PREPARATION FOR THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
It is important to anticipate the organization of your trip to avoid forgetting something important and having last minute problems.
We suggest you should develop a checklist of everything that needs to be arranged.
Consider the following information:
Student visa and remain abroad information
After the acceptance of the partner institution, the student will receive an acceptance letter from the partner institution and a recommendation letter from UNINTER so that the exchange programme may be carried out. These documents should be forwarded or taken to the foreign country Consulate to require the student visa. They are extremely important because they prove that the student was accepted to conduct his studies at the university abroad. The student should check, with the partner university Consulate, what the required documents to obtain the visa are. Besides, the applicant should arrange the following items:
- International medical insurance for all the period of the course – Each country has its own requirements regarding the insurance. Specific information to different destinations can be found at the official sites of the countries and in Travel Agencies.
- For some destinations, an appropriate vaccination will be necessary. Complete information is available at: Portal da Saúde do Governo Federal: http://portalsaude.saude.gov.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9643#preparando6
- Applicants MUST be vaccinated, at least, 10 days in advance, that is, 10 days prior to the trip.
In order to avoid unpleasant surprise and possible problems during your trip abroad, check and double check the instructions at the Portal Consular do Ministério das Relações Exteriores Brasileiro http://www.portalconsular.itamaraty.gov.br/no-exterior
Period of stay
The period you will stay in the country abroad will be determined by the Immigration Authorities at your arrival. Check the period that was authorized in your case.
To solve problems with visa and period of your stay abroad, make sure to take the addresses and telephones of the Brazilian Embassies and Consulates in the country abroad and, in case of difficulty, do not hesitate to contact them. If any foreign authority arrests you, it is your right to require to make a phone call to the Embassy or Consulate. Use your right!
Country of destination
Search for information about culture, climate, health, currency, time at the country and city of destination. Also, search for information about the university where you are going to study. All these pieces of information will help you make better use of your time.
Leave all the information about your route and destination with your family and friends, in case it is necessary to get in touch.
- Check the expiration date of your passport and of your visa.
- Check the details about your tickets and documents required.
- Take a copy of your passport.
- If you have an International Driver’s License, take it, even if you do not intend to rent a car. You may need it.
- Identity your baggage both, inside and outside. Put your name, address in your home city and telephone.
- Take just whatever is strictly necessary.
- Take one or two pieces of garment in your hand baggage, just in case there is baggage loss.
On the day of your trip
- Confirm your flight when you go and when you return, at least 24h in advance.
- Go to the airport, at least, two hours prior to the scheduled departure.
- To take electronic equipment abroad (cameras, lenses, camcorders, computers), it is necessary to register them at the Brazilian Federal Revenue. You can do it at the airport. If you do not do it, on returning, taxes on the equipment may have to be paid.
At the airport
- Never leave your baggage unattended.
- Keep digital equipment with you all the time.
- Do not accept requests to take objects abroad
- Answer seriously all the questions asked by the Federal Police and by Immigration
- Avoid taking high value bills.
- Do not take all the money in only one place.
- Take one or more than one international credit cards.
ON RETURNING FROM THE EXCHANGE PROGRAMME
On returning from the exchange programme, the student should:
- Get in touch with the Internationalization WG in order to formalize and regularize your enrolment for next term.
- Forward to the Internationalization WG the “Interchange Report _ student’s return”, available in the item Forms. This report has the objective to register information about the participation in the exchange programme.
- Enter the student portal and require the opening of a protocol intitiled Courses Exemption.
To open the protocol, it is compulsory that the student send the following documents:
- a) Academic record (original language) + translation.
b) Course contents + translation of the contents.
c) The documents should specify the amount of hours of each course/discipline. If the amount of hours of each course/discipline is not included in the Academic Record, the student should obtain a document in which this information is clear, that is to say, the amount of hours of each course/discipline taken during the exchange period should be clear.
The request for exemption will be forwarded to the Course Coordinator, who will analyse the student’s performance. The student should be attentive whether his/her request was approved as well as whether this approval and exemption of disciplines can be already seen in his/her Academic Record.
If the student has any doubt regarding this subject, he/she can search for the Internationalization WG assistance.