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?

Instructions: 1. Go to a Banco do Brasil agency with your passport or equivalent document and pay a fee of R$7,00 to the agency attendant. 2. Ask the agency attendant to redirect you to the Personal Attendance (Atendimento Pessoal), where you’ll give your personal information. A simple form will be generated. 3. Take the form, the receipt of the payment of the fee and your passport or equivalent document to a Receita Federal agency. Just a few agencies are able to continue this process. The closest one is the unit placed on the second floor of the Light Mall (Shopping Light), located on the Coronel Xavier de Toledo Street, number 23 - Square of the Republic, São Paulo, near Anhangabaú’s metro station. It works from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., however the beginning of the service goes until 7:30 p.m. and it may be limited based on its capacity.

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?

Firstly, you’ll have to access the Brazilian Federal Police (Polícia Federal do Brasil) website and at the first item “Registration based on consular visa” (registro com base em visto consular), click in Required Documents (Documentos Necessários) and then “Form” (Formulário) to begin the process. At the form, you need to fill only the mandatory fields (marked with a red asterisk) and, after filling it, save the form and print it. In case you don’t have a home at the country or phone number yet, you can use the data from Polytechnic School listed below: ZIP Code: 05508-010 Address: Av.Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 380 District/Neighbourhood: Butantã Phone number: 11 30915751 The next step is to generate a guide: Guia de Recolhimento da União (GRU). For that, you’ll have to return to the initial page of the website, click in Gerar GRU (Generate GRU), fill the mandatory fields, save it and print the file. Then, you’ll need to go to a Banco do Brasil agency and pay for this guide (R$204,77) and save the receipt of the payment. Note: in the Código de Receita field, select “140120 – EMISSÃO DE CARTEIRA DE REGISTRO NACIONAL MIGRATÓRIO”. At last, you’ll have to schedule an interview with the Brazilian Federal Police clicking on the button “Agendamento” at the initial page. You’ll have to fill the mandatory fields (the solicitation code will be on your form) and choose the date and time that suits you best. Then, you’ll have to generate a new tab with the information of the scheduled interview, save it and print it. Important general information: It's recommended to go to this address of the Brazilian Federal Police: Coronel Xavier de Toledo Street, number 23 - Square of the Republic, São Paulo - SP, ZIP Code 05503-000 - Light Mall (Shopping Light), second floor, near Anhangabaú’s metro station; Take all of the papers mentioned here to your interview; We do all of this processes with you during our Reception Week, in case you are insecure to do it alone.

Do I need to make a copy of my whole passport (blank pages included)?

In order to regulate your documentation after arriving in Brazil, it will be needed a copy of the used pages of your passport: the ones with personal information and visas. However, some of the Brazilian Federal Police procedures may need the whole copy of the passport. Thus, we recommend that you copy the whole passport, in order to prevent unforeseen events.

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?

The closest place to USP and the Butantã 's metro station is Copiadora Vital Brasil, at the following address: Vital Brasil Avenue, 450b - Store B - Butantã, São Paulo.


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?

There are 4 cell phone companies in Brazil: “Vivo”, “Claro”, “Oi” and “Tim”. To have access to their services, you need to have a CPF. If you still don’t have your CPF, you can acquire a prepaid plan, but only in the companies “Claro” and “Tim” (we recommend “Claro”). You can find these companies stores at malls and, at the moment of the payment, take your CPF, your passport and have the address of where you are staying (even if it is a hotel).

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: RNM - Registro Nacional Migratório; Certificate of enrollment; Proof of residence: can be the water, eletricity or phone bill. Anything that proves where you've been living; CPF – Cadastro de Pessoa Física.

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 190 - Military Police 192 - Ambulance 193 - Fire Fighters 199 - Civil Difense

Where can I find currency exchange houses near USP?

The currency exchange houses near USP are: - Day Câmbio e a GetMoney Câmbio, located on Eldorado Mall (Shopping Eldorado) at Rebouças Avenue, 3970 - Pinheiros, São Paulo - SP, ZIP Code: 05402-600; - Cathay Câmbio, located on Butantã Mall (Shopping Butantã) at Prof. Francisco Morato Avenue, 2718 - Butantã, São Paulo - SP, ZIP Code: 05512-300. Choose the one that has the best quote for your currency!

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?

Within the university city itself there is the Hospital Universitário at Av. Lineu Prestes, 2565. It is a public hospital and it serves the entire USP community, aside from providing regionalized care to the Butantã neighborhood. It is possible to make an appointment or not. In case you want to make an appointment, it can be made on any day, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm by phone - (11) 3091-9580.

