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Location & Facilities

Place yourself at the heart of economic, social, and political affairs in Latin America. With rich natural resources, a multicultural society, and the largest economy in Latin America, Brazil is a prominent player in the international community.

You will live in the city of Juiz de Fora, which is located in the historic southeastern Brazilian state, Minas Gerais. Since the time that the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) was established in the city, Juiz de Fora has experienced a commercial and cultural rebirth. With other major cities such as Rio de Janeiro being just a short drive away, Juiz de Fora is a prime place to live and study.

During your semester abroad, you’ll meet friendly Brazilians who take great pride in the country’s captivating music scene, renowned soccer teams, and annual Carnival celebrations. At the same time, Juiz de Fora maintains a sizeable immigrant population, so you can meet people from other parts of the world while enjoying a variety of unique international cuisines.

Explore the museums, music venues, festivals, and architecture of Minas Gerais, or join Brazilian friends for a leisurely afternoon in a coffee shop and sip café com leite. Perhaps you’ll practice your Portuguese by discussing current events with locals, or get on a bus to see neighboring towns. No matter how you spend your semester, Brazil will teach you to live at a completely new pace.


Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF)

Study at the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), one of Brazil’s best-regarded universities.

The university offers a variety of undergraduate majors in more than 30 fields, including arts, economics, history, and social science, offering exchange students a broad range of course options. There are a number of research institutes affiliated with the departments, where undergraduate and graduate students work with faculty.

UFJF is located two hours north of Rio de Janeiro in the low mountains of the state of Minas Gerais in the city of Juiz de Fora. As a registered student at UFJF, you will have access to all of its resources and facilities. In addition, you can travel to and from the university with ease by using Juiz de Fora’s extensive public transportation system.