Centro Universitario of S. Minas Gerais

University Overview

Centro Universitario of S. Minas Gerais (UNIS) is situated in the southeast of Brazil in Varginha, Minas Gerais, representing the most important coffee producers in the world. Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo are nearby. Founded in 1965, this university has more than 13,000 undergraduate students, 1,500 post graduation, and approximately 50 international students. Paid training is included.

Here are some tips from a 2016 UCA Study Abroad participant to Brazil:

  1. Skin So Soft. Protecting yourself from mosquitoes made easy in one product! Avon stores and consultants should have these on hand. Make sure you put saran wrap in the lid to prevent spillage, I double bagged mine (freezer bags) and it didn’t leak for me!
  2. Take a chance and try the local food! Coffee, Aςai, Croquetche, Pão de Queijo, Tapioca, Brazilian BBQ, Pizza, Sushi, etc. I’ve been a “why not?” type of person since I got here and it’s been so worth it!
  3. Finally, learn the dance language of Brazil, Samba. Find a local club or disco or even some of the students here to teach you some moves. It’s a blast to watch and learn from them!

Semester Calendar

Fall:  August – December
Spring: January – July

Course Offerings

Typically students take the equivalent of 12 to 15 credit hours abroad. Check with our office for more information about your specific options.

A variety of Business courses are offered in English. Portuguese courses are also offered.

Check the partner school’s website for additional offerings.

Program Cost

UCA students pay regular tuition, and all scholarships and financial aid apply. Students should check with Financial Aid and the Office of Study Abroad for more information regarding the cost of a semester exchange.

Application Process

See our Semester Exchange Application page for a step-by-step overview of the application process. Please be sure to turn in all documents before the published deadlines.

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