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. 1. Repúblicas USP 2. Repúblicas SP 3. Repúblicas Brasil 'República' can be translated as Shared Homes or Fraternities. Also, you could contact USP’s International Relations Office (VRERI) at infohousing@usp.br for a list of family homes, boarding houses and hostels you could stay at. Aucani has, in their website, a database with those houses assembled by VRERI, so you could also check their website (which has an option to organize the opportunities by gender, if that concern you): http://www.usp.br/internationaloffice/en/index.php/campus-life/housing, although it may be not as up-to-date as the email.

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?

Some of the most preferred neighbourhood and locations are:

  • 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;
  • Subway:
    • 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?

Many of São Paulo’s citizens choose to commute on a daily basis on bikes or in those one-wheeled electric vehicles, or even in electric scooters. Especially for USP students who live near Cidade Universitária, it doesn’t make sense buying a car (especially for people who came from outside of São Paulo, like foreign students or brazilians from different states), and relying on these modes of transport for this short commutes are more suitable for this type of transportation. However, the bicycle or scooter must be padlocked in the indicated locations to reduce the risk of theft.

What is “Bilhete Único”? How do I get it?

The Bilhete Único is a single card which you can use to get on buses, minibuses, subways and CPTM trains. It also has a benefit conferred to students, which allows them to have a 50% discount on the transport fares. Also, it allows up to 4 trips in buses or minibuses in the city during a 3 hour period, paying only one student fare. In order to get it you must, before requesting it via SPTrans website, confirm your data in JupiterWeb in (“Acompanhamentos”>”Bilhete Único SP Trans”). Then, you can request it through SPTrans website. Besides, you must have available:

  • CRNM (national migration registry card) number;
  • CPF number;
  • Postal code of your address in São Paulo;
  • Postal code of the USP School you’re enrolled at;
  • Digitized 3x4 recent photo;
More information about the Bilhete Único and that application for it can be found here (only in Portuguese).


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. Subjects' guide made by Poli students: http://bit.ly/optativaspoli List of USP subjects in English: https://uspdigital.usp.br/jupiterweb/graduacaoPubListaDisciplinaIngles Entrepreneurship USP course: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rZgBvrNUyuFBNrh-BBkw3DZ4JjaK_Tpe/view

Where and how to learn Portuguese?

Option 1: There's a Portuguese course for foreigners at USP + Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences (FFLCH).
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.
Option 2: Poliglota (polytechnic association language school)
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. Grêmio: Grêmio Politécnico [ https://www.gremiopolitecnico.com.br/] is the student body that represents more than 6000 students. Its headquarters are locateda at the biennium building and Grêmio is responsible for the cafeteria, copier and language school located in the building as well. The entity's representation ranges from assistance with academic problems, organization of events, etc., to student participation in Poli's deliberative bodies.

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.

To learn more about the Academic Centers visit: https://www.politecnicos.com.br/centro-academico/

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. Website: https://atleticapoliusp.com.br/modalidades

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?

There are several sports courses for those interested, with cheap fees for students. Registration takes place at the beginning of the semester. The course options and registration and start dates can be found here: https://cepe.usp.br/cursos/.

Can I use CEPE's pool?

To enter the pool at CEPEr, it is mandatory to have an updated dermatological test, which can be taken at CEPE itself for R$ 25.00, or at any dermatologist. After taking the exam you need to authorize it at CEPE, where you will receive a stamp valid for six months at your USP card. The pools are open from Tuesday to Friday from 7:00 am to 6:45 pm, on Saturdays from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm and on Sundays from 8:15 am to 4:30 pm. However, it'll be closed if water temperature is less than or equal to 18 ° C

Online Classes

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. The Non-Degree Exchange program’s students fills the study plan with the subjects which are sent to several departments to be approved. The CRINT takes those study plans and send them to the Graduation Service, which makes the registration. Create your schedule at https://bcc.ime.usp.br/matrusp.

Is it possible to register for subjects from other institutions?

Yes, Double Degree students can take subject from other institutions as optional subjects.

Is there a maximum or minimum ammount of subjects I can take?

Yes, the maximum amount of credits per semester is 40 and the minimum is 12.

Where can I find more information about my subjects?

On the e-Disciplinas website, teachers provide extra study materials, exercise lists and, during the period of online classes, access links to classes. If one of your subjects is not available on the platform, contact the teacher ministering this class and explain the situation, because there is a high chance that a problem has occurred in the system.

What's e-Disciplinas?

Also known as Moodle and Stoa, e-Disciplinas is a website in which teachers post the classes material. Access here for more informations about the platform. The login can be the USP email or the student's USP number and the password is the password defined when creating the USP email.