Top 10 universities in Brazil |Student Guide: 2020

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Our top ten universities in Brazil happen to be some of the largest international universities. Here’s our list of the top ten universities in Brazil with exclusive statics as of the year 2020!

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)

Unicamp University in São Paulo goes back to 1966. Ranking 9th in World University Rankings by and 2nd in QS rankings of Latin American universities for the same year.

The university is known for its research. Stated in about 8% of Brazil’s articles in scientific journals comes from Unicamp. Also, distinguished by being among the best in the world for 36 subjects out of 46 in the latest classification of the University of QS by topic, with its high positions in the global list of the top 50 universities for agriculture, forestry, and dentistry.

Similarly, 1,060 Foreign students have their own say in the topic which makes Unicamp out first in the list of top ten universities in Brazil!

Finally, get to know more about Unicamp here.

Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

2- Universidade de São Paulo (USP)

The University of Sao Paulo (USP) is 3rd in Latin America in the previous years. USP is one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, and also the largest public university in Brazil.

With about 95,000 students enrolled in 11 universities campus, USP comes second on the list!

Similarly, get to know more about USP here.

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)

3- Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)


UFRJ comes at 31st in this year’s ranking and was 7th in Latin America. Established in 1792 as the Royal Academy of Artillery, Defense and Design, UFRJ is the oldest university in Brazil.

Now, it currently educates over 67,000 students. Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, with headquarters in 10 other cities, UFRJ also has a number of museums, hospitals, and research centers next to campuses.

Similarly, get to know more about UFGJ here.

State University of Paulista (Júlio de Mesquita Filho)

4- State University of Paulista (Júlio de Mesquita Filho)

Paulista State University formally Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) was founded in 1976. UNESP came 34th in last year’s BRICS and 10th in Latin America.

UNESP managed to achieve one of the highest marks for the number of its doctoral employees, coming 11th out of 300 institutions displayed in the BRICS rating.

Similarly, you can contact UNESP international student here.

Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)

5- Pontificia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP)

The university crossed 10 steps to 42nd place this year in Latin America. Founded in 1946, PUC-SP has nine colleges, forty-five departments, and thirty-nine undergraduate programs.

Not to mention the 28 postgraduate programs.

Coming 41st in Latin America for the year 2018, PUC-SP is currently among the top 300 global rankings for both linguistics and modern languages. This makes PUC-SP our fifth position on the list!

We think the PUC-SP site is a bit complicate to navigate so click here.

Pontifia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio)

6- Pontifia Universidade Católica (PUC-Rio)

PUC-Rio maintained its 46th position in the BRICS for this year and came 13th in the QS ranking for Latin America. Founded in 1940, this is a private, non-profit Catholic university located in the (Gavea) region of Rio de Janeiro.

It’s worthy to mention that PUC-Rio is internationally known for 11 majors, including being as one of the 150 best-searched papers in philosophy.

Similarly, get to know more about PUC-Rio here.

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)

7- Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)


Coming in 47th place in BRICS, UFMG has done it six times being selected under BRICS. Not to mention being 11th in Latin America.

UFMG is the largest public university in the country with 49,000 students taught, and yes, it’s free. Founded in 1927, UFMG offers 77 undergraduate courses, 80 postgraduate programs with more than 900 research centers, today.

Similarly, you can know more about UFMG here next to their academic calendar of Feb 2020 here in English.

Find more nformation on UFMG.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

8- Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

UFRGS comes 50th as the last in the BRICS ranking of 50 universities, and 14th in Latin America this year. As a public university, UFRGS doesn’t charge tuition fees for 33,200 students.

Even though all students need to take a test known as the vestibular exam to get admission. Still, UFRGS is known for 23 majors globally and among the 100 sports majors in universities.

Similarly, you can know more about UFRGS here.

Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)

9- Universidade de Brasilia (UnB)

Firstly, the University of Brasilia is the only university located in the capital, Brasilia. The university is 56th in BRICS this year and 18th in Latin America, and also among the top 150 universities for agriculture, forestry, and anthropology globally.

UNB remains a public institution with 40,000 students in 26 colleges and has operations in 18 specialized research centers in all four of its branches.

Also, in 2003, UNB was the first Brazilian federal university to approve affirmative action for black and indigenous applicants

You can know more about UNB here.

Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)

10- Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar)

UFSCar University was established in 1968 as the first public university in the state of São Paulo.

The main campus of the university is located in the city of São Carlos, and the university currently has 24825 students.

Finally, you might want to check more about UFSCar here.

About Sam

Sam is an editor in chief at Aljawaz, with a decade-plus experience in improving and advising students travelling progams in Asia, North America and EU. Views are his own.

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