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Exchange Program Information – FDRP (english)

Exchange Program Information – FDRP (italiano)



Students enrolled in foreign institutions looking forward to take part of their studies (one semester as exchange student) at FDRP can do it by:


  • Through FDRP International Office: Student’s home university must have an agreement with FDRP and must nominate the student. A list of our partners can be viewed here (;
  • Through the International Office of the University of São Paulo. In this case, whether the student’s home university has an agreement with USP or not. Please, see further information in the site of USP International Office (



Undergraduate, Graduate, and Research Programs Exchange


Students regularly enrolled in foreign institutions (partners of FDRP, USP or none) are allowed to come and study undergraduate or graduate subjects for a period of one semester. Portuguese is Brazil’s official language and foreign students are encouraged to take programs in Portuguese, though some subjects can be offered in English at FDRP.


FDRP´s International Office does not accept applications by the foreign students themselves. It is strictly necessary that the person responsible for the international relations of the foreign institution contact and arrange the documents.


Requirements for students that would like to do an exchange semester at FDRP:

  • Study in a bachelor program in Law or related areas;
  • It is recommended (not mandatory) that has at least a basic knowledge of Portuguese;
  • For MSc exchange, must have a Bachelor degree diploma.



Nomination, Application process – UNDERGRADUATE


1. Nomination

Home University must send an e-mail to with the following information of each nominated student:
– Full Name
– Gender
– Field of study in the home institution
– Level of study to be taken at FDRP (bachelor/undergraduate, master)
– Semester of exchange (Spring, Fall or Academic Year)
– Email
– Address to which the acceptance letter should be sent

2. Application

2.1 Undergraduate
The students will receive an email with a link explaining how to proceed with the registration for their exchange at USP, through the USP MUNDUS system. Students must complete the data and upload the required documents and send the application.
Documents required
Students must upload the following documents:
  • Scanned Student´s photo(JPG)
  • Passport´s main page
  • Current Transcript of Records from Home University
  • Proof of financial support of at least R$6,000 (US$3,000; €2,500 or equivalent) per semester
  • Copy of international health insurance valid for the entire stay at FDRP/USP



Nomination, Application process – GRADUATE

  1. The International Office of home university first send us an e-mail until April 30th (for Fall Semester) or October 31st (for Spring Semester) with the information of the nominated students (Name, gender, field of study in the home institution, undergraduate or graduate and currently year/semester of study).
  2. Then the students fill the online application form
  3. Later students must send the requested documents only by email to <> it’s not necessary to send the hard copies by post. The required documents are detailed down this page. As soon as we receive the digital information, we are going to check it all. If there is any problem, we will inform the student by email.



Documents required: 


  • A photo size 3×4 cm scanned by e-mail (JPG)
  • Copy of passport´s main page
  • Copy of Current Transcript*
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Proof of financial support of at least R$6,000 (US$3,000; €2,500 or equivalent)per semester
  • Copy of international health insurance valid for the entire stay at FDRP/USP
  • Copy of Undergraduate program Diploma*
  • Copy of Undergraduate program Transcript*
  • Letter of recommendation from professor of home institution for FDRP´s professor responsible for accepting students
  • Letter from home institution proving the student is linked (Or enrollment certificate or equivalent)
  • Research plan (to be held at FDRP), indicating the beginning and end of the project
  • Schedule of activities to be performed in FDRP in the specified period (as the research plan)



Once the student has been accepted, he/she should report to the Office of the Graduate Registrer of FDRP and present the original documents (*) to enroll.



For Brazilian citizens, please, be sure to attach a photocopy of the first page of your Brazilian passport and a photocopy of your RG (General Register), or ID Card.



Schedule for students applying as Exchangers at FDRP/USP

Exchange Program in USP´s 1st Semester of each year (European Spring semester):

Until Oct. 31st – Nomination and Application (by Home Institution)

From 1st to 30th of November – Evaluation

From 01st to 15th of December – Issue of acceptance letters

From February to June – Period of exchange



Exchange Program in USP´s 2nd Semester of each year (European Fall semester):

Until Apr. 30th – Nomination and Application (by Home Institution)

From 1st to 30th of May – Evaluation

From 01st to 15th of June – Issue of acceptance letters

August – Orientation week

From August to December – Period of exchange





In the beginning of each semester, the International Office organizes a welcome reception with important and practical information to FDRP international students. This event is free and mandatory. The schedule and details of the event is always well send to students.





Students should always choose the subjects after their acceptance. We´ll keep the students informed about it. However the enroll will happen only at the beginning of classes, with International Office´s orientation.





Regarding the accommodation in Ribeirão Preto, FDRP/USP doesn’t offer student accommodation in campus, but there is a program with the Brazilian students in which they offer a place at their house / apartment to welcome an exchange student. The Brazilian students usually share a house or an apartment that are called “Repúblicas” and are like fraternities. These accommodations are paid by the exchange student.



More information will be sent to all accepted ones. There is a group of students in the campus, called ITeam, which works and helps USP with international matters. ITeam through its Housing program helps international students find housing in Ribeirão Preto. All incoming students will be assisted by this program. After being accepted students will be placed in contact with the ITeam, which will provide support.



English Subjects and Portuguese Language Program


Portuguese is the official language of Brazil and all public educational institutions must, by the force of our Constitution, teach classes in that language. However FDRP can offer some subjects in English, which are disclosed in the calendar each semester. In order to help international students, it´s offered a course in Portuguese Language.


The course develops skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing promoting fluency in the environment for foreign students. Classes take place twice in a week and they are charged in two stallments. Values and schedules depend on the students demand and availability of the teachers and will be arranged in arrival.


Visa and Registration with the Federal Police


For more information regarding Student Visa visit this link (link para página de visto); further details on mandatory registration with the Brazilian Federal Police visit this link (link para página do RNE)





USP and FDRP offers the following facilities for foreign students:


Library – free book loans

USP Card – access to USP and discounts on movie theaters, shows and others

University Restaurant  – low cost subsidized meals

Sports Center – free sports classes/facilities

Wi-fi –free of charge

Computer labs  – free of charge

Buddy program – a Brazilian friend that will help during your stay

Housing program  – help on finding housing

Research opportunities


Further details on those facilities will be disclosed on orientation meetings.



Extension of Exchange semester


If you are already an exchange student at FDRP and want to extend your stay for another semester you should contact first your home university. If they approve your request, they must nominate you to FDRP´s International Office for another semester.


After receiving the nomination from the home university, we will review the request. If accepted, we will contact you to give orientations on how extending the visa and other administrative details.

More Information

Rodrigo Brunelli Pirani Phone: +55 16 3315-0112 Email: