Study in Brazil

Perhaps best-known for its sport and breathtaking scenery, Brazil is home to more than 2,500 universities, with elite institutions including the University of São Paulo, the biggest public university in the country and one of the best in Latin America. Also home to São Paulo State University, Brazil’s largest city and financial capital is also considered the nation’s cultural centre, home to a plethora of museums, art galleries and concert halls - and it has a vibrant nightlife.

Brazil’s 8,000km of coastline include thousands of spectacular beaches. Also unmissable is carnival season, which starts in February. Rio de Janeiro’s carnival is the biggest in the world, with more than two million people lining the streets each day to witness more than 300 bands and samba schools. 

Brazil produces a third of the world’s coffee and is renowned for a wide variety of street food. The country's football team has won the World Cup more than any other nation, and football, by far the most popular sport, has been likened to a religion in the country. But many also like volleyball and, to a slightly lesser extent, mixed martial arts and basketball. Famous Brazilians include footballer Pelé and the late Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna.

Public universities have free tuition for home and international students, but places are limited and most students attend private institutions. 

If you want to study in Brazil, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Brazil has 27 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Brazil is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Brazil below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Brazil’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Brazil is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

Our World University Rankings were founded in 2004 and our data are trusted by governments and universities across the world.

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Browse the top-ranked universities in Brazil

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Top universities in Brazil

Statistics about Brazil

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 15.57%
  • Of which, on higher education 16.37%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 46.45%
  • Population 207,847,528
  • Unemployment 6.8%
  • Annual GDP -3.85%
Data source: The World Bank