasmus Student Network. It serves as a platform for all exchange students in the city of São Paulo. They provide information about the city, answer doubts you may have, help finding housing and also organize parties, trips and cultural events.

Internations.org is also a very popular place where like-minded people connect online and meet for Happy Hours or other activities in São Paulo.

Fun Facts about Brazil

Fact#1: Brazil’s capital, Brasília, looks like an aeroplane from above. It took just 41 months to be built, from 1956 to 1960.

Fact#2: Brazil has the biggest Japanese community outside of Japan, and there are more people of Lebanese descent in Brazil than there are in Lebanon itself.

Fact#3: In 1958, a rhinoceros was named a candidate in the city council elections in São Paulo as a protest against political corruption.

Fact#4: In Laguna, bottlenose dolphins actively herd fish towards local fishermen and then signal with tail slaps for the fishermen to throw their nets. This collaboration between man and dolphins has been occurring since at least 1847.

Fact#5: 92% of all new sold cars in Brazil use ethanol as fuel, which is produced from sugar cane.