Para Estudantes Estrangeiros - For Exchange Students
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CPF?
The CPF (Cadastro de Pessoas Físicas or Natural Persons Register) is a number assigned by the Brazilian revenue agency to both Brazilians and resident aliens who are subject to taxes in Brazil.
How to acquire CPF?
What is RNM?
The Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNM) is a personal identity document that has been required for foreign individuals living temporarily or permanently in Brazil.
How to acquire RNM?
Do I need to make a copy of my whole passport (blank pages included)?
Where can I make certified copies of my documents?
Certified copies can be made at a registry office. The one closest to USP is called "13º Cartório do Butantã" (R. Pirajussara, 432 - Butantã, São Paulo - SP, 05501-020)
Where can I take 3x4 pictures?
Which vaccines should I take in order to come to Brazil?
There are no obligatory vaccines for both living and visiting Brazil. However, some may be recommended such as the yellow fever vaccine for most of Brazil's states, including São Paulo. Recently, there's been measles outbreaks in some of Brazil's locations, therefore it is recommended to be vaccinated. It is important to point out that all of the vaccines recommended by Ministry of Health are offered free of charge. There are also some demands regarding the vaccines aiming the protection of the country's population, such demands must be verified at your own country's Embassy.
How to acquire a telephone number?
How to open a bank account?
It is best to open an university account, because this type of account doesn't require any kind of fixed income voucher. At the banks' square in the university, there are required such documents in order to oppen an university account in any of the banks:
How does bank transfering work and how much does it cost?
The fees regarding the withdraw of cash in Brazil, deposited by someone abroad, differ from bank to bank, but, in average, it costs around US$30. It is possible to make money transferences using Wester Union's services, available in Banco do Brasil and some other exchange and tourism agencies.
What are some useful phone numbers in Brazil?
180 - Centre for Special Attention to Women in Brazil
Where can I find currency exchange houses near USP?
Where can I find registries near USP?
The closest registry is Cartório do Butantã, located in R. Pirajussara, 432 – Butantã, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Where can I find post offices near USP?
The closest post office is located at Av. Vital Brasil, 479 - Butantã, São Paulo - SP.
Where can I find hospitals near USP?
Housing & Transportation
Where to find a place to stay?
You can check some of the most common websites and Facebook groups to find a housing option near the campus. Usually the links listed below are tied to the academic sphere and the people that use them are in a University, as well.
How much, on average, can I expect to pay in Housing near USP?
Different types of accommodation accompany different costs, as well as different neighbourhoods. That said, below are average costs in different situations:
Kitnets in Vila Indiana (small one-room individual apartments, some furnitures like stoves or washing machines are shared per floor or per group of kitnets): from 700 to 1300 reais.
Shared flats in Vila Indiana (apartments with 3 bedrooms that if shared with 2 other people have their price as follows): from 800 to 1400 reais per person in full occupancy.
Repúblicas in Grande Butantã (co-living spaces, usually shared houses, from 5 to 10 residents): from 600 to 1200 reais.
What are the best neighborhoods to live in close by the university?
Vila Indiana: that’s the most picked one for Polytechnical School students, it has loads of options of shared apartments and “kitnets”, as well as some fewer options of shared homes (fraternities) and housing.
Vila Butantã: very similar to Vila Indiana, but considered a bit more dangerous and also doesn’t have that many options.
Butantã: that’s a neighbourhood that encapsulates a lot of the proximities of USP, but usually when referring to Butantã people are talking about the region near P1.
Jaguaré and surrounding areas of P2: large neighbourhood, you can also find a large range of options. Despite it being the closest to Poly, since it’s considered to be less safe than the first 3 ones, fewer students choose to live there.
This neighbourhood is the closest one by foot to the university. You enter USP via a pedestrian gate, but it’s also relatively close to P3. (see the appendix for gate entries) In that region, the things to consider are: it’s usually more expensive than the other options, because it’s more centrally located, it’s closer to São Paulo’s central neighbourhoods, it’s close to Butantã Metro Station, it’s near lots of commerce, supermarkets, pharmacies and such. It’s also said to be safer than the other options in this list.
Surrounding areas of Butantã: in the outskirts of Butantã you can find a large range of options to choose from. You can find really expensive neighbourhoods, like Jardins, Itaim Bibi and more. And you can also find some places considered less safe but cheaper, like São Remo or Rio Pequeno.
How can I get from the airport to where I’ll be staying at?
