University of Sao Paulo (USP)

Universidade de São Paulo (USP) is one of the largest and most important research, technological and higher education institutions of Brazil and Latin America. Founded in 1934, USP is a public state institution and has several campuses located in 8 different cities in the state of São Paulo. With 5860 faculty members responsible for teaching and research activities in all fields, USP offers nearly 249 undergraduate programs, 239 graduate programmes (Master and PhD degrees) and 993 extra-curricular programmes.

Altogether, there are about 90,000 registered students at USP. Its academic structure is organised into 42 schools and 6 advanced research institutes which are subdivided into several departments. USP has 4 important museums which receive over one-million visitors each year. USP has also 2 major hospitals and health centres, and a partnership with 2 of the best hospitals in the cities of São Paulo and Ribeirão Preto.

USP scientific production, including research projects on the state of art science, totals an average over the year of about 27,000 publications of articles in indexed scientific journals, books, reports, etc. Together with the master and PhD degrees delivered by USP, this scientific production represents a significant fraction of the whole Brazilian scientific production.

The university consistently appears in some of the most important world university rankings. In the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which evaluates world class institutions in terms of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook, it ranks well within the top 200 (158th). Furthermore, the 2012 SIR Global Ranking presents Universidade de São Paulo as the 11th university in the world with respect to scientific production and international collaboration, and in the 2013 SIR Iberoamerican Ranking and the QS Latin American University Rankings, USP appears in first place, as the top university in Latin America. Additionally, in the QS World University Rankings by Subjects 2013, Universidade de São Paulo is placed among the 100 top universities in 26 areas of knowledge.

Student Mobility Options at Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

USP is a public state institution with campuses in eight cities around the state of São Paulo. It offers 249 undergraduate courses, 239 graduate courses (Master’s and PhD) programs and 993 extracurricular programs in all of its 42 schools.

Tuition fees are not charged by USP on undergraduate and graduate courses, therefore, no scholarship programs are available for students. MBA or extension courses may have tuition fees.Find out more about USP partnerships with universities around the world..

Exchange Students
USP offers a number of exchange places for students from partner universities from all around the globe. You can apply for the international exchange programme if you are currently enrolled in your first year (or above) of study at a university that has an international exchange agreement with USP.

USP may consider applications of students nominated by Study Abroad Advisors/Exchange Coordinators of non-partner universities. In this case, admission of students will be subject to the availability of places. Please contact the Study Abroad Advisor/Exchange Coordinator of your home university to discuss the application process. Find out more about exchange opportunities at USP..

Postgraduate students may apply either to take courses or to carry out research activities. A combination of the two schemes is also possible. Students willing to attend courses should be nominated by the deadlines, whereas students willing to carry out only research activities may be accepted on a rolling basis and will need a supervisor. Postgraduate students should be nominated by email only. Find out more about postgraduate studies for exchange students.

The general objective of the Postdoctoral Programme is to improve the level of scientific and technological excellence at USP. Its specific goal is to further enhance advanced research skills of postdoctoral researchers under the supervision of an experienced researcher who needs to be a faculty member. The project has to be carried out in the schools, institutes, museums and bodies belonging to the university.Go here for more information.

The objective of the Research Collaborator Programme is to stimulate the collaboration between researchers of USP and external faculty and non-faculty academics. The project has to be carried out in the schools, institutes, museums and further bodies belonging to the university. The collaboration proposal must be submitted by a USP faculty member. Go here for more information.

PhD students and scholars from WC2 member universities are encouraged to visit USP to work with researchers in related fields.Find out more about USP’s research focus and organisation.In the first instance it is advisable to identify the research team that would host your visit. Here are the key centres, groups and programmes related to each WC2 theme:

• EcoCampus:FAU;
Cidades Globais ;

USP Cidades;
Escola Politecnica


• Knowledge, Culture and Urban Affairs: Ciências Sociais; FAU; School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities;Cidades Globais;Research Support


Global Health

For assistance with contacting research teams and identifying support please contact Professor Roberta Consentino Kronka Mulfarth from USP’s International Cooperation Office, on rkronka@usp.br or international.communication@usp.br


Strategy Group Representative
Roberta C. Kronka Mülfarth
Associate Professor
FAU – School of Architecture and Urban Design
AUCANI – International Office Special Collaborator
Email: rkronka@usp.br

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