Best universities in Brazil 2022

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Brazil is the largest country in Latin America and the fifth largest country in the world, with a population of more than 211 million people. Its official language is Portuguese, which is spoken by 98 per cent of the population.

It boasts more than 7,200km of coastline, 2,000 beaches and the world’s largest rainforest (and a quarter of the world’s total rainforest area). Anthropologists estimate that there are 60 undiscovered tribes in these dense jungles.

Its cities are similarly world renowned – from São Paulo, the largest city in the world, to Rio de Janeiro, home of the 2016 Olympic Games, to Brasilia, the utopian-esque capital designed by Oscar Niemeyer – there is no end to its urban treasures.

A member of the BRICS group, it is among the world’s fastest growing major economies, with economic reforms that are constantly pushing it forward on the international stage.

Opportunities for travel within the country are inexhaustible, but Brazil is also a great springboard for exploring neighbouring attractions such as Buenos Aires, Patagonia, Machu Picchu and the Andes.

Below are some of the best universities to study at in Brazil based on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022.

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Top universities in Brazil

1. University of São Paulo

Founded in 1934, the University of São Paulo was the result of the collaboration of the Faculdade de Direito do Largo de São Francisco (Law), the Polytechnic School (Engineering) and the Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz (Agriculture).

It is Brazil’s largest public university and one of the biggest higher education institutions in Latin America. The city of São Paulo is home to four of its 11 campuses; the others are in Bauru, Lorena, Piracicaba, Pirassununga, Ribeirão Preto and two in São Carlos.

The university campuses include 70 libraries, five affiliated hospitals, 24 museums and galleries, two theatres, a cinema and its own student-run TV channel. A large proportion of Brazilian scientific papers are produced at the university, too.

Notable alumni include the former president of Brazil Michel Miguel Elias Temer Lulia, the writer, professor, sociologist and literary critic Antonio Candido de Mello e Souza, and Guido Mantega, Brazil’s former finance minister.

2. University of Campinas

Opened in 1966, the University of Campinas is based in the São Paulo state region, although it has affiliate campuses in Limeira and Paulínia.

It has established itself as a primary medical and scientific research centre and produces a large amount of patented material.

International undergraduates will need to sit an exam to gain admission, which will require a strong understanding of Portuguese.

The most common airport for international students to fly into is the Guarulhos International Airport, about 135km from the Campinas campus. Campinas is known not only for its temperate climate – it is on the Tropic of Capricorn – but also for its wide range of cultural centres, such as dozens of cinemas and bars, known locally as “barzinhos”.

Alumni of UniCamp include the actor Petrônio Gontijo, historian and gay rights activist Luiz Mott, and economist Paulo Renato Souza.

Top universities in Brazil 2022

Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2022 profile

World University Rank 2022  Brazil Rank 2022 University City/State
201-250 1 University of São Paulo São Paulo 
401-500 2 University of Campinas São Paulo 
601-800 =3 Federal University of Minas Gerais Minas Gerais 
601-800 =3 Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul Rio Grande do Sul 
601-800 =3 Universidade Federal de Sergipe Sergipe
801-1000 =6 Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina Santa Catarina
801-1000 =6 Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) São Paulo
801-1000 =6 University of Fortaleza (UNIFOR) Brasília 
801-1000 =6 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS) Rio Grande do Sul 
801-1000 =6 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Rio de Janeiro 
1001-1200 =11 University of Brasília Brasília
1001-1200 =11 Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) São Paulo
1001-1200 =11 Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) São Paulo
1001-1200 =11 Federal University of Pelotas Pelotas
1001-1200 =11 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro
1001-1200 =11 Federal University of São Carlos São Carlos
1001-1200 =11 Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná Paraná
1201+ =18 University of Caxias do Sul Rio Grande do Sul
1201+ =18 Ceará State University Ceará
1201+ =18 Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) Rio de Janeiro
1201+ =18 Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina Santa Catarina
1201+ =18 Universidade Estadual de Maringá Maringá
1201+ =18 Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (Unioeste) Paraná
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal da Bahia Salvador
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) Ceará
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre (UFCSPA) Rio Grande do Sul
1201+ =18 Federal University of Espírito Santo Vitória
1201+ =18 Federal University of Goiás Goiás
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal da Grande Dourados Dourados
1201+ =18 Federal University of Itajubá Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora Juiz de Fora
1201+ =18 Federal University of Lavras Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) Maranhão
1201+ =18 Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul Mato Grosso do Sul
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP) Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 Federal University of Pará Pará
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) Curitiba
1201+ =18 Federal University of Pernambuco Recife
1201+ =18 Federal University of Piauí Piauí
1201+ =18 Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) Rio Grande do Norte
1201+ =18 Federal Rural University of Pernambuco Recife
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-Arido Rio Grande do Norte
1201+ =18 Federal University of Santa Maria Santa Maria
1201+ =18 Federal University of Tocantins Tocantins
1201+ =18 Federal University of Uberlândia Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 Federal University of Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 Federal University of Viçosa Viçosa
1201+ =18 Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro Uberaba
1201+ =18 Fluminense Federal University Rio de Janeiro
1201+ =18 Londrina State University Londrina
1201+ =18 Mackenzie Presbyterian University São Paulo
1201+ =18 Universidade Nove de Julho (Uninove) São Paulo
1201+ =18 University of Passo Fundo (UPF) Passo Fundo
1201+ =18 University of Pernambuco Recife
1201+ =18 Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais Minas Gerais
1201+ =18 State University of Ponta Grossa Paraná
1201+ =18 State University of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz
1201+ =18 Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) Curitiba
1201+ =18 Unisinos University São Leopoldo

Find the best universities in Brazil using Times Higher Education’s World University Ranking 2022 data

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