To get from the airport to your housing location, there are three main suggestions: take the subway, Uber or take a lift with iPoli:
Uber: average cost of R$90,00;
From Guarulhos International Airport, take the Airport Service line to “Tietê”. Get off at the Tietê Bus Terminal and take the subway in the direction “Jabaquara” (Figure 1);
At “Estação Consolação”, change to the Yellow Line (Line 4) and take another subway in the direction “Butantã” (line transfers are free);
Get off at “Estação Butantã” and take one of the circulars from USP (there are 3 Circular bus lines, depending on which one you take, it will take a different route around USP, but they all take you to Cidade Universitária - Figure 2) at Butantã Terminal;
Take a lift with iPoli: one of our members can meet you at Guarulhos Airport and give you a ride to where you'll stay. Contact us for more details!
Is it safe to ride a bike or a scooter in São Paulo?
What is “Bilhete Único”? How do I get it?
CRNM (national migration registry card) number;
Postal code of your address in São Paulo;
Postal code of the USP School you’re enrolled at;
Digitized 3x4 recent photo;
How to find the right classrooms?
At the beggining of the semester, there are boards displayed at every building where it is possible to find the relation between the subjects and classrooms.
Are all the classes given in Portuguese?
All the mandatory subjects at Escola Politécnicas are only in Portuguese. However, there are some extra classes offered in other languages.
Where and how to learn Portuguese?
The registration form can be obtained through the site http://clinguas.fflch.usp.br/node/270, usually updated at the beginning of the semester, and the registrations can be sent via e-mail. At this same website, you also find more information about the schedule of the courses offered.
The course costs R$ 990.00 per semester (price in January 2020) for Poli students; for more information, visit https://poliglotaidiomas.com/. It is located on the ground floor of the biennium building.
Option 3: AUCANI online course
The course information and notices are on the website:
How to rent books from the library?
USP students can rent books from any university library using their ID card. The first time you rent a book, you will be asked to create a 4-digit password. Whenever renting a book, it is necessary to have your card and you will be asked for this password created.
It is possible to know which libraries you'll your books through the Dedalus website http://dedalus.usp.br/F
Where to make copies in Poli?
You can make copies at either Policopy (from Production Engineering): http://www.polycopy.com.br/, or Minerva
Poli & USP
Which institutions give support to the exchange students in USP?
USP has AUCANI - USP Agency for National and International Academic Cooperation - and CRInt POLI, the institution responsible for assisting exchange students who will be attending Escola Politécnica.
In addition to those, there are also some student groups responsible for helping exchange students like iPoli itself.
What are "Atlética" and "Grêmio"? Where are they located?
Atlética: Poli's Athletics [http://atleticapoliusp.com.br/] it coordinates the various modalities and sports teams from Poli. The Atlética is located on the first floor of the Biennium building, on the left side. There you can buy items from Poli, such as shirts, sweatshirts, gowns, etc. ask questions about the sports you can practice or just pass the time.
What are Poli's extension groups?
Poli has many different extension groups, which are extracurricular for students, such as iPoli itself. Usually the students reunite to debate, promote and deepen into different subjects. It is possible to find a list containing all of them at: https://www.poli.usp.br/cultura-e-extensao/atividades-organizadas-pelos-alunos
What are the Academic Centers?
The CA - Academic Center is an open space for students, where you can relax in the interval between classes or play pool, cards, table tennis, watch television, read newspapers, among other things. Moreover, the CA's are always organizing festivals and events of integration. Once a year, occurs also the IntegraPoli, picturesque and ethylic meeting among CA's.
What are the sports modalities at Poli?
You can find all the sports there are in Poli, get in touch with the respective directors (D.Ms) and know about training schedules at the Atlética website, at the modalities tab.
Is there Wi-Fi at Poli?
At Poli there are two different wi-fi networks: eduroam (universal network, used by some other institutions as well) and Poli Sem Fio. In order to use the last one, you'll have to register at: https://intranet.poli.usp.br/
What is "bandeijão"?
"Bandeijão" is actually the university restaurant at USP. Each meal costs R$ 2,00. There are four of those restaurants spread through the university city, each with different menus (Central, Physics, Chemistry and Prefeitura).
How to put charges at the student card for "bandeijão"?
The charges for the university restaurant are put at your own USP card. There are two ways you can recharge it: through the app Cardápio USP which you can issue a ticket and pay it or by going directly to the central restaurant and paying in cash. When paying by ticket, there's usually a two days wait until your card is recharged.
What is CEPE-USP?
It is the center for practicing sports at USP, a multi-sport complex for planning, coordinating and implementing the actions necessary for the practice of physical, sports and recreational activities within the scope of the University, extending these benefits to the external community whenever possible.
What sports can I practice at CEPE?
Can I use CEPE's pool?
How are registrations to the subjects made?
The Double Degree Program’s student needs to talk to the course’s coordinator to determine the study plan with the subjects that he or she will attend in Brazil.
Is it possible to register for subjects from other institutions?
Is there a maximum or minimum ammount of subjects I can take?
Where can I find more information about my subjects?
Also known as Moodle and Stoa, e-Disciplinas is a website in which teachers post the classes material.