To Understand the Poli
The Polytechnic School (usually called Poli) is the School of Engineering of the University of São Paulo (USP), the
largest Brazilian university and the country most prestigious educational institution. Founded in 1893, before the creation of the university itself, it was the first Engineering school of the state of São Paulo, and today it is a national reference and considered the most complete engineering school of Latin America. For over a century, the Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo has been training generations of engineers who have distinguished themselves not only in their professional specialties, but also in the political life of the country, in business administration and in public institutions.
Currently the school comprises 15 academic departments of teaching and researching of engineering, distributed in a
prime area of 141,500 m² (54,600 mi²) and 9 buildings . Concerning human resources, there are about 500 teachers and 500 employees who are dedicated to maintain and ensure the standard of the course and the infrastructure of the school. The School offers 18 undergraduate programs, being three of them cooperative, and it has the largest center for graduate studies in the country in the field of Engineering, offering 10 master's degree programs, 9 doctorate programs and 1 professional master's program. There are also programs of continuing education.
Traditionally, Poli undergraduate courses are divided into four great areas and their qualifications:
Great Civil Area:
• Civil Engineering
• Environmental Engineering;
Great Electric Area:
• Electrical Engineering - Emphasis: Automation and Control.
• Electrical Engineering - Emphasis: Telecommunication.
• Electrical Engineering - Emphasis: Electronic Systems.
• Electrical Engineering - Emphasis: Energy and Automation.
• Electrical Engineering - Emphasis: Computer.
• Computer Engineering - Cooperative Course.
• Computer Engineering - Emphasis: Corporate Systems - Cooperative Course
Great Mechanic Area:
• Mechanical Engineering.
• Mechatronics Engineering.
• Naval Engineering.
• Production Engineering.
Great Chemistry Area:
• Materials Engineering.
• Metallurgical Engineering.
• Chemical Engineering - Cooperative Course
• Mining Engineering.
• Petroleum Engineering.
About the Cooperative Courses
Cooperative Education is a teaching methodology that promotes continuous learning through classes and training
periods in companies or projects at the university. Enrolment in Cooperative courses of the Polytechnic School is done at the beginning of the 3rd year of school.
The Cooperative Courses consist of five (5) Academic Modules and four (4) Internship Modules, and the Department
responsible for the course defines the sequence. For that, the academic year is divided into three modules of four months. Then, the student must attend classes in the university, while in the Academic Modules, full-time, and attend internships or university research full time, while in the Internship Module.
About EC2 and EC3
For a long time POLI's undergraduate courses have been in a regime called EC2. In EC2 freshman start their studies in
a basic cycle where students from all the qualifications have the same subject and classes in the first year. In second year, the students have subject and classes according to their great area (Civil, Eletric, Mechanic and Chemistry), just then, starting from third year, they have their classes according to the qualification or emphasis they have chosen.
However, from to 2014, the undergraduate courses are in a new regime called EC3. In EC3 students start the studies
in their chosen field from the first year of university, and have classes only with classmates of the same qualification. As there are still no classes for the 3rd, 4th and 5th year of this regime, some of the subjects for each of these years are still not available or prepared.
For the ones who plan to come to the Polytechnic School in the next years, they will probably attend the EC2, but in
some years, everything will change into EC3.