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  • Locations: Piracicaba, Brazil
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: NWU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 10/11/2021
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: Portuguese Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Apartment, Dorm, Homestay Areas of Study: Architecture, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Humanities, Law
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:

Study for a Semester in Piracicaba, Brazil!

UNIMEP campus
The Methodist University of Piracicaba (Portuguese: Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, or UNIMEP), founded in 1881 during the Methodist movement, has a commitment to Brazil and Latin America. Brazil is today among the top ten world economies and a multicultural society of international relevance. In recent years, UNIMEP itself has made great intellectual strides in scientific initiatives carried out by its young and ambitious student population. UNIMEP commits itself to the struggle for social justice, economic equality, and environmental awareness. Additionally, the university embraces the arts and is home to a music school and cultural center. From language, to tradition, to academic distinction, UNIMEP is an ideal institution to immerse oneself in Brazilian culture. 
UNIMEP is located in one of the most industrialized and agricultural regions in the state of São Paulo. Located in the western region of the state along the coast, with a population estimated at 360,762 inhabitants, the city of Piracicaba has a structure that has been attracting national and international companies in recent years. It has active commerce, excellent residential neighborhoods, quality leisure areas, theaters, libraries, museums, shopping malls, research and study centers, and service and sports clubs. Piracicaba is recognized nationally for its strong cultural traditions, as well as its landmarks such as the Piracicaba river and the Sport Club XV de Noviembro, which was founded in 1913. 
Piracicaba city waterfall Brazil flag
Academic Calendar
Fall: Aug – Dec
Spring: Feb – June
International students are not required to live on campus and can live with a host family or explore other housing options. It is not required for students to apply for housing; instead, they will need to pay for housing upon arrival. Students who choose to live with host families will have meals provided by their host families. *See Estimated Additional Costs table below.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Everything that helps you pay for NWU will still help you pay for your study abroad at UNIMEP.

PLUS UNIMEP is an Exchange program, so students who choose to this institution qualify to apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant.

Apply for an NWU Education Abroad Grant and learn about other study abroad scholarships.

Program Costs
Program costs paid to NWU – students pay NWU tuition and fees for the semester(s) of exchange.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Academic Year
Airfare $1000 - $1500 $2000 – $3000
1Housing $1326 $2650
2Meals $750 - $2150 $1500 - $4300
3Essential Living Expenses $310 - $620 $620 - $1250
Books and Materials $160 $310
4Local Transportation $560 - $1120 $1120 - $2240
Insurance $940 $1880
Visa (for US Citizens) $290 $290
Passport $135 $135
Estimated Total Additional Expenses                  $7240 - $11,130 $14,050 - $21,840
5Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000

1Housing expenses vary by where students choose to live. Homestays include 19 meals/week.  Dorms do not include food and for some dorms utilities cost extra.
2Students staying in homestays should budget at the lower end of the meals estimate. Students living in dorms should budget at the higher end.
3Essential living expenses include, but are not limited to, toiletries, a cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc.
4Students choosing to live off-campus should budget at the higher end of the local transportation estimate.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that "additional costs" above are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc.  Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.

Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. When planning for estimated additional costs, students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please email for additional information about estimated costs.
The Methodist University of Piracicaba offers courses in six departments: Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism; Health Sciences; Dentistry; Communication and Computer Science; Humanities; Law School; and Management and Business. All courses are taught in Portuguese. No classes available in English; neither are there Portuguese language Students will enroll upon arrival.
For more detailed course information, please contact the Office of Global Engagement and review UNIMEP’s website.
Language requirements
Students must have at least achieved the intermediate level of Portuguese or an advanced level of Spanish.
Other Requirements
Students must be a Junior or above and have completed at least one academic semester prior to studying abroad.
Outside the Classroom
Students will have the opportunity to participate in cultural visits, at their own costs, with the help of UNIMEP. UNIMEP offers student engagement programs, such as volunteer work in pre-K to 12 bilingual schools, teaching lessons on culture or language, choir and theater, and volunteer work for a children’s day care center. Further, students attending for the Fall semester can participate in the Academic Fair, which takes place between October and November.
NOTE: There are NO special arrangements for students with learning disabilities and students are NOT required to attend religious services.
UNIMEP building
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August
1st. After opening, the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. The UNIMEP application has a 2-part application process so students are encouraged to complete their NWU application well before the listed deadline.

 For more information about deadlines and how to apply, please email


This program is currently not accepting applications.