Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina

Situated on a paradisal island surrounded by 43 stunning beaches and conveniently located in Trindade, a neighborhood located only 15 min from the city centre, the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina is an idyllic place to study for those with intermediate Portuguese.

A short bridge connects the island to the mainland, but the island maintains its incredible biodiversity and connection to nature. The Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina is a public university that was founded in 1962, has 11 campuses, and is located in Florianópolis, the capital of the Brazilian State of Santa Catarina. 

Key information




Fall, Winter, Academic year

Program type


Application information

Application status



20/21 deadline

First come, first considered for remaining spaces!

Fall until March 15, 2020

Winter/Full year until October 15, 2020

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below. 

21/22 applications

Open Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

UFSC offers a wide range of subjects, such as Biological Sciences, Sport Science, Veterinary Science, Agriculture & Forestry, Geography, Sociology, Communication & Media Studies, Politics & International Studies (incl Development Studies), Geology, Environmental, Earth & Marine Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry, Economics & Econometrics, Business & Management, Accounting & Finance, Psychology, General Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Art, Performing Arts & Design, Languages, Literature & Linguistics, History, Philosophy & Theology, Architecture, and Computer Science.

For more details please consult the course catalogue. The language of instruction is Portuguese, so an intermediate level (B1) of Portuguese language is required. 

45 hours of teaching would be equivalent to 1 UCalgary course (3 units). Students are recommended to take at least the equivalent of 4 UCalgary courses. 

  • First semester runs from March to July
  • Second semester runs from August to December

Please consult the academic calendar for details.

  1. Costs

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

    UFSC has a cost of living page for Florianópolis. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Florianópolis 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.

UFSC provides a list of off-campus housing options for international students as there is no university arranged housing for exchange students. 

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.


There is lots of water sports available on Santa Catarina Island with lots of history as well! See the attractions page for Florianópolis.

There is a study buddy program at UFSC, which pairs local students with new international students. They can pick you up at the airport, invite you to the welcome day, and organize activities with you throughout the semester.

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.