Fundação Getulio Vargas

Enjoy beaches and samba dancing or hiking or taking the cable car up to the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

Combine an exciting metropolis with easy access to outdoor activities like hiking, biking, sailing and surfing or rock climbing! Check out Copacabana beach nearby or the even closer Botafogo beach. FGV is a private university specialising in Brazilian development with many locations throughout the country. 

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall until March 15, 2020

Winter/Full year until August 30, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below. 

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

Economics. See general courses offered in their program guide (contact the exchange advisor for detailed course list). The undergraduate program in Economics offers 4 areas of concentration - Financial economics, applied microeconomics, applied macroeconomics, and political economics. 

FGV has two semesters:

  • Spring (Winter) runs from February to mid-July
  • Fall runs from late July/early August to mid-December
  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    FGV estimates that living expenses will range from 1,300 -1,500 USD per month. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Rio de Janeiro cost comparison vs. CalgaryClick Here

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any 
    awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Fundação Getulio Vargas does not have its own housing (residences). Therefore, out-of-town and international students need to seek private accommodation. Although staff at the International Office is not able to find private accommodation on students’ behalf and is not responsible for the below websites, it might be helpful to start looking at:

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An intermediate level of Portuguese language (B1) is required, as the language of instruction is Portuguese.

An academic reference is required for a complete application.


Dress Code

Fundação Getulio Vargas has a very strict dress code. People wearing short skirts, shorts and/or flip-flops will be denied access to the building. Students who fail to comply with this regulation will not

be allowed entry into the building under any circumstances.

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The advisor for the program is: Tara Jorgensen.

